Decorated officer spent his retirement in Killarney

Col John F Brosnan: laid to rest in Gneeveguilla

A DECORATED American Air Corps veteran, who served in Korea and Vietnam and later set up home in Killarney where he became well known, has passed away.

Colonel John F Brosnan died on Thursday, December 13 in San Antonio, Texas at the age of 89.

He had lived for several years in Aghadoe, with magnificent views of Killarney from his elevated home, and he was a familiar sight on the local roads in his sleek sports car.

The son of Kerry parents Denis Brosnan and Mary Ann Hickey, John was born in February 1929 in New York City but he was raised and educated in Ireland before enlisting in the US Army, at the age of 16.

During the course of a 28-year career in the army, he served during World War II, in the Korean War with the 2nd Infantry Division and undertook two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot and commander of an aviation battalion.

He rose to the rank of colonel and the awards and decorations bestowed on him included the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal and the Master Aviator Badge.

A keen golfer, who had a particular fondness for the course in Waterville, when he resided in 1974, he moved to Aghadoe but spent the final months of his life San Antonio.

John is survived by his wife Ingrid, who he married in 1957, daughter Mary Ann, son Michael, daughter-in-law Leticia, their children Moira and Sean Brosnan, brother Donald P. Brosnan, sister-in-law Betty, many nieces and nephews.

Colonel Brosnan was laid to rest in Gneeveguilla, following a private funeral service, on Monday.

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