During the month of June, the 535th flag to fly atop the Old Glory Tower in the North End honors CWO (Chief Warrant Office) and Chief Aerographer, Olaf A. Thoen, a career Navy veteran who served in the U.S. Navy for over 30 years, surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle Midway.
It is fitting that Thoen is being honored during the month of June 2017, marking the 75th Anniversary of the sinking of the USS Yorktown during the Battle of Midway, which took place on June 7, 1942.
Thoen was born in New Bedford on August 23, 1909 and resided at 47 Jonathan Street with his family. He attended New Bedford High school and enlisted in the United States Navy on Oct. 17, 1927, in Newport, RI.
During Thoen’s 30 years of active duty military service he experienced first hand the tragedy of war. His duty assignments included being stationed …