MICHAEL L ZAPPIA
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HONORED ON PANEL 31W, LINE 63 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL LEE ZAPPIA

WALL NAME

MICHAEL L ZAPPIA

PANEL / LINE

31W/63

DATE OF BIRTH

12/13/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/25/1969

HOME OF RECORD

DES MOINES

COUNTY OF RECORD

Polk County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL LEE ZAPPIA
POSTED ON 12.13.2018
POSTED BY: Scarlet Figgins

Happy Birthday

I went to the Vietnam Wall in DC two weeks ago and saw your name for first time.. it was hard and emotional for me... but I’m glad I did it... miss your handsome face and contagious laugh... see you on the far side banks of Jordan someday ... Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas my favorite Marine ????????
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POSTED ON 12.13.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private First Class Michael Lee Zappia, Served with Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, Third Marine Amphibious Force.
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POSTED ON 2.27.2018
POSTED BY: Jane Figgins

Missing You

I feel your Spirit I feel your Strength... Thank you fir always being there for me... always to this Day..... meet you on the far side banks of Jordan ??
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POSTED ON 2.25.2018
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Quang Tri, 1969

Semper Fidelis

Semper Fidelis, Marine.
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POSTED ON 11.7.2017

Final Mission of PFC Michael L. Zappia

Fire Support Bases Neville and Russell were U.S. Marine Corps bases west of Cam Lo in Quang Tri Province, RVN, with Neville the westernmost of the two. In late February 1969, Neville was occupied by Golf Battery 3/12 with Hotel Company, 2/4 as a security force. Five miles to the east, FSB Russell had Hotel and Mortar Battery, 3/12, and elements of 2/4 as a security force, primarily Echo 2/4, but also elements of H&S Company. In the early morning hours of February 25, 1969, both bases were hit hard by NVA sappers—about 200 from the 246th NVA Regiment at Neville, and an equal number from the 27th NVA Regiment at Russell. In each case, the attacks began with heavy mortar fire and supporting artillery fire from within the DMZ, followed by a ground attack clearly intended to destroy the artillery pieces in their gun pits. In both instances, the enemy partially overran the base, and in each case the Marines drove them out again. When the sun rose, the Marines had over three dozen dead and 100+ wounded, while there were 61 enemy bodies inside the two perimeters, but the guns sustained no serious damage and were firing. The 13 Americans killed at FSB Neville were HM2 Walter P. Seel Jr. (posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal), CPL Jeffrey M. Barron (Silver Star), LCPL Thomas H. McGrath, (Silver Star), CPL Gerald D. Zawadzki, LCPL Steven V. Garcia, PFC Raymond L. Flint, PFC Walter L. Lamarr, PFC Samuel C. Macon, PFC David A. Mallory, PFC Royce E. Roe, PFC Carey W. Smith, PFC Willie F. Smith, and PFC Michael L. Zappia. There were 27 Marines and 3 Navy corpsmen killed at FSB Russell; 18 were infantrymen from 2/4, and 9 were artillerymen from 3/12. The three Navymen included HM3 John M. Sullivan, HM2 Kenneth Davis, and HN Donald K. Walsh. The lost Marines were PFC Robert H. Brogan, PFC Robert A. Coffey, PFC Odell Dickens, PFC Douglas B. Forsberg, PFC Juan Gaston, LCPL Kenneth R. Gilliam, PVT Michael A. Harvey, 2LT William H. Hunt, PFC Michael L. Jenkins, LCPL Norman W. Kellum, LCPL Donald R. Lewis, LCPL Larry W. Liss, LCPL James D. Logan, PFC Robert A. McCarthy, CPL Tommy N. Miller, PFC James D. Peschel, LCPL Gerald Przybylinski, PFC Randolph R. Ramsey, PFC David L. Rutgers, LCPL Bruce A Saunders, PFC Allen M. Sharp, LCPL Larry J. Sikorski, PFC Norman R. Surprenant, PFC Robert H. Trail III, PFC James E. Tucker, and PFC George W. Weldy Jr. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and virtualwall.org]
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