MICHAEL A BALZER
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HONORED ON PANEL 16E, LINE 128 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL ARLIN BALZER

WALL NAME

MICHAEL A BALZER

PANEL / LINE

16E/128

DATE OF BIRTH

01/07/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

TAY NINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/21/1967

HOME OF RECORD

FAIRFAX

COUNTY OF RECORD

City Of Fairfax

STATE

VA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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POSTED ON 10.21.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from your friend Robert Lucas is touching. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever...
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POSTED ON 9.17.2020

Battle of Suoi Tre - March 21, 1967

FSB Gold was located seventeen miles northwest of Tay Ninh, RVN. During Operation Junction City, the fire base was occupied jointly by the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry of the 3rd Brigade, 4th Division, and the headquarters and all firing batteries of the 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery. At 6:40 AM on March 21, 1967, infantry patrols sweeping the area around Gold made contact with elements of a Viet Cong (VC) force apparently preparing to attack the base. The contact prematurely triggered the attack which began with heavy fire from recoilless rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, and 60mm and 82mm mortars. At 7:15 AM, the Viet Cong launched a coordinated ground assault from the east, southeast, and north with elements of five battalions under the control of the 272nd Viet Cong Regiment. So violent was the assault that the enemy carried portions of the perimeter, but actions by the field artillery turned the tide. All batteries of the 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery engaged the enemy with over 1000 rounds of direct fire, including 30 rounds of beehive. At the same time, three batteries within range added their fire. Further fire support was provided by Air Force tactical air. During the attack, two maneuver battalions of the 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division were rushed to the scene, catching the enemy forces as they were attempting to withdraw, inflicting further casualties on the VC. The action in and around Gold resulted in 635 VC killed and 7 captured. U.S. losses were 31 killed and 109 wounded. The lost U.S. personnel included SP4 Edward M. Amato, SP4 Herman E. Anders Jr., PFC Matthew D. Atkins III, SP5 Norman L. Balance III, SP4 Michael A. Balzer, SP4 Larry D. Barton, PFC Thomas L. Bell, SP4 Kenneth G. Blanton, SP4 James D. Brewer, SGT Joseph J. Di Landro, SSG Jack Eaton, PFC Brian F. Gibbons, PFC Charles R. Goodwin, SP4 Willie Grant Jr., PFC Charles R. Greer, PFC Everette E. Harding, PFC John O. Harris, SP4 James R. Hintz, SP4 Virgil M. Ledford, PFC William E. Mallory Jr., SP4 Edward J. Muller, SP4 Garland A. Newhouse, SP4 Thomas D. Peterkin, CPL John F. Pezzulo, SP4 Lawrence E. Pollock, SP4 David C. Rogers, CPL Jesse B. Rose, SP4 Thomas M. Seklecki, SP4 Robert J. Smith, SP4 Thomas R. Talmadge, SP4 Algernon P. Thomas, and SP4Larry L. Warnock. The action was given the name Battle of Soui Tre after the fact. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and army.mil/cmh]
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POSTED ON 1.7.2020
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Four Michael Arlin Balzer, Served with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 3.21.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Medal Award

Spec 4 Balzer was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his exemplary courage under fire while serving with A Co, 3rd Bn, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division.
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POSTED ON 1.7.2017
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Specialist Four Michael Arlin Balzer, Served with Company A, 3rd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.
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