Coach Tony O'Brien, Navy vet
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Anthony (Tony) O'Brien, Preacher's kid, Gulf War vet, IRONMAN triathlete & Dad; served in Marines then Navy following his Dad Deacon Don & family who served our country. Their Blue Star family has members serving today.

He served in Marine Corps infantry & recon units that deployed to Asia and attended Navy Diver, Army Airborne (parachutist) & Army Jumpmaster courses.

Then the Secretary of the Navy selected him for transfer to the Navy to attend SEAL basic training (class 156). He was assigned to SEAL Team FIVE, deployed to the middle east & the Balkans, and attended Army Ranger school (class 11-00) & Army Freefall/HALO course. He received the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Humanitarian Service Medal & other awards.

He is a member of the U.S. Navy League, UDT/SEAL Association, Association of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps League & Army Ranger Association.

While in the Marines, he was a competitive marksman & received his FAA pilot license. While in the Navy, he was a competitive boxer, NRA shooting instructor, and finished several marathons & triathlons including the IRONMAN Triathlon World Championship (swim 2.4 mi, bike 112, run 26.2) in Hawaii.

He works as a Hospital Service Coordinator (DAV) at VA Healthcare System Boston and serves with several veterans groups incl. Whitman VFW as Judge Advocate, Trustee & Director and where he's a past post & district commander.  

Besides his dedication to his family & faith, service to veterans & community has been the cause of his life for years. 

He was raised in Brockton, Mass. where his family experienced a tragic home fire when he was age 6. They are forever grateful to Brockton's bravest firefighters who rescued their family members.

His heroic Mom (age 28) & brother (age 1) died the next day from injuries in the fire; thank you for the gift of life, RIP but watch over us our sweet Guardian Angels, see you on the other side . . . 

His Dad Don, a Marine Corps veteran & former Deacon of St. Edward Church, later remarried Lorraine, also a widow also with 3 young children, and he grew up in a wonderful step-family with 7 siblings. They later lost Lorraine to cancer & ask you to join us in donating to cancer research to try to stop it from taking too many too soon. His Dad later remarried Andrea, also a widow also with 7 children, for a more wonderful step-family with 14 siblings.

In his youth, he under-performed in sports while his siblings Ed (baseball), Mark (baseball, football), Josephine (basketball, softball) & Donny (golf) were excellent athletes. He enjoyed art lessons at Fuller Art Museum participating in local art shows and enjoyed service in his Church as an altar boy & choir member.

At Cardinal Spellman High, he was selected to the National Honor Society for academics. After being on the freshmen football & baseball teams, he failed to make the junior varsity teams but was recruited to the track team by Coach Nick Siciliano who was also one of his teachers. His career as a marathon runner & IRONMAN triathlete started as a high school runner & co-captain of the Cross-country & Track teams that competed in local & state meets. He helped turn-around the cross-country team from a 2-8 win-loss record to 7-3 winning several team & individual awards placing in state & regional races, and in his senior year in high school he finished three marathons (26.2 miles) including Philadelphia, Boston & the New England AAU Junior Championship in Holyoke where he received the second place silver medal.

While in the military, he continued his competitive running career winning several awards placing overall and in age & team divisions, finished several marathons (26.2 mi.) throughout the U.S., and represented the Navy in many races throughout the U.S. & overseas.                                                      

While expanding to cycling races & triathlons (swim, bike, run), he had similar success winning many awards incl. 2nd place at the Navy SEALs Super Frog Half-IRONMAN Triathlon in San Diego and highlighted by finishing the IRONMAN Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii including as a member of the Navy IRONMAN team that finished second in the team division.

Later as part of his own fitness studies, he added body weight (180 to 205 lb) with more strength training and competed in a 10 mile(s) road race in Virginia when he won first place in the "Clydesdale division" (over 200 lbs). 

He and his brother Donny are golf partners on the team who are two-time winners of the Cardinal Spellman High Joey Glynn Memorial golf tournament with one of the largest golf fields (216 golfers) among charity golf events.

He has coached several youth teams in baseball & basketball and is coaching his young sons as runners who participate and earn awards in local road races improving strength & endurance.  

He was also active in theater in high school as an actor, chorus member & stagehand in several productions directed by his teacher & theater director Bob McEwan, a legend in Spellman school-spirit.

He enjoys returning to his alma mater especially with his children to attend sports, theater, ministry & alumni events. For longtime participation in & support of his alma mater's performing arts programs, in 2011 he was inducted to the Cardinal Spellman High Robert McEwan Drama Hall of Fame.

Besides his awesome Moms & Dad, Tony most credits his high school theater director Mr. McEwan & Coach Siciliano as top role models & mentors that best prepared him for and had greatest impact on his adulthood & lifetime of determination & service. 

He enjoys continuing his service in the Boston area assisting many causes important to him & his family and maximizing his time with his children
Anthony Jr. & James Donald who was named after their grandfathers.

He has served with many business, charity & government offices in the region including as VFW post commander in Whitman & then as VFW district commander, on the board of county commissioners, and as an executive, board member & volunteer for several nonprofits & committees assisting veterans, the disabled & homeless, and low-income families in need.

He also serves as a military spokesperson and motivational speaker and provides services as a Life Coach for business & personal development incl. weight-loss for individuals & groups;  email, call or text him for info and/or assistance.

A vocalist since singing in his Church choir as a youth, he is still asked to and gladly performs the National Anthem at appropriate events.

Please contact him for a copy of his DD-214 military discharge form, the official documentation of his military record & honorable discharge.

He & his family are grateful for countless blessings esp. faith & health and family, friends & colleagues who are so supportive, most esp. our Gold Star & Blue Star families who sacrificed so much for all of us.

Contact: cell (508) 868-2547 office (774) 826-2264
PO Box 67 Whitman MA 02382
www.facebook.com/AnthonyOBrienSr
NavySEALTonyOBrien@yahoo.com
Anthony.OBrien@va.gov

 
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