Olson, Charles (Interview transcript and video), 2009

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Olson, Charles (Interview transcript and video), 2009

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Charles Olson was born in Muskegon, Michigan in September of 1921. In 1940, he decided to join the National Guard, and shortly afterward, his unit was federalized and sent to Louisiana to train. He had wanted to fly, so while in Louisiana, he applied to join the Army Air Corps, and was accepted into bombardier school. He was sent to England at the end of 1943 and flew 32 missions in a B-26 over Europe before returning home to train B-29 crews in 1945. He left the Army briefly, but soon rejoined the Michigan National Guard, and went back on active duty in 1948. He was sent to Japan, and participated in the Inchon landing and the invasion and retreat from North Korea in 1950. He remained in the Army into the 1960s, and served as an adviser in Vietnam in 1963. While working at the MACV Headquarters in Saigon, he wound up having to identify the bodies of the assassinated Vietnamese President Diem and his brother.

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2009-06-12

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Grand Valley State University. University Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives

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Smither, James (Interviewer)

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Veterans History Project (U.S.)

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OlsenC0619V

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eng

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Olson, Charles, “Olson, Charles (Interview transcript and video), 2009,” Digital Collections, accessed December 9, 2021, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/29344.
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