MICHAEL G LIPSIUS
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HONORED ON PANEL 50E, LINE 49 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL GLENN LIPSIUS

WALL NAME

MICHAEL G LIPSIUS

PANEL / LINE

50E/49

DATE OF BIRTH

05/07/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/19/1968

HOME OF RECORD

SANTA CLARA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Santa Clara County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL GLENN LIPSIUS
POSTED ON 8.17.2022
POSTED BY: Jane Lipsius Driver

Hello brother

It’s been 54 years now, but the day you died is like yesterday. 54 years ago you could not say the name Vietnam. I could never say out loud that my brother was a hero. I carry that guilt still today.
In the present time I have made friends with many of your brothers. Orval Brownfield, Doc McBride, Mike Sprayberry, Hank Thomas. So many others. It has helped. They have helped me make peace. But I will never forget, and neither will they.
My late husband Chuck was in the A Shau building roads a year after you were there. So your mission was successful.
I want to thank everyone who has left a memorial on here. It is amazing how many people who didn’t even know Mike have left memorials. Your efforts are not wasted. It helps.
Well, Mike, I’m going to try to make it to DC this Veterans Day to hear your name being read. The whole country will be remembering you.
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POSTED ON 11.19.2020

Final Mission of PFC Michael G. Lipsius

Operation Delaware was a joint military operation of troops from the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN). The mission was to move into the A Shau Valley in Thua Thien Province, RVN, to dislodge North Vietnamese Army (NVA) forces there since March 1966 after overrunning an isolated U.S. Special Forces camp. The A Shau Valley, west of the coastal city of Hue along the border of Laos, was a vital corridor for moving military supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail and used by the NVA as a staging area for numerous attacks in northern I Corps. The operation began on April 19, 1968, after preparatory B-52 and tactical bombing of NVA anti-aircraft and troop positions. On the west side of the valley, troops from 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division were placed by helicopters as a blocking force on the road adjacent to LZ Tiger (Low). During the troop lift, a ship carrying members of D Company, 5/7th, was approaching the LZ on short final when it was taken under fire by a .51 caliber NVA anti-aircraft gun. Rounds passed through the front of the UH-1 helicopter, miraculously missing both pilots, but striking two of the troopers behind them. PFC Michael G. Lipsius, carrying his platoon’s radio, died instantly after the round passed through him and the radio and entered the aircraft’s transmission well, disabling the helicopter. Also killed was PFC Curtis R. Riley, who collapsed and was thrown from the ship when the pilots made a “hard landing” following power loss. The troopers remained under fire until U.S. Air Force tactical air strikes silenced the anti-aircraft positions. So great was the damage inflicted on the American’s lift force that no helicopters were available to remove the dead. Lipsius and Riley were put in ponchos and placed in a bomb crater until helicopters were available the following day. At the conclusion of the operation, they were remembered at a memorial service conducted by the battalion chaplain at the 5/7th’s staging area near Camp Evans. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by J. Mike Sprayberry (September 2020)]
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POSTED ON 4.18.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Michael Lipsius, Thank you for your service as an Airborne Qualified Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. Tomorrow is your 52nd anniversary. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Today is Easter Saturday. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 4.19.2019
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 12.24.2018
POSTED BY: Kristy Lipsius Ramos

I never met you,but you are not forgotten

To my father’s brother Michael: Reflecting on your service and sacrifice on Christmas even 2018. Many years after your passing. I wasn’t even born when you passed away. I read today about your brief service. But no service is too brief. And the sacrifice of your life will never be forgotten as you rest in your place of honor among your brothers. Your name forever etched on the wall and in our hearts. To any other family that happens to read this - you are all on my mind. Merry Christmas.
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