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Upshur-Randolph bridge named for WWII?hero

May 24, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

The West Virginia Legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution No. 15, which names the bridge on Route 151 in Ellamore the "Technician Fifth Grade Victor A. Osburn Memorial Bridge."

It is slated to be dedicated at 3 p.m. Sunday, at the bridge.

The resolution was sponsored by 39th District Delegate Bill Hamilton.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., stated in a recent letter to the family, "This bridge has been a dedicated crossing for countless visitors and residents in our state. Victor Osburn gave his life for his country and his fellow citizens. It is only fitting that this bridge, crossing the Middle Fork River, be named in his honor. I want to thank the entire House and Senate delegation from this area for making sure House Concurrent Resolution No. 15 received the support it deserved."

Osburn was one of 12 children born to Chesley and Vertie Hornbeck Osburn. His older brother, Harold "Freck" Osburn, and his younger brother, Randall Osburn, both served in the Pacific while he was assigned to the elite 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion as a medic joining the unit in North Africa. The unit was the first U.S. parachute infantry unit to see action in World War II and it was the most highly decorated airborne unit in the European Theatre. Osburn participated with his unit through the Italian Campaigns including Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Anzio and Southern France.

Among his awards were two Purple Heart Medals and a Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action. He was killed in action near the town of La Napoule, France, on Aug. 21, 1944, while providing aid to other combat wounded.

More than 100 relatives descended from the brothers and sisters of Victor Osburn will meet earlier in the day at Mt. Union Cemetery to celebrate the life of and honor their uncle. Among those participating in the day's events will be friends, numerous political representatives, the combined Upshur County Honor Guard and the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion Living History Group from Illinois. The Osburn family extends a welcome to the public to join in the celebration.



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