10 Sep '18, 11am

Marine veteran receives Vietnam service medals after 50 years

HORNERSTOWN, Pa. (Tribune News Service) — David “Dee Dee” Osborne initially had little interest in pursuing the medals he had earned during his service in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. Osborne didn’t speak much about his time in Southeast Asia. In fact, the less he thought about being among the U.S. forces cut off and isolated while defending the Khe Sanh Combat Base during a brutal 77-day siege, the better for the Hornerstown resident. “I was 19 years old, a sergeant back then, and I turned 70 on Sept. 4,” Osborne said. “It took 50 years.” Osborne is well known throughout the region as a former baseball coach who spent 25 years at Greater Johnstown High School and was a manager of the successful Pepsi-Cola teams that played in the All American Amateur Baseball Association Tournament. He currently is a Cleveland Indians scout. Osborne also is a member of the Greater Jo...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/veterans/marine-veteran-rece...

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