Medic
Name
Marshall Clayton Oliver
Nationality
American
Unit
HQ, Easy, Able Companies - 506th P.I.R.
Location
Normandy, Ardennes, Holland, Rhineland
Date
June 1945
Survived the war?
Captured and wounded but survived
101st Airborne Division

The story of a medic

Marshall Clayton Oliver some of his buddies called him "Oakie". was a technician Fifth Grade, Surgical Technician, Medic. He was one of the original Medics with the 101st Airborne, 506th P.I.R. Medical Detachment. He was assigned to several companies such as Reg. Hq., E and A Companies. He served in Normandy, Ardennes Rhineland also known as the Battle of the Bulge, and Central Europe. He enlisted in the Paratroopers on Sept. 1, 1942 and he was honorable discharged on Sept. 23, 1945.

Wounded twice once slightly in Holland and once seriously in Belgium. You can see the piece of shrapnel that wounded Oakie on the right in the photographs bar.  He was captured twice and escaped twice.

The Currahee Mountain, soldiers in Toccoa had to run up the mountain in the morning and in the evening. A fellow medic, later at a Toccoa reunion illustrated how Marshall used to run up Currahee Mountain. He called it the "Oakie shuffle". They called him "Oakie" because he was from Oklahoma.

Some of the medals he received were:
1 Distinguished Unit Badge, (a Presidential Unit Emblem)
2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
2 Purple Hearts
1 EAME Service Ribbon with Four Bronze Service Stars
1 Bronze Arrowhead Bronze Star Medal
1 Combat Medical badge

Marshall Clayton Oliver died in a car crash in 1956. He left 4 daughters and 1 son.

The Information was given by his daughter: Deborah


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Veteran's personal medals
Bronze Star
Bronze Star
2 x Purple Heart
2 x Purple Heart
European Campaign
European Campaign
Victory
Victory

Veteran's personal file

Combat Medical badge

Oakie with a to this day unknown friend.
Oakie with a to this day unknown friend.
Personal medic kit belonging to 'Oakie'
Personal medic kit belonging to 'Oakie'
The Western Union telegraph people received back home, when their son or daughter had been injured.
The Western Union telegraph people received back home, when their son or daughter had been injured.
The piece of shrapnel that wounded Marshall Clayton Oliver
The piece of shrapnel that wounded Marshall Clayton Oliver
Marshall Clayton Oliver with his dog after the war in 1945
Marshall Clayton Oliver with his dog after the war in 1945
  • 18 August 1956
  • Alta Vista Cemetery Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia, USA
  • Block 0B, Lot 73, Grave E1

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