Christy, Michael, LTC

Infantry (Officer)
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Current/Last Service Branch
Current/Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Current/Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1981-1984, 46A, HQ, US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
Previously Held MOS
0006-Student Officer
11A-Infantry Officer
46A-Public Affairs
Service Years
1966 - 1984
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Voice Edition


Special Forces

Lieutenant Colonel

Four Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

US Marine Corps Honorable Discharge Jungle Expert Badge Cold War Veteran Vietnamese Fourragere

 Military Association Memberships
United Services Automobile Association (USAA)1st Cavalry Division AssociationMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA)12th Cavalry Regiment Association
N/AN/AMilitary Order of the Purple HeartChapter 131
Chapter 682
  1968, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) - Assoc. Page
  1969, 1st Cavalry Division Association [Verified]
  1984, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2000, 12th Cavalry Regiment Association [Verified]
  2006, Special Operations Association (SOA-MACV), N/A [Verified]
  2008, United States Army Ranger Association, N/A (Member) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2011, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 131 (Woodland, California) - Chap. Page
  2015, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Chapter 682 (Bakersfield, California) - Chap. Page

 Additional Information

What are you doing now:
Since my military retirement I've been working in the motion picture and television industry.

Mostly I write/produce/direct documentaries for cable television networks such as The History Channel, A&E, and Discovery.

Many are military documentaries for MODERN MARVELS with titles such as Camouflage, Booby Traps and Bullets.

In the past I made dozens of military training/informational films for the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. Perhaps the most significant was COMBAT LEADERSHIP featuring Lee Marvin. He was very proud of the film. He saw it as a Marine serving Marines. COMBAT LEADERSHIP is on the Bonus Disc of Warner Brothers' re-release on THE DIRTY DOZEN.

I am also a military technical consultant which sometimes takes me on the set for technical accuracy, which I did for two seasons of TOUR OF DUTY, but mostly I help writers find the "military" voice in their scripts.

In the past three years I have had five articles printed in Vietnam magazine.  I find great satisfaction in telling the stories of men and women who fought in a war that does not get the recognition it so richly deserves.

A few years after retiring from the army, I met my wife Kathryn. She has been a filmmaker for over 30 years with an extensive resume. The last 20 have mostly been documentaries for cable television. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.


Other Comments:
My military career spanned 26 years, beginning in 1956 when I joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Following two years active duty, I spent another two years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

In 1962, I joined the Army National Guard. In 1966 I went on active duty in U.S. Army. After 18 years on active duty, I retired in 1984. I have posted a number of photographs and accompanying narrative depicting Vietnam.

Several of my brothers with whom I served in Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in 1970 have also posted numerous photographs on their profiles. They are TOM HIRST, DANNY LONG, CRAIG TROUP, and RODNEY YOUNG.


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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)
Special Forces
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 National Guard Awards

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1956, Army Basic Training Waived (USMC Prior Service), 3
  1963, 3rd Battalion, 11th Infantry (OCS) (Fort Benning, GA), B/1
 Unit Assignments
US Marine Corps1st Battalion, 126th Infantry RegimentJungle Warfare School, Fort ShermanARNG, Michigan
Officer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GABasic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne SchoolArmy Ranger School5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Detachment B-52 (Project Delta), Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne)1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry 5th Army (Fifth Army)
Transportation Center & School (Cadre)Defense Information School (Faculty Staff)United Nations Command (UNC)US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)
US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
  1956-1958, US Marine Corps
  1961-1964, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment
  1965-1965, 1542, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1965-1965, 1542, Jungle Warfare School, Fort Sherman
  1966-1966, HHD, Michigan Army National Guard
  1966-1966, 0006, Officer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GA
  1966-1967, 1542, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1967-1967, 1542, Army Ranger School
  1967-1968, 1542, HHC, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1968-1968, Civil Affairs Qualification Course
  1968-1968, Detachment B-52 (Project Delta), Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)
  1968-1969, 1542, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne)
  1969-1970, 1542, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry
  1970-1973, 1542, 5th Army (Fifth Army)
  1973-1973, 1542, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1974-1977, 11A, Transportation Center & School (Cadre)
  1977-1977, Defense Information School (Faculty Staff)
  1977-1979, 46A, United Nations Command (UNC)
  1979-1981, 46A, HQ Forces Command (FORSCOM)
  1981-1984, 46A, HQ, US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)/Operation Toan Thang 42 / Rock Crusher
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Reflections on Service
Please describe who or what influenced your decision to join the Army.
Whether you were in the service for several years or as a career, please describe the direction or path you took. What was your reason for leaving?
If you participated in any military operations, including combat, humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, please describe those which made a lasting impact on you and, if life-changing, in what way?
Of all your duty stations or assignments, which one do you have fondest memories of and why? Which was your least favorite?
From your entire military service, describe any memories you still reflect back on to this day.
What professional achievements are you most proud of from your military career?
Of all the medals, awards, formal presentations and qualification badges you received, or other memorabilia, which one is the most meaningful to you and why?
Which individual(s) from your time in the military stand out as having the most positive impact on you and why?
Can you recount a particular incident from your service, which may or may not have been funny at the time, but still makes you laugh?
What profession did you follow after your military service and what are you doing now? If you are currently serving, what is your present occupational specialty?
What military associations are you a member of, if any? What specific benefits do you derive from your memberships?
In what ways has serving in the military influenced the way you have approached your life and your career? What do you miss most about your time in the service?
Based on your own experiences, what advice would you give to those who have recently joined the Army?
In what ways has helped you remember your military service and the friends you served with.
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia State UniversityCollege of William and MaryUniversity of OklahomaUniversity of California, Los Angeles
  1960-1962, Others/Not Listed
  1968-1969, Augusta State University1
  1970-1973, Grand Valley State University
  1973-1973, Georgia State University
  1975-1977, College of William and Mary
  1981-1982, University of Oklahoma1
  2004-2005, University of California, Los Angeles
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