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May 12, 2017 / PHOTO - VU pays tribute to the Honorable Jim R. Osborne
Community leaders, dignitaries, friends, and loved ones gathered Thursday evening to pay tribute to the Honorable Jim R. Osborne, Vincennes resident and history enthusiast, as he was presented the Vincennes University Alumni Association’s prestigious Walter A. Davis Memorial Citation for Service. The citation honors Osborne’s lifelong commitment to civic leadership and recognizes his many professional achievements.
ABOUT THE RECIPIENT
Osborne has served his community through the many organizations, including: Vincennes Kiwanis, the Salvation Army, the Vincennes University Foundation, Old Northwest Corporation, Red Skelton Museum Foundation Board, and the Knox County Bar Association. He also has served as a member of the Indiana Judges Association, the Board of Directors of the Indiana Judicial Conference, and as a Major in the Indiana National Guard Reserve. He was named to the Legend of Hoosier Heroes by Adjutant General Martin Umbarger of the Indiana National Guard.
He has received Civitan’s Citizen of the Year Award, the American Red Cross Carroll Hamner Spirit of Knox County Award, the National Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Medal, and the American Legion Spirit of ’76 Award. In addition, Osborne served as a 2016 Indiana Bicentennial Torch Bearer and he currently serves as vice chair of the State of Indiana WWI Centennial Committee.
Osborne has been an avid military collector and historian all of his life and his interest in military history has taken him all over the world visiting museums, battlefields, and countless historic sites. While there he conducted interviews with many veterans and noted persons in history. He has written articles and been interviewed on numerous television broadcasts including Good Morning America with Joan Lunden and CBS America Tonight.
Through his personal collection he was instrumental in establishing the Indiana Military Museum, focusing on preserving and displaying significant military artifacts and memorabilia pertaining to U.S. Military history. The museum has become known as one of the most comprehensive military history and educational facilities in the Midwest. Thousands of visitors - including school groups, students, and veterans - annually tour the museum and enjoy the growing variety of displays. Osborne serves as the president of the Museum Corporation and chairs the Board of Directors.