Dorothy Olsen

  • Born: July 10, 1916
  • Died: July 23, 2019
  • Location: University Place, Washington


Dorothy Olsen

One of WWII's last surviving Woman Airforce Service Pilots…

Dorothy Olsen was one of the last surviving WASPs, women pilots who flew non-combat missions for the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II. For full obituary and coverage from, click here.

Condolence & Memory Journal

God is a God of all Comfort and he will Comfort the family's..My heartfelt sympathies...

Posted by A friend   December 11, 2019

Thank you for your Service. Hope your life, not only being long, was very happy.
My dad was a P38 fighter pilot in WWII and flew for the AirForce Reserves in a C119 (known as "The Shadow", Vietnam in 1968-69.
Pray your family will be at peace with your passing. I know they had to be very proud of and love you very much.
Rest in Peace.

Posted by Sandra Ferry - Tulsa, OK   November 02, 2019

If people would just take the time to research this unique generation that Miss Olsen was part of you will be utterly surprised. As a group not individually they were brave, principled, intelligent and hard workers. If I had the opportunity to listen to Miss Olsen I know I would have been memorized. To her family cherish all of the beautiful memories she left you. I offer my sincere sympathy for your loss.

Posted by Hyde - TX   October 30, 2019

Thank you for your dedicated service Dorothy. Condolences to all of your family members and friends because I know you will be dearly missed by all that know you.

Posted by Richard Thompson - Simpsonville, SC   October 30, 2019

God is looking over you now

Posted by A friend   October 26, 2019

Thank you for your service. Prayers for the family.

Posted by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 59 - Dunn, NC   October 26, 2019

My deepest condolences to Dorothy's family. And thank you to Dorothy for her sacrifices for my freedoms.

Posted by CHERYL CAVANAUGH - Middletown, DE - friend   October 26, 2019

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by A friend   October 26, 2019

Be thou at Peace, May it be said Well Done!

Posted by Dennis Finnigan - friend   October 26, 2019

Mrs. Olson was a wonderful teacher and an amazing women.

Posted by Angie and Bill Kernan - Wheatland, WY - student   October 25, 2019

My prayer is that God blesses and consoles the loved ones of this remarkable woman. Her bravery as a pilot and centurion survivor fills my heart with both excitement and joy. My desire is to meet her when she is granted an eternity of peaceful conditions free of sickness, old age, and death. I dare to imagine the many other accomplishments she will be able to make and the many fascinating stories she will be able to share. My heartfelt condolences for your loss!

Posted by Dianne Williams    September 09, 2019

I am truly sorry about the passing of your loved one. May God strengthen your family during this time of loss. Deepest sympathies.

Posted by A friend   August 20, 2019

I saw your story on CBS news this Sunday morning and it really moved me. Thank you for your service to this country. Youre an American hero

Posted by D F - Portage, MI - acquaintance   August 18, 2019

Our deepest condolences to Dorothy Olson family. What a great accomplishment as a female pilot. She is truly to be admired. We pray that God continues to strengthen and comfort you all during this difficult period.

Posted by A friend   August 16, 2019


You where a True inspiration for your time .May God Bless you and Family .San Antonio,Texas MVG

Posted by A friend   August 15, 2019

When a woman makes up her mind to do something she will get it done. Dorothy paved the way for lots of women to follow. May the God who heals broken hearts comfort her family.

Posted by A friend   August 15, 2019

To the family and friends, may you find peace in God and your treasured memories.

Posted by - OH   August 15, 2019

Dorothy was my second "mom" from the moment I met her. I was so lucky to know the local WASP and work with them in 2003 to develop the WASP exhibit at the Seattle Museum of Flight. Dorothy contributed a lot to the exhibit. And her best friend since they went to training in 1943, Teta Corbett Thomas, contributed photos from Camp Davis, N.C. tow target WASP squadron. Sadly, Dorothy lost her best friend at 99 after she helped celebrate Dorothy's 100th birthday at McChord AFB. The passing of this "greatest generation" is profoundly sad for me. My father served in the Army Air Forces in WWII and my mother was an Army nurse during the war. With only 36 surviving WASP now, the end of an era is near. I am still trying to get the story to film in a "Band of Brothers" type miniseries. "Band of Sisters" still needs to be told.

Posted by Debbie Jennings - Kirkland, WA - friend   August 14, 2019

Dear Olsen Family:

I am sorry for your loss.

Posted by A friend   August 14, 2019

Rest In Peace. ---"A Grateful Nation Thanks You for Your Service".

Posted by Charles Neff - Middleburg, PA   August 13, 2019


Such an early female pilot supporting the war for Democracy and female rights - Fly in peace

Posted by Peter Kamp Nielsen - Tjele, Denmark   August 12, 2019


Posted by janet dye - hackett, AR   August 12, 2019


Deepest sympathy and prayer's to the Olsen Family.

Thank you for your service to our country.
One of the greatest generation.

Gods speed.

M. Kosh
Ft. Myers, Fl.

Posted by m kosh - ft. myers, FL   August 12, 2019

RIP Salute 23rd Psalm Fly free with the eagles. Thank you for opening the doors for me to serve, forever grateful and humbled by your service.

Posted by Karen Cain - Southaven, MS   August 10, 2019

Thank you for serving your country. We honor you

Posted by A friend   August 10, 2019


Posted by Alishia - SC   August 10, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family. She was a very brave woman. May the God of all comfort give you strength during this time of sorrow.

Posted by - Miami, FL   August 10, 2019


Veteran...Rest In Peace...

We have the Watch

Posted by AZ1 USN    August 09, 2019

Also, There is a Wasp Museum located in Sweetwater, Texas, and i think they have a website. Plus there is a group of Daughter's Of Wasp's(D O W'S)That are very active in keeping their Mother's Lives/Memories Active! And these women have a website also!! May GOD bless all of these brave women!! plus some of the ones that are still alive and able fly back to Avenger Field every year for memorial day!! GOD bless them All!!! Thank You

Posted by Ronald Bredemeyer - WACO, TX   August 09, 2019

I never met Ms. Olsen, but i do know of one more that is left!! A lady that lives in Central Texas!! and i was born raised in Sweetwater, Texas when these brave young ladies joined the Wasp's, and lived and trained at Avenger Field, just out of Sweetwater, Texas!! GOD bless Ms Dorothy Olsen!! May she rest in peace!! Thanks for the memories!! R. Bredemeyer (Born/Raised in Sweetwater, Texas).

Posted by Ronald Bredemeyer - WACO, TX   August 09, 2019


Posted by Joan Walton - Columbus, GA   August 09, 2019


Posted by A friend   August 08, 2019

I did not personally know Dorothy. Ever since I read The Greatest Generation, I have had so much respect and admiration for those who served our country, in so many ways, during WWII. I wish I could have met so many of these folks before they passed. Dorothy looked like such a nice person, and we are all in her debt, and so many others of her generation. Rest in Peace Dorothy. My service - USMC 1968 -1971

Posted by Steve Deming - Clermont, GA   August 08, 2019


Posted by Linda Tracy - Cleveland, OH   August 08, 2019

Dorothy, thank you for your service to our country and may you rest in peace.

Posted by Brent Mahar - North Fork, CA   August 08, 2019

I am very sorry for your loss.We express our warm love and deepest sympathy for you and your family.I am sure that you will find much comfort from the Bible at 2Corinthisnd 1:3-5.

Posted by J.J. Stre. - Berkeley,Ill.60163   August 08, 2019



Posted by Raymond Silvestre    August 08, 2019

Hand... Salute.

Posted by Frank C. - Fernley, NV   August 07, 2019

Please accept our condolences and know that the Lord is with you all during this most difficult time.

Mel James, Baton Rouge, LA

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2019

Thank you for your service Miss Dorothy.
Fly high. RIP

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2019


Rest in Peace

Posted by Scott Chamberland - Saint Agatha, ME   August 07, 2019

remember the many times you shared and laughed with each other. may God, the God of all comfort, sustain us in this hard time

Posted by - acquaintance   August 07, 2019

Thank you for your service and your inspiring life ! RIP

Posted by Janet Wise - Oakland Gardens, NY   August 07, 2019


Rest in Peace Dorothy, and thank you for your service to this nation. Now flying high eternally in the Ultimate Venue...

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   August 07, 2019

I have many books of WWII... Including a number about the WASPS... I even met one once.. In my opinion these were an adventurous,strong, brave group of women.. Glad they were finally recognized.Thank you for your service.

Posted by Kathy - Topeka, KS   August 07, 2019

Loss is very difficult to bear. My condolences Olsen family. May shared memories and comfort from God help to soothe your aching hearts as you grieve.

Posted by Andy - Parker   August 07, 2019

God Bless you for all you did for this country! Gutsy Lady!

Posted by Mary Williams - Sugar Grove, IL   August 07, 2019

Thank you for your service God Bless your Family at this time. You are now ar rest The sacrifices you gave for so many will never be forgotten.
Many Blessings are you now receiving in your heavenly home.
A Military Family
Air Force

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2019


With the passing of Dorothy Olsen, we have lost yet another member of "The Greatest Generation." Thank you, ma'am, for your noble service to our country.

Posted by Les Breese - Monmouth Junction, NJ   August 07, 2019

Condolences to the family.

Posted by A friend   August 07, 2019

With sincere condolences. May the God of comfort give you peace in this difficult time.

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Posted by Ann Stokman - Greendale, WI   August 07, 2019

Thank you for letting me know, as I have been an admirer of such women of the turn of the twentieth century. My condolences to family and friends of hers. Keep looking up for the redemption by the Savior and God. Love in the Lord in Heaven, Tevna

Posted by Tevna Leydecker - Battle Born, NV - acquaintance   August 07, 2019

These ladies were the best of the best on the homefront, ferrying brand new fighters and bombers to points of embarkation overseas. It freed up hundreds of male combat pilots for the fight in the European and Pacific Theaters. It was a dangerous job. Many died. The National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, TX honors Dorothy Olsen and her indomitable women comrades. Rest in Peace, Dorothy, Job well done. God bless you!

Posted by Alan Wright - Pawleys Island, SC   August 07, 2019

Thank you for your service to our nation, you are a noble example of the men and women who served our nation maintaining three principals, duty, honor, country.

- Southern Arizona Missing in America Project -

Posted by Shaun Pfund - Tucson, AZ   August 07, 2019


Thank you for your service. Rest in eternal Peace.

Posted by Sheila - L.A., CA   August 06, 2019


Thank you for your service and dedication to our country. You fly with the angels now, dear lady.

Posted by S. McKeny - Schererville, IN   August 06, 2019

As a U.S Air Force veteran I salute you Ms. Olsen. Your dreams and determination put you in a position to help your country during a terrible time for the world. Just so sorry that your accomplishments were not recognized for decades until 1977. The same year I went into the U.S. Air Force. I wish I could have thanked you sooner. May you rest in peace. AIM HIGH.

Posted by T.W. Day - Houston, TX   August 06, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. Losing our loved ones is never easy but may the love of people that surrounds you soften your grief. May you find comfort in knowing that God cares for you.

Posted by A friend   August 06, 2019



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Posted by Cynthia Herd - SOUTH HADLEY, MA   August 06, 2019

God bless you. Thank you for all you did to help keep our country. Rest on peace

Posted by Jack Nagle - Ardmore, PA   August 06, 2019

We as whole should salute Her and remember
her extraodinary heroic feats Thank You
and Bless You

Posted by Turner Family - VT   August 06, 2019

Thank you for your service and heroism, Ms. Olsen.

Posted by A friend   August 06, 2019

Soar high in the sky Dorothy. Sonia and Fred Balliet

Posted by Sonia Balliet - University Place, WA - acquaintance   July 29, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Dorothy shortly after her 100th birthday. She was and will always be one of my most favorite people. She had more good stories than almost everyone else I know , combined! I remember the first time I met her,she was laying out back in the sun ,with her dogs Sam,Buddy,and Lady. I was there to work in her yard..I was trying not to disturb her ,and she could sense my frustration trying to get my job done and trying to be quiet..She sits up and says "come over here"...which made me a little nervous because I had heard she was a pistol. I walked over to her and Sat down beside her in the seat she had motioned me to take. She took my hand and said "young lady,you are here to do something,so just do it!" She said make my mark ,whatever I am doing,wherever I am,do it. Without apology or permission. Somehow she knew my needed that remindermnot just on that job,but in my life .
She and I ended up being roommates for the next year,and the best of friend's. I learned more from her than i could have ever imagined. It's a real blessing to get that time with somebody ,when they have raised their kids and earned their money,and no longer stress about the things people usually stress over. She always had time to talk,to listen. .She truly appreciated the little coffee,flowers,dessert, Her dog Buddy faithful companionship. She looked forward to breakfasts with her son Kim at the pinecone cafe,messages and shopping trips with her daughter Julie. Home cooked meals from Debbie.
She would say goodnight to Harolds picture,framed on her nightstand, every night .and tell me how he would hold her hand while he was driving,weather permitting. .
She was raised catholic,so she would confess things to me before bed,just in case,she said with a smile. And when I asked her about heaven ,this is what she said...
I'm not certain of all the details,but I do believe that no matter what u wear,or who u love,or what your bank statement says,no matter the color of ur skin or vices..the only thing that matters is that you be kind. To yourself and each other. And then she would joke that she hopes they still let her in! She was one of a kind to say the least. She will be missed greatly.
I Love you Dorothy!*

Posted by Stacy Adams - friend   July 27, 2019

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Dorothy Olsen