Olson, Kenneth Lee, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized)
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Specialist 4


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Home State
Minnesota
Minnesota
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Paynesville, MN
Last Address
Willmar (Paynesville), MN

Casualty Date
May 13, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Long An
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Paynesville Cemetery - Paynesville, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
59E 028

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of ValorRedcatcher AssociationVietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Legion Of Valor - Assoc. Page
  1968, Redcatcher Association
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
5th Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized)
  1967-1968, 5th Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment/A Company
  1967-1968, 199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Army Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor

SP4 Kenneth Lee Olson 

   
Comments/Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Spec. Olson distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a team leader with Company A. Spec. Olson 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, Spec. Olson and a fellow soldier moved forward of the platoon to investigate another suspected line of bunkers. As the 2 men advanced they were pinned down by intense automatic weapons fire from an enemy position 10 meters to their front. With complete disregard for his safety, Spec. 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, Spec. Olson threw himself upon the grenade and pulled it in to his body to take the full force of the explosion. By this unselfish action Spec. Olson sacrificed his own life to save the lives of his fellow comrades-in-arms. His extraordinary heroism inspired his fellow soldiers to renew their efforts and totally defeat the enemy force. Spec. Olson's profound courage and intrepidity were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


   
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