Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Ola Lee Mize to be Laid to Rest Saturday

GADSDEN, Ala. (WHNT) – U.S. Army Colonel Ola Lee Mize (Retired), 82, of Gadsden, died Wednesday, 12 March.

Mize was presented the nation’s highest military award, the Medal of Honor by President Dwight David Eisenhower in 1954 for his heroic actions in the Korean war against the enemy above and beyond the call of duty. Colonel Mize served in the 82nd Airborne Division, 5th Special Forces Group and 7th Special Forces Group during a 31-year U.S. Army career.

The funeral of Colonel Mize will be conducted with full military honors by the U.S. Army’s 5th Special Forces Group deployed from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, complete with a 21 gun salute. An Alabama National Guard unit will be responsible for the flag Honor Guard.

Funeral arrangements for Colonel Mize are as follows:

10am Saturday, 15 March 2014 – funeral, Southside Baptist Church, Southside, AL
10:30am, 15 March 2014 – funeral procession to Crestwood Cemetery, Gadsden, AL

Funeral Procession route:
Southside Baptist Church • 3975 Highway 77 Southside, Alabama 35907 north to
Rainbow City, Alabama. Right turn on U.S. Highway 411. Proceed to the intersection of
Albert Rains Boulevard (U.S. 411) and Walnut Street in Gadsden, Alabama. Proceed one block. Turn right on 1st Street proceed past Chestnut Street (at Gadsden City Hall) then turn right on Broad Street at the Memorial Bridge. Proceed on East Broad Street until arriving at Crestwood Cemetery • 2209 East Broad Street, Gadsden, Alabama 35903.

The Gadsden-Etowah Patriot Association wishes to acknowledge the many
governmental entities in Etowah county that have lowered their flags to half
mast and the various police departments for their help in escorting the
funeral procession.

It is requested that as many people as possible come to the funeral procession route with American Flags to honor Col. Mize and his family

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