Tributes & Vigils Category: US Marine
Name: Marine Lance Cpl. Nigel K. Olsen
From: Orem, UT
Assigned to the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Incident: Marine Lance Cpl. Nigel K. Olsen
died March 4 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations
Died: March 04, 2010
Family: Marine fulfilled childhood dream
The Associated Press
SALEM, Utah — Relatives say a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan fulfilled his dream of serving in the military.
Funeral services for Lance Cpl. Nigel K. Olsen, 21, were held March 13 in Salem. He was killed March 4 when he stepped on a hidden bomb in Helmand province, according to his mother, Kim Olsen.
“He died protecting the rights and freedoms of this great nation,” she said.
Olsen graduated from Mountain View High School in 2007 and enlisted in the Marines a week later. An Eagle Scout, Olsen was always interested in the military and loved to wear fatigues and face paint when he was growing up.
“Nigel has been reassigned, and only a select few Marines get this honor,” said Stacy Hansen, Olsen’s sister. “He knew what he wanted to do at the age of 3. He had a dream, and he lived it to the fullest.”
Olsen was based out of Camp Pendleton,…