Former Northborough man killed in Iraq

Charlie Breitrose

Former Northborough resident Maj. Andrew J. Olmsted died Jan. 3 from wounds he suffered when his unit was attacked in As Sadiya, Iraq, according to the Department of Defense.

Olmsted, 37, was born in Maine, but moved to Northborough and graduated from St. John's High School in Shrewsbury in 1987 and from Worcester's Clark University in 1992. Most recently he lived in Colorado Springs with his wife, Amanda Wilson.

Olmsted documented his time in Iraq on his blog,, which was picked up by the Rocky Mountain News in Denver. Readers learned of Olmsted's death in his "Final Post," which he had written in case of his death, and posted by a friend.

In his last blog entry, Olmsted mixed his humor with his matter-of-fact farewell to his family and friends.

"What I don't want this to be is a chance for me, or anyone else, to be maudlin," Olmsted wrote. "I'm dead. That sucks, at least for me and my family and friends. But all the tears in the world aren't going to bring me back, so I would prefer that people remember the good things about me rather than mourning my loss."

Olmsted leaves behind his wife, Amanda Wilson of Colorado Springs, his parents, Wesley and Nancy of Grafton, Wisc., his brother Eric of Watertown, and his sister Catherine of Grafton, Wis.