Michael, Don L, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11B10, HHC, 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Specialist 4


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Home State
Alabama
Alabama
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Lexington

Casualty Date
Apr 08, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple Heart
  1967, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
173rd Airborne Brigade4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
  1966-1967, 11B10, 173rd Airborne Brigade
  1966-1967, 11B10, HHC, 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Junction City
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Medal of Honor Citation
DON LESLIE  MICHAEL
Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army
Company C, 4th Battalion, 503d Infantry, 1 73d Airborne Brigade.
Place and Date: Republic of Vietnam, 8 April 1967.
Entered Service at: Montgomery, Ala.
Born :31 July 1947, Florence, Ala.
 
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Michael, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving with Company C. Sp4c. Michael was part of a platoon which was moving through an area of suspected enemy activity. While the rest of the platoon stopped to provide security, the squad to which Sp4c. Michael was assigned moved forward to investigate signs of recent enemy activity. After moving approximately 125 meters, the squad encountered a single Viet Cong soldier. When he was fired upon by the squad's machine gunner, other Viet Cong opened fire with automatic weapons from a well-concealed bunker to the squad's right front. The volume of enemy fire was so withering as to pin down the entire squad and halt all forward movement. Realizing the gravity of the situation, Sp4c. Michael exposed himself to throw 2 grenades, but failed to eliminate the enemy position. From his position on the left flank, Sp4c. Michael maneuvered forward with 2 more grenades until he was within 20 meters of the enemy bunkers, when he again exposed himself to throw 2 grenades, which failed to detonate. Undaunted, Sp4c. Michael made his way back to the friendly positions to obtain more grenades. With 2 grenades in hand, he again started his perilous move towards the enemy bunker, which by this time was under intense artillery fire from friendly positions. As he neared the bunker, an enemy soldier attacked him from a concealed position. Sp4c. Michael killed him with his rifle and, in spite of the enemy fire and the exploding artillery rounds, was successful in destroying the enemy positions. Sp4c. Michael took up pursuit of the remnants of the retreating enemy. When his comrades reached Sp4c. Michael, he had been mortally wounded. His inspiring display of determination and courage saved the lives of many of his comrades and successfully eliminated a destructive enemy force. Sp4c. Michael's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.

   
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Vietnam Wall coords Panel 17E Line 125
   
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