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. Mr. David Eugene Denn passed away on November 15, 2011, from cancer. He was 42.
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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. Mr.   David   Eugene   Denn   passed   away   on   November 15, 2011, from cancer. He was 42.