Another One Has Left Us

| September 9, 2019 | 11 Comments

 

Herny Ochsner, who landed on the beach at Normandy and was also a member of the World War II 101st Airborne Division/”Screaming Eagles”, has passed at the tender age of 96.

Family friend Dennis Anderson says Ochsner died Saturday at his home in California City of complications from cancer and old age.

https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2019/09/08/wwii-screaming-eagle-veteran-henry-ochsner-dies-at-96/

God speed, Mr. Ochsner.

Category: Gathering of Eagles, Historical

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  1. 5th/77th FA says:

    Rejoined his Band of Brothers. Fare Well and soft landings Troop.

  2. Toxic Deplorable Racist B Woodman says:

    GROUP!
    A-TEN-SHUN!
    PRE-SENT ARMS!
    OR-DER ARMS!
    AT EASE.
    REST

    Farewell, elder Brother-in-Arms. Rest easy. Your duties are done.
    Damned! It’s gotten dusty here. Damned allergies.
    Where’s my tissues?

  3. Toxic Deplorable Racist B Woodman says:

    WESTMORLAND. O that we now had here
    But one ten thousand of those men in England
    That do no work to-day!

    KING. What’s he that wishes so?
    My cousin, Westmorland? No, my fair cousin;
    If we are mark’d to die, we are enough
    To do our country loss; and if to live,
    The fewer men, the greater share of honour.
    God’s will! I pray thee, wish not one man more.
    By Jove, I am not covetous for gold,
    Nor care I who doth feed upon my cost;
    It yearns me not if men my garments wear;
    Such outward things dwell not in my desires.
    But if it be a sin to covet honour,
    I am the most offending soul alive.
    No, faith, my coz, wish not a man from England.
    God’s peace! I would not lose so great an honour
    As one man more methinks would share from me
    For the best hope I have. O, do not wish one more!
    Rather proclaim it, Westmorland, through my host,
    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
    We would not die in that man’s company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    This day is call’d the feast of Crispian.
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say “These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.”
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But he’ll remember, with advantages,
    What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words—
    Harry the King, Bedford and Exeter,
    Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester—
    Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb’red.
    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be rememberèd—
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
    This day shall gentle his condition;
    And gentlemen in England now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

  4. Wilted Willy says:

    Another one of the Greatest Generation has left us, please pray for all that have already passed, but also pray for those precious few we have left. My dear departed father was one of them.
    God Bless all of You!!!

  5. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    Another Elder Warrior joins his Comrades in Valhalla.

    *Slow Salute*

  6. ninja says:

    Here is a nice background story for Mr. Oschner (link below).

    Even though he was often identified as one of the “Band of Brothers,” Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Mr. Ochsner actually served with 321st Glider Artillery, which fought side-by-side with that unit:

    https://www.avpress.com/news/local_news/wwii-screaming-eagle-vet-ochsner-of-cal-city-dies/article_f9537f80-d2c2-11e9-b2b7-0f8d1d56e007.html

    Rest In Peace, Mr. Oschner. Salute.

    • ninja says:

      Here is a brief history of the 321st Glider Field Artillery Battalion that Mr. Ochsner served with during World War II:

      https://www.ww2-airborne.us/units/321/321.html

      “The 321st Glider Field Artillery Battalion initially landed on Utah Beach on D-Day aboard the Liberty ship, John S Mosby, but were unable to engage in any action for several days. The reason for this was division of the battalion into two groups. The second group was aboard the Susan B Anthony which struck a mine and sank off Omaha Beach. The artillery troopers managed to get ashore without loss of life however, they had to wait until June 9th for the guns and vehicles to be off-loaded. During this time part of the battalion served as forward observers for the 506th PIR directing naval and self-propelled 105mm fire.”

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Tanks ninja. Another good linky for me to get lost in. This one was more better than just doing the google foo on the 321st. Wiki had all sorts of obvious errors, including the translation of the unit crest. They had it as Don’t Tread on Me. Other differences, too, from the above link.

        Also, Tanks for the link on the newspaper article.

        The work that y’all ninjas do is not only outstanding, but muchly appreciated by us computer challenged miscreanted dickweeds.

        • ninja says:

          You are welcome, 5th/77th FA.

          It was refreshing to read his background story as well as his service as Field Arillery in support of the 506th PIR.

          Sometimes Journalist “stretch” the truth about a Soldier’s story, perhaps thinking that if they paint someone as being a member of the “Band of Brothers”, that their story would draw more interest rather than mentioning the Solder was in another Combat Arms Unit.

          Mr. Ochner’s unit was important in those battles. Based on research prior to that newspaper link, he WAS identified as a member of “The King of Battle”.

          We all learn from one another, 5th/77th FA.

          Thank YOU for taking the time in reading all TAHs posts as well everyone’s comments and replying.

          😊

  7. Sparks says:

    Rest in well-deserved peace, Sir. God be with your family.

  8. AW1Ed says:

    Fair winds and following seas, Mr. Ochsner.

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