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Col Ola Lee Mize
Birth: Aug. 28, 1931
Marshall County
Alabama, USA
Death: Mar. 12, 2014
Gadsden
Etowah County
Alabama, USA

Medal of Honor Recipient. A career US Army officer, he served a combat tour during the Korean War and three combat tours during the Vietnam War. Born in Marshall County, Alabama, his father was a sharecropper. He dropped out of high school after finishing the 9th grade to help support his family and after several years of working for low pay, he attempted to enlist in the US Army but was initially rejected for being too light, at 120 pounds. After several more attempts to enlist, he was eventually accepted in April 1950. After completing Basic Training and Airborne School, he was assigned to the 325th AIR at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He initially planned to finish his term of service and return to school but When the Korean War began, he changed his plans and reenlisted in hopes of seeing combat. He volunteered for a front-line unit and in 1952, at the rank of sergeant, he was assigned to the Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, rising to the rank of First Sergeant. On June 10, 1953, his unit was manning Outpost Harry near Surang-ni, Korea, when the post came under heavy enemy attack. He organized defensive positions, rescued wounded soldiers, and engaged the enemy until reinforcements arrived around noon the following day. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of master sergeant and, on September 24, 1954, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Outpost Harry. In 1956 he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and assigned to Fort Bragg and subsequently to Germany. Promoted to the rank of captain, he returned to the US in 1962, attended Special Forces training, and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. In late 1963 he was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group, where he was deployed to Vietnam as an A-Team Leader. He returned to the US in 1965 and was assigned to the Special Forces Training Group, where he was the Advanced Training Committee chief for combat divers, high altitude - low opening (HALO), and the Skyhook schools, and is credited for being the officer responsible for starting the present day Combat Divers Qualification Course in Key West, FL. In 1966 he returned to Vietnam with the 5th Special Forces Group where he was an Operational A, B, and C Detachment Commander and once more in 1969, where he was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group as the Commander of the 3d Mobile Strike Force Command (Cambodian Troops). In 1975 he returned to Fort Bragg, where he was initially the Special Forces School Chief for the Field Training Division and Resistance Division and subsequently the Commander of the Special Forces School. He retired from the Army in 1981 at the rank of colonel, with 31 years of continuous military service. Other than the Medal of Honor, his numerous military decorations and awards include Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with 1 oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with 4 oak leaf clusters, the Purple Heart, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge, the SCUBA Badge, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. He died of cancer in Gadsden, Alabama at the age of 82. His Medal of Honor citation reads: "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 aid man, 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 3 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." (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
 
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  Donna Kate Mize Feazell (1956 - 2001)*
 
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Burial:
Crestwood Memorial Cemetery
East Gadsden
Etowah County
Alabama, USA
 
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Record added: Mar 12, 2014
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Thank you for serving your country.
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 31, 2014
Your country thanks you, Col Mize.
- dhb
 Added: Aug. 29, 2014

- elaine bailey
 Added: Aug. 28, 2014
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