SSG Paul Lincoln Olmstead

24 April 1992 - 21 September 2021

DOB: 24 April 1992 DOD: 21 September 2021

This year’s 2023 second annual Green Beret 2-Gun competition is dedicated to the memory of SSG Paul Lincoln Olmstead and his family. SSG Lincoln was a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant with the Utah Army National Guard assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Lincoln is survived by his wife and two children.

Who was SSG Lincoln?

From Lincolns Obituary

Wife, Danaya

"Lincoln could make friends with anyone - even a raccoon. Something his wife would tease him about is how every retelling of meeting a new person would end with "He's a great guy. I like him a lot!" And with Lincoln, he was sincere every single time. He always saw the best attributes in people, and made them want to be more like the person he already saw them to be. His smile could stop traffic - literally. Lincoln was the kind of guy you wanted to dislike because he was so amazing at everything, but you couldn't because you loved him so much. He was silly and enthusiastic, but also sincere and genuine. His propensity for making up ridiculous sayings just to get a reaction from people was well known. He was selfless, honorable, hardworking, and extremely motivated to be the best version of himself, carrying people along with him. He lived by the ideal of Areté, meaning he strived towards honor and excellence of every kind. His joy for life was infectious. He chose joy over skepticism, love over distrust, and faith over fear. His love for his children and his wife was evident. He filled his home with music (writing many of his own songs), dancing, and a lot of laughter.

He was born a soldier. From a very young age, he knew he wanted to be a defender of mankind. Every year as a child for Halloween he was a soldier or a knight. All he wanted was to protect people. When he learned of the Green Berets and their motto De Oppresso Liber, "to free the oppressed", he knew that was where he belonged."