|Birth: ||Apr. 26, 1914|
|Death: ||Oct. 24, 1999|
Born in Texas, April 26, 1914 he lost his Father June 19, 1914. He saw the hard days of the depression and made his way. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and was assigned to help build Estes Park in Colorado. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1936. He was taken prisoner at the fall of Corregidor by the japanese and spent 39.5 months as a POW. He was held near Mukden, Manchuria at the Hoten prison camp. He was released at the end of WWII and continued to serve his country. He received a commission to Officer rank and retired in June, 1960 after serving 24.5 years.
He was the Father of three, Grandfather of nine and now the Great-Grandfather of nine. He was truly a great individual and a man to respect and admire.
Rest in Peace "Pop". We miss and love you.
Dad's WW2 story in his words. An affidavit made after the war.
M. C. I GREATLY appreciate what you did with Dad's picture. I will always remember your random act of kindness.
I have met several kind hearted people here on Find A Grave. I will most likely never actually meet them but I consider each of them a friend. Mary Tootle is one of those friends. She wrote the poem below about my Father for all of us that miss him so. I wanted to share it with others here and to say thank you to my friend, Mary Tootle. Thank you Mary.
An American Hero
God began to notice him,
Starting at his birth.
He saw a shining star
Unaware of his worth.
Some thought he knew not his Dad,
But his Father who lives on high,
Gave them many happy meetings,
As the years passed slowly by.
He grew up poor, but chosen,
A man of honor he became.
He joined to serve our country,
And for freedom to remain.
He was taken and degraded,
Beaten and starved without remorse.
The body can be broken, but the spirit will survive,
Because strength and courage, in his veins steadily coursed.
He proved they couldn't break him,
He proved his heart was true.
He took their abuse and thumbed his nose,
And embraced the Red, White, and Blue!
He came home and remained a hero,
To country, family, and friends.
He lived a long and happy life,
And "they" never made amends.
I thank you Sir, here and now,
And my heartfelt words to you,
For all you endured, for all you did,
We don't know all, but You knew Exactly what to do!
Written by Mary Tootle
For the family of Lt. J.D. Osborne
February 25, 2007
John Henry Osborn (1882 - 1914)
Lula Belle Lindsey Osborn Glass (1882 - 1965)
Dorothy Mae Brink Osborne (1923 - 1993)
Delphia Marie Osborne Wales (1903 - 1985)*
Irvin Earl Osborne (1905 - 1988)*
J. D. Osborne (1914 - 1999)
Note: Throughout the Pacific theater, the japanese treated POWs and civilians barbarically. It is a fact that while POWs died at a rate of 1.2% in Germany, they died at a rate of 37% in the hands of the japanese.
Washington Park East Cemetery
Plot: Cloisters 5, section D, level1,
Created by: Wayne L. Osborne
Record added: Jul 14, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6604035