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Arlo L. Olson



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Fort Snelling National Cemetery

Born:  April 20, 1918 at Greenville, IA

Entered Service in the US Army from Toronto, SD

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism October 13, 1943 at Volturno River, Italy

Died:  October 28, 1943 at the age of 25

Captain Olson waded waist-deep waters to lead in the Volturno River crossing under point-blank enemy machine-gun fire. On the north bank he located and destroyed 1 machinegun position with 2 grenades. A second position began firing on him from a 150-yard distance, and Olson advanced on it in a slow deliberate walk. With 5 enemy throwing grenades, he moved within 5 yards to destroy them, picked up a machine pistol, and continued his advance. From 15 yards away he killed 9 enemy and seized the fortification. For 13 days Olson's company spearheaded the advance of his regiment through 30 miles of mountainous, enemy held territory. On October 27 Olson led an attack on an enemy stronghold, crawling within 25 yards to charge the enemy despite a withering fire. With his pistol he killed them and destroyed that position. Leading his men towards another objective, Olson advanced when heavy fire forced others to take cover. He conducted a recon of the enemy, during which he was wounded. Despite this, he finished his reconnaissance, refusing medical aid until all other wounded had been treated. He succumbed to his wounds while being taken to a field hospital.



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