ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – A neighborhood remembered and honored a Marshall County struggle hero Tuesday.
Albertville metropolis and legislative leaders joined the household of Colonel Ola Lee Mize as town’s latest bridge in Rabbit City the place he grew up was named in his honor.
The dedication was a sentimental gesture for the family members of Mize, who acquired the Medal of Honor, Silver Star, Purple Coronary heart and different recognitions.
“He would take me fishing on a regular basis. He was a giant teddy bear to me however to everybody who else who knew him within the army he was very stern and strict, however he was an incredible man,” mentioned Mize’s granddaughter Brandy Pearson. “It’s actually wonderful to know that the city he was born in nonetheless acknowledges him to today.”
Alabama Senator Clay Scofield and Consultant Kerry Wealthy spoke about Mize’s heroism and the impression he had on the nation and capitalism.
They mentioned he’s a real native hero that’s effectively deserving of the memorial.
Marshall County Circuit Decide Tim Riley informed Information 19 that he heard Mize communicate as a mentor to the twentieth Particular Forces unit within the Alabama Military Nationwide Guard.
“He invented plenty of issues tactically. The scuba college at Key West, Florida for the army is known as for him, and completely different locations in Fort Bragg is known as for him. In Fort Benning, Georgia, the airborne college,” added Riley.
Riley describes Mize as humble and courageous.
“He’s only a residing legend. Studying the citations don’t do justice. He gained so many medals. The Medal of Honor, which is awarded, not gained, and he didn’t even need the factor to start out with. He thought different people who died ought to have gotten it,” Riley defined.
Mize had a protracted army historical past of combating within the Korean Battle and doing three excursions of responsibility through the Vietnam Battle.
He died of most cancers in March 2014 at 82 years previous.
Riley informed Information 19 that he has written to Congressman Robert Aderholt about having the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Marshall County additionally named in honor of Mize not just for his army service but additionally for his neighborhood and church service later in life.
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