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Gaylord Patrick O'Connor
by Gene Dressel

     Was born on November 20th 1916, and served as Camp Commander in 1987. That same year he was elected Missouri Division commander at Jefferson City. For the first time since 1940 the State of Missouri had regained Division status when five Camps were chartered that year. This accomplishment was due mainly to the efforts of Robert L. Hawkins III,  “Pat” O’Connor, and John Karel of St. Louis. Army of the Trans-Mississippi Commander Ed Cailleteau of Baton rouge, La. presided at the re-activation ceremonies at Jefferson City, Missouri on June 27th 1987. Commander O’Connor’s patriotic leadership was forged as a combat Infantry Officer during the Second World War. He participated in many of the engagements in the European Theater, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) by both France and Belgium. After the war he served as City Attorney for Louisiana, Missouri.  His many years of public service included terms as Prosecuting Attorney for Pike County, administrative law judge, and general counsel and chairman of the Missouri Industrial Commission.  Through his long association with the Missouri Division he won many enduring friendships among his compatriots, and at the Oklahoma City National Reunion of the Sons of Confederate Veterans he was elected Honorary Commander-in-Chief of the Military Order of Stars and Bars. Pat O’Connor passed away on December 26th 1994, and a  monument to the Missourian’s in Cockrell’s Brigade was placed on  the Franklin, Tennessee Battlefield in his honor.

Sources; The Missouri Partisan 1987, and spring 1995