Dr. Wilbur Emmitt Oleson

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  • Name: Dr. Wilbur Emmitt Oleson
  • Location of Birth: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: January 21, 1910
  • Date of Death: November 9, 1977 (67 years old)
  • Parents: Charles P. and Alvina J. Oleson
  • High School and Class: Mechanic Arts - St. Paul, Minnesota
  • College: 1934 - University of Minnesota Dental School
  • Highest Rank: CAPT (Captain)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: June 21, 1942
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  • Date of Discharge: April 11, 1946
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    January 1, 1945 Fort Snelling - Minneapolis, Minnesota
    January, 1945 January, 1946 Okinawa, Japan
  • Military Awards:
    Victory Ribbon
    American Theater Ribbon
    Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star

  • Military Highlights:
    Served at the 381st Station Hospital in Okinawa.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Dr. Wilbur Emmitt Oleson, a Grand Rapids, Minnesota dentist for twenty-seven years before his retirement, died unexpectedly while going to the post office.

    After graduating from the Universtiy of Minnesota Dental School in 1934, Dr. Oleson established his first practice in Bozeman, Montana.

    He was married to Evelyn Russell in 1936 in Bozeman, Montana and the family came to Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1941 when he entered the Army Medical Corps as a Captain and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

    After the war, he established his practice in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    Interested in the community, Dr. Oleson had served as county coroner and was a past member of the Grand Rapids City Council. He was a leader in the work of the McVeigh-Dunn American Legion post and was active in the Itasca County Dental Society. He belonged to the Minnesota State Dental Society and the American Dental Association.

    His wife, Evelyn, died in 1963. He was married to Ruth Robinson in 1964.

    Survivors are his wife, Ruth; a son, Charles; a sister, Alvina Rabb; a brother, Homer; and one grandchild.

    Buried in Itasca Calvary Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Minnesota. (Plot I-D-01-29)

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