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Gillam Crash
By Linda Olsen Kinerk


October 21, 2008
Tuesday PM

I was interviewing my Uncle Leonard Olsen about his life today, Oct. 19th, 2008. He told me the story about the Gillam plane crash. Apparently he was in the Coast Guard at the time. He was in the passing boat that found the survivor on the beach and called in for help. He was with another Coast Guard man named Karl Gudler. They saw a beach fire across the bay and asked their superior, the skipper Gus Angleson, if they could investigate. Gus thought they were probably trappers. He doubted there was anything else going on there, but told him to go ahead. They actually rowed across to the beach where they found one of the survivors at the campfire. Then they radioed for help.

This piece of information was not in your article and I thought it was very interesting. My Uncle lives in Wrangell Alaska and was born and raised in Ketchikan. He is a great guy....even more interesting then I thought.


Linda Olsen Kinerk


Received October 19, 2008 - Published October 21, 2008



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