The Story of David Denn My name is Randy Losey and I would like to share this story with you. In   the   fall   of   2004   I   received   an   e-mail   from   a   former   Walkersville,   Maryland   resident.   He had   found   my   flyARIA.com Advanced   Range   Instrumentation   History   web   site   through   a web   search.   He   commented   about   the   web   site   and   how   he   liked   it.   I   replied   to   his   e- mail   and   thanked   him   for   his   kind   comments.   This   would   not   be   the   last   time   that   he would contact me. The   next   day   I   received   another   email   from   him.   He   told   me   that   he   had   recovered   some personally   identifiable   items   from   the   crash   site   in   the   years   following   the   crash   of ARIA 328.   He   explained   in   his   e-mail   that   he   had   tried   to   return   the   items   to   the   families   but his   attempts   to   do   so   had   failed.   He   could   not   find   out   information   that   would   permit   him to   do   so.   He   offered   to   send   me   the   items   so   they   could   ultimately   be   returned   to   the families. I   was   taken   aback   by   this   email;   my   first   thought   was   that   he   was   playing   a   cruel   joke.   I then   had   a   thought   that   made   me   feel   even   worse;   what   if   he   was   telling   the   truth.   How could   I   approach   these   families   33   years   after   the   crash   of   ARIA   328   and   tell   them?   I replied   to   his   e-mail   that   I   would   locate   the   family   members   and   return   the   items.   I   felt emotionally drained. I   didn't   believe   him   until   the   package   arrived   on   a   Saturday.   I   could   not   bring   myself   to open   the   package   immediately;   the   package   sat   on   the   dining   room   table   for   most   of   the day. As promised, the items were in the box neatly packed with care. The   former   Walkersville,   Maryland   resident   was   David   Denn.   David   was   12   years   old when ARIA   328   crashed   over   Walkersville,   Maryland.   David   had   kept   the   items   for   all   of these years looking for a way to return them. Within   days   of   David   Denn's   initial   contact   with   me   I   received   an   e-mail   from   a   family member   of   one   of   328's   crew. This   was   a   first   communication   for   me   with   this   family   and when   I   received   the   package   from   David   Denn   I   learned   that   this   individual   would   be   my first   contact   with   the   news   of   the   recovered   item   for   their   family.   I   later   learned   from David   that   it   was   by   this   crew   member's   name   in   a   web   search   engine   that   he   found   the flyARIA.com   web   site.   The   name   he   searched   for   was   Charlie   Gratch ARIA   328   Mission Coordinator. It was Charlie Gratch’s younger brother who contacted me, Vincent Gratch. All   of   the   families   involved   with   the   recovery   were   contacted   and   items   were   returned   as desired.   I   had   the   pleasure   of   talking   with   extremely   appreciative   families.   I   told   them about David Denn and the story of how it came to be. David   had   also   included   another   recovered   item   in   the   package   intended   for   me;   he didn’t   tell   me   that   he   was   sending   anything   else.   What   David   didn’t   know   was   that   on   the morning   of   the   May   6,   1981   I   was   tasked   to   deliver   a   CRU-60   oxygen   regulator   to   an awaiting   ARIA   328.   I   arrived   at   the   flight   line,   engines   running,   climbed   into   the   aircraft and   delivered   the   CRU-60.   In   the   package   David   had   included   a   CRU-60   that   he recovered the following year after the crash. I   sit   back   in   amazement   and   think   of   how   one   email   has   touched   so   many   lives.   How these   items   recovered   by   David   Denn   sparked   good   memories   and   the   positive   effects of   holding   something   that   was   in   the   possession   of   their   loved   ones.   I   have   seen   the effects   of   emotional   healing   that   has   occurred   because   of   a   simple   email.   I   am   grateful that   I   have   been   afforded   the   opportunity   to   see   firsthand   the   positive   effects   of   the actions of a 12 year old that transcended decades later.
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The Story of David Denn My   name   is   Randy   Losey   and   I   would   like   to   share   this story with you. In   the   fall   of   2004   I   received   an   e-mail   from   a   former Walkersville,    Maryland    resident.    He    had    found    my flyARIA.com   Advanced   Range   Instrumentation   History web   site   through   a   web   search.   He   commented   about the   web   site   and   how   he   liked   it.   I   replied   to   his   e-mail and   thanked   him   for   his   kind   comments.   This   would   not be the last time that he would contact me. The   next   day   I   received   another   email   from   him.   He   told me   that   he   had   recovered   some   personally   identifiable items    from    the    crash    site    in    the    years    following    the crash   of   ARIA   328.   He   explained   in   his   e-mail   that   he had    tried    to    return    the    items    to    the    families    but    his attempts    to    do    so    had    failed.    He    could    not    find    out information   that   would   permit   him   to   do   so.   He   offered to    send    me    the    items    so    they    could    ultimately    be returned to the families. I   was   taken   aback   by   this   email;   my   first   thought   was that   he   was   playing   a   cruel   joke.   I   then   had   a   thought that   made   me   feel   even   worse;   what   if   he   was   telling the   truth.   How   could   I   approach   these   families   33   years after   the   crash   of   ARIA   328   and   tell   them?   I   replied   to his   e-mail   that   I   would   locate   the   family   members   and return the items. I felt emotionally drained. I    didn't    believe    him    until    the    package    arrived    on    a Saturday.   I   could   not   bring   myself   to   open   the   package immediately;   the   package   sat   on   the   dining   room   table for   most   of   the   day.   As   promised,   the   items   were   in   the box neatly packed with care. The   former   Walkersville,   Maryland   resident   was   David Denn.   David   was   12   years   old   when   ARIA   328   crashed over   Walkersville,   Maryland.   David   had   kept   the   items for all of these years looking for a way to return them. Within   days   of   David   Denn's   initial   contact   with   me   I received    an    e-mail    from    a    family    member    of    one    of 328's   crew.   This   was   a   first   communication   for   me   with this   family   and   when   I   received   the   package   from   David Denn   I   learned   that   this   individual   would   be   my   first contact   with   the   news   of   the   recovered   item   for   their family.   I   later   learned   from   David   that   it   was   by   this   crew member's   name   in   a   web   search   engine   that   he   found the   flyARIA.com   web   site.   The   name   he   searched   for was   Charlie   Gratch   ARIA   328   Mission   Coordinator.   It was   Charlie   Gratch’s   younger   brother   who   contacted me, Vincent Gratch. All    of    the    families    involved    with    the    recovery    were contacted   and   items   were   returned   as   desired.   I   had   the pleasure   of   talking   with   extremely   appreciative   families. I   told   them   about   David   Denn   and   the   story   of   how   it came to be. David   had   also   included   another   recovered   item   in   the package   intended   for   me;   he   didn’t   tell   me   that   he   was sending   anything   else.   What   David   didn’t   know   was   that on   the   morning   of   the   May   6,   1981   I   was   tasked   to deliver   a   CRU-60   oxygen   regulator   to   an   awaiting ARIA 328.   I   arrived   at   the   flight   line,   engines   running,   climbed into    the    aircraft    and    delivered    the    CRU-60.    In    the package     David     had     included     a     CRU-60     that     he recovered the following year after the crash. I   sit   back   in   amazement   and   think   of   how   one   email   has touched   so   many   lives.   How   these   items   recovered   by David   Denn   sparked   good   memories   and   the   positive effects   of   holding   something   that   was   in   the   possession of   their   loved   ones.   I   have   seen   the   effects   of   emotional healing   that   has   occurred   because   of   a   simple   email.   I am   grateful   that   I   have   been   afforded   the   opportunity   to see   firsthand   the   positive   effects   of   the   actions   of   a   12 year old that transcended decades later.
Aircraft 61-0328 Memorial
 ARIAMemorial.com Copyright © 2001-2017 Randy L. Losey All other works Copyright © by their perspective owners
Advanced Range Instrumentation
     United States Air Force