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NORBERTO “NORMAN” RIEL OBANA
September 28, 1948 - March 5, 2009

Norberto Obana

Norman served in the 281st Maintenance Platoon in the 1969 time period and was wounded during an aircraft recovery mission. Following his release from the service in 1973 he resided in the Fort Smith AR. Area. He shall not be forgotten.

His obituary reads:

Norberto (Norman) Riel Obana, 60 , died March 5, 2009 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, honorably discharged in 1973. He is survived by brothers: Eddie of Woodville, Texas, Ralph and Melvin of Fort Smith, Sisters: Lucy Jowers, Atlanta, GA, Henri Armento, Louisville, Kentucky, Josie Resser, Collinsville, Oklahoma, Grace Obana, Belington, West Virginia. A memorial service was held at 11:00 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2009 at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith, Ar. The arrangements are under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith, AR.




BILLY J. OBRYAN
Died after his tour on September 18, 1992
His last residence was:
5007 E San Molino St., Sierra Vista, AZ 85650-9348
Phone: (520) 803-7922




COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR ROBERT (BOB) OHMES
July 23, 1937 - October 6, 2014

CSM Ohmes

CSM Bob Ohmes served as 1st Sergeant of the 483rd Maintenance Detachment from July of 1967 to July of 1968. During that period he was responsible for the "field" maintenance support of the aircraft flown by the 281st Assault Helicopter Company in support of the 5th Special Forces Group in South Vietnam. As a result of his outstanding devotion to duty and his superior leadership skills the 281st maintained one of the highest availability rates of any aviation unit in Vietnam while performing the most demanding and dangerous missions of the war. Following the war Bob became a leader in the unit association and was known for his annual reunion skits. In war and peace, Command Sergeant Major Ohmes was one of the most respected individuals that have worn the uniform of an American Soldier. The former members of the 281st shall never forget him.

His obituary follows:

Robert "Bob" Ohmes, 77, Kansas City, passed away peacefully at Northcare Hospice on October 6, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM at St James Catholic Church, with a rosary preceding the service at 9:00 AM. Burial will be at St Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Humboldt, KS.

Bob was born July 23, 1937 in Kansas City, MO to Jerome and Helen Ohmes. He married the former Yvonne "Bonnie" Womack and together they had three loving sons. Bob served 28 years in the US Army and retired as a Command Sergeant Major. He was a fourth degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, and a member of 243rd VVA, VFW and American Legion.

Preceded in death by his parents and sister, Frances Calovich, Bob is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of the home; sons Robert, Jeffrey (Brenda) and Lawrence (Helen); and four grandchildren Michael, Arthur, Sister Helen Maria of the Cross, and Paul. Survivors also include a sister, Mildred (Dick) Adamek and brother-in-law John Calovich, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.




LT. COLONEL RINO O. "RAY" OKSA
USA Ret
Died after his tour with the 281st on January 31, 2010

Ray Ochsa

281st AHC 1966-67 Operations Officer & Executive Officer.
Died January 31, 2010 in Basye, Virginia at age 81

OKSA REINO OSCAR OKSA of Basye, VA died January 31, 2010. He served in the Army during the Korean and Vietnam War. Served his county honorably in both the Coast Guard and Army for more than 25 years. He was active in the Rotary International and had his own tax service and remained a vital part of his community. He made us laugh often and he regaled us with his old solider stories. He was loved... He will be missed dearly. Reino was born November 2, 1928 in New York. Member of Grace United Church of Christ in Mt. Jackson, VA. Beloved husband of Hanna Oksa; beloved father of Tonya Kipple of Washington State; sister, Katri Oksa; two brothers, Aarne Oksa and Carl Edholm all of New York; four grandchildren; one great-grandchildren. Services were held on Wednesday, February 3 at 2 p.m. at Grace United Church of Christ. Rev. Robert Harmond wth burial at Grace Church Cemetery.

"Dear Mr. Mayhew,

"This is Tonya Kipple, Ray's daughter. I just returned from VA where my father was buried on February 3. Two soldiers from Fr. Belvoir attended and did a wonderful, professional job of playing taps and folding the flag that draped his coffin. I was greatly honored as was my stepmother. He was an honorable soldier and a great Dad. I will miss him terribly.

"Thank you so much for your kind words and your willingness to help honor his life. I will always treasure it. Within the next few days, I will try to scan the pictures that I found of my Dad and sent them to you. It will touch my heart to have them posted. Blessings,

"Tonya Kipple"




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CWO GARY D. O'CONNOR
July 25, 1945 - January 22, 1993

Served as a CW2 in the 145th Platoon and the 281st in 1966.
Gary was living at 93003 Ventura, Ventura, California at the time of his accidental death.




GEORGE E OLSEN
January 6, 1933 - November 29, 1997

Last known residence: 624 Cable Ave, Beachwood, New Jersey 08722
Last known employer: Board of Education





LARRY LEE OUVERSON

Larry Ouverrson
March 25, 1945 - December 3, 2013
Rat Pack 14 from March of 1967 to March of 1968

Larry passed peacefully from this life at his home on the morning of December 3, 2013 after a hard fought battle with intestinal cancer. He was surrounded and supported by his loving family and friends during this time.

Larry Lee Ouverson was born in Hendricks, Minnesota, March 25, 1945 to Raymond and Lola Ouverson. He was raised in western Minnesota where he was confirmed at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Canby, Minnesota. He attended District 48 country school through the 7th grade and graduated from Canby High School in 1963. Larry attended Saint Cloud State University for 2 years prior to enlisting into the United States Army in 1966, attending flight school and receiving his pilots certification to fly helicopters. Larry served in Vietnam from 1967-1968 flying over 2,000 combat hours for 281st Attack Helicopter Company supporting the 5th Special Forces. Upon returning from Vietnam he was stationed at Ft. Wolters, TX working as a flight instructor until being honorably discharged in December 1971.

Upon completion of his military service Larry returned to Minnesota to continue in the Aviation industry. he managed the Montevideo Municipal airport, offering flight instruction in fixed wing aircraft, charter and crop dusting services. Larry moved to the Tulsa, Oklahoma area in 1985. he was employed as a air medical transport pilot from 1985-2011 with Tulsa Life Flight, AirEvac of Tulsa and retired from AirEvac Lifeteam in March 2011. During that time Larry completed over 4,000 patient transports. he also worked as a corporate jet pilot for Citgo Aviation and was a licensed instructor for both helicopter and fixed wing aircraft, logging over 20,000 flight hours in his career. Larry was also a full time rancher in the Rogers County area.

Larry enjoyed a variety of pastimes such as hunting and fishing, spending time with his family and friends, raising and showing Quarter Horses and enjoyed anything aviation related.

Following are pictures of Larry while serving with the 281st AHC in Viet Nam.... Time period 1967-68.

Larry in VN1     Larry in Viet Nam 2

This last picture tells the true story of the Intruder family. Here are two very young men who grew up in Vietnam, one a pilot, and a one a crew chief. Based on mutual respect for the jobs they did in combat they became life long friends. Frank was the last Intruder to visit with Larry before he recently died.

Larry and Frank
Larry and Frank Little


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