Slain Soldier, 24, from NYC Loved the Army, Parents Say - NBC New York

Slain Soldier, 24, from NYC Loved the Army, Parents Say

Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis died Wednesday in Ghani Province in an attack that involved an improvised explosive device and small arms fire, according to the Pentagon.

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    Staten Island Soldier Killed in Afghanistan

    Military officials say a 24-year-old soldier from Staten Island has been killed in Afghanistan by insurgents who attacked his unit. Jonathan Vigliotti has more. (Published Friday, Aug. 30, 2013)

    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.

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