Mize, Ola Lee, COL

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1979-1981, 2500, US Army Institute for Military Assistance/Special Forces Schools
Service Years
1950 - 1981

Infantry


Special Forces

Ranger
Colonel


Two Service Stripes



Eight Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1931
 
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Home Town
Marshall Country
Last Address
Gadsden, AL

Date of Passing
Mar 12, 2014
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 3rd Infantry Division

Special Forces Group


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Special Forces Association
  1981, Special Forces Association - Assoc. Page


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Last Known Activity

 

Colonel Mize was born on 28 August 1931 and entered the United States Army on 18 April 1950. After completing Basic Training and Airborne School, he was assigned to the 325th AIR at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
In 1952, then Sergeant Mize, was assigned to the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, rising to the rank of First Sergeant.
While assigned to Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, Sergeant Mize distinguished himself during action against the enemy near Surang-ni, Korea, on 10-11 June 1953. While committed to the defense of "Outpost Harry," a strategically valuable position, the enemy launched a heavy attack. Sergeant Mize established an effective defense system and inflicted heavy casualties against attacks from enemy assault forces which had penetrated into trenches within the outpost area. Throughout the tenuous fight, Sergeant Mize led his Soldiers from bunker to bunker to clear the enemy forces. After reestablishing the defense, he moved from man to man, distributing ammunition and shouting words of encouragement, despite being blown down by artillery and grenade blasts three times.
On September 7, 1954 he was decorated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower with the Medal of Honor.
In 1956, Colonel Mize received his commission and was initially assigned to Fort Bragg and subsequently to Germany.
After leaving Germany in 1962, then Captain Mize, completed 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. In 1965, he was assigned to the Special Forces Training Group, where he was the Advanced Training Committee chief for SCUBA, HALO, and the SKY HOOK schools. Colonel Mize is credited for being the officer responsible for starting the present day Combat Divers Qualification Course in Key West, FL.
From 1966 to 1967, he was again assigned 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 Colonel Mize was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 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.
Colonel Mize’s awards include the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Legion of Merit (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star (with four Oak Leaf Clusters), Ranger Tab, Master Parachutist Badge, SCUBA Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd award).
Colonel Mize retired in 1981 and lived in Gadsden, AL with his wife, the former Betty Ruth Jackson. He has been a frequent speaker with the Regimental "dining ins," an event that preceded the Regimental First Formations, where Special Forces candidates receive their berets. He is also active in the Medal of Honor Society and gives talks to school groups not only about the Medal of Honor, but the Army in general. He passed away on March 12, 2014 at his home.

   
Other Comments:
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.
 
   
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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1950, Basic Training (Fort Knox, KY), A
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)6th Special Forces Group
5th Special Forces Group (A)US Army Institute for Military AssistanceCompany A (III CTZ) Detachment C-3 (Bien Hoa)/Det B-36 (3rd Mobile Strike Force Command)
  1950-1951, 1745, HHC, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment
  1951-1952, 1745, HHC, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment
  1952-1954, 1745, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment
  1962-1963, 1542, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1963-1963, 2162, 6th Special Forces Group
  1963-1964, 1542, 5th Special Forces Group (A)
  1965-1966, 2520, US Army Institute for Military Assistance/Special Forces Schools
  1966-1966, 1542, Det B-23 (Ban Me Thuot)/Det A-233 (Buon Mi Ga/Buon Ea Yang/Trang Phuc)
  1969-1970, 1542, Company A (III CTZ) Detachment C-3 (Bien Hoa)/Det B-36 (3rd Mobile Strike Force Command)
  1979-1981, 2500, US Army Institute for Military Assistance/Special Forces Schools
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
  1962-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
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