County to dedicate CR326 to Vietnam vet

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Michael Osteen died 44 years ago

By Lou Elliott Jones, Editor

Army Spec 4 Michael S. Osteen of Gulf Hammock went to Vietnam on Aug. 23, 1967. On May 5, 1968, at the age of 22 he was killed by hostile artillery fire in Pleiku Province in South Vietnam. He was one of eight — and some accounts say as many as 19 — U.S. soldiers who died that day when they were ambushed on Highway 14 about 8 miles from Kontum City while escorting a convoy. He was a member of the 4th Military Police Company, 4th Infantry Division.
The military police officer left behind a wife and family. He also left behind a friend, Roger Morgan of Williston, who never forgot him.
Because of all those people and the effort of County Commissioner Mike Joyner of Morriston (R-District 1), Osteen will be honored with a portion of County Road 326, from the Gulf Hammock Post Office to the boat landing at its end dedicated in his honor.
The ceremony will be on Monday, Aug. 6, at 10 a.m. at the intersection of U.S. Highway 19 and County Road 326.
The Levy County Commission unanimously granted Joyner and Morgan's request for the dedication at its July 17 meeting and ordered the county Road Department to proceed with making the signs.

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