PFC Olive was a photographer before joining the Army, earning pocket money by taking pictures of newlyweds and church picnics, he also participated in the Civil Rights movement by aiding voter registration.
Private Milton Olive enlisted in 1964 and was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade and sent to Vietnam.
Private Milton Olive earned a Congressional Medal of Honor for smothering a grenade with his body on October 21, 1966, while on patrol with his team in Phu Cuong. He rests in the West Grove Cemetery in Lexington, Mississippi.
Chicago's Olive Park on Lake Michigan has been named in his honor.