Photos and Articles of Seaman Harry O'Brien

Seaman Harry O'Brien served on the USS Sutton from 1944 to 1946 and participated in the surrender of U-234.

Photos are displayed courtesy of Mr. Rick Malerba.

The surrender of U-234 - 14 May 1945

USS Sutton taken from U-234 - 3" guns trained

Chief Gunners Mate Joe Vibert prepares to raise the American Ensign aboard U-234 - LCDR Thomas Nazro, CO of USS Sutton looks on

American Ensign flys aboard U-234

Kapitänleutnant Johann-Heinrich Fehler, CO of U-234, (in the white cap center of photo) talks with LCDR Narzo on the bridge of the USS Sutton

An item is transferred from U-234 to USS Sutton

American and German officers relax aboard U-234


Items from U-234

Upper left:  War Merit Cross, 2nd Class without Swords 1939;  upper right:  German National Emblem worn on the right breast; middle right:  Ordnance Senior NCO career device worn on the upper left sleeve; lower left pouch with silver engineering insignia and gold Senior NCO shoulder strap career device for engine personnel;  lower right Able Seaman shoulder insignia worn on the upper left sleeve

A baptismal good luck charm and U-boat War Badge


Newspaper Article on the surrender of U-234

on the occasion of a USS Sutton port visit to New Orleans, LA


Newspaper article on the surrender of U-234 on the occasion of a port visit to New Orleans by USS Sutton


Life Aboard USS Sutton

Seaman Harry O'Brien (holding the microphone)


O'Brien and friends pose for the camera


O'Brien and friends pose for the camera



Christmas dinner 1944


Jones, Jessup and Simmons in trouble on the jeep - February 1946

"Just a bunch of bums" Azores 1946

Quarters aboard USS Sutton


Deuenay ??

Harry O'Brien (left) and Lee Ponetti (right) 1946

Gary David Cass on the mast - February 1946

From left to right: DE 770 USS Muir, DE 112 USS Carter, DE 771 USS Sutton and DE 769 USS Neal A. Scott - 1945

USS Sutton - 1945

USS Sutton underway - 1946



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