Ola Lee Mize-East Gadsden, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 33° 59.346 W 085° 58.206
16S E 595123 N 3761425
Quick Description: Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient for action at Surang-ri, Korea on June 10-11, 1953. He is buried in Crestwood Memorial Cemetery, Gadsden, AL in the Veterans Garden Section, Block 25, Lot 51.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 8/21/2019 1:27:56 PM
Waymark Code: WM1160H
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member NW_history_buff
Views: 4

Long Description:
He was born on August 28, 1931 in Albertville, AL and died on March 12, 2014 in Gadsden, AL. He attained the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: OLA LEE MIZE
Rank: Master Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company K
Division: 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division
Born: August 28, 1931, Albertville, AL
Departed: Yes (03/12/2014)
Entered Service At: Gadsden, Ala.
G.O. Number: 70
Date of Issue: 09/07/1954
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Surang-ni, Korea, 10 to 11 June 1953

Citation
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.

Photos by Marc Hill and posted on findagrave.com

*SPECIAL EXCEPTION WAYMARK* This category made the decision to approve this waymark based on the research and partnerships between the submitter, Don.Morfe, and individuals who gave permission for their photos of Medal of Honor resting places to be used in this community. Although the vision and philosophy of the Waymarking body is to promote in-person visits and photo documentation, special circumstances can be made on a case-by-case basis such as this submission. We appreciate the fact that Don.Morfe spent over 20 years visiting more than 2,900 Medal of Honor resting places and has documented them in this category with personal photos the past 18 months. He recently took it upon himself to document many more Medal of Honor resting places around the world that he could not visit in person. He reached out to individuals on FindaGrave.com and elsewhere and received permission to use their photos, created write-ups and submitted them here for approval. A compromise was made to allow his submissions here in order to gain a sense of appreciation to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. Thank you, Don, for your tireless efforts and contributions to this category and to the Waymarking community!

Armed Service: Army

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