MICHAEL F STEARNS
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HONORED ON PANEL 16E, LINE 49 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL FORRESTER STEARNS

WALL NAME

MICHAEL F STEARNS

PANEL / LINE

16E/49

DATE OF BIRTH

09/16/1943

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH THUAN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/09/1967

HOME OF RECORD

SAN FRANCISCO

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SSGT

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LEFT FOR MICHAEL FORRESTER STEARNS
POSTED ON 5.5.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear SSgt Michael Stearns, Thank you for your service as a Special Forces Qualified Combat Engineer. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. The 47th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon just passed. Time passes 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 5.15.2020

Final Mission of SSG Michael F. Stearns

At 9:15 AM on March 6, 1967, a U.S. Special Forces-led Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) patrol from Camp Minh Long, Detachment A-108, in Quang Ngai Province, RVN, was ambushed just north of the camp by an estimated Viet Cong (VC) company. A reaction force consisting of U.S. Special Forces and CIDG personnel was dispatched from the camp at 11:00 AM. The original patrol and reaction force both came under heavy fire from the enemy force. At about 3:00 PM, the first survivors of the ambush returned to the camp. Upon inquiring to the status of the Americans on the patrol, one CIDG soldier told the Commanding Officer (CO) of Detachment A-108 that he saw SP4 Burt C. Small Jr. get shot and fall. He further stated that SP4 Small got to his feet but was hit again, fell once more, and did not move. The CIDG soldier did not know the extent of Small’s wounds because when he fell the second time, he was immediately surrounded by four North Vietnamese Army soldiers. On March 8th, the CO enlisted a group of local Montagnards to go into the area of the ambush to search for three missing Americans (Small and two others from the reaction force, MSG Thomas J. Sanchez and SSG Michael F. Stearns). The Montagnards were primarily interested in finding their own missing and dead from the two ambushed forces. The following day, the Montagnards reported finding the bodies of Sanchez and Stearns. The CO dispatched a patrol to recover the bodies and continue searching for Small. Sanchez and Stearns were recovered but no trace of Small was found. Friendly losses in the incident resulted in two U.S. Special Forces personnel killed (Sanchez and Stearns), one missing (Small), and one U.S. Special Forces wounded. Fifteen CIDG were killed, eight Regional Forces/Popular Forces killed and four wounded, one interpreter killed, seven CIDG missing, one Army of the Republic of Vietnam Special Forces Ranger missing. Enemy casualties included five VC killed and one VC captured. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Operational Reports--Lessons Learned, Headquarters, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) 1st Special Forces, Period Ending 30 April 1967” at ttu.edu]
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POSTED ON 1.19.2015
POSTED BY: Brian D Stearn FT USN

Thinking of you... Mike.

I was thinking that you would be 72 this year.

Man, Joni's, Greg and you have missed so much in the last 48 years. Susie's boy Mike has grown up, finished collage, has a good job and may get hitched in the near future. He has some of your qualities.

Dennis and his family are doing ok... Forester is getting so big, struggles as we did at that age.

My Tracy has turned out to have the business sense of mom and some of the personaly like our Dad. Sandy and I are well. Working our way through the life's up's & down's.

I miss you, Greg and Jonie each day. Your picture is there in the Bach of the front room cabinet. Just as if it allowed you to look soon us. You are there watching and every time my attention is drawn to you it is like I can hear you "where's my sweater" and I always feel safer because you are here with me.

Say hello to Mom and Dad, give them a hug for me.

I want you know that you were right all those years ago when we truer to take you out of going to Viet Nam... You knew then that our Freedom was worth the Sacrifice...

I still wish you could have made the journey with US!
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POSTED ON 3.10.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SSGT Michael Forrester Stearns, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 11.19.2013
POSTED BY: Brian D Stearns

MY BROTHER


Please read his story at: http://www.virtualwall.org/ds/StearnsMF01a.htm

I miss him almost every day.

Brian D Stearns
Roseville, CA 95661
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