Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
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, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
May 26, 1945
at Willmar, MN
Service in the US Army from Minneapolis,
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
May 13, 1968 in Vietnam
May 13, 1968
at the age of 22
Fourth Class Olson was serving as a team leader while his
company was participating in a mission to reinforce a
reconnaissance platoon which was heavily engaged with a
well-entrenched Viet Cong force. When his platoon moved into the
area of contact and had overrun the first line of enemy bunkers,
Olson and a fellow soldier moved forward of the platoon to
investigate another suspected line of bunkers. As the two men
advanced they were pinned down by intense automatic weapons fire
from an enemy position ten meters to their front. With complete
disregard for his safety, Specialist Fourth Class Olson exposed
himself and hurled a hand grenade into the Viet Cong position.
Failing to silence the hostile fire, he again exposed himself to
the intense fire in preparation to assault the enemy position.
As he prepared to hurl the grenade, he was wounded, causing him
to drop the activated device within his own position. Realizing
that it would explode immediately, he threw himself upon the
grenade and pulled it in to his body to take the full force of
the explosion. By this unselfish action he sacrificed his own
life to save the lives of his comrades. His extraordinary
heroism inspired his fellow soldiers to renew their efforts and
totally defeat the enemy force.