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Korean War - U.S. Army

Ola Lee Mize

  • Rank: Master Sergeant (rank at time of action: Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    2d Platoon, Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment,
    3d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 10, 1953
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Surang-ni, Korea

M/Sgt. Mize, a member of Company K, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Company K was committed to the defense of "Outpost Harry," a strategically valuable position, 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 a medical aidman, and rescued the wounded soldier. On returning to the main position he established an effective defense system and inflicted heavy casualties against attacks from determined enemy assault forces which had penetrated into trenches within the outpost area. During his fearless actions he was blown down by artillery and grenade blasts three times, but each time he dauntlessly returned to his position, tenaciously fighting and successfully repelling hostile attacks. When enemy onslaughts ceased, he took his few men and moved from bunker to bunker, firing through apertures and throwing grenades at the foe, neutralizing their positions. When an enemy soldier stepped out behind a comrade, prepared to fire, M/Sgt. Mize killed him, saving the life of his fellow soldier. After rejoining the platoon, moving from man to man, distributing ammunition, and shouting words of encouragement he observed a friendly machine-gun position overrun. He immediately fought his way to the position, killing 10 of the enemy and dispersing the remainder. Fighting back to the command post, and finding several friendly wounded there, he took a position to protect them. Later, securing a radio, he directed friendly artillery fire upon the attacking enemy's routes of approach. At dawn he helped regroup for a counterattack which successfully drove the enemy from the outpost. M/Sgt. Mize's valorous conduct and unflinching courage reflect lasting glory upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.

Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Gadsden, Etowah County, Alabama
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 7, 1954

    Denver Colorado, presented by Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • Born: August 28, 1931, Albertville, Marshall County, AL, United States
  • Died: March 12, 2014, Gadsden, AL, United States
  • Buried: Crestwood Cemetery, Gadsden, AL, United States

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