SERGEANT ANDREW W. OLSEN hailed from Dorothy NJ, in Weymouth Township, Atlantic County. Initially rejected by the Army due to a heart murmur, he reapplied and was inducted in 1942. Assigned to the 853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation he went overseas in October of 1942.
Sergeant Andrew W. Olsen was one of 1015 American servicemen lost when the transport ship HST Rohna was sunk by a German guided missile on the evening of November 26, 1943. Sergeant Olsen was survived by his parents, sister Margaret, and two brothers, both of whom served in the Armed Forces during world War II.
The circumstance of Sergeant Olsen's death and those of the other men aboard the Rohna was kept secret, and the Olsen family was not made made aware of this information until the summer of 2002, when a memorial service for the 20 South Jersey victims of the Rohna tragedy was organized and held at American Legion Memorial Post 274 in Camden NJ.
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