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Taps- Olmstead Bruce           

Arlington Cemetery invite Omaha World Herald article
   Annapolis "Gazette"  article Offutt Air Pulse article
  Wolf Samuel letter/pics some additional photos
after action report Letter to 55/CC
                                                           F. Bruce Olmstead
   
 F. Bruce Olmstead died peacefully in his home on October 14, 2016 in Annapolis, Maryland at the age of 81. Bruce was the devoted husband of Gail Burner Olmstead and beloved father of three daughters and grandfather of five grandchildren.

Born on June 17, 1935 and raised in Elmira, NY, Bruce earned a BA in History at Kenyon College before being commissioned in the U.S. Air Force on June 3, 1957. Bruce proudly served his country as a career Air Force officer and pilot with assignments at Forbes AFB (Kansas), MacDill AFB (Florida), Eglin AFB (Florida), Wright-Patterson AFB (Ohio), Command and Staff College (Alabama), and the Pentagon. Bruce also served as Commander of the Air Force ROTC detachment at Kent State University (Ohio). His final assignment was as Air Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark from 1980 until his retirement at the rank of colonel on November 1, 1983. 

In July 1960, Bruce became the subject of national attention as the co-pilot of an RB47 reconnaissance flight shot down by Soviet fighter jets over international waters near the Soviet Union. Bruce was one of two survivors and was held by the Soviet Union for seven months at Lubyanka Prison in Moscow. President John F. Kennedy greeted Bruce and his fellow crew member upon their return to United States in late January, 1961. The episode was the subject of a 1962 book, "The Little Toy Dog", and has been frequently noted in later histories of the Cold War. Bruce was honored with the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart for his military service. 

Bruce had a long and happy retirement in Annapolis, where he enjoyed sailing and his membership in the New Providence Club among other activities. He also loved to build model ships, listen to music, watch Nats' baseball, travel and spend time with his family and many friends. Bruce was delighted in September to learn that he will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree by Kenyon College.

He is survived by his wife Gail Olmstead, daughter Karen Olmstead Busek and son-in-law Brian Busek, brother Dr. C. Brent Olmstead, and grandchildren Sarah Mackenzie, Katherine Mackenzie, Lincoln Busek, Charles Page, and Margaret Busek. He is preceded in death by daughters Karel Olmstead Page and Elizabeth Olmstead Mackenzie, his parents J. Blaine and Madge Olmstead, and brother Rev. James B. Olmstead.

A memorial gathering is scheduled from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Sunday, October 23 at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home (147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD) with interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Bruce's life at the memorial gathering. The family suggests any memorial contributions be sent to the Wounded Warrior Project or the cause of your choice.
                     ..............Published in Star-Gazette on Oct. 19, 2016

From: COL SAMUEL [mailto:wolfsamuel@verizon.net
Sent: Thursday, July 27, 2017 2:31 PM
Subject: Colonel Bruce Olmstead Funeral

      …The funeral for our Cold War warrior was attended by about 100 persons, many former 55th members RB-47H/RC-135, some active duty stationed in the Washington area….

…..  In spite of the numbers attending, the cemetery staff did an outstanding job and the Air Force chaplain gave a great eulogy on Bruce and his life.  The fly-by of an RC-135 was a great final touch to honor one of America's selfless and dedicated Cold War warriors.
…wolf


#1 Gail Olmstead and B/G Urschler

#2 Reg Urschler, Tom Shepherd,
Wolf Samuel, and Hank Dubuy 

#3 RC-135 fly-by

#4 Wolf Samuel and B/G (M/G select) John Rauch
 at Ft Myer O'Club
 reception

#5 RC-135 fly-by (close up)
 

 


                                                    Additional photos

What a wonderful surprise it was to see the lovely wreath from the 55th   at Bruce’s graveside at Arlington! It was a memorable tribute to him and I want to thank everyone who was a part of it. I never realized how widespread his reputation was until the outpouring of appreciation that I experienced at his burial. I treasure the fact that the 55th has  kept Bruce’s spirit alive through past years and will continue to do so in the future. Will you please thank everyone who was involved for me?
 With fondness and gratitude,
Gail

ARLINGTON FLYOVER COMPLETE   /55th Wing
ARLINGTON FORMATION COMPLETE - Approx. 200 Attendees/50 Assoc. alums
ARLINGTON INFO FLYER DISTRIBUTION COMPLETE          /55th WG Assoc
ARLINGTON CONGRESS PARTICIPATION COMPLETE     ATTENDED CEREMONY/(X3)
Rep (NE)/Brig Gen (Ret) Bacon attended
COLD WAR Museum (DC) COMPLETE    ATTENDED CEREMONY
USAF Museum (WPAFB) Promised: “Friends Journal” Article
(their quarterly magazine)
Kenyon College (OH (alumnus))                      
 
All members of the Kenyon family are welcome to attend the reception in interment of Bruce Olmstead '57 H'17 at Arlington National Cemetery.
COMPLETE (below)
July 27, 2017
10 a.m. Alumni Reception Internment Center
11 a.m. Fly-over
Reception to Follow, Ft. Myer's Officers Club

In July 1960 Bruce became the subject of national attention as the co-pilot of an RB47 reconnaissance flight shot down by Soviet fighter jets over international waters near the Soviet Union. Bruce was one of two survivors and was held by the Soviet Union for seven months at Lubyanka Prison in Moscow. President John F. Kennedy greeted Bruce and his fellow crew member upon their return to the United States in late January, 1961. Bruce was honored with the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart for his military service.
Bruce was honored posthumously by Kenyon College with a Doctorate of Humane Letters in April 2017. His wife Gail, his children and his fellow Kenyon veterans would be honored by the presence of other members of the Kenyon family.
VFW Magazine TBD, notified
USAF/PA & AIR PULSE COMPLETE
http://www.offutt.af.mil/Portals/97/August%202%20Air%20Pulse.pdf?ver=2017-08-03-101100-553&timestamp=1501769473883
Omaha World Herald (OWH) (NE) COMPLETE
http://www.omaha.com/news/military/th-wing-pilot-imprisoned-by-soviets-in-cold-war-will/article_f4126df9-28a5-5bb4-8b72-dd334d232aba.html#tncms-source=article-nav-next
Bellevue Leader (NE) COMPLETE
R
on Petak (Leader) said the Liewer (OWH) article will be in Base 68113 paper
Papillion Times (NE) COMPLETE     Linked to OWH
Capital Gazette (Annapolis MD (home town)) COMPLETE
http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/ph-ac-cn-olmstead-0728-20170727-story.html
AF Times TBD
USAF/HAF COMPLETE
Maj Gen (then, Brig Gen) Rauch attended
Airman Magazine   TBD
55th Wing Association   COMPLETE
http://55wa.org/TAPS/Taps%20-%20