Newbern, Michael R., SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Special Forces (1987-Present)
Last Primary MOS
11B4S-Infantryman (Special Forces)
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1966, 11B40, Detachment B-56 (Project SIGMA), Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)
Service Years
1962 - 1966

Special Forces
Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kennewick, WA
Last Address
Kennewick, WA

Casualty Date
Oct 22, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Riverview Heights Cemetery - Kennewick, Washington
Wall/Plot Coordinates
11E 099

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne LRRP

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family RegistrySpecial Operations Association (SOA-MACV)
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2021, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2021, Special Operations Association (SOA-MACV)

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Frankfurt Military Community, V CorpsDetachment B-56 (Project SIGMA), Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)Special Forces Units
  1962-1965, 11B40, Frankfurt Military Police Station, Gibbs Kasern, Frankfurt Military Community, V Corps
  1966-1966, 11B40, Detachment B-56 (Project SIGMA), Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)
  1966-1966, 11B4S, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

A five member reconnaissance team was inserted behind enemy lines and spent the night, moving out at daybreak. The team's 1-0 was SGT Boyd W Anderson, and the 1-1 was SSGT Michael R. Newbern. After two hours on the trail, the team was ambushed, receiving fire from all sides. The reinforced NVA platoon had permitted the point to pass through, and when the main body of the team entered the ambush area, the NVA then sprang the ambush. SGT Anderson was hit in the knee, dropped to the ground and directed his team to seek cover and radio for help. While he was laying down suppressive fire to permit the team to take a defensive position, he was mortally wounded. SGT Newbern, observing that Anderson had been hit, took charge of the team. As directed by Anderson, he ensured the team took proper cover and directed their defensive fire in an effort to suppress the enemy's fire so Anderson could crawl away from his exposed position. During a renewed effort by Newbern to retrieve SGT Anderson from the direct fire of the enemy, he was also mortally wounded.

Source: R. Newbern
Jim Siry
A comrade in arms - I served with him
18 Dart Street
Loma Linda,CA 92354 USA
A young and confident soldier
A young and confident soldier. Mike was a born hell raiser and loved his Ray Charles music. My heart goes out to his close friends and relatives. I would have gladly taken a bullet for him if I was by his side the day he was killed in October 1966.
Tuesday, March 30, 1999

Larry McKenzie
Your Funeral Was Beautiful and Right Next to My Dads
It was hard going to his funeral because I knew I'd cry, Our families were good friends and he was being buried next to my Dad. I guess it was there I decided what I was going to do, so a few months later I joined the U.S.Marines and within a year for Mikes funeral I was in Viet Nam. I thought of Mike alot while I was over there wondering if he'd been in any of the same places I've been. We didn't see alot of Army units over where I was, but we saw serveral Spec.Force units. I was hit 3 times over there, but I did make it home and I still clean Mikes head stone when I go up to see my Dad.
Sunday, January 08, 2000

POSTED ON 3.20.2004


I served with Michael, while he was stationed at Gibbs Concern in Frankfurt Germany, 1962 - 1965. We rotated together from jump school to Germany in 1962. I finished my time in July,1965 while he re-enlisted and was transfered to South Vietnam. We served together in the LRRP
"long range recon patrol", He was a fun loving friend whom I think of often. He loved life, jumping from C-130 aircraft and
field patrols. God speed Mike...

OSTED ON 5.19.2003


I remember the good times we had relaxing at The Service Clud Annex, after returning from the field.
RIP good buddy.
Merle Eckles U.S.Army Special Forces
Sigma Recon
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