MICHAEL VINASSA
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HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 104 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL VINASSA

WALL NAME

MICHAEL VINASSA

PANEL / LINE

7E/104

DATE OF BIRTH

11/06/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/22/1966

HOME OF RECORD

CULVER CITY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Los Angeles County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL VINASSA
POSTED ON 2.21.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you.....

War drew us from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our youth.
Those who did not come back alive remain
in perpetual springtime -- forever young --
And a part of them is with us always.
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POSTED ON 10.4.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sp4 Michael Vinassa, Thank you for your service as an Airborne Qualified Infantryman with the 1st Cavalry. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart . Autumn has begun. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it still needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.22.2016
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Vet

Distinguished Service Cross

Michael G. Vinassa
Date of birth: 6-Nov-46
Date of death: Killed in Action
Home of record: Culver City California
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross


Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Michael G. Vinassa (ASN: RA-19835678), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Vinassa was serving as a Grenadier in the 3d Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), on a search and destroy operation in Binh Dinh Province. About 1500 hours on 21 May 1966, Company C was engaged by a large Viet Cong force that halted their advancement. The 3d Platoon was then given the mission of moving through the intense hostile fire to reinforce the right flank of Company C. A machine gun caused the 2d Squad to be pinned down. Specialist Vinassa started moving up the left draw delivering supporting fire that caused the 2d Squad to be pinned down. Specialist Vinassa started moving up the left draw delivering supporting fire that caused several of the insurgents to be killed. As the squad continued up the hill, several friendly defenders were wounded, however, Specialist Vinassa encouraged his comrades to follow him as he pressed forward. As they came in close to the Viet Cong positions, the insurgents began throwing grenades, at which time Specialist Vinassa had managed to crawl within ten meters of the machine gun position. As the machine gun poured deadly fire at the remaining members of the squad, Specialist Vinassa, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, charged through the open ten meters and threw a grenade at the emplacement destroying the gun and its crew. Just before the grenade went off, Specialist Vinassa was mortally wounded. His valor made it possible for the rest of the company to continue up the hill. Specialist Vinassa's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Pacific, General Orders No. 230 (September 22, 1966)

Action Date: 21-May-66

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Company C

Battalion: 1st Battalion (Airborne)

Regiment: 8th Cavalry Regiment

Division: 1st Cavalry Division
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POSTED ON 5.22.2015
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Michael Vinassa, 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.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 9.30.2012
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Michael is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park,Hollywood Hills,CA.

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