Gerald Everett OlsonMajor
4TH ACS, 14TH ACW, 13TH AF
United States Air Force
29 January 1937 - 09 October 1973
Winter Haven, Florida
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The database page for Gerald Everett Olson
I just wish for this man to be remembered.
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A bird of days long gone,
Came to fly the evening sky,
In a land called Vietnam"
The 4th ACS deployed with the first AC-47 gunships in Autumn 1965 and immediately began operations. Based at Nha Trang, flights of three aircraft and five or six crews were sent to DaNang, Pleiku, Bien Hoa, and Binh Thuy. One flight was retained at Nha Trang. The 4th ACS was part of the 14th Air Commando Wing (14th ACS, later renamed the 14th Special Operations Wing), popularly known as "The Antique Wing" since they flew only 'outmoded' propeller-driven aircraft - A-1Es, C/AC/EC-47s, U-10s, etc. The AC-47 gunships soon received the callsign "SPOOKY", but were commonly known as "Puff" - the tracer streams looked like a dragon's breath.
On 13 March 1966, SPOOKY 73 was assigned a night armed recon mission over Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. The crew consisted of
As of 11 Feb 2003, Gerald E. Olson's remains have not been repatriated (see our MIA Current Status pages).
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Last updated 08/10/2009