In Memory of SSG Tony B. Olaes
SSG Tony B. Olaes , 30, of Walhalla, South Carolina, died September 20, 2004 during a combat patrol near the town of Shkin in the Paktika province of southeastern Afghanistan. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group.
Olae was born in Salem, Massachusetts.
Olaesí awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Special Forces Tab.
He is survived by his wife and their children, Maverick, McKenzie, and Alec.
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