The Passing of Ollen Hunt, Buffalo Soldier. A Man of Deeds.

The Passing of Ollen Hunt, Buffalo Soldier. A Man of Deeds.

The Passing of Ollen Hunt, Buffalo Soldier. A Man of Deeds.

Posted on 03/11/2014 Evan Swensen

Ollen Hunt, one of the last Buffalo Soldiers, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014. [Those of you on our Author List, we’ll let you know the details of his funeral as soon as they are finalized by Ollen’s family.]

Ollen published his book in 2006, and the writing and selling of it kept him going. He loved sharing his story. And what a story it is!

 The back cover of Ollen’s book states, “His story is one of desire, dedication, and discipline; of bravery and valor. Throughout his life Ollen has distinguished himself: in the Civilian Conservation Corp, US Army, business, husband and father, and community leader. He has been a true soldier in every aspect of his life. He’s shown that regardless of humble beginnings, prejudice, war, and other handicaps and hardships of life, a man can succeed if he adopts the attitude of the early Buffalo Soldier’s slogan: ‘deeds, not words!'” All who new Ollen know that truer words were never spoken.

Ollen Hunt was born in McLemoresville, Tennessee July 25, 1923, the youngest of 11 children. While serving in the Civilian Conservation Corp he attained the rank of Mess Sergeant.

When the CCC was disbanded Ollen was drafted into the US Army 92nd Infantry Division, E Company, 370 Regiment (Buffalo Soldiers), where he saw action in Florence, Poe Valley, and other frontline battles in Italy until the war ended on May 8, 1945. After the war he was shipped to France and then to occupied Germany. Ollen returned to the United States in 1957 and retired at Fort Lewis in 1963. Northwest Airlines brought Ollen and his family to Anchorage, Alaska in 1964. After leaving the airline he operated several food service businesses and a clothing store in the city. Ollen and Hannelore have been married for more than 50 years.

We have been honored to know Mr. Hunt and his family, and that he allowed us to help him tell his life story. We saw how it energized him, and his energy inspired us.

 As with so many things that Ollen Hunt attempted and achieved, his book has been a resounding success for him and our publishing house. Ollen sold more than 9,000 copies of his book, but we don’t remember him for that. We remember him for his big smile, and his big heart.

1 thought on “The Passing of Ollen Hunt, Buffalo Soldier. A Man of Deeds.”
  • God bless my friend: Olsen Hunt whom I met at Costco on Debarr Rd in Anchorage
    He was selling his book buffalo soldier
    We talked for about 10 minutes and I bought his book and Ollen signed my Buffalo soldier book inside the cover
    What a humble and sweet and precious man he is
    Rest in peace Buffalo Soldier Ollen Hunt
    As general MacArthur stated old soldiers never die they just fade away

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