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  • Cousin Mickey My Hero

    Posted on 5/29/17 - by Nancy (Stanish) Frost
    Today, as always, I remember you, talk about you, & pray for you, with my heart full of Pride for You! I know you're with our family in heaven. May God continue to Bless America: One Nation, Under God, Home of the Free, Because of the Brave! Thank you for your Bravery and Sacrifice Mickey! You are Our Hero!
  • LZ (Landing Zone) Orange...

    Posted on 11/24/16 - by Dai-uy Matt Beyeler
    From "Tales of SOG" here is a story that to me seems to epitomize the biblical verse "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13) On 15Apr70, just over 46 years ago, RT Montana was asked to help rescue the crew of a shot down 170th AHC Huey in the mountains high above Dak Seang, Vietnam at a small clearing called LZ Orange... Two US SOG troopers, SSG Denis Neal and SSG Michael V. Kuropas, and several Yards did not make it back alive. This photo below of RT Montana was taken just before this action. The next photo in this photo book was taken by yours truly as I was training to go out with the now reconstituted RT Montana one year later to look for an NVA sapper battalion NW of Dak To and right up against the Laotian border...
    Here is the link to the story... Read it and weep...! Literally...
    Also, I must offer my humblest of thanks to all of the Army and Air Force aircrews who showed up and tried to help: the 3 OH-6 Loaches, that C-123, the F-4s and A1Es, the Jolly Green Giants and all of the Hueys and Cobras... Some of them did not make it back to their base alive...
    Just imagine being asked to climb into a Huey and fly into a very small clearing high up in the mountains right next to Laos to rescue a shot down Huey crew and some pathfinders, and knowing by then that they were surrounded by hundreds, if not thousands, of NVA soldiers ready, willing and able to take shots at you... Would you have climbed into that Huey...? Seang
  • Final Mission of SSGT Michael V. Kuropas

    Posted on 8/24/15 - by
    SSGT Michael V. Kuropas distinguished himself on April 15, 1970 while serving as a member of a reconnaissance team deep in enemy controlled territory. While on the reconnaissance mission, SSGT Kuropas was responsible for rear security of his team. As the team proceeded in the search area, enemy elements detected the rear security and placed a heavy volume of accurate fire on them. SSGT Kuropas left his position when he noticed five comrades in danger of being overrun by the enemy. Ignoring the intense enemy fire, SSGT Kuropas advanced to the area of his comrades and began detonating claymore mines and placing heavy automatic weapons fire upon the enemy elements. SSGT Kuropas, despite being wounded several times, refused medical aid and continued to fight until finally falling unconsciousness from his wounds. He died shortly after being evacuated from the area. SSGT Kuropas’ gallantry in action, 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 United States Army. [Taken from SSGT Kuropas’ Silver Star citation]
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 4/11/14 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SSGT Michael Vincent Kuropas, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice 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. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Uncle Mickey

    Posted on 11/9/12 - by

    Although I never met you I find you to truly be my hero and I take the fact that I'm named after you with so very much pride. I wish we could of met but sometimes fate has different plans for us. I hope all of the Kuropas's are looking down on the rest of us.

    With Love Always,

    Your Niece Michelle

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