Fort Drum Solider Posthumously Receives Polish Awards

Courtesy: Consulate General

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The Polish government has awarded two awards to a fallen 10th Mountain Division soldier.

Staff Sergeant Michael Ollis was a member of the 1st Brigade Combat Team.

He died in Afghanistan on August 28 when he gave his life to save a Polish officer from a suicide attack.

On November 12, during the ceremony at the Consulate General in New York, Ollis was posthumously honored with the "Afghanistan Star" and the "Polish Armed Forces Gold Medal".

The awards were presented to Michael's parents, Robert and Linda Ollis.

The Afghanistan Star is the presidential reward presented exclusively to soldiers as a token of appreciation for their outstanding performance during the service in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The Polish Armed Forces Gold Medal is the only defense reward exclusively presented to foreign individuals as a token of appreciation for their outstanding performance and great devotion to support the Polish Armed Forces activities, including multinational overseas contingency operations.

Last month, Ollis posthumously received the Silver Star, the third highest U.S. decoration a soldier can receive.

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Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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