Soldier's mother receives Gold Star 40 years
after his death in Vietnam
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[NOV. 11, 2004]
SPRINGFIELD -- Nearly 40
years after his death, a Vietnam veteran's stepmother was presented
with the Gold Star Banner and Gold Star Button. Antoinette Olive,
stepmother of Milton Olive III, received the Gold Star recognition
from Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Roy L. Dolgos
and Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn at a ceremony in Chicago last month.
Milton Olive III, a native of Chicago's
South Side, joined the U.S. Army at the age of 19 and was a member
of the 3rd Platoon of Company B. On Oct. 22, 1965, Olive and his
fellow platoon members came under fire with a grenade by the Viet
Cong. Olive saved the lives of four soldiers by grabbing the grenade
in his hand and falling on it to absorb the blast with his body.
“For this heroic and brave action, we
salute Milton Olive III,” Dolgos said. “We will never forget his
selfless acts of bravery and are grateful for his sacrifice.”
The Gold Star Banner and Gold Star
Button is a keepsake to identify widows, parents and next of kin of
members of the U.S. armed forces who lost their lives.
Department of Veterans' Affairs news release]
Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs Director Roy L. Dolgos
(middle) and Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn (right) present Antoinette Olive,
the stepmother of Milton Olive III, with the Gold Star Banner and
Gold Star Button at a ceremony in Chicago last month. Milton Olive was
killed in action in Vietnam in 1965.