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Ralph Olson

Also Known As: "Pinky"
Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Ayrshire, Palo Alto, IA, United States
Death: December 10, 2004 (84)
Pella, Marion, IA, United States
Place of Burial: Pella, Marion, IA, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Axel Rudolph Olson and Tressa May Olson
Husband of Evelyn Olson
Father of Randolph Olson; Richard Eugene Olson; Private; Private and Private
Brother of Vivian Olson; Ruth Elvera Mullen; Marilyn Olson; Darrell Dean Olson; Jo Campbell and 3 others

Managed by: Dean Olson
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About Ralph Olson

Info on 248th Combat Engineers:

Constituted 25 February 1943 in the Army of the United States as teh 248th Engineer Combat Battalion. Activated 5 May 1943 at Camp Bowie, Texas. Departed the Boston Port of Embarkation on 28 June 1944 and arrived in England on 5 July 1944. Committed to combat in the European Theater of Operations and landed in France on 27 July 1944. Served in the Army of Occupation of Germany from 2 May-14 August 1945. The battalion was at Bremen, Germany at the end of World War II (15 August 1945 location). Returned to the United States via tthe New York Port of Embarkation 20 December 1945. Inactivated 24 December 1945 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Redesignated 12 October 1948 as th 972d Engineer Construction Battalion. CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDITS: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe.

Ralph was also part of the following outfit:

The 502nd Engineer Company (Assault Float Bridge) was first constituted on 19 March 1942. In April 1942, the unit was activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a Light Pontoon Bridge Company. During World War II, the unit participated in the following campaigns: Normandy (streamer with arrowhead indicating participation in the initial assault), Northern France, Rheinland and Central Europe. It led several assault river crossings, making possible the Allied drive across France and into Germany.

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Ralph Olson's Timeline

July 4, 1920
Ayrshire, Palo Alto, IA, United States
August 5, 1947
Age 27
Laurens, Pocahontas, IA, United States
November 8, 1954
Age 34
Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States
December 10, 2004
Age 84
Pella, Marion, IA, United States
December 14, 2004
Age 84
Pella, Marion, IA, United States