Contact Us

Portion of Highway 23 in Paynesville Dedicated to Medal of Honor Recipient

Sixty Thousand American Flags Set Up In Size And Shape Of Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Getty Images

PAYNESVILLE — A portion of Highway 23 in Paynesville will be dedicated in honor of a fallen soldier.

The Minnesota senate unanimously passed the bill Monday to rename the Paynesville stretch of highway as the “Medal of Honor recipient Kenneth L. Olson Highway.”

Olson was a 1963 graduate of Paynesville High School. In 1967, Olson joined the United States Army. Olson was killed while serving in Vietnam in 1968. In 1970, President Richard Nixon awarded Specialist 4th Class Kenneth L. Olson the Medal of Honor.

The bill was authored by Paynesville Republican Senator Michelle Fischbach and Rockville Republican Representative Jeff Howe.

Fischbach says dedicating the portion of the roadway in honor of Olson will ensure his sacrifices are never forgotten.

“The Paynesville community and our entire state and nation is eternally grateful to Spec. Olson for his incredibile sacrifice in service of his country. Designating the portion of Highway 23 in the Paynesville area as the ‘Kenneth L. Olson Highway” is only a small gesture but it will ensure Spec. Olson’s legacy is cemented in our community forever.”

The Medal of Honor Society and Olson’s Medal of Honor citation says, “[Olson] was participating in a mission to reinforce a reconnaissance platoon which was heavily engaged with a well-entrenched Viet-Cong force [and he] was pinned down by intense automatic weapons fire from an enemy position. Spec. Olson was wounded yet threw himself on a grenade blast to save the lives of his fellow soldiers. He was 22-years-old.”

Fischbach says Olson made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country.

“May we honor him in a small way, a young man who served his country and didn’t come home.”

The bill still needs to be signed by Governor Mark Dayton before the portion of Highway 23 can be dedicated to Olson.

Best of The Loon

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://1037theloon.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Loonatics quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive Loonatics contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.