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Team Sergeant
03-12-2014, 14:54
It is with regret that we report that Colonel Ola Lee Mize (MOH) has passed.


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 1981and presently lives 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.


Inducted 29 JANUARY 2009


Edit to add: A SF friend sent me a ******* of COL Mize. A very humble man. http://www.*******.com/watch?v=1jmNNciM0aA

03-12-2014, 15:40
RIP Colonel, Vaya con Dios..

03-12-2014, 16:44
Rest In Peace, Colonel.

03-12-2014, 17:02
RIP Col......

03-12-2014, 17:08
Rest in Peace Sir.

Great video here:

03-12-2014, 17:10
Rest in Peace and Thank You

03-12-2014, 17:19
Rest In Peace, Colonel.

Blue skies and soft landings

Prayers to Family and Friends.

03-12-2014, 17:27
Rest in Peace Colonel. DOL

full cooler
03-12-2014, 17:30
Rest in peace.

03-12-2014, 18:13
He led the way. RIP

03-12-2014, 18:52
Rest in Peace Warrior.

03-12-2014, 20:28
Rest In Peace.

The Reaper
03-12-2014, 20:53
RIP, Sir.

They don't make them like that anymore.

Thank you for your service, and your sacrifice.


03-13-2014, 03:48
Rest In Peace, Sir. The Regiment has suffered a great loss.

03-13-2014, 03:55
Rest in Peace, Sir.

03-13-2014, 05:41
Thanks for the write up TS..

RIP Sir...

03-13-2014, 06:00

An interview & tribute to the Colonel..

Goggles Pizano
03-13-2014, 06:26
In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti amen.
In pace requiescat Sir, dominus vobiscum.

03-13-2014, 07:48
I remember him as the SFS and SATMO Cdr and his retirement over the Wilder fiasco. :mad:

Too bad the SFS flash is no longer being used - it looked much better than the JFKCMA flash IMO.

{Salute} RIP, Sir.

03-13-2014, 10:28
My Q course graduation diploma bears his signature. I will cherish it now even more. Only got to see him a couple of times, but he was one hell of a man. RIP COL Mize and thank for all you did, may you bask in the light of God's love.

x SF med
03-13-2014, 11:05
Rest in Peace, Sir.
I am honored to have been a member of your Regiment.

03-13-2014, 13:34
Rest in Peace, Sir. You set a high standard that continues to be raised.

Habu-MFFI 175
03-13-2014, 18:09
RIP Warrior

Blessed are the Peacemakers.

03-14-2014, 11:45
Just received:

Funeral: 10am Saturday 15 Mar2014, Southside Baptist Church, 3975 Hwy 77, Southside, AL 35907 (256-442-8602).

Burial to follow at Crestwood Cemetery, 2209 East Brad St, Gadsden, AL 35903 (256-492-5544), with a reception at the church afterward.

The 5th SFG will be presenting honors and GEN Stringham will make the flag presentation.

03-14-2014, 14:21
Full message:

From: sfahq@aol.com
Sent: Friday, March 14, 2014 6:19:42 AM
Subject: COL Lee Mize

If you missed the post in Taps in Member Forums following is the information on services for COL O Lee Mize, MOH

Funeral: 10am Saturday 15 Mar2014, Southside Baptist Church, 3975 Hwy 77, Southside, AL 35907 (256-442-8602). Burial to follow at Crestwood Cemetery, 2209 East Brad St, Gadsden, AL 35903 (256-492-5544), with a reception at the church afterward.
2. .
3. Two Pastors, No laymen, and no eulogies. No flowers but donations to Southside Baptist Church building fund.
4. Full police escort and support.

5. Suggest that we send cards of praise and regrets to Betty Mize, 211 Hartwood Dr., Gadsden, AL 35901. After things settle down Betty will be able to read them and share in our memories of her husband.

The 5th SFG will be presenting honors and GEN Stringham will make the flag presentation.
Cliff Newman
Administrative Director
Special Forces Association
PO Box 41436
Fayetteville, NC 28309
(910) 485-5433

03-14-2014, 16:25
Rest in Peace, Sir.

03-16-2014, 11:12
Rest in Peace Colonel, thank you for your service.

03-16-2014, 15:55
Rest In Peace, Colonel and thank you for your service!

03-16-2014, 19:36
Rest in peace, Sir. Thank you for your service.

tom kelly
03-17-2014, 18:21
Rest in Peace, Sir. Thank you for your service and all you have done for SF. Tom Kelly

Red Flag 1
03-17-2014, 18:30
Rest In God's Own Peace, Colonel.

03-24-2014, 11:04
Rest in Peace. Thank you for your service.