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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2011 > May-August > Son of Fallen Army Serviceman Finds Solace in Playing Little League

Son of Fallen Army Serviceman Finds Solace in Playing Little League

Son of Fallen Army Serviceman Finds Solace in Playing Little League

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Army Staff Sgt. and Little League volunteer Ergin V. Osman

On May 26, Army Staff Sgt. and Little League volunteer Ergin V. Osman, 35, a native of Harrison Township, Mich., perished from wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit in Kandhar province, Afghanistan.

On Sunday, June 5, the Osman family laid their hero to rest in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Mich., leaving behind ex-wife, Mouna Osman and sons, Aidan (9) and Zeren (5).

On the day that Aidan buried his father, he asked his mom if he could go to his Lac St. Clair Little League game later that evening. He told her, “It helps me feel OK.” During the game, and playing with a heavy heart, Aidan stepped up to the plate for his first at-bat and promptly cracked a triple.

“When Aidan slammed that triple, the crowd went wild,” Matt Crippen, President of Lac St. Clair Little League, said. “At that moment, I realized that even though we can’t heal all the pain, we know our support brings comfort to these kids.”

Army Staff Sgt. Osman was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. It was ninth tour of duty since enlisting in the U.S. Marines Corps in 1997.

Staff Sgt. Osman, whose father was a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier in Vietnam, was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), based in Fort Campbell, Ky.

In memory of his heroic sacrifice, Lac St. Clair Little League, in St Clair Shores, Mich., has organized a benefit for Aidan and Zeren.

A ceremony to honor the family will be conducted on Saturday, June 18 at 9.30 a.m. The ceremony will take place on the baseball field and precede a Little League game involving Aidan and Zeren’s teams.  Lac St. Clair Little League is asking all of the coaches and players to come dressed in their uniforms to show support for the family.

The Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman Memorial Fund has been established with all proceeds being placed into a trust for Aidan and Zeren. Commemorative bracelets will be offered for a donation. Branches of Charter One Bank are accepting donations to the fund.

For more information on donating to the Staff Sgt. Ergin V. Osman Memorial Fund, contact Mr. Crippen at: 586-859-9809; crippen3@comcast.net.