MICHAEL F FOLLAND
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HONORED ON PANEL 21W, LINE 51 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL FLEMING FOLLAND

WALL NAME

MICHAEL F FOLLAND

PANEL / LINE

21W/51

DATE OF BIRTH

04/15/1949

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LONG KHANH

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/03/1969

HOME OF RECORD

RICHMOND

COUNTY OF RECORD

City Of Richmond

STATE

VA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL FLEMING FOLLAND
POSTED ON 6.15.2001

Michael my friend


We grew up together on Oregon Hill, from chilhood we were always together.

We joined the army together, you went your way, and did what you had to do.

I went mine and am still dying today. Wish you would visit me as often as I visit you. Loner//



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POSTED ON 3.21.2001
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS BRAVE YOUNG UNITED STATES ARMY SERVICEMAN WHOSE NAME SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

CORPORAL


MICHAEL FLEMING FOLLAND


served as an


AMMUNITION BEARER


with the


WEAPONS PLATOON

COMPANY D

2nd BATTALION

3RD INFANTRY

199th INFANTRY BRIGADE


and was a posthumous recipient of the


CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


who rests in honored glory

in section H - 846 in


GLENDALE NATIONAL CEMETERY


RICHMOND, VIRGINIA



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CITATION

FOR AWARD OF THE

CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


LONG KHANH PROVINCE

REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

3 JULY 1969


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life
above and beyond the call of duty, Corporal Folland distinguished
himself on 3 July 1969, while serving as an ammunition bearer with the
weapons platoon of Company 'D', 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 199th
Infantry Brigade, during a reconnaissance patrol mission in Long Khanh
Province, Republic of South Vietnam. As the patrol was moving through
a dense jungle area it was caught in an intense crossfire from heavily
fortified and concealed enemy ambush positions. As the patrol reacted
to neutralize the ambush it became evident that the heavy weapons
could not be used in the cramped fighting area. Corporal Folland dropped
his recoilless rifle ammunition and ran forward to join his commander in
an assault on the enemy bunkers. The assaulting force moved forward
until it was pinned down directly in front of the heavily fortified bunkers
by machine gun fire. Corporal Folland stood up to draw enemy fire on
himself and to place suppressive fire on the enemy positions while his
commander attempted to destroy the machine gun position with
grenades. Before the officer could throw a grenade, an enemy grenade
landed in the position. Corporal Folland alerted his comrades and his
commander hurled the grenade from the position. When a second enemy
grenade landed in the position, Corporal Folland again shouted a warning
to his fellow soldiers. Seeing that no one could reach the grenade and
realizing that it was about to explode, Corporal Folland, with complete
disregard for his own safety, threw himself on the grenade. By his
dauntless courage, Corporal Folland saved the lives of his comrades
although he was mortally wounded by the explosion. Corporal Folland's
extraordinary heroism, 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.



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" THE OLD GUARD "




THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL





YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE



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CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


was presented to his family

on 16 December 1971

at the

Executive Office Building

by the

Vice President of the United States of America

Spiro T. Agnew




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