Osborn family service began with Joshua Osborn who served his country when he enlisted in the Continental Army at New Haven, Conn., in 1776. Joshua served throughout the Revolutionary War then afterward being honorably discharged homesteaded in Ohio and is buried in Southington Ohio. (photo)
Mansfield Osborn enlisted into the Union Army, Ohio Regiment, in 1861 at Southington. Mansfield also served throughout the Civil War. At the end of the war and after being honorably discharged he moved to Elmwood Nebraska where he lived until his death in 1872.
World War II
Alvin L. Osborne enlisted in the United States Navy in 1942 at Butte, Montana. Alvin served in the Pacific Theater on ships that were known then as minesweepers and a sub-chasers. At the end of World War II after being honorably discharged he returned to Galata then Shelby, Montana, to raise a family while working as a heavy equipment operator, welder (learned in the Navy) and diesel mechanic. He also served his community as a member of the Shelby School Board. He remained in Shelby until his death in 1993.