Former Army paratrooper Polito “Paul” Olivas recently died at the age of 99 and lived a colorful and fulfilling life. During his youth he made a tandem skydive at Dillingham Airfield from 14,000 feet up that made headlines, and during WWII he was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. Olivas served in South Korea, during the Vietnam War, and became an original member of the “Green Berets.” When he wasn’t fighting for his country, he was restoring Mustangs in Hawaii and the founder of the Aloha Mustang and Shelby Club. He is said to be an outstandingly humble and selfless man, and he felt guilty about the fact that he enlisted in the army two year before he was legally allowed.
Late in life, Olivas was diagnosed with cancer, but wanted to spend the rest of his time at home where he died shortly after arriving. Olivas lived a long and satisfying life, and his service will be held on October 19th at Mililani Baptist Church at 10 am. Roy Ogasawara, an Army Special Forces soldier, will be giving a eulogy for his friend at the service.