Department of Defense
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense
IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. 1167-10
December 20, 2010
DOD Identifies Marine Casualty
The Department of Defense announced today the
death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Corporal Sean A. Osterman, 21, of Princeton,
Minnesota, died December 16, 2010, from wounds received Decrmber 14, 2010,
while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division,
II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
For additional background information on this
Marine, news media representatives may contact the 2nd Marine Division
public affairs office at 910-449-9925.
December 16, 2010:
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina
– Corporal Sean A. Osterman, 21, of Princeton, Minnesota, died December
16, 2010, as a result of a hostile incident while supporting combat operations
in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Osterman was a reconnaissance man assigned
to 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary
Force. He joined the Marine Corps in July 2007 and was promoted to corporal
January 1, 2009.
He deployed in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom from August 2009 to December 2009. Most recently, he deployed in
support of Operation Enduring Freedom in November 2010.
His awards include the Marine Corps Good Conduct
Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global
War on Terrorism Service Medal and the NATO International Security Assistance
Requests to support the family and media requests
regarding burial arrangements or personal information must be directed
to the Casualty Assistance Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps, at (703)
17 December 2010:
After graduating from high school in 2007,
Sean Osterman knew he was headed to the military, but took his time researching
which branch might be best for him.
He chose the Marines, and it was not just
because his father was a Colonel.
Last week, during his second tour in Afghanistan,
Osterman, 21, of Princeton, Minnesota, was mortally wounded while leading
his platoon in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. He was evacuated
to Kandahar and then flown to Landstuhl Medical Center at Ramstein Air
Force Base in Germany, where he died Saturday.
He was assigned to the 2nd Reconnaissance
Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune,
N.C., and was part of what is known as a recon unit, which often conducts
surveillance and intelligence gathering beyond the front lines. His unit
had been in Afghanistan since about Thanksgiving.
According to a statement released by his family,
he was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and lived near there until age 9.
The family moved to Princeton, where he attended Cambridge Elementary School,
Cambridge Middle School and graduated from Technical High School in St.
Cloud in 2007. He joined the Marine Corps at age 17 on the Delayed Entry
Program and went on active duty after graduation. He had completed one
tour in Afghanistan before his current deployment.
Although he had found his time in the Marines
rewarding, he had indicated to friends and relatives that he would be leaving
the military after completing his service and planned to attend college.
During basic training and afterward, if fellow Marines had questions about
the service, he would often send his father letters seeking advice for
His father, Marine Reserve Colonel Anthony
Osterman, was at one time responsible for training and equipping and manning
the Afghan security forces, according to an earlier release from the U.S.
military. He has since retired from the military.
His mother, Kelly Hugo, a guidance counselor
at North Junior High School in St. Cloud, traveled to Germany to be with
her son before he died and returned to Delaware with his body Monday night.
In addition to his parents, he is survived
by sisters Katie and Olya Osterman, both of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and
two other siblings, Elijah and Sarah Pruka, both of Princeton. Funeral
services are planned at the Fort Myer Chapel with interment at Arlington
Cemetery. A local memorial service will be planned in the near future.
OSTERMAN, SEAN A
CPL US MARINE CORPS
DATE OF BIRTH: 01/11/1989
DATE OF DEATH: 12/16/2010
BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 9504
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
20 April 2011