HONORED ON PANEL 3W, LINE 107 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL WATKINS

WALL NAME

MICHAEL WATKINS

PANEL / LINE

3W/107

DATE OF BIRTH

10/08/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/12/1971

HOME OF RECORD

NEW YORK

COUNTY OF RECORD

New York City

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PVT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL WATKINS
POSTED ON 3.23.2024
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you.....

Some may think you are forgotten
Though on earth you are no more
But in our memory you are with us
As you always were before….
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POSTED ON 3.26.2023

Ground Casualty

On May 16, 1971, a New York Times article described heroin use by American troops in Vietnam had reached epidemic proportions. The piece reported that 10 to 15 percent of lower-ranking enlisted men were heroin users, and military officials working in drug‐suppression estimated that as much as a quarter of all enlisted personnel, more than 60,000 men, were hooked. They added that some field surveys reported units with more than 50 percent of the men on heroin. In Vietnam, the drug was plentiful, cheap, and 95 percent pure. Its effects could casually be achieved through smoking or snorting, as compared to the U.S., where the drug was impure, only about five percent heroin, and had to be main-lined or injected into the bloodstream to achieve a comparable high. The habit, which cost $100 a day to maintain in the U.S., cost less than $5 a day in Vietnam. PVT Michael Watkins was a food service helper assigned to the 534th Signal Company. On July 8, 1971, Watkins was evacuated from LZ English and admitted to the 67th Evacuation Hospital at Qui Nhon, RVN, for generalized infection due to non-sterile intravenous illicit drug injections. He expired four days later from a wide range of medical complications including septicemia (blood poisoning), endocarditis (infection of the inner lining of the heart), and acute gastrointestinal bleeding. Watkins was twenty years old. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “G.I. Heroin Addiction Epidemic in Vietnam.” New York Times (New York, NY), May 16, 1971]
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POSTED ON 11.10.2022
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Pvt Michael Watkins, Thank you for your service as a Food Service Helper. I researched you on the 52nd anniversary of the start of your tour. Your name was read at the wall today. Veterans’ Day is tomorrow. 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 10.7.2021
POSTED BY: Donna Moore

Happy Heavenly Birthday

You will forever remain in our hearts and prayers
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POSTED ON 8.14.2021
POSTED BY: Jerry Sandwisch Wood Cty. Ohio Nam Vet 1969-70 Army 173rd Abn Bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered. All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Sky Soldier.
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