Blanchfield, Michael R., SP 4

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Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
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Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 11B10, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Arlington Heights
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jul 03, 1969
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
All Saints Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum - Des Plaines, Illinois
Wall/Plot Coordinates
21W 050

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)173rd Airborne Brigade
  1969-1969, 11B10, HHC, 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
  1969-1970, 11B10, 173rd Airborne Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
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Last Known Activity
Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Michael Reinert Blanchfield, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company A, 4th Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 3 July 1969 on a combat patrol.

The patrol surrounded a group of houses to search for suspects. During the search of one of the huts, a man suddenly ran out toward a nearby tree line. Specialist Fourth Class Blanchfield, who was on guard outside the hut, saw the man, shouted for him to halt, and began firing at him as the man ignored the warning and continued to run. The suspect suddenly threw a grenade toward the hut and its occupants. Although the exploding grenade severely wounded Specialist Fourth Class Blanchfield and several others, he regained his feet to continue the pursuit of the enemy. The fleeing enemy threw a second grenade which landed near Specialist Fourth Class Blanchfield and several members of his patrol. Instantly realizing the danger, he shouted a warning to his comrades. Specialist Fourth Class Blanchfield unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his safety, threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the full and fatal impact of the explosion.

By his gallant action and self-sacrifice, he was able to save the lives and prevent injury to four members of the patrol and several Vietnamese civilians in the immediate area. Specialist Fourth Class Blanchfield's extraordinary courage and gallantry at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 25 (May 21, 1971)
Action Date: 3-Jul-69
Service: Army
Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
Company: Company A
Battalion: 4th Battalion
Regiment: 503d Infantry Regiment
Division: 173d Airborne Brigade
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