Former Marine Corps WWII Correspondent Dies At 92

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BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Cyril John O’Brien, a Marine Corps war correspondent in World War II and former media relations head at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, has died. He was 92. 

The university says O’Brien died Monday at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda from natural causes associated with coronary heart disease. 

O’Brien was born in St. John’s Newfoundland, Canada, and grew up in Camden, N.J., where he was a court and police reporter for the Courier-Post newspaper before joining the Marine Corps in 1942. His stories described the fierce fighting in Bougainville, Guadalcanal and Guam. 

After the war, O’Brien worked as a journalist until 1949, when he began a 34-year career at the Applied Physics Laboratory. He contributed to many publications and was writing for Stars and Stripes into his 90s. 

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