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Clifford A. Olson

Sisseton, SD

1937, 793, Hill City, F-9 Ass't Leader
1939, 793, Hill City, F-24 Equipment Operator

Col. Clifford A. Olson, U.S. Army Retired, 82, of Chambersburg, PA, died Thursday, October 25, 2001, at his home.

Born November 29, 1918, in Sisseton, SD, he was the son of the late Alfred and Carrie Olson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lt. Elizabeth McNamara, Army Nurse Corps, in 1988. They were married in February 1949.

He enrolled in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. He accepted an appointment as junior forester for the U.S. Forest Service in 1938. He worked in the Black Hills and Harney National Forests from 1938 to 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941 and was assigned to an Armor Unit. He went to England in 1943 and participated in the D-Day invasion of France in 1944. He received a battlefield promotion to 2nd lieutenant in Belgium in 1944. He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge. From 1945, he served various command and staff assignments in the U.S., Germany, Japan and in Korea during the war. He retired in 1974. He was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Letterkenny Rod and Gun Club, Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599 VFW and Burt J. Asper Post 46 American Legion, all of Chambersburg. During his retirement, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America of Chambersburg.

He is survived by two sons, Clifford A. Olson Jr. of Chambersburg and Roland Olson of Reno, NV; a grandson; a brother, Mickey Olson of Minneapolis, MN and two sisters, Louise Roth of Sisseton, SD and Alice Cripps of Palisade, MN.

A brother, Alfred Olson Jr. of Arizona and a sister, Josephine Nordstrom of Aberdeen, SD, preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. The Rev. Luis Rodriguez was celebrant. Burial was in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA. Visitation was Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the church. The family requested the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 452 E. King St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Arrangements were by Robert G. Sellers Funeral Home, Chambersburg.

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