I had suggested to Rod Nelson that he write about his Uncle Orin Olson for Veterans Day, 2007.
Remembering our nation’s veterans isn’t something that just happens on
Veteran’s Day for Scott Nelson. It is something the farmer/rancher from
Solen does continually through his paintings and depictions of WWII.
For Nelson the inspiration came from a desire to paint a North Dakota
flyer and a realization about North Dakota’s aging veteran population.
“I was always kind of interested in WWII aircraft,” Nelson said. “About 5
years ago I realized that these veterans were getting older and the
stories were going to be gone.” Continue reading
A Mandan man, in his early 20s,woke up one long-ago spring day, and got
into his airplane, like always, and accepted, like always, that he would
probably die that day. Continue reading
The young American pilot, a farm boy from North Dakota, stared into the big black hole at the end of the German soldier’s rifle and lost himself in it.
“For you,” the guard said in his native language, pointing his weapon between George Ott’s eyes,”the war is over.” Continue reading