Emmet County


Elmer Olson


Our Neighbors in the Service

Estherville, Iowa—

Chief Warrant Officer Elmer Olson, son of Henry Olson, northwest of Estherville, was killed in action somewhere on the north African-Sicily front July 10, according to a telegram from the government received by his wife, who lives in Oswego, N.Y. Olson previously had been reported missing in action in Sicily. Olson was born in Estherville February 3, 1902. He enlisted in the army in the fall of 1921 and was commissioned chief warrant officer shortly after arriving in the north African area.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, September 17, 1943

Iowa’s World War II Honor Roll

These Iowans, like the ones pictured in this section last Sunday, have given their lives for their country. They came from all sections of the state, from all walks of life, and they rest today in strange and far away but never-to-be forgotten places. The final line beneath each photograph tells the geographical area in which the man was serving. Additional pictures of Iowans who have been killed in combat will be carried on future Sundays.

Source: The Des Moines Register, Sunday, December 12, 1943 (photo included)