Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis
Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y., died Aug. 28, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device, small arms and indirect fire. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, N.Y. SSGT Ollis was an infantryman with the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. He joined the Army in August 2006. After training at Fort Hamilton, N.Y., and Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Smith Barracks, Germany, and Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He arrived at Fort Drum in November 2011. He previously deployed to Iraq in April 2008 to May 2009 and Afghanistan in June 2010 to May 2011. Michael deployed with his unit to Afghanistan in January 2013. SSGT Ollis’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, four Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, two Afghanistan Campaign Medals, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, three Overseas Service Ribbons, the NATO Medal, the Ranger Tab, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Air Assault Badge, the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Wheeled Vehicles and Tracked Vehicles. He completed the Airborne School, the Ranger Course, the Infantry School, the Special Operations Senior Site Exploitation Course, the Air Assault School, the Combat Life Savers Course, the Command Language Program German Head Start Course, and the Medium Tactical Vehicle Course. He is survived by his mother and father. Staff Sgt Ollis was posthumously awarded the Golden Polish Army Medal for his actions on August 28 when he stepped between a Polish soldier and the insurgent, so that when the insurgent’s vest detonated it shielded the polish soldier, killing Ollis instead. The Army is considering a Silver Star for Sgt. Ollis, one of America’s highest awards for valor. Cemetery of the Resurrection in Pleasant Plains, New York
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