DAVID F OSBORNE
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HONORED ON PANEL 26W, LINE 101 OF THE WALL

DAVID FRANKLIN OSBORNE

WALL NAME

DAVID F OSBORNE

PANEL / LINE

26W/101

DATE OF BIRTH

12/04/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/02/1969

HOME OF RECORD

ROCKVILLE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Montgomery County

STATE

MD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID FRANKLIN OSBORNE
POSTED ON 4.14.2012

Crash Information on U.S. Marine Corps helicopter CH-46D tail number 152559

On 02 May 1969 a flight of four helicopters from C Company, 158th Avn Bn, were assigned to inserting a reconnaissance team into an area about 20 nautical miles west of Dong Ha. The flight (2 gunships and 2 troop carriers) departed Camp Evans at about 0800, but upon arrival at the landing zone they were advised that tactical air support was not available and the insertion was aborted. The UH-1 flight began their return to Camp Evans, flying in an easterly direction at about 1300 feet above sea level. At the same time, USMC CH-46 helicopters from HMM-262 were conducting a large troop lift in an unrelated operation. As one of the Army UH-1H's (tail number 67-17596, pilot WO2 J G Mills, 4 crew and half the recon team) transitioned above the CH-46 landing zone, the door gunner observed a CH-46D lifting off and warned his pilot that the CH-46 was about a quarter mile astern and 200 feet below the Huey. WO2 Mills directed the gunner to keep the CH-46 in sight and advise. As the Huey continued, the gunner observed that the CH-46 was overtaking the Huey and apparently would pass beneath it in a starboard quarter to port bow direction. The gunner advised WO2 Mills and passed the contact off to the crew chief, who was on the port side of the Huey. The crew chief could not see the CH-46, which actually climbed through the Huey's altitude on the right side. As it did so, the rotor blades of the two aircraft collided. There weren't any windows above the CH-46 pilot's position which prevented them from seeing the UH-1. The CH-46 pitched up and to its right and its aft pylon separated from the aircraft. It continued in a right-hand roll until ground impact. The Huey experienced partial control loss and made a precautionary landing about 500 meters from the CH-46 wreckage. Two of the recon team had been injured, but the remaining men set up a hasty defensive perimeter. Another USMC CH-46 landed nearby; its crew checked the downed CH-46, finding no survivors. The CH-46 took the Huey crew and passengers aboard and took them to the Vandergrift combat base. The bodies of the men in the CH-46D were recovered separately, as was the UH-1. Twelve men in the CH-46D lost their lives. Crew members were 1LT Robert E. Trigalet, pilot, 1LT Thomas E. Williams, Jr., copilot, LCPL Melvin W. Eakins, crew chief, LCPL Timothy H. Pyle, gunner, and LCPL Larry D. Stollar, gunner. The Fox Company, 24 Marines passengers included 1LT Gary E. Holtzclaw, 1SGT James H. Sumner, SGT Richard B. Bennett, LCPL Troy E. Powell, LCPL Charles H. Shelton, PFC David F. Osborne, and PFC Stephen A. Vix, Jr. [Accounts taken from virtualwall.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 5.2.2011
POSTED BY: A Marine

Semper Fi

Semper Fi, Marine.
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POSTED ON 3.9.2006
POSTED BY: Bill Nelson

Never Forgotten

FOREVER REMEMBERED

"If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you, one of the gentle heroes lost to the War in Vietnam:

Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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POSTED ON 12.19.2004
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

David is buried at Arlington Nat Cem.
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POSTED ON 1.26.2003
POSTED BY: Jim Gerity

It is our duty to remember.

As one of the 1046 Marylanders who made the ultimate sacrifice we are honored to post your photograph. Operation Remember will continue until we have recovered the photos of all our fallen brothers from the State of Maryland.

Visit www.vva451.org and click on the Operation Remember banner for more details about this project of remembrance.

Jim Gerity
Chairperson
Operation Remember
Vietnam Veterans of America
Baltimore, Chapter 451
www.vva451.org
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