|Adrian C. Olson, 87|
|Written by TRF Times|
Warroad - Adrian C. Olson, 87, of Warroad and formerly of Badger, died on March 18 at Kittson Memorial Nursing Home in Hallock.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 26, at the Gieseke Funeral Chapel in Greenbush. Pastor Daniel Ostercamp officiated. Military Honors were provided by the Badger V.F.W. Post 3832. Burial was held at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Adrian C. “Eddy” Olson was born Jan. 16, 1918 to parents Anton and Clara Olson. He grew up in Badger, on a farm near the east end of Tamarack St. He attended school in Badger. He and his brothers Syriel and Norman and his sister Elaine would deliver milk and recharge batteries for those who had radios. Later, Adrian and Syriel owned and operated a gas station at the corner across from the Land O’Lakes Creamery and Obert’s Shoe Shop.
Adrian was drafted into the Army Air Force on June 3, 1941. He was trained as a flight engineer on a B-17 to assist all members of the plane as to mechanics of machine guns, structure stability and to help watch gauges and advise pilots in combat situations that may warrant other than normal activity of the plane.
He qualified as an AAF Air Crew member and was awarded his wings. He was attached to the 388th Bomber Group and bound for the European Theater of Operation. He participated in battles at Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Air Offensive Europe. His main station of operations was in London, England.
During his sixteenth bombing mission while on a B-17 at 32,200 feet, he was shot down over Berlin and was one of two people that escaped the plane before it exploded. He was captured by the Germans and was in various prison camps before being liberated by the Russians on May 2, 1945. After recovering in the hospital and completing his service, he was discharged on Oct. 28, 1945 with the rank of Tech. Sergeant. Honors he earned included the American Defense Ribbon, European-African-Middle East Ribbon with four Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart and the Air Medal with one Bronze Cluster.
After discharge he returned to Badger and married Laverne Thompson, the daughter of Oliver and Bertha Thompson of rural Benwood in 1947. They moved to a farm seven miles east of Badger where they began farming. Adrian worked on various construction jobs while Laverne and their sons Gary and Terry took care of the farm. Laverne died in 1966. Gary and Terry were both drafted into the US Army in 1970. Terry was stationed in Vietnam in the Infantry and Gary was stationed in Germany in the Military Police.
Adrian married Adeline Hulst in 1971 and moved to Warroad where he worked for the City of Warroad until he retired.
Adrian is survived by wife Adeline of Warroad; sons, Terry (Elaine) of Pauline, S.C., and Gary (Jeanette) of Warroad; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Laverne, brothers Norman and Seriel and sister Elaine Kilde. A00003B2005MR30