Sergeant Ola L. Mize
Company G. 15th Inf. Reg.
3rd Infantry Division
10-11 June 1953
CITATION: Sergeant Ola L. Mize, a member of Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy near Surang-ni, Korea, on 10-11 June 1953. 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 areas. During his fearless actions he was blown down by artillery and grenade blast three 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 the apertures and throwing grenades at the foe, neutralizing their positions. When an enemy soldier stepped out from behind a comrade, prepared to fire, Sergeant 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 ten 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 enemys routes of approach. At dawn he helped regroup for a counter-attack which successfully drove the enemy from the outpost. Sergeant Mizes valorous conduct and unflinching courage reflect lasting glory upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.
Colonel Mize has also been awarded these medals:
Bronze Star - Good Conduct with Two
Loops - National Defense Service - Korean
Service with Two Bronze Stars - United
Ola L. Mize was born at Albertville and attended Emma Sansom High School in Gadsden, where he entered the service.
In 1954 he was married to the former Betty Ruth Jackson and they have two daughters. He is a resident of Gadsden, Alabama.
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