MICHAEL B FIRST
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 87 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL BRUCE FIRST

WALL NAME

MICHAEL B FIRST

PANEL / LINE

5W/87

DATE OF BIRTH

11/07/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/08/1971

HOME OF RECORD

DOWAGIAC

COUNTY OF RECORD

Cass County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL BRUCE FIRST
POSTED ON 9.6.2016

Final Mission of PFC Michael B. First

SGT Lonald R. Coleman, PFC Michael B. First, SSGT Gerald J. Tworek, and SP4 James S. McGough were members of 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry out of Quang Tri Combat Base. On February 8th, 1971, SGT Coleman was leading a squad consisting of PFC First and SSGT Tworek which entered an NVA position concealing a communications relay station on the Laotian border. In an engagement with enemy elements, all three soldiers were fatally wounded. Enemy intelligence, records and equipment obtained at the cost of their lives saved many Americans participating in the ARVN operation, Lam Son 719. SP4 Jim S. McGough, who usually was on point, but wasn't for this day, was wounded when he rushed forward to assist his beleaguered comrades. When he was hospitalized in Okinawa the day after his evacuation, he received a blood transfusion that infected him with Hepatitis C. It would be years before he was diagnosed with the disease. He died on January 3, 2014, as a result of complications from his combat wounds. His name was approved to be added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in May 2016. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and virtualwall.org]
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POSTED ON 10.25.2015
POSTED BY: Thomas W Grafton,

The Society of the Fifth Division

Dear Michael,
You Have Not Been Forgotten!

The Society of the Fifth Division, U.S. Army, during its 95th Annual Reunion in Pittsburgh, PA (Sept 10-14, 2015) , held a Reading of the Names Ceremony to honor the 514 Soldiers from the 5th Division that were Killed in Action during the War in Vietnam. Your Name Was Read Aloud Among Those Soldiers. You Have Not Been Forgotten! Rest in Peace, Dear Brother.

Thomas Grafton
Alpha company, 7th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade, 5th Infantry Division
Vietnam (1968-1969)

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POSTED ON 11.16.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear PFC Michael Bruce First, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 10.20.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Michael is buried at Riverside Cemetery, Dowagiac,MI. PH
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POSTED ON 4.14.2011

Remembered

Rest in peace with the warriors.
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