OLSEN, John  
Name:  Olsen, John
Date of birth:  Unknown
Nationality:  American
Rank: First Lieutenant
Unit: 415th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry "Timberwolf" Division, U.S. Army
Action: For extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy in Germany on 2 and 3 December 1944. On the night of 2-3 December 1944 the company which Lieutenant Olsen commanded was given the mission of assaulting and capturing a strongly defended town. Shortly after launching the attack, Lieutenant Olsen's company was pinned to the ground by extremely heavy machine gun fire. Realizing the need for prompt action in maintaining the impetus of the attack, Lieutenant Olsen, with complete disregard for his personal safety, ran to the head of his company, completely exposing himself to the heavy enemy fire, to shout encouragement to his men and lead the advance. Inspired by the bravery of their leader, the men of the company rose to their feet and followed him up the hill and into the outskirts of the town, advancing against heavy enemy fire. Lieutenant Olsen then reorganized the company and, at great risk to his life, constantly exposed himself to enemy fire in leading his men in clearing the town. In this operation Lieutenant Olsen was seriously wounded, but he continued to lead the advance until his company had gained a firm foothold in the town. Lieutenant Olsen's courage, tenacity of purpose, and inspiring leadership, above and beyond the ordinary call of duty, is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect the highest credit on himself and the armed forces of the United States.
Entered military service from New York.

Details: Posthumously awarded, date unknown.
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