Baldwin, Michael Richard, SGT

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B40-Infantry Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11B40, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment/A Company
Service Years
1967 - 1968

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Flemington, NJ
Last Address
Flemington, NJ

Casualty Date
Sep 12, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Binh Long (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Magdalen Cemetery - Flemington, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
44W 035

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 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Division1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment
  1968-1968, 11B40, 1st Infantry Division
  1968-1968, 11B40, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment/A Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)/Battle of Loc Ninh IV
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Date of Birth July 19, 1947
Age at Death 21

Father - Alvin Grenelle Baldwin (01-17-1912 to 08-31-1975)
Mother – Margaret Mary Johnson Baldwin (11-9-1916 to 11-7-1982)

Brother – Alvin L. Baldwin (1934 Deceased 09-13-1958
Sister – Victoria A. Baldwin Zelinsky (1935 Deceased 08-11-1994)
May have a living sister, Pat Baldwin Wright

Selective Service - Drafted
Vietnam Tour of Duty Started May 16, 1968

Michael died of a Gunshot or other Small Arms Fire in U.S. Military Region 3, north of the Saigon Area of Operation, Binh Long Province, Republic of South Vietnam.  Location of the ambush was 5 to 6 Kilometers Northeast of Loc Ninh Village near the Special Forces Camp at Loc Ninh in the vicinity of Hill 222 on Highway qL-14A.  This fire-fight / ambush is part of The Battle of Loc Ninh IV.

Twelve soldiers died together in this incident:

 
  1. Baker, Philip Kenneth, SSG, A Company (Infantry)
  2. Baldwin, Michael Richard, SGT, A Company (Infantry)
  3. Boyce, Eugene Russell, PFC, A Company (Infantry)
  4. Jenkins, Wayne Daniel, SP4, E Company (Infantry)
  5. Martin, Kenneth Leroy, PFC, HHC (Medic)
  6. Oxner, Marion Luther, PFC, A Company (Infantry)
  7. Palm, Dale Arden, PFC, A Company (Infantry)
  8. Ponath, Kurt Francis, PFC, A Company (Infantry)
  9. Shark, Earl Eric, SGT-SFC, A Company (Infantry) POW / MIA
  10. Williams, J.C., Jr, SP4, A Company (Infantry)
  11. Wittman, William, PFC, E Company (Infantry)
  12. Umstot, Samuel Gilmore, Jr., CPT, HHC (Field Medical Assistant)

Ambush site:  The Squad of soldiers was on a reconnaissance-in-force mission about 5 kilometers northeast of Loc Ninh village and near the Loc Ninh Special Forces Camp, south side of Highway 14A just below Hill 222, Binh Long Province, RVN.
 
This ambush / fire-fight with the NVA was part of The Battle of Loc Ninh IV during The Vietnam counteroffensive Phase V Campaign.  1 July 1968 to 1 November 1968

 
   
Comments/Citation


CITATION

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
HEADQUARTERS 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION

AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR


GENERAL ORDERS NUMBER 10478
3 October 1968

TC 320.  The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

BALDWIN, MICHAEL R. SERGEANT E5 United States Amy Company A 1st Battalion 28th Infantry

Awarded:  Silver Star
Date of Action:  12 September 1968
Theater:  Republic of Vietnam
Reason:  For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:  On this date, Sergeant Baldwin was serving as a squad leader with his company during a reconnaissance in force operation in the vicinity of Loc Ninh.  Sergeant Baldwin was leading his squad approximately 150 meters in front of the main body of the friendly forces when he man sighted several Viet Cong.  As the unit moved into good firing positions, they were subjected to intense machinegun, rocket and automatic weapons fire by a large enemy force.  Sergeant Baldwin immediately began moving about through the hail of hostile rounds, checking his men and directing their fire for maximum effectiveness.  When he noticed one of his men seriously wounded by the enemy fire, he completely disregarded his personal safety and ran across an open area raked by hostile fire to aid the individual.  He quickly dragged the casualty to a more secure location and administered first aid.  Particularly heavy machinegun fire was emanating from one of the insurgents' positions and caused the patrol to be pinned down.  Sergeant Baldwin dauntlessly advanced to within ten meters of the emplacement and silenced the machinegun fire with a well placed hand grenade.  As he attempted to lead his men back to the ret of the company, he was mortally wounded by enemy fire.  The extraordinary courage and calm determination displayed by Sergeant Baldwin significantly contributed to the victory achieved by the friendly forces. Sergeant Baldwin's unquestionable valor in close combat against numerically superior hostile forces is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

Authority:  By direction of the President, as established by the Act of Congress, 9 July 1918, and USARV Message 16695. dated 1 July 1966.

FOR THE COMMANDER:
OFFICIAL:

ARCHIE R. HYLE
Colonel, GS
Chief of Staff

L.R.. Bixler
Captain, AGC
Assistant Adjutant General


Notation - The above citations were obtained from and used with the permission of:
 
Andrew E. Woods
Research Historian
Colonel Robert R. McCormick Research Center
First Division Museum at Cantigny
1 S 151 Winfield Road          
Wheaton, IL  60189-3353

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Internet Remembrance Messages:

 
He was my brother--Mike. He was a great guy whose family misses him more than we can say. I loved to hang around my big brother. There'll never be another like him. I miss you.
Pat Baldwin Wright,  2007
 
 
I had the honor, to serve, beside him. Your last words were "There's no way in hell I'll leave my people behind."  I'll never know if you could have gotten out.  Your squad was overrun by an enemy force 20 times your number. I'm so sorry we couldn't get to you in time.  I was proud to recommend you for your Silver Star. Mike Garity. Mike Platoon, Alpha Company1 / 28. 2004
 
It was a tough September buddy. Charlie Company of 1/28th was in the same fight a few klicks away. Scouts Out not a good thing that day. Take care. SGT Ken Brown 2002
 
When I was in high school, I had a neighbor who was dating Mike.  We both lived in Ringoes, NJ.  She was a little older than me. He (Mike) was in the service and she asked me to draw a portrait of him. I was known as the artistic one in school and in the community. I had met him a couple of times through her. I don't know what compelled me to do this, but I decided to do 2 portraits; one for her and one for his folks.  I am very glad I did that. I guess I thought at that time, "who knows how long this young relationship will last," even though they discussed marriage back then if I recall.  Little did I know he would be gone only months later. I always thought of this experience as my Vietnam wake-up call. He is a person I will never forget. Rest in peace, Mike. David B. Knechel, High School Friend
2007.
 
 
Mike Baldwin was a fun-loving guy. We played high school football together; he was a tackle -- not the most talented physically but always eager to get in a few licks. Mike also enjoyed cars -- he had a '55 or '56 Chevy as I recall. He wrote a terrific column in "The Lamp," our high school paper, about hotrods. Mike could be heard "motoring" around the high school corridors, making sounds with his mouth: racing the motor, shifting gears, pealing tires as he turned a corner (often right into a teacher). I expect he's racing around heaven today, driving St. Peter crazy with all the noise. Thom Woodward High School Friend 1999
 
 
I knew Mike from kindergarten on. Our track team at Hunterdon Central High School lost not only Mike, but Fred Zyck, Andy Fedor, Greg Buzinski, Dyke Manners, and John Hancock.
God Bless you all and Thanks. Frank Foran High School Friends 2005

 

   
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