Chicago in Cook County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Milton L. Olive III Park
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Olive was a member of the 3d Platoon of Company B, as it moved through the jungle to find the Viet Cong operating in the area. Although the platoon was subjected to a heavy volume of enemy gunfire and pinned down temporarily, it retaliated by assaulting the Viet Cong positions, causing the enemy to flee. As the platoon pursued the insurgents, Pfc. Olive and 4 other soldiers were moving through the jungle together when a grenade was thrown into their midst. Pfc. Olive saw the grenade, and then saved the lives of his fellow soldiers at the sacrifice of his by grabbing the grenade in his hand and falling on it to absorb the blast with his body. Through his bravery, unhesitating actions, and complete disregard for his safety, he prevented additional loss of life or injury to the members of his platoon. Pfc. Olive's extraordinary heroism, at the risk of his life
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
Location. 41° 53.682′ N, 87° 36.594′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Memorial is on East Ohio Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Illinois & Michigan Canal (approx. ¼ mile away); Monument of the Millennium (approx. half a mile away); Shelter Building (approx. half a mile away); Terminal Building (approx. half a mile away); The Honorable Joanne H. Alter (approx. 0.6 miles away); Q.S.M.V. Abegweit (approx. ¾ mile away); Columbia Yacht Club (approx. ¾ mile away); Great World War (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
Regarding Milton L. Olive III Park. Milton Lee Olive, III is buried in West Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Lexington, MS. The grave GPS is 33.0404N 90.0704W
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