OREM, UT, US
U. S. Marine Corps
LCPL, C CO, 4TH LAR BN, (MEB-A FWD) 4TH MAR DIV, RIVERTON, UT
03/04/2010, HELMAND PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN
Lance Corporal Nigel Kenton Olsen died in Helmond Province, Afghanistan on March 4, 2010. He was killed when in improvised explosive device exploded. He was assigned to the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, based in Camp Pendleton, California. His Marine unit was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Twenty-one year old Nigel Olsen was a native of Orem, Utah. Nigel’s family and friends enjoyed being around Nigel and he was known for being humble, loyal, kind and loving. Nigel Olsen was drawn to military service at an early age. He knew when he was three years old that he wanted to be part of the military. He even enjoyed the movie “Top Gun” which he had often watched with his brother. His neighbor first met Nigel when she saw 9-year-old Nigel Olsen, with a camouflage-painted face, wearing Army fatigues, sliding a toy rifle beside him and crawling in the ditch.
Nigel was born Jan 20, 1989 in American Fork, Utah. He was the youngest and 10th child of a combined family. Nigel was an avid student and reader of military history. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held the office of Elder. Nigel was a graduate of the LDS Seminary program and earned his Eagle Scout award. One of his many passions was to play military strategy games like Warhammer 40,000, Axis and Allies and others with his closest friends. He grew up in Orem and graduated with honors from Mountain View High School in 2007. He moved with his parents to Salem, Utah shortly after graduation. In line with his dream, he joined the Marines one week after graduating from Mountain View High School in 2007. USMC support was important to both Nigel and his family.
Nigel is survived by his parents; four brothers, three sisters, grandparents and fourteen nieces and nephews. Nigel’s mother noted “He was doing what he loved. It was the Lord’s time.”