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|120k||Artist's conception of Earl K. Olsen by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL destroyer escorts are available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource.||Navy Yard Associates|
|74k||Earl Kenneth Olsen, born 2 July 1903 in Brooklyn, N.Y., was a member of the Naval Academy Class of 1926. After varied duty afloat and ashore, he was ordered to Pensacola (CA24) on 9 February 1939. Lieutenant Commander Olsen was serving as engineering officer during the night battle of Tassafaronga, off Guadalcanal, 30 November-1 December 1942. When a torpedo hit flooded the engine room, he coolly and efficiently directed evacuation of survivors. Attempting to carry another officer to safety, he himself succumbed to smoke and toxic gases. Lieutenant Commander Olsen was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. Citation: "The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Earl K. Olsen, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Engineering Officer aboard the Heavy Cruiser USS Pensacola (CA24), after the torpedoing of his ship in enemy-controlled waters during the Battle of Tassafaronga on the night of 30 November 1942. Lieutenant Commander Olsen coolly and efficiently directed the evacuation of the surviving personnel and attempted to carry the body of another officer to a place of safety, after enemy torpedo fire had flooded the engine room where Lieutenant Commander Olsen was stationed. As a result of his gallant spirit of self- sacrifice on behalf of the men on watch with him, he succumbed to smoke and toxic gasses. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Olsen throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country".
USS Earl K. Olsen (DE 765) (1944-1958) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1926.)
|74k||undated postwar image, recently out of mothballs||DESA Archives|
|44k||circa 1950, just out of mothballs (closer view of above photo)||Robert Hurst|
|44k||undated postwar image||Russ Padden|
|71k||September 1953: the North Atlantic - Taken from USS Caloosahatchee (AO 98), by RM1 John A. Zaruba, during Operation Mariner.||Jack Zaruba|
|74k||see previous photo|
|95k||shortly after being removed from mothballs||Len Banning (1952 - 1954)|
|98k||1953: the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard - USS William T. Powell (DER 213) in background|
|28k||1954, looking forward from the masthead|
|60k||circa 1960's: Philadelphia, Pa. - Earl K. Olsen laidup at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard outboard of Oswald (DE 767).||Gerhard Mueller-Debus|
|140k||early 1970's: Philadelphia, Pa. - mothballed at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. (Photo by Ed Zajkowski)||Ed Zajkowski|
|318k||Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - Two decommissioned DE's at the Inactive Ship Basin of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. Pierside is Earl K. Olsen, Kyne (DE 744) is outboard of her.||Jim Cunliffe|
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