Marshall Clayton Oliver a.k.a. 'Okie'
Ardennes, Holland, Rhineland
Easy and Able Company, 506th PIR, 101st
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
1 Distinguished Unit Badge, (a Presidential
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 to me by his daughter:
Mrs Deborah Oliver Forrester
Shoulderpatch of the 101st Airborne.
Oakie with a to this day unknown friend.
If you have any idea who this person on the right of photograph
might be, please let me know and email
Personal medic kit belonging to Marshall
Clayton Oliver also known as 'Oakie'
Same kit but now opened, you can see
the medical tools the medics had
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
Marshall Clayton Oliver with his dog after the war in 1945