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Sgt. Truman O. Olson (YMP-2)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Yard Mineplanter:
  • Built by Todd Atlantic Shipyards Corp., Charleston, SC
  • Completed for US Army as USAMP Sgt. Truman O. Olson, 1948
  • Transferred to Navy, 14 December 1949
  • Placed in service as Sgt. Truman O. Olson (YMP-2), date unknown
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for commercial service, renamed Sea Search (ON 504604), 1966
  • Final disposition, fate unknown-removed from ABS Record after 1982 (apparently converted to fishing vessel, renamed Miss Lynn, later to Haitian flag)
    Displacement 288 gross tons
    Length 127' 6" (wl) 130' (oa)
    Beam 35'
    Draft 8'
    Complement unknown
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 tons
    Armament none
    Propulsiontwo 500hp Diesel engines
    two Voith-Schneider cyclodal propellers - of captured German manufacture

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    YMP-2 14k Truman O. Olson was born on October 13, 1917, in Christiana, Wisconsin, and enlisted in the army from nearby Cambridge in June 1942. He was sent to Europe in 1943 and by January 30 of the next year was serving in Italy as a sergeant in Company B of the 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. On that day, near Cisterna di Littoria, he participated in the Battle of Cisterna. After a day of fighting which resulted in heavy casualties, what remained of his company dug in for the night, with Olson and his gun crew manning a light machine gun in defense of their position. During the night, his entire gun crew was killed or wounded and Olson himself was wounded in the arm. Despite this, he remained at his post and manned the gun alone for the rest of the night. At daybreak on January 31, the German forces launched an intense assault on the company's position and Olson was severely wounded. Knowing that his machine gun was Company B's only effective defense, he refused evacuation and continued to fire on the attacking soldiers for an hour and a half until succumbing to his wounds. For these actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor a year later, on January 24, 1945. Dave Wright
    YMP-2 164k Sgt. Truman O. Olson (YMP-2) moored at NAB Little Creek in 1953
    Photo courtesy Richard L. Howell.
    Derick S. Hartshorn
    YMP-2 245k Sgt. Truman O. Olson (YMP-2) and YMP-1 (opposite side of pier) moored at NAB Little Creek, date unknown. US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine. October 1954. Stan Svec
    YMP-2 95k Sgt. Truman O. Olson (YMP-2) underway, date and location unknown. Ramon Jackson
    YMP-2 48k Sgt. Truman O. Olson (YMP-2) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    YMP-2 103k Sgt. Truman O. Olson (YMP-2) Voith-Schneider cyclodal propellers. Ramon Jackson

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    Mineman Memories - YMP-2 Harbor Mine Planter
    US Army Coast Artillery Corps. - Coastal Mine Planter Service
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