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(courtesy of Bobby and Carol Babin Estes

Grave marker for Joe D. Olson and spouse in the Gass Cemetery, Omaha (Boone county), Arkansas.

Joe enlisted in the Army at Jefferson Barracks, MO on 18 July 1942 and was assigned to the Hq Hq, 508th PIR.

On 24 February 1995 he wrote a letter to Joe Favela and shared some important facts:

"I was the shortest man in the 508, 5'5", 145 pounds"

"I jumped in Normandy with the 82nd A/B Div Signal Company, Parachute Platoon. It was put together for the invasion. I was on detached service from the 508th."

"When the war ended in Europe I volunteered for the Pacific. I landed in NY on August 14, 1945, V.J. Day"

"I was discharged October 25, 1945 at Ft Bragg, NC"

"I retired Aug 1, 1991 as a Judge of Los Angeles County Superior Court, at which time we moved to Branson [MO]."

Joe didn't mention where and when he attended college but like many other men who served he undoubtedly took advantage of the GI Bill and it served him well as he became a lawyer and then a judge.






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