OSBORNE, DALE HARRISON
OSBORNE, DALE HARRISON
Name:Dale Harrison Osborne Rank/Branch: United States Navy/O4 Unit: VA 55 CVA 19 Date of Birth: 23 January 1933 Salt Lake City UT Home City of Record: Salt Lake City UT Date of Loss: 23 September 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 185400 North 1053600 East (Nghe An 25 Miles NW of Vinh) Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4F Missions: Korean Conflict - member of the USAF 191st Fighter Bomber Squadron stationed at Clovis AFB, New Mexico - 1951-1954. Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 1285
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DALE H. OSBORNE Commander - United States Navy Shot Down: September 23, 1968 Released: February 12, 1973
My place of birth is Salt Lake City, Utah, where I was born on 23 January 1933 to my parents, Vivian C. and David E. Osborne. My oldest brother, Leonard, was shot down over Belgium during World War II. He was listed as MIA for two years until his status was changed to KIA after the war. Two other older brothers, Paul and David, reside with their families in California. My father is now deceased and my mother lives in Los Angeles, California. My two daughters, Christina and Cheri, and my one son, David, now reside in San Diego, California.
During the Korean War, I was a member of the USAF 191st Fighter Bomber Squadron stationed at Clovis AFB, New Mexico.
I graduated from the University of Utah in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business (Banking and Finance). I was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
On 1 October 1956 I entered the United States Navy as an Air Officer Candidate and reported to Pensacola, Florida for pre-flight training. I received my commission on 1 February 1957 and was designated a Naval Aviator on 4 June 1958.
From 1958 to 1961 I served with Patrol Squadron Nine (VP 9) stationed at Alameda, California and Kodiak, Alaska. I was Patrol Plane Commander of P2V-7 type aircraft involved with Anti-Submarine warfare tactics. From 1961 to 1964, I was assigned to Training Squadron Three (VT-3), NAAS Whiting Field, Milton, Florida, as a radio instrument flight instructor in T-28 type aircraft. In 1965 I reported to Air Anti Submarine Squadron Twenty-One (VS-21) at NAS North Island, San Diego, California and was a Carrier Air Plane Commander of S2E type aircraft involved with anti-submarine warfare. My squadron deployed to WESTPAC in 1966, embarked in the USS Kearsarge (CVS-33), conducting air operations in the Gulf of Tonkin in support of the U.S. war effort in Southeast Asia.
The Naval Air Station at Lemoore, California was my next stop in 1967 where I reported for transition and training in the A4F Sky Hawk aircraft. In December of that year I was ordered to Attack Squadron Fifty-Five (VA-55). The squadron deployed to WESTPAC in July 1968, embarked in the USS Hancock (CVA 19), joining yankee team operations in the Gulf of Tonkin conducting air strikes against North Vietnam.
On 23 September 1968 my aircraft was hit by Anti-aircraft artillary immediately following a rocket attack on enemy positions near the city of Vinh, North Vietnam. Shells exploded in the cockpit area which knocked me unconscious and caused severe injuries to my left leg, right hand and wrist. I regained consciousness momentarily enabling me to pull the ejection handle before passing out again. When I next regained consciousness, I was on the ground - my left wrist had been broken during ejection or ground contact. I was captured immediately by a group of approximately 15 Vietnamese. After an extremely torturous trip North, I finally arrived in Hanoi on the 10th of October. I was completely desiccated, emaciated, and in a moribund state. I was incarcerated with Cdr. Brian Woods and I credit him with saving my life. I was confined in several prison camps in the Hanoi area during my 4 1/2 years of captivity. I was listed as MIA for over a year. I was released to the American authorities at Gia Lam Airport, Hanoi, Vietnam on 12 February 1973.
Retired from the United States Navy as a Commander. He and his wife Nancy reside in Utah.
----------------------------- The Salt Lake Tribune -- Utah by Jon Ure 07/04/98
Memento reminds pilot of war ordeal
With his left hand, former combat pilot Dale Osborne hoists the strange piece of metal and balances it with his battle-scarred right hand......