Mickna, John Ronald, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11B10, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
Service Years
1957 - 1967

Staff Sergeant

Three Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Omaha, NE
Last Address
Omaha, NE

Casualty Date
Feb 23, 1967
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Omaha, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15E 080

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
  1966-1967, 11B10, A Company, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

John R. Mickna was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with 'V' Device (Posthumously) 11 March 1967.

For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Staff Sergeant Mickna distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 23 February 1967 in the Republic of Vietnam. On this day, Staff Sergeant Mickna's squad was given the mission of disabling a sniper who had been firing on the battalion perimeter. Staff Sergeant Mickna was leading his squad towards the point where the sniper had last been located when they came upon a small hut and a clearing surrounding it. The point man was just moving into the clearing when he spotted a Viet Cong partially hidden in the hut. He opened fire simultaneously with the sniper and received a wound in the shoulder. Staff Sergeant Mickna immediately deployed the squad on line around the injured man and then realizing that the Viet Cong was too well concealed from their present position, he moved to the left flank around the clearing to a more advantageous position. Despite the continuous sniper fire which was landing around him, Staff Sergeant Mickna courageously moved even closer through the incoming fire, even though he saw that his squad was pinned down and unable to effectively return fire. As he moved even closer to the hidden Viet Cong, he began to receive all the enemy's fire thus enabling his squad to move on line and begin placing effective fire on the Viet Cong's position. Staff Sergeant Mickna seeing his men go on line and realizing they would be in the open as they moved toward the hut, got up, with a complete disregard for his own personal safety, and began charging the hut in an attempt to get the Viet Cong's attentiion so his men would not be subjected to fire. As he moved on the Viet Cong, Staff Sergeant Mickna was mortally wounded in the chest. His courageous actions enabled his squad to wound the Viet Cong and force his retreat. Staff Sergeant Mickna's outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
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