A soldier from Staten Island who was killed by insurgents in Afghanistan recently decided to make a career in the Army after serving for seven years, his parents say.
Robert Ollis tells the Staten Island Advance in a story published Sunday evening that Staff Sgt. Michael H. Ollis "loved the Army, and he loved what he was doing."
The father says that after his son became a squad leader, he told his parents he had to make sure the soldiers under him got home.
The 24-year-old infantryman died Wednesday in Ghani Province. Insurgents attacked his unit, which was based at Fort Drum.
Friends and relatives have created a memorial of flowers, flags and mementos on a fence in Ollis' neighborhood.