Olav Richard Crone-Aamot, 87, of Fairmont, White Hall, died Oct. 3, 2016, in the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport of congestive heart failure.
He was born in Manhattan, New York City, Jan. 22, 1929, the only son of Olva and Gunhild Crone-Aamot.
He lived in Oslo, Norway, and was a member of the Norwegian underground movement during the German occupation of Norway from April 9, 1940 until June 1945. Then he was a member of the Royal Norwegian Army, followed by a short stint as interpreter for the Royal British Army.
He joined the U.S. Army in January 1947, as a European enlistee while still 17 years old. He attended and graduated from Officer's Candidate School and remained with the U.S. forces for the following 36 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel.
He directed 1,200 partisans in operations behind enemy lines in North Korea during the Korean War and was in charge of producing strategic intelligence studies for J2MACV in Vietnam. He spent a total of 26 years in Europe and 10 years in the Orient. He spoke six languages and has written several manuscripts on Vikings and two manuscripts on German intelligence operations during World War II.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Solveig.
He leaves his wife, Carolyn Deputy Crone-Aamot of Fairmont; one daughter and son-in-law, Barbara (Aamot) and David Sobel; two grandchildren, Gordon (Faith) and Jacqueline (Don) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; a sister, Ragnhild; four nieces and a nephew, all of Norway.
At the request of the deceased, there will be no funeral home visitation or funeral service. Following cremation, interment will take place in Norway at a later date.
The Tennant Funeral Home in Hundred is in charge of arrangements.
Published on October 5, 2016