Friday, August 30, 2013
Army Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis, 24, died August 28, in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan. The young soldier was killed when insurgents attacked his unit with what the Department of Defense reports as "an improvised explosive device, small arms and indirect fire."
Ollis was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light) at Fort Drum in New York.
Ollis grew up in the New York City borough of Staten Island. KSYR-TV reports Ollis enlisted in the Army in August 2006, and served three tours of duty in Afghanistan.
His parents, Robert and Linda Ollis, were on vacation in Europe when they learned of their son's death, according to The Staten Island Advance.
Robert Ollis is a Vietnam veteran who was awarded a Bronze Star for his service.