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Ola Lee Mize

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U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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Sergeant Mize's company was defending "Outpost Harry" when the enemy launched a heavy attack. Learning that a comrade on a friendly listening post had been wounded he moved through the intense barrage, accompanied by an aid man, and rescued the wounded soldier. Returning to the main position he established a defense system and inflicted heavy casualties against attacks from determined enemy assaults which penetrated trenches in the outpost area. Sergeant Mize was blown down by artillery and grenade blasts three times but returned to his position, tenaciously fighting and repelling hostile attacks. When enemy onslaughts ceased he took his men and moved from bunker to bunker, firing through apertures and throwing grenades at the foe. When an enemy soldier stepped behind a comrade, prepared to fire, Sergeant Mize killed him, saving the life of his fellow soldier. Moving from man to man, distributing ammunition, and shouting words of encouragement he observed a friendly machinegun position overrun. He fought his way to the position, killing 10 enemy and dispersing the remainder. Finding several wounded at the outpost, he took a position to protect them. Later, securing a radio, he directed friendly artillery fire upon the attacking enemy's routes of approach.

In the early 1960s Ola Mize joined the new and fledgling Army Special Forces (Green Beret). He spent 20 years among these Army elite, including commanding the special Forces Schools at Fort Bragg and nearly four years of duty in Vietnam, during which he was shot three times.

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