Sgt Samuel Valentine “Sam” Olson

Sgt Samuel Valentine “Sam” Olson

Birth
Arnegard, McKenzie County, North Dakota, USA
Death 21 Jul 2011 (aged 91)
Williston, Williams County, North Dakota, USA
Burial Williston, Williams County, North Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 73706367 · View Source
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First Special Service Force 5-3 Veteran.

Samuel Olson, 91, of Williston, North Dakota died of after battling lymphoma at his home in Williston, ND Thursday, July 21, 2011.

Samuel V. Olson was born February 14, 1920 to Samuel and Ragnhild (Johanessen) Olson near Arnegard, North Dakota. He was raised and educated in the Arnegard area. He loved horses and had moved out to Oregon to work on a large cattle ranch.

While in Oregon he was drafted into the Calvary. When the Calvary was mobilized, Sam joined the First Special Service Forces, forerunner of the "Green Berets". During his service he was awarded a Bronze Star. He served as Staff Sergeant for four years until his discharge.

While serving in Norway, Sam married Ragnhild (Paulsen) Braaten. To this union three children were born.

Sam lived and worked in the upstate New York area as a sheet metal mechanic until his retirement in 1978. Later that year, Sam married Shirley Maxson. The couple loved to travel and spent 26 years living in travel trailers. They spent much of their time helping others with odd jobs, such as painting homes, all kinds of carpentry, fencing, and cutting of a full winter's wood. They moved to Williston six years ago where they have resided since.

Sam is survived by his wife, Shirley (Maxson) of Williston, ND; sons, Clifford (Joni) and Larry; grandchildren, Julie (Dan) Koch, Jennifer, Christopher, Tandilyn, Devon, Kade, Kinzee, Scott (Gianna), and Jeanne (Ben) Arnold; and two great-grandsons, Jack and Ethan. He is also survived by 6 step-children; 12 step-grandchildren; and 21 step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth; brother, Sherman; his son, Allan (Nancy) Olson.


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  • Created by: BArnold
  • Added: 21 Jul 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 73706367
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Samuel Valentine “Sam” Olson (14 Feb 1920–21 Jul 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 73706367, citing Riverview Cemetery, Williston, Williams County, North Dakota, USA ; Maintained by BArnold (contributor 46908180) .