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William M. ORourke

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William M. ORourke, 86, of Bridgewater, died Friday, March 8, 2013. Bill was born to the late Mathew and Marjorie ORourke, July 22, 1926, in Quincy. At an early age of 17, he enlisted into the Navy to activity participate in World War II. Assigned to the USS Hyman destroyer, Bill endured battles in the Pacific, to include a kamikaze attack on his ship. He and his crew participated in the battles of Iwo Jima; they provided operational support during the liberation of that island and the historic placement of the American flag on the island. Upon returning from the war, he married Mary Lou Oakhem and had two sons. Bill was the general manager for Thomas Chevrolet for 18 years. He retired from Lucinis Motors in 1996. Bill is survived by his wife, Mary L. ORourke; two sons, William M. ORourke of Martha's Vineyard, John J. ORourke of Englewood, Colo.; brother, Donald ORourke, his wife Nancy ORourke, of West Bridgewater; two grandchildren, Michael and Meaghan ORourke; and several nieces and nephews.

Published in The Enterprise on Mar. 24, 2013
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