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Lester Jerome Grenlin ( Missoula 1946 )

posted: Jan 1, 2002

Les died September 10, 1995, at his home in Oslo, MN, from cancer at the age of 75. He was born December 22, 1919, in Oak Park, Minnesota. He was an Army WWII combat veteran serving in the South Pacific including combat at Guadalcanal. Prior to WWII, Les served in the National Guard for three years.

Les was one of the first smokejumpers recruited by the CIA in 1951 and worked training Chinese airborne troops on Formosa.

From 1953 to 1965, he was a lineman for electric power companies in California. Les returned to Minnesota in 1965 and worked on the Minute Man missile project in North Dakota.
Les jumped at Missoula 1946-48, 51-52.