Parents of US sergeant who saved Pole collect distinction

While in Poland, Ollis's parents, Linda and Robert Ollis, will visit Krakow in south Poland, where they will meet Cierpica. Sebastian Borowski/PAP

On Thursday in Lubin, southwestern Poland, the parents of a US Army soldier killed in 2013 while saving the life of a Polish officer during the Afghan War received an Honorary Ambassador of Poland award in commemoration of their son's deed.

The sergeant, Michael H. Ollis, was killed on August 28, 2013, in the Ghazni military base in Afghanistan, when he shielded Polish Second Lieutenant Karol Cierpica with his own body during a suicide attack by Afghan rebels.

In November of the same year, Ollis was posthumously decorated with the Polish Star of Afghanistan medal and a Polish Army Gold Cross. He also received several US military distinctions, including a Silver Star and a Distinguished Service Cross.

While in Poland, Ollis's parents, Linda and Robert Ollis, will visit Kraków in south Poland, where they will meet Cierpica.