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USNS Capt. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245)
International Radio Call Sign:
USAT Capt. Arlo L. Olson (1946 - 1950)
November - Yankee - Echo - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down as MV Bell Ringer, a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2478) at J. A. Jones Construction Company, Brunswick GA
Launched, date unknown
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 11 August 1945
Operated for the War Department under bare bottom charter to Waterman Steamship Corp.
Returned to the War Department, 13 August 1946, at New York, N.Y.
Assigned to the US Army Transportation Command, commissioned, USAT Capt. Arlo I. Olson, 30 August 1946
Title transferred to the US Navy, 1 March 1950
Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Capt. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245)
Placed out of service, 25 October 1956
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1958 and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. Group
Final Disposition, sold for non operational use to American Ship Dismantlers Inc., 4 March 1971 and subsequently scrapped
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 6,240 t.(fl)
Length 338' 8"
Speed 11 kts.
Propulsion diesel, single screw, 1,700hp
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Arlo L. Olson (April 20, 1918 – October 28, 1943) was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II. Olson joined the Army from Toronto, South Dakota, and by October 13, 1943 was serving as a captain in the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. On that day and the following two weeks, he showed conspicuous leadership during the push across the Volturno River in Italy. Olson repeatedly led his men in attacks against German forces, personally capturing several enemy positions, until he was mortally wounded during a reconnaissance patrol. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor ten months later, on August 31, 1944. Olson, aged 25 at his death, was buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Photo from the South Dakota Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
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