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    55 years ago today

    paratrooper Milton Olive III sacrificed his life to save his brothers in arms.

    His Medal of Honor citation reads:

    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 when 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 cost 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.


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    Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
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    That was truly heroic for sure!

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    A real American Hero. Thank you for your service.

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    Thanks for sharing.

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    Just how much bravery does that take to give up your own live . Wow

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    Thanks for sharing - a truly remarkable story of a true American soldier - one of so many.

    May he always be remembered.

    Like so many others here, I lost friends and classmates who served in VN and who paid the ultimate sacrifice. For others who served, they have also "paid the price" in later years as a result of wounds received in action, Agent Orange and other service related disabilities. They are all heroes in my book and none should ever be forgotten.

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    Incredible bravery and sacrifice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tinsnips View Post
    Just how much bravery does that take to give up your own live . Wow
    Agreed.

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    A common man, doing extraordinary things to save his buddies lives. Probably did it without even thinking about the results. That's what hero's do.

    Have a blessed day,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hogtamer View Post
    Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
    Amen.
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    He was indeed a true hero. May he have eternal peace and rest with the other brave souls who have already gone home.
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