Jerome Donavan Olson

   Branch: U. S. Army

   Rank:  TEC-5

   Status: Deceased Veteran

   Date of Service: WWII

   Home Town: Bagley

Jerome D. Olson

Jerome Donavan Olson was born January 20, 1921 in Elbow Lake, Minnesota to John and Gena Olson. He grew up in the Shevlin area and attended Shevlin elementary school. He attended high school at Central High School, Minneapolis.

Jerome enlisted in the Army on November 16, 1942 at Fort Snelling. He had a background in mechanics so the Army sent him to basic training in chemical warfare training. He also received two weeks of training at Steam Boiler School in Camp Sibert, Alabama. Throughout his military career he worked as a heavy truck driver, pipefitter, general mechanic and generator operator.  Jerome was first sent with the 118th Chemical Processing Company to the European Theater for the Northern France and Rhineland Campaign. He arrived in France October 20, 1943. In July of 1945 he was sent to the South Pacific Theater. He was honorably discharged at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin on January 2, 1946.

Jerome received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Theater Service Ribbon, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Service Ribbon, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon.

Jerome passed away April 24, 1971 and is buried in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Bagley.

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