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  • ID: I1507
  • _UID: FEAC0FA328074B249C1BF8E9F97AEA4433D0
  • Name: Oscar Clarence VIGEN
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 31 JAN 1921 in Thief River Falls, Pennington County, Minnesota
  • Death: 24 SEP 2000 in Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Burial: 3 OCT 2000 Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC
  • Christening: 1 FEB 1921 St. Pauli Church, Rocksbury Township, Minnesota
  • Note: Sponsors: Mr/Mrs. Halvor Wiken, Gust Gustafson, Clara Moe
  • Note:

    Obituary: Fairfax, Va. - Oscar Vigen, Lt. Col., U.S. Army, retired, died Sunday, September 24, 2000 at Fairfax (Va.) Hospital at the age of 79.

    Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 3, at 9 a.m. at Ft. Meyer Chapel. Interment followed at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. A reception was held at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Va. at 11 a.m. Demaine Funeral Home of Alexandria, Va. was in charge of the arrangements.

    Oscar Clarence Vigen was born on January 13, 1921 in Thief River Falls, the son of Edward and Martha (Moe) Vigen. He attended school in Pennington county and worked on the family farm. He was active in the local 4-H and as a high school senior won highest honors at the Minnesota State Fair.

    When the United States entered World War II, Oscar entered the U.S. Army as a private in July 1942 but was selected for Officers Candidate School (OSC). He graduated from Fort Benning OSC in December of 1942 as a second lieutenant. He served with distinction in the South Pacific with the 27th Infantry Division as a platoon leader, company commander and battalion and regimental supply officer. He participated in the following island campaigns: Eniwetok, Kwajalein, Saipan and Okinawa. His unit was one of the first to enter Japan immediately after its surrender as a member of the Occupation Forces. At the conclusion of the war, Oscar decided to stay in the service and received a regular Army commission as a captain. Shortly after the war, he met Lois Ander in Seattle, Wash., and they were married on July 22, 1946.

    Oscar also saw combat service in the Korean Conflict with the US Eighth Army, serving in the G-F (Logistics). Other duty assignments took him to Germany, Ft. Lawton, Wash., and Virginia where he served as Chief of Research and Development, Department of the Army, from 1964 until his retirement in 1968. He was a 1957 graduate of the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; a 1953 graduate of the officer's advance course of The Armored School in Fort Knox, Ky.; and a 1961 graduate of the Army Management School at Fort Belvoir, Va. Oscar retired from active duty on January 31, 1968 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. During his time of service to his country, he was awarded the following commendations: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star for Valor, two Purple Hearts, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Asia-Pacific Combat Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Japan), Meritorious Unit Insignia, Korea Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf clusters and Army General Staff Identification Badge.

    Following his retirement, he went to work for the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a budget analyst. He served at the NSF for 18 years, and at the time of his retirement, he was the chief of operations for the U.S. Antarctic Research Program. The NSF honored his achievements by naming a geographical site, "Vigen Cliffs," in Antarctica for him. He was a member of the Military Order of the World Wars and Retired Officers Association. He was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, Va., serving as a vestry member for many years as well as past president and board of trustees member. He also served his community as a board member of United Community Services and member of his neighborhood watch organization.

    Oscar is survived by his wife, Lois Vigen; four sons, Edward, James, Douglas and William and their spouses; a daughter, Kristen Vigen Clark; eight grandchildren; a sister, Gladys Hallstrom of Red Lake Falls; a brother, Melvin of Irving, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bert Vigen.
  • Change Date: 4 MAY 2007

    Father: Edward Olsen VIGEN b: 12 MAR 1872 in Storviken, Møre og Romsdal (now), Norway
    Mother: Martha Onilia MOE b: 11 AUG 1892 in Cummings, Trail County, North Dakota

    Marriage 1 Lois ANDER
    • Married:
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