He Brought Us Together

Over 40 years after most of us had served in the 407th Radio Research Group, a former Commander of the Detachment, Captain John Osmundsen, reached out to as many as he could contact, and organized an informal reunion of Soldiers who had served in the unit. I don’t recall more than three or four us having actually served together, but we shared the bond of having been part of the 407th at various points in its brief history.

Laying the Wreath

That was May, 2002, and with our mini-reunion, we were invited as special guests to the Intelligence and Security Command’s Memorial Day Ceremony. Captain Osmundsen, as a former Commander of the unit with the last two Army Security Agency Soldiers killed in Vietnam, was chosen by the Commanding General to assist in the wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial to Fallen Army Security Agency and Intelligence and Security Command Soldiers.

John Osmundsen

I didn’t know John until that evening in 2002 when we met in Crystal City. We were no longer young Soldiers, now just older men with memories. John’s patriotism and compassion for the Soldiers he led and the bond he helped re-forge with other members of the 407th Radio Research Detachment erased the years that had passed since our ‘soldiering’ days. Because of his efforts, a vast majority of 407th Veterans have reconnected to share stories and be strengthened by the bond of brotherhood first sealed by our service in the northern most outposts of the Vietnam war.

407th Veterans May 2002

Rest in Peace, John, you’ll never be far from our minds.

About RetiredMSG

Master Sergeant (E-8), US Army (Retired) (10/01/1990) MOS 98Z50, 98C source MOS Ft. Dix, NJ; Ft. Devens, MA; 8th RRFS Phu Bai, RVN; 407th RRD Quang Tri, RVN; 313th ASA Bn, Ft. Bragg, NC; Defense Language Institute-East Coast, Anacostia, MD; 1st USASAFS Vint Hill Farms Station, Warrenton, VA; Consolidated Security Operations Center, San Antonio, TX; HQ USASA Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, VA; Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Education School, Ft. Devens, MA; 330th EW Avn Co (Fwd), Kaiserslautern/Gruenstadt, GE; HQ USAINSCOM Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, VA; 370th EW Co (HF DF Rear), Vint Hill Farms Station, Warrenton, VA; AFCENT Reserve Corps (Fwd), Maastricht, NL; HQ USAINSCOM Arlington Hall Station, Arlington, VA; HQ USAINSCOM Nolan Building, Ft. Belvoir, VA DoD Civilian (Retired) (12/31/2012) 2009 - 2012 Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence 2010 - 2011 U.S. Forces - Iraq/Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission - Intelligence Department of the Army Civilian 2002 - 2009 Hq Department of the Army, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence 1990 - 2002 Hq U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command
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4 Responses to He Brought Us Together

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  2. Richard Bullen says:

    May He Soar as on Wings of Eagles.


  3. Sam Ford says:

    An amazing leader that brought many of us peace after all these years. Gone but never forgotten. I only hope his family realizes what a special person he was to all of us.


  4. johnnmastro says:

    Thank you for all have done, you will always be in our thoughts and prayers.


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