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Near Lexington in Holmes County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

PFC Milton Lee Olive III

 
 
PFC Milton Lee Olive III Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2019
1. PFC Milton Lee Olive III Marker
Inscription.  Milton Lee Olive III, a native of Chicago, moved to Holmes County and attended school in Lexington. During the Vietnam War, Olive served in Co. B, 2nd Bttn. (Airborne), 503rd Infantry. Near Phu Cong, on October 22, 1965, Olive saved the lives of four other members of his platoon by falling on and absorbing the blast of a Viet Cong grenade. For this action, PFC Olive was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He is buried in the West Grove M. B. Church cemetery near Lexington.
 
Erected 2007 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: HeroesMilitaryWar, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is October 22, 1965.
 
Location. 33° 5.418′ N, 90° 3.306′ W. Marker is near Lexington, Mississippi, in Holmes County. Marker is at the intersection of Ebenezer Road and State Route 17, on the right when traveling south on
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Ebenezer Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Ebenezer Road, Lexington MS 39095, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dr. Arenia Conelia Mallory (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Paul Church of God in Christ (approx. 0.9 miles away); Holmes County Blues Lexington (approx. 1˝ miles away); Hazel Brannon Smith (approx. 1˝ miles away); Bishop Charles H. Mason (approx. 1˝ miles away); Lexington (approx. 1˝ miles away); Holmes County (approx. 1.6 miles away); Holmes County Confederate Monument (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry on Milton L. Olive. (Submitted on October 10, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
PFC Milton Lee Olive III Marker looking south on Ebenezer Rd. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2019
2. PFC Milton Lee Olive III Marker looking south on Ebenezer Rd.
Memorial located at the Holmes County Courthouse in Lexington. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2019
3. Memorial located at the Holmes County Courthouse in Lexington.
Medal of Honor Citation for Milton Lee Olive. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2019
4. Medal of Honor Citation for Milton Lee Olive.
Located on reverse of memorial.
PFC Milton Lee Olive III image. Click for full size.
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5. PFC Milton Lee Olive III
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 10, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 10, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 10, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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