John Thomond O'Brien
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John Thomond O'Brien left Ireland and arrived in Buenos Aires in 1812 to open a merchant house. On his way there, his ship had the misfortune to crash onto the rocks of Fernando Po Island in west Africa. Only he and a few others survived to continue their journey.
Soon after arriving in Buenos Aires, the local people gave him the moniker Don Juan O'Brien. He enrolled in the army and fought in Uruguay with General Soler. In 1816 O'Brien joined José de San Martín's mounted grenadiers regiment in the Andes army. After the battle of Chacabuco, he was promoted to captain and appointed aide-de-camp to general San Martín.
In 1938 John (Juan) Thomond O'Brien's remains were sent back to Argentina where he received an official funeral. A town was also named after him.
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