John Vincent Olson
West Point, 1965
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by Bob Frank on December 18, 2020:
John and I roomed together Yearling Year. New South Barracks, as it was then called, had just opened when L-1, among other companies, moved in. John and I had not had much contact our Plebe Year despite being in the same company. So, we got to know each other rather quickly. And, I learned that he was going to be a great roommate. He was quiet, neat and considerate. He also was not afraid to spend time with the books. But one thing truly stood out about John. When "Release from Quarters" came at 2130 hours, John was ready for a break. Most often that consisted of wrestling with Ron Bailey or Bill Byrne in the long hallways unique to New South. After an active 30 minutes, John was ready for bed. John was always ready for athletic activities. When Yearling Year ended, our Class was jumbled. I really missed the good friends I had made in L-1, especially John. As luck would have it, even though we both commissioned Infantry, our paths never crossed in the 20+ years each of us served.
Goodbye, Roomie and Well Done!
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