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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Mike Ollis: A Young Leader Who Gave His Life For Us

Time heals...but anniversaries trip us up and bring us back to that horrible day 12 years ago.

This anniversary brings a new wound for one Staten Island family that may never heal.  Today is the day their son's body returned from Afghanistan.  He was 24.

Mike Ollis was a great kid.  I mean really great. He looks tough in his military photo but I'll always remember him as the 14-year old riding down to the beach community where we lived to see his best buddy, Robert.  

There are no words except to say that Mike was always a leader, even as that teenager with a quick smile and warm style. 

Now he's made the ultimate sacrifice.  

Please keep Staff Sgt. Mike Ollis and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers on this very difficult day. 

1 comment:

  1. Sergeant Mike Ollis covered up with his own body a Polish soldier lt. Karol Cierpica during the attack on the Taliban base in Ghazni, Afghanistan in August 2013. Today, during the parade of the Polish Army, his parents received the homage of the soldiers.
    Let's rest in peace!
    Source (PL): http://wpolityce.pl/lifestyle/209475-wojsko-oddalo-hold-rodzicom-amerykanskiego-bohatera-ktory-uratowal-naszego-zolnierza