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is honored on Panel 40W, Line 73 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 9/9/17 - by
    SP4 Michael B. Counihan was an Airborne-qualified radio operator serving with the 74th Infantry Detachment (LRRP), Headquarters & Headquarters Company (HHC), 173rd Airborne Brigade. On November 1, 1968, SP4 Counihan died in Binh Dinh Province, RVN, from a gunshot wound he received when the weapon he was handling accidently discharged. [Taken from]
  • Remembering an American Hero

    Posted on 1/15/13 - by Curt Carter

    Dear SGT Michael Brendan Counihan, sir,

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for the ultimate sacrifice that you made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. And please know that men and women like you have stepped forward to defend our country yet again, showing the same love for country and their fellow Americans that you did- you would be proud.

    With respect, and the best salute that a civilian can muster for you.

    Curt Carter

  • Remembered

    Posted on 2/8/12
    (Photo Credit: Brian Danker) Rest in peace with the warriors.
  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/27/10 - by Robert Sage
    Michael is buried at St Joseph's Cemetery, West Roxbury, MA. BSM-OLC
  • Angel Day

    Posted on 11/1/09 - by Kathie
    My mere words of “thank you" cannot express what I really feel for your service to our country and the ultimate sacrifice that you made. But, I do most humbly thank you.

    Although others might feel that the loss of your life was in vain and that the Vietnam War was a senseless war, I am one American who does not feel this way. I believe that what you did for our country was not in vain, but has and will always be an influence for good for us today and for countless generations to come.

    Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for standing up for what was right and for paying the ultimate price.

    In your honor today on your Angel Day I leave this short poem for you:

    “There is not greater love than this.
    There is not a greater gift that can ever be given.
    To be willing to die, so another might live.
    There is not greater love than this.”
    ~ Steven Curtis Chapman
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit