The Cypress City Council recognized James Oslund as part of the City’s quarterly Veteran Recognition Program at the regular meeting of the Council on October 9, 2017.
Mr. Oslund joined the United States Army on February 22, 1952. He received Basic Training in artillery surveying at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. and served with the 145th Field Artillery Battalion in Korea, including the infamous Battle of Heartbreak Ridge. He returned to the United States on September 1, 1953, was later stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado as a barracks sergeant. After six years of active reserve status, he received an honorable discharge on February 21, 1960.
He received a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1959 and an MBA from Cal State University Long Beach in 1966. He worked at North American Aviation and later Rockwell, working on the Saturn II program and later the space shuttle program. He retired in 1989.
Mr. Oslund has volunteered at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts for 19 years. He has been married to his wife Pat for 58 years, and they have lived in Cypress for 48 years.
The Council presented Mr. Oslund with a gift basket and the key to the City. Mayor Paulo Morales jokingly advised him to not attempt to use the key until the following week because they hadn’t finished “re-keying” everything.
At the end of the Council meeting, the mayor solemnly adjourned in memory of Officer Matt Ward of the Cypress Police Department, who died in a tragic off-duty car accident the previous morning.
The next Cypress City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Agendas for City Council meetings are available online or through the City Clerk’s Office forty-eight hours in advance.