MICHAEL J SCANLON
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HONORED ON PANEL 14E, LINE 50 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL JOHN SCANLON

WALL NAME

MICHAEL J SCANLON

PANEL / LINE

14E/50

DATE OF BIRTH

11/12/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/18/1967

HOME OF RECORD

NORWALK

COUNTY OF RECORD

Fairfield County

STATE

CT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

CPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL JOHN SCANLON
POSTED ON 4.22.2022
POSTED BY: " Hands " Foley

Michael is remembered in the book FAITH THROUGH THE STORM

The book --> " Faith Through The Storm by Major James Capers " remembers Michael as a great Marine, tough, fun, fair, and reliable.
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POSTED ON 12.12.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Cpl Michael Scanlon, Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. I researched you on your 76th birthday, happy birthday. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is the 2nd week of Advent. Time moves quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 7.30.2021
POSTED BY: Jeff DeWitt

The City of Norwalk remembers

Corporal Scanlon is honored by his hometown with a tribute web page here: https://norwalkctheroes.org/2020/07/23/corporal-michael-john-scanlon-u-s-marine-corps/
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POSTED ON 1.18.2019
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Quang Tri, Vietnam

Silver Star Citation

Michael J. Scanlon

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Battalion: 3d Reconnaissance Battalion
Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
GENERAL ORDERS:

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Michael J. Scanlon (MCSN: 2136902), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with Detachment, Third Force Reconnaissance Battalion, THIRD Marine Division, during operations against the enemy in Vietnam. On the night of 17 January 1967, Corporal Scanlon, as a member of a seven-man reconnaissance patrol, was flown by helicopter deep into enemy-controlled territory, with the mission of locating enemy infiltration routes. Throughout the night, the Marines heard sounds of enemy activity. At dawn on 18 January, the patrol moved to an observation point where a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army patrol of approximately forty men was sighted moving toward their position. Assigned the responsibility of providing security for the patrol's flank, Corporal Scanlon quickly moved to his defensive position where he was observed by the approaching enemy. Demonstrating exceptional presence of mind, he warned his companions and immediately opened fire at the lead man of the North Vietnamese unit. His continued to bring effective fire to bear on the advancing enemy although wounded twice as the North Vietnamese moved to within fifteen meters of his position. Exhibiting exemplary courage and aggressive fighting spirit despite his painful wounds and the intense enemy fire directed at him, Corporal Scanlon maintained his position and halted the enemy's attempts to dislodge the patrol's flank security. When an enemy hand grenade landed within the patrol's defensive perimeter Corporal Scanlon, with complete disregard for his own safety, valiantly attempted to recover the grenade but was mortally wounded. By his extraordinary courage, bold initiative, and selfless devotion to duty, Corporal Scanlon undoubtedly saved the lives of several Marines, inspired all those who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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POSTED ON 8.20.2018
POSTED BY: Peter Costabile

To a dear friend!

We were friends since Nathan Hale Middle School, both lived on Wolfpit Ave in Norwalk & both wanted to join the Corps. When I told my parents I was going into the Marines my Mom was in tears for weeks. So I changed to the Navy & didn't know you went into the Corp. For years I didn't want to know what happened to my friends killed in Nam, and their 5 or 6 from Norwalk, but now I know. I read & agree with the remembrance info so there isn't much I can add. I also remember your Dad at the eye glass store & our playing in your yard. I'll find your grave at Arlington & be with you soon.
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