“Just Do What’s Right”

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Army Cpl. Nicholas P. Olson

Died September 18, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
22, of Novato, Calif.; assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), Fort Lewis, Wash.; died Sept. 18 in Muqdadiyah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when an improvised explosive device detonated near his unit during combat operations.

“I raised my only Son by myself from the age of two. Something not too many men do (Unfortunately). He made me a better man. It seemed that every day he challenged me to be better. It was an unconscious thing. When he left home and went into the military, I had time to reflect. I miss him every second of every min /24/7/365. I live alone now in the mountains with my dog, Buddy. I am a broken man. My doctor wants to give me antidepressants. I am not depressed. I am just heart broken. I miss my son more then not too many people can imagine. Granted, there are others, I am not alone. But, who wants to sit around in a room full of severely heart broken people and talk about it? Five minuets in and we would all be bawling our eyes out.

What I fear the most is, that when I am gone, no one will remember my son.

I have a Granddaughter by Nick but she is far away. I look forward to the day when she is old enough to come to my home and see all the things I have saved for her of her father”

Nick liked Guns, hunting, fishing, sailing, hiking in the mountains and snowboarding. “It was a proud day and a big deal to him the first time he beat down the mountain in a race” his father said. He learned to ride horses at an early age. He liked sports in general but the Patriots, was his team. He was good in track and he loved surfing. He learned to surf while attending the summer school program at the Carlsbad Army Navy Academy. He was getting his pilots license. “He knew everyone at Gnoss Field in Novato California.” He was payed the tribute of the missing man formation by the RedStar Pilots Association. After Nicks memorial service, they flew the Missing Man Formation over Nick’s High School for him. He love the R.O.T.C and the ARMY, “I loved it all of it and him!” stated his father.

    Nick received

  • Good Conduct Medal
  • The Army Commendation Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • The Combat Infantryman’s Badge
  • The National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • The Purple Heart
  • The Bronze Star

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