Folland, Michael Fleming, CPL

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11C20-Mortar Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 11C20, 3rd Infantry Regiment/2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Corporal


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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1949
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Richmond
Last Address
Richmond

Casualty Date
Jul 03, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Long Khanh
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Glendale National Cemetery - Henrico, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
21W 051

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialMedal of Honor
  2015, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1968, 10th Battalion, 1st Infantry Training Brigade (Fort Benning, GA), A
 Unit Assignments
199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized)3rd Infantry Regiment
  1969-1969, 11C20, 199th Infantry Brigade (Motorized)
  1969-1969, 11C20, 3rd Infantry Regiment/2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation

Medal of Honor citation



For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. CPL Folland distinguished himself while serving as an ammunition bearer with the weapons platoon of Company D, during a reconnaissance patrol mission. As the patrol was moving through a dense jungle area, it was caught in an intense crossfire from heavily fortified and concealed enemy ambush positions. As the patrol reacted to neutralize the ambush, it became evident that the heavy weapons could not be used in the cramped fighting area. CPL Folland dropped his recoilless rifle ammunition, and ran forward to join his commander in an assault on the enemy bunkers. The assaulting force moved forward until it was pinned down directly in front of the heavily fortified bunkers by machine gun fire. CPL Folland stood up to draw enemy fire on himself and to place suppressive fire on the enemy positions while his commander attempted to destroy the machine gun positions with grenades. Before the officer could throw a grenade, an enemy grenade landed in the position. CPL Folland alerted his comrades and his commander hurled the grenade from the position. When a second enemy grenade landed in the position, CPL Folland again shouted a warning to his fellow soldiers. Seeing that no one could reach the grenade and realizing that it was about to explode, CPL Folland, with complete disregard for his safety, threw himself on the grenade. By his dauntless courage, CPL Folland saved the lives of his comrades although he was mortally wounded by the explosion. CPL Folland's extraordinary heroism, at the cost of his life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


   
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