Corporal Sean Osterman, a Marine from Princeton, was fatally injured in Afghanistan on Dec. 14, 2010 and later died from the wounds. The Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Task Force wanted to honor Corporal Osterman for his sacrifice and honor his mother, Kelly Hugo, for her loss.
The Task Force put together a shadow box containing items of Corporal Osterman and presented it to Hugo on Thursday, June 16 at the Task Force’s monthly meeting.
The shadow box contained Sean’s military ribbons, a Gold Star Mother patch, Sean’s rank insignia, the Marine Corps ‘Globe and Eagle,’ and a narrative which reads as follows:
“On Dec. 14, 2010, Corporal Osterman and his platoon established a patrol base in the upper Sangin Valley. He immediately assumed a security position on the platoon’s main security post. Knowing an attack was imminent, he remained at his post well past his scheduled relief.
“At two minutes past nine o’clock the enemy initiated a complex attack from multiple directions, with the focus of fire directed at his post. He accurately engaged an enemy machinegun position resulting in one enemy killed in action. He continued his defense of the patrol base and his fellow Marines until being struck by enemy fire.
“His actions epitomized the mettle of what it means to be a reconnaissance Marine. Corporal Osterman’s initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”
On the back of the shadow box is a label which reads as follows:
• Presented to Kelly Hugo
• June 16, 2011
• In memory of her son, Cpl Sean Osterman
• Our most sincere condolences, Isanti County Beyond
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