From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Geoffrey Osborn '62

Date of birth: December 17, 1939

Date of death: September 24, 1965

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1962 Lucky Bag:


Jeff was lost when his F-8 Crusader crashed on September 24, 1965, immediately following takeoff from USS Bon Homme Richard (CV 31). He was a member of Fighter Squadron (VF) 194, and survived by his widow, Joyce Ann Osborn of Pensacola, FL, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Holmes Osborn of Winter Park, FL.

The ship was operating on Yankee Station and he was departing on a combat mission.


From Tom Burgdorf, on 3/30/12: "This was his Cruise Book Photo on the USS Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 while in VF-194"

From Wall of Faces:

Geoff was the first friend that I lost in Vietnam. Our parents were good friends in New York and thus he was a childhood friend. He was the first boy to give me a "kiss" in the third grade -- something we laughed about when we were grown. The last time I saw him was walking across the grounds of the US Naval Academy at Annapolis -- standing straight and tall in his uniform. You lose a piece of your childhood when a friend is taken that early in his life.

You are not forgotten, Geoff. Your sacrifice is remembered and appreciated even today. LESLIE WRIGHT DOW, 12/11/01

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Thomas Murray '62 was also a member of 1st Company and shares the same Lucky Bag biography page.


Jeff is among those names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

He has a cenotaph in Honolulu.

Class of 1962

Geoffrey is one of 30 members of the Class of 1962 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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