Oklahoma Casualties Database

U.S.S. Oklahoma

Olsen, Eli

Eli Olsen of the US Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christ Olsen of Audubon township, has been reported missing in action.
The telegram received by his parents, who formerly lived north of Melville center, waqs from Washington, D.C. dated December 20 and signed by Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs, Chief of Bureau Navigation. It follows:

"The Navy department deeply regrets to inform you that your son, Eli Olsen, storekeeper third class, US navy, is missing following performance of his duty and in the service of his country. The department appreciates your great anxiety, and will furnish you further information promptly when received. To prevent possible aid to our enemies, please do not divulge the name of his ship or station. Olsen is 23 years old, and enlisted in the Navy about two years ago.

-Newspaper clipping

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