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American soldier saved Polish officer's life


PennBoy 76 | 2,438    
23 Sep 2013  #1
Poland's Ministry of Defense has posthumously honored Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, the American soldier who died shielding a Polish soldier from a suicide bomber in Afghanistan last month.

Ollis, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y., was awarded the Polish Army Gold Medal, which recognizes service by a foreign soldier or civilian.

After news broke of Ollis' heroism, Polish Minister of Defense Tomasz Siemoniak said Wednesday through Twitter that Ollis had received the award Sept. 4, which is just days after the attack.

militarytimes.com/article/20130919/NEWS08/309190046/Polish-military-honors-soldier-who-died-saving-their-officer-Ghazni
Crow 143 | 7,411    
23 Sep 2013  #2
God is good
smurf 39 | 1,983    
23 Sep 2013  #3
God is

a figment of a collect imagination of unimaginative people.
Ozi Dan 26 | 569    
24 Sep 2013  #4
the Polish Army Gold Medal

Thanks for bringing this to our attention mate. I think nothing less than the Virtuti Militari is due and owing to this heroic soldier. May he Rest in Peace.

Crow: God is a figment of a collect imagination of unimaginative people.

Have some respect. This thread is for the memory of this hero, not for snide comment about God.
Harry    
24 Sep 2013  #5
I think nothing less than the Virtuti Militari is due and owing to this heroic soldier. May he Rest in Peace.

100% agree (although I'm not sure if that can be given to soldiers other than Polish).
Ozi Dan 26 | 569    
24 Sep 2013  #6
It can, it has and (whilst I don't speak for Poland) should. I think too Poland should give consideration to some of the Cth pilots who flew and died during the Warsaw airlift, as well as perhaps John Ward.

There should in my view be no distinction between a Pole fighting for Poland and a foreigner doing the same - it is the action, not the individual, that attracts the meaning and conferral of this award.
Harry    
24 Sep 2013  #7
It can, it has and (whilst I don't speak for Poland) should.

I thought that it can not longer be given to foreigners. A look at some of the names on this list might explain why:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Recipients_of_the_Virtuti_Militari_%281943%E2%80%9389%29

Cth

Cth?

There should in my view be no distinction between a Pole fighting for Poland and a foreigner doing the same - it is the action, not the individual, that attracts the meaning and conferral of this award.

Agreed, although it's perhaps somewhat a stretch to say that this particular American was fighting for Poland.
Ozi Dan 26 | 569    
24 Sep 2013  #8
Cth?

Abbreviation of Commonwealth.

Agreed, although it's perhaps somewhat a stretch to say that this particular American was fighting for Poland.

You're right, though I wasn't particularly referring to him when saying this. In any event, I'm not familiar with the condition(s) precedent for having the medal conferred, but I'm sure what SSGT Ollis did would tick one of the boxes.
OP PennBoy 76 | 2,438    
24 Sep 2013  #9
Thanks for bringing this to our attention mate. I think nothing less than the Virtuti Militari is due and owing to this heroic soldier. May he Rest in Peace.

You're welcome. I read that him and the Polish soldiers who were wounded or died with him showed exceptional courage. Not too many people in the world like that, may he rest in peace.
smurf 39 | 1,983    
24 Sep 2013  #10
This thread is for the memory of this hero, not for snide comment about God

Whatevs, I'm annoyed at Crow for bringing his imaginary friend into it.

Polish soldiers have no business in Afghanistan anyway...other than just to highlight that Poland is Ameika's biatch in Europe and will do just about anything for the promise of green cards...which still hasn't happened.

If the Polish soldiers weren't there, Mr Ollis would still be alive today.

But yes, he deserves all military awards he gets, giving up his life to save another is the ultimate sacrifice.
Harry    
24 Sep 2013  #11
Whatevs, I'm annoyed at Crow for bringing his imaginary friend into it.

I very much get the feeling that Crow was attempting to use the Islamic phrase 'Allahu Akbar' (and mistranslating it) when making a reference to the death of a soldier from the nation which led the world effort to stop Serbian heroes who made up such scum as the Serbian Volunteer Guard from raping and murdering their muslim neighbours.
smurf 39 | 1,983    
24 Sep 2013  #12
'Allahu Akbar'

That's the thing the Muslim prisoners used to say to each other in that awesome HBO series OZ?
That was a great show, Adebisi rocked.
Very strange final few episodes though.
Crow 143 | 7,411    
24 Sep 2013  #13
Polish soldiers have no business in Afghanistan anyway...

i agree to it.

But yes, he deserves all military awards he gets, giving up his life to save another is the ultimate sacrifice.

True. Just, when i first time sow this thread, i thought that i entered in some parallel universe, where people from the so called west dies for Slavs what is totally opposite to the reality of world in our reality.

FUZZYWICKETS

you must understand. i sow USA from another angle.

But, destine of one single soldier, that man, is indeed tragic to me.


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