The story of a medic...
Medic Marshall Clayton Oliver a.k.a. 'Okie'
Date: June 1945
Location: Normandy, Ardennes, Holland, Rhineland
Unit: 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 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 to me by his daughter: Mrs Deborah Oliver Forrester

Personal Photographs

David Rogers
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 me

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

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