"A MAN IS NOT DEAD UNTIL HE IS FORGOTTEN"
NORBERTO “NORMAN” RIEL 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
COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR ROBERT (BOB)
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
LT. COLONEL RINO O. "RAY" OKSA
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
"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,
CWO GARY D. O'CONNOR
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
GEORGE E OLSEN
LARRY LEE OUVERSON
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
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
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.