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A Family of Service; Father/Son Purple Hearts


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All,

 

Wanted to share the service and sacrifice of the Olson family during WWI and WWII. In WWI, PFC Olson served in L company of the 32nd Division and his two brothers, Frank and Hayward served in the Navy. During the war, PVT Olson would be wounded in Aisen-Marne Offensive on July 31, 1918 and gassed during Meuse Argonne on October 5, 1918 before his discharge in 1919. Hayward would also be discharged in 1919 and it appears that Frank stayed in the Navy following the war after serving on the USS Ammen.

 

In 1932, Mr. Olson received his Purple Heart with the LOLC back in his hometown of Menominee, Michigan. He would stay in the area until around 1943 when he moved to Los Angeles. PVT Olson died in 1962 and is buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.

 

PFC Olson had at least two sons that served in the military during WWII. John served in the Navy and his brother William in 506 PIR, 101st Airborne. Unfortunately, William was killed in action in the early morning hours of June 6, 1944 when the C-47 (#42-100905) was shot down by anti-aircraft fire around Magneville, France losing the crew and all paratroopers onboard. A memorial stands in France for the crew and another bomber crew that was lost during the war. PFC Olson, after the war would return back in his hometown of Menominee, Michigan for burial.

 

 

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Very moving father and son Purple Hearts. As an Angeleno, I particularly appreciate this group. Glad you've kept it together and are keeping their memories alive, as we collectors generally do.

 

From the LA Times, 5 Aug 1944-

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Interesting...looks like they lived pretty close to each other. My father in law grew up in the 30s and 40s not a mile south of where William lived and used to ride his bike to USC (near William's father's house) when he went to school there in the 1950s.

 

 

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Thanks for the additional articles. I missed them on ancestry.

 

You're welcome, glad to help. And thanks for posting this great father/son PH group that you've got. You didn't miss the articles, they're from the LA Times archives-- not available on ancestry or newspapers.com.

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Very poignant group. Very nice presentation on these heroes. May they all Rest in Peace. Bobgee

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Fabulous set of medals. Tragic that his son was KIA.

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Time to downsize! I'm selling off a large portion of my collection. Message me for the most up to date list of items.

I have American and foreign; Army, Air Force, and Navy; Span-Am War to current; mostly originals but some reproductions.

 

Always looking for numbered Purple Hearts and Silver Stars. Message me if you have any, maybe we can make a deal.

 

Looking for Purple Heart number 172669.

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