Post 100 Places Wreaths for Tracy Laramore and Jerod Osborne

Post Commander Jason Castleberry placing wreath at the grave of Jerod Osborne

American Legion Post 100 took the time recently to place wreaths at the grave sites of the post namesakes Tracy Laramore and Jerod Osborne. Spc. Tracy Lee Laramore graduated from Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas.  Tracy was stationed in Colorado, Korea, Germany and Kosovo, his family said. But after two and a half weeks in Iraq, Laramore, 30, died March 17, 2004 in Baji when the road gave way beneath his Bradley Fighting Vehicle while he was on a reconnaissance mission. The vehicle went over an embankment and flipped into the Tigris River, trapping Laramore. Jerod Osborne was born February 23, 1990 in Dallas TX to Allan and Sharon Osborne. His mother later married Gary Grillett of Rockwall, who helped raise him. A 2008 graduate of Rockwall High School. In 2009 he was assigned to his unit at Fort Bragg NC and later attended Airborne School at Fort Benning GA. He deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in August, 2009. In May 2010, he was the only medic at the scene when a roadside bomb killed five civilians and critically wounded seven others. He received a Bronze Star for saving the lives of the injured civilians.  On July 5, 2010 his unit was attacked by an IED and Jerod died from his wounds.

Both soldiers are buried in Rest Haven Cemetery in Rockwall, Texas. The Ladies took the time to make the wreaths and the Post Commander placed them at the graves. “The holidays are a time of cheer, but we should take the time to reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women in uniform” said Jason Castleberry. That is what the Royse City Post has tried to do in it’s short time as a post.