Parents of American soldier who saved Polish trooper collect award

Linda and Robert Ollis, the parents of US Sergeant Michael H. Ollis, who died rescuing Polish 2nd Lieutenant Karol Cierpica, received the Honorary Ambassador of Poland award from the head of KGHM, the Polish copper mining giant.

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Mr and Mrs Ollis arrived in Lubin, south-west Poland, the location of the KGHM headquarters. “This distinction shows that you did not forget about our son,” they said.

“I am honoured that we had a chance to distinguish Mr and Mrs Ollis and host them in Poland, not only in our cooper area, but during Poland’s Independence Day,” Marcin Chludziński, the CEO of KGHM said during the ceremony.

The 24-years-old Michael Ollis was a staff sergeant of the 10th Mountain Division of the US Army serving in Afghanistan. On August 28, 2013, he threw himself upon Polish Corporal Karol Ciepica shielding him with his own body against a suicide bomber. Michael Ollis died on the spot, however, saving his brother-in-arms.

In November 2013, he was posthumously honoured with the Polish Star of Afghanistan medal and a Polish Army Gold Cross for his merit. Moreover, he received distinctions in his homeland, including a Silver Star and a Distinguished Service Cross.

During their visit to Poland Linda and Robert Ollis, intend to also visit Kraków, where they will meet with Lt. Karol Cierpica.

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