Olive, Milton Lee, III, PFC Fallen
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1964-1965, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Service Years
1964 - 1965

Private First Class

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Casualty Date
Oct 22, 1965
Hostile, Died
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Vietnam, South
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
West Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery - Lexington, Mississippi
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 131

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Medal of Honor
  2015, Medal of Honor - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade
  1964-1965, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)/B Company
  1964-1965, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Combat and Operations History
  1965-1965 Vietnam War
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Army Medal of Honor


Milton Lee Olive, III

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Olive was a member of the 3d Platoon of Company B, as it moved through the jungle to find the Viet Cong operating in the area. Although the platoon was subjected to a heavy volume of enemy gunfire and pinned down temporarily, it retaliated by assaulting the Viet Cong positions, causing the enemy to flee. As the platoon pursued the insurgents, Pfc. Olive and 4 other soldiers were moving through the jungle together with a grenade was thrown into their midst. Pfc. Olive saw the grenade, and then saved the lives of his fellow soldiers at the sacrifice of his own by grabbing the grenade in his hand and falling on it to absorb the blast with his body. Through his bravery, unhesitating actions, and complete disregard for his safety, he prevented additional loss of life or injury to the members of his platoon. Pfc. Olive's extraordinary heroism, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

 Buried in West Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Lexington, Mississippi.

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