ROGER LEWIS OLSON
on Oct. 20, 1947
From FT. DODGE, IOWA
Casualty was on Mar. 26, 1968
in THUA THIEN, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
OTHER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
46E - - Line 38
in front is Roger (Doc) Olson.
Kneeling: August (Gus) Howard, Michael Hulsey;
Standing: Gunny Gunderson, Boyd (Chief) Chegup (Ute Indian), Eddie Garcia,
Charles (Chunky) Stonebreaker.
Roger Olson served with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, India
Company. His name stands proudly on the
India 3/5 Wall of Honor. Semper Fi, Doc, we will never forget.
was my friend. We worked together on a surgical ward at Camp Pendleton
in 1967. We cared for the wounded that had returned from the war. We
changed dressings, administered medications, removed sutures helped
guys to the bathroom, just whatever needed to be done.
was a very good Corpsman. He had compassion for other people. He was
just a real nice guy. As I sit here now at the age of 52, it seems so
unjust that Roger's life ended so early. Roger would have made a difference
in this world had he not been taken so early. It's been thirty years,
and I think of him often.
Corps School Class
Roger Olson was
in my Corps School Class in San
Diego, California. We were in company 21-67 and graduated in December
of 1966. I didn't know Roger real well, but I'm sure he was an excellent
Corpsman. I arrived in country on December 19, 1967 and I see he arrived
in country on December 15, 1967. He gave the ultimate sacrifice and
he is not forgotten. RIP, Roger.