Major David L. Horne
FERDINAND, IN -- Major David L. Horne, 76, USMC Retired, of Santa Claus, IN, died on Sept. 19, 2013 at Scenic Hills Care Center in Ferdinand, IN.
He was born in Dixfield on October 10, 1936 to Harold Horne and Evelyn (Starbird) Irish. Major Horne after graduated from high school in 1955, enlisted in the Marine Corps.
He married Catherine Knauer on August 22, 1959.
Major Horne was involved in the Cuban Crisis in 1962 and in 1963. In 1965, Major Horne was one of the first Units to set foot on the soil of the Republic of Vietnam. After obtaining the rank of Gunnery Sergeant, Major Horne was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in September of 1967. In 1968, he returned to Vietnam as Commanding Officer of 1stt Marines. Major Horne stepped on a land mine in January of 1969, and ended up being hospitalized in Chelsey, MA. After several months, he was released from the hospital.
Major Horne fought to stay in the Marine Corps and spent several months learning to walk. He had to pass the PFT in order to remain on active duty. Major Horne had special boots made that laced to his knee. He ran for years in these boots and never took them off until he went to bed. In 1971 Major Horne was assigned Commander of Security Company, Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor. HI.
In 1974, Major Horne was assigned to the Inspector Instructor Staff in Evansville, IN for four years. He officially retired in 1979 after serving 24 years in the Marine Corps. He then set up residence in Santa Claus, IN. He was employed by NERCO Coal Company as manager of transportation in Indiana.
In 1997, Major Horne embarked on a different kind of mission. He began a fundraising campaign, and he began training for the GTE, American Lung Association, and "Big Ride across America." Major Horne completed a 3,000-mile bicycle ride from Seattle, WA to Washington, DC in 47 days.
Major Horne is the recipient of two Bronze Stars; two Purple Hearts; the Combat Action Ribbon; two Presidential Unit Citations; two Naval unit Citations; two Good Conduct Awards; the National Defense Metal; the Marine Expeditionary Metal; five Republic of Vietnam Service Awards; the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and several more. Major Horne's acts of heroism have been featured in such publications as "Rumor of War" by Philip Caputo and "UNo Shining Armor" by Otto Lenrack.
Surviving is his wife, Catherine of Santa Claus, IN; two children, Shane Horne and wife, Sharon of Haubstadt, IN, and Holly Smith and husband, Matt of Evansville, IN; two brothers, Donald Horne and wife, Lynn of Dixfield, and Mark Irish of West Peru; two sisters, Mairjke Jones and husband, William of Spring Hill, FL, and Wendy Weber and husband, Robert of Herndon, VA; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Troy Horne.
A private graveside service at the Dale, Indiana Cemetery to be announced at a later date.
Condolences to the family can be sent to www.bradleyscc.com.