Olav Richard Crone-Aamot (October 2013)

Olav Richard Crone-Aamot
October 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
(arrive with dishes for potluck at 6:45 p.m.)

At Norway House (directions)

Olav Richard Crone-Aamot was all of eleven years, three months old on April 9, 1940 and living with his family in Oslo, Norway when the Germans marched into his town. From that first day until the war was over, he and his friends did all they could to thwart the occupier's efforts to control and subdue the Norwegians.

The Norwegian Paperclip

He tells his stories in his book "The Norwegian Paperclip", and at the meeting on October 18th he re-told them to us as only he can. You wouldn't think there could be humor in such a horrific situation, but his plans to foil the enemy always end up with us wondering how he got out of it unscathed.

Olav eventually joined the newly organized MILORG, the Norwegian Underground that was officially recognized when the Germans capitulated to the Allies in May of 1945, and from there volunteered as the youngest member of the Royal Norwegian Army.

Not yet 18 years old, he joined the U.S. Army as a European Enlistee on January 17, 1947 at Marburg, Germany. He tells the story that he told the recruiter that he wanted to drive a Jeep in the Constabulary, but he was told "Son, with six languages, we have something much more interesting for you!" He spent the next 36 years as a Military Intelligence Specialist with service in Germany, Korea and Vietnam. He eventually retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. 

Panorama of audience during the presentation