Olson, Robert Eugene, Maj

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Last Rank
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Primary Unit
1968-1969, 362nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
Service Years
1958 - 1969
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt Sgt. D.L. Kimbrow ("Skip") to remember Olson, Robert Eugene (CAP 72), Maj.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Pleiku AB, RVN

Casualty Date
Feb 05, 1969
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fort Snelling National Cemetery - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wall/Plot Coordinates
33W 067

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  1969, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Senior)

 Unit Assignments
460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing362nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
  1968-1969, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
  1968-1969, 362nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Non-operation sorties/Reconnaissance missions over Laos
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1954-1958, United States Military Academy
 My Aircraft/Missiles
EC-47 Electric Goose/Goon  
  1968-1969, EC-47 Electric Goose/Goon
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Major Robert Olson was the instructor navigator aboard an EC-47Q (tail number 45-1133) that disappeared on an RDF (Radio Direction Finding) mission out of Pleiku over Laos with return to Pue-Phu Bai AB..

The aircraft disappeared, and was not found until October 1969, near Ban Phan, Laos.

The 4 flight crew and 6 intercept crew (backenders) were killed in the crash.

Human remains were recovered from the site and repatriated for burial in a communal grave at Site 347, Section 81, Jefferson Barracks, Saint Louis, Missouri. Accounting of these 10 men was under consideration for DNA analysis. His remains were identifiied and he was interred in Fort Snelling National Cemetery 22 June 2015.

The ten crewmen were:

Flight crew, 362nd TEW Squadron, 460th Tactical Recon Wing
Major Homer M. Lynn, Pilot
Captain Walter F. Burke, Co-Pilot
Major Robert E. Olson, Instructor Navigator
Major Harry T. Niggle, Navigator
TSgt Wilton N. Hatton, Flight Mechanic

Collection crew, 6994th Security Squadron (Backenders):
SSgt Hugh L. Sherburn Airborne Mission Supervisor
SSgt Louis J. Clever, Senior Radio Operator
Sgt James V. Dorsey, Radio Operator
Sgt Rodney H. Gott, Radio Operator
Sgt. Clarence L. McNeill, Linguist
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