MICHAEL R BROTZMAN
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HONORED ON PANEL 14E, LINE 20 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL RAY BROTZMAN

WALL NAME

MICHAEL R BROTZMAN

PANEL / LINE

14E/20

DATE OF BIRTH

06/11/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DUONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

01/13/1967

HOME OF RECORD

RICHMOND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Contra Costa County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP4

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR MICHAEL RAY BROTZMAN
POSTED ON 5.24.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. It saddens me so few have posted remembrances for you here....surely you deserve better. May you rest in eternal peace.
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POSTED ON 7.13.2017
POSTED BY: Lucy Conte Micik

Thanks

Dear Spec 4 Brotzman,
Thank you for your service as am Infantryman. It is another summer, as time continues to pass since Vietnam. It is important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.21.2016

Misadventure (Friendly Fire)

Operation Cedar Falls was a massive search and destroy operation conducted to eradicate the so-called "Iron Triangle", an area located in close proximity to Saigon which had become a major stronghold of the communist National Liberation Front (NLF) or Viet Cong. During the operation on January 13, 1967, an artillery mishap caused by an error in the plotting of fire data resulted in the deaths of ten U.S. soldiers and over thirty others wounded. The supporting artillery fire landed on a unit of 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division position. Sixteen rounds of 155mm howitzer fire hit the soldiers just as they were clearing a landing zone just west of Ben Cat. The soldiers lost in the incident included SP4 Michael R. Brotzman, SGT Francisco D. Dacanay, SP4 Robert D. Erickson, CPL Bobby G. Goldhagen, PFC William L. Randolph, CPL Weston H. Reese, CPL Richard A. Robb, and SSGT Gerald Stevens. SSGT Roger P. Gallant was medically evacuated but died the following day. PFC Henry J. Drozdowski Jr. was wounded in the abdomen by fragments from the errant rounds. He was medevacked to the 93rd Evacuation Hospital at Da Nang. On the 24th of January, he was returned stateside for treatment, ultimately being permanently retired from the military on disability in November 1967. He endured over 300 surgeries throughout his life due to the devastating injuries he received. He died at age 64 on April 30, 2011, in Warren, MI, as a result of the wounds received in Vietnam. Drozdowski’s name was added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in May 2014. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org]
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POSTED ON 2.23.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP4 Michael Ray Brotzman, 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, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 7.26.2004
POSTED BY: Chris Spencer

NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER

It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die
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