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Eric Thor Olson

Place of Birth: Washington, Tacoma
Home of record: Tacoma Washington

Eric Olson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1973. He is current commander of United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). and is the first Navy SEAL ever to be appointed to the grade of a three-star and four-star admiral.


Navy Distinguished Service Medal

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(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Admiral Eric Thor Olson, United States Navy, was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States.

Service: Navy

Rank: Admiral

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the United Nations Operations in Somalia II

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Eric Thor Olson, United States Navy, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a member of a U.S. Navy SEAL Team, U.S. Naval Special Warfare, assigned to Task Force RANGER, during combat actions in Mogadishu, Somalia, in October 1993. While under withering enemy fire during actions in support of UNOSOM II operations, Captain Olson demonstrated a complete disregard for his own personal safety in the accomplishment of his mission. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of U.S. Naval Special Warfare operations and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: October 3 - 4, 1993

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

Company: Naval Special Warfare (SEAL)

Regiment: Task Force Ranger