OLSEN, ROBERT F.
Name: Robert F. Olsen Rank/Branch: Civilian Unit: Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Date of Loss: 01 February 1968 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 163300N 1073800E Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground
Other Personnel in Incident: Gostas, Theodore USA (released); Henderson, Alexander CIV (released); Meyer, Lewis CIV (released); Daves, Gary CIV (Released); Page, Russell CIV (Released); Rander, Donald USA (Released); Rushton, Thomas CIV (Released); Spalding, Richard CIV (Released); Stark, Lawrence CIV attached to USN (Released); Willis, Charles CIV (Released).
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK 14 February 1997 from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources and information provided by Ret. Major Gostas and Lawrence Stark.
REMARKS: 730321 Released by PRG
Olsen was working in the northern part of South Vietnam during TET '68 when Hue came under seige. Ret. Major Ted Gostas (135th MIBN PROV) recalls being trapped without his radio in the city, and being unable to warn hundreds of 5th Marines as they walked into an ambush and their death. Government records indicate Olsen and 11 others were captured soon afterward. Ten of those were civilians working with the Vietnamese.
Robert Olsen was held captive for 4 1/2 years prior to his release on March 21, 1973.
Olsen resides in California.