In this 1963 photo from the U.S. Army, Gen. Joseph Stilwell Jr. awards Richard Olsen with the Air Medal at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. Olsen moved beyond Vietnam to an artistic career that

 

              In this 1963 photo from the U.S. Army, Gen. Joseph Stilwell Jr. awards Richard Olsen with the Air Medal at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. Olsen moved beyond Vietnam to an artistic career that
In this 1963 photo from the U.S. Army, Gen. Joseph Stilwell Jr. awards Richard Olsen with the Air Medal at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. Olsen moved beyond Vietnam to an artistic career that has spanned more than 50 years; he's produced more than 1,000 paintings, many of them abstract. His work has been shown in galleries around the country. Yet those days when he flew his chopper over the dense thicket of jungle maintain a deep hold on him. "War is the depth of the human experience," he says. "It's the most meaningful part of anyone's life." (AP Photo/U.S. Army)