Description Metal memorial bracelet created in memory of Robert William O'Shea. The bracelet is engraved: "Robert W. O'Shea | WTC." The silver plating on the bracelet is tarnished.
Historical Notes Native New Yorker Robert O’Shea lived in Wall, New Jersey, with his wife, Barbara. He enjoyed Saturday social hours with friends—some of whom he knew from childhood in Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood—and going to the beach with his extended family. Robert was a senior crude oil broker at Carr Futures. On September 11, he was on the 92nd floor of the North Tower. Robert was 47 years old.
Curator's Comment Building on a tradition begun during the Vietnam War era to remember American prisoners of war and those missing in action, bracelets bearing the names of victims emerged after 9/11 as a way to honor those killed in the attacks. Some bracelets also bear personal inscriptions and images, including the American flag, the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, and insignia reflecting a victim’s status as a first responder. Whether worn by relatives and friends of the victim or by empathetic strangers, 9/11 memorial bracelets created an intimate connection to individual victims while also communicating a shared sense of loss and compassion. HIDE