By Linda Olsen Kinerk
October 21, 2008
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
Linda Olsen Kinerk
Received October 19, 2008 -
Published October 21, 2008
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