MICHAEL A BIRD
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HONORED ON PANEL 27E, LINE 106 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL ALAN BIRD

WALL NAME

MICHAEL A BIRD

PANEL / LINE

27E/106

DATE OF BIRTH

10/23/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

10/14/1967

HOME OF RECORD

SELMA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Delaware County

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL ALAN BIRD
POSTED ON 10.20.2023
POSTED BY: ANON

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Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 7.3.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 12.22.2017

Ground Casualty

SP4 Michael A. Bird was a flight-qualified infantryman serving with the 71st Assault Helicopter Company “Rattlers.” SP4 Bird was assigned as a gunner on a UH-1 “slick” transport helicopter with Second Platoon. On the late afternoon of October 14, 1967, Bird and his crew chief were preparing their aircraft for a mission. In one of the many unspeakable tragedies of the Vietnam War, Bird, in an act of horseplay, squared up with the crew chief like a western gunslinger, and yelled “Draw!” The crew chief instantly unsheathed his S&W .38 revolver when it accidently discharged, striking Bird in the forehead. He collapsed into the crew chief who caught him under the arms and rotated him down into the cargo compartment of the aircraft. Bird died shortly thereafter. The crew chief was court-martialed, stripped of his rank, and discharged from the Army. Due to the unintentional nature of the casualty, the Army coded Bird’s death an accidental homicide. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Anonymous (December 2017); obituary courtesy of Sara McKinley, Local History & Genealogy Supervisor, Muncie Public Library, Muncie, IN]
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POSTED ON 9.28.2017
POSTED BY: Tom Clark and Brenna McCormack, Lake Central High School, St. John, Indiana

Indiana Hero

Picture posted by Tom Clark, Teacher and Students, Lake Central High School, St. John, Indiana.
Please watch our video about what we have been doing in the classroom for the past 32 years.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohw6D-bcfPU
Picture from the Plain Dealer Library
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POSTED ON 3.19.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Remembered

DEAR SPEC 4 MICHAEL BIRD,
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AS A FLIGHT QUALIFIED INFANTRYMAN. IT HAS BEEN FAR TOO LONG FOR ALL OF YOU TO HAVE BEEN GONE. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND YOUR SACRIFICE. WATCH OVER THE U.S.A., IT STILL NEEDS YOUR COURAGE.. GOD BLESS YOU. MAY THE ANGELS BE AT YOUR SIDE. REST IN PEACE. MANY OF US HAVE BEGUN OUR JOURNEY TO EASTER. YOU ARE ALL IN OUR PRAYERS. TODAY IS SAINT JOSEPH. HE IS REMEMBERED AS BEING THE PATRON OF A HAPPY DEATH BECAUSE YOU ARE GREETED THE THE HOLY ONES. MAY THEY GREET YOU TOO.
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