Vinassa, Michael G., SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 11B20, C Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airmobile)
Service Years
1965 - 1966

Specialist 4

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Culver City, CA
Last Address
Culver City, CA

Casualty Date
May 22, 1966
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Forest Lawn Cemetery - Hollywood Hills, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
07E 104/External Love, Map E22, Lot 4624, Space 3

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airmobile) 1st Cavalry Division
  1965-1966, 11B20, C Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry (Airmobile)
  1965-1966, 11B20, 1st Cavalry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Crazy Horse
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Robert Speakman
Same Unit
Grove city, Ohio 43123 USA
Mike we miss you and remember that fateful day on Operation Crazy Horse as they called it, You didn't have too go on that particular operation but you wanted too, that's just the way you were a true Paratrooper and one that could be counted on, You fought well and America can be proud.
Wednesday, October 31, 2001

POSTED ON 11.21.2001
POSTED BY: Holly Ellis

Forever In Our Hearts

Mike was strong, handsome, his smile lite up a room. Kim, our daughter knows & loves Mike as if she grown up with him in her life, his was our Fonzie. Mike's never died in our hearts, we will live, laugh and love together/forever in lifetime after lifetime.

Nam Myoho Renge Kyo
Mark & Holly Ellis & Kim

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Michael G. Vinassa (ASN: RA-19835678), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Vinassa was serving as a Grenadier in the 3d Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), on a search and destroy operation in Binh Dinh Province. About 1500 hours on 21 May 1966, Company C was engaged by a large Viet Cong force that halted their advancement. The 3d Platoon was then given the mission of moving through the intense hostile fire to reinforce the right flank of Company C. A machine gun caused the 2d Squad to be pinned down. Specialist Vinassa started moving up the left draw delivering supporting fire that caused the 2d Squad to be pinned down. Specialist Vinassa started moving up the left draw delivering supporting fire that caused several of the insurgents to be killed. As the squad continued up the hill, several friendly defenders were wounded, however, Specialist Vinassa encouraged his comrades to follow him as he pressed forward. As they came in close to the Viet Cong positions, the insurgents began throwing grenades, at which time Specialist Vinassa had managed to crawl within ten meters of the machine gun position. As the machine gun poured deadly fire at the remaining members of the squad, Specialist Vinassa, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, charged through the open ten meters and threw a grenade at the emplacement destroying the gun and its crew. Just before the grenade went off, Specialist Vinassa was mortally wounded. His valor made it possible for the rest of the company to continue up the hill. Specialist Vinassa's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. HQ, USARPAC GO 230 Sep 22 66

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