Father’s Day Feat
BY PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer
June 18, 2007 - Home from the war due to the death of his grandmother, Marine Cpl. José Osornio, was blessed with the gift of a new life when his baby girl, Taytum De Ann, not due to arrive until June 23, arrived on June 12, making Father’s Day come a few days early.
Cpl. Osornio, serving with 2nd Battalion 5th Marines in Ramadi, Iraq, was called home at the end of May due to the sudden death of his grandmother, Lynn Cooper.
While on a 10-day leave, Osornio’s wife of three and half years, Jerica, who was eight and a half months pregnant, went in for her check-up with Dr. Somjai Tris. Due to the baby being breech, the doctor decided an early delivery would be possible if the young marine could get an extended leave.
Cpl. Osornio was granted another 10-day leave allowing him to be home for the birth of his 5 pounds 14 ounce baby girl born June 12 at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital at 1:31 p.m.
Jerica said she and three-year-old Taylor “were so excited he was going to be able to be with us. We weren’t expecting it.”
Serving in his second tour of duty in Iraq, Osornio headed back to war on Saturday, June 16, with a scrapbook prepared by the HCMH nursery staff in appreciation for his service to our country.
�The staff at the hospital was so nice,� Jerica said. �That was really special to us.�
Both Jerica and Jose’ are graduates of Sulphur Springs High School, 2002 and 2003, respectively.
Jerica is the daughter of James and Vickie Pickel. José is the son of Donna Ewton and José Osornio Sr., all of Sulphur Springs.