MICHAEL R COLLINS
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HONORED ON PANEL 4W, LINE 21 OF THE WALL

MICHAEL RAYMOND COLLINS

WALL NAME

MICHAEL R COLLINS

PANEL / LINE

4W/21

DATE OF BIRTH

10/12/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/04/1971

HOME OF RECORD

MARTINEZ

COUNTY OF RECORD

Contra Costa County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

NAVY

RANK

LT

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LEFT FOR MICHAEL RAYMOND COLLINS
POSTED ON 3.4.2022
POSTED BY: Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Medal Award

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Michael Raymond Collins, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action during operations against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam on 30 January 1971. As leader of a fifteen-man SEAL patrol assigned the mission of capturing the leaders of the Saigon-Cholon foreign proselyting section, Lieutenant Collins successfully led two of his three elements through a heavily booby trapped enemy area before encountering heavy automatic weapons fire from a large enemy force. Remaining calm, he strategically deployed his force to counter the enemy fire, and then ordered his radioman to scramble air support to aid in suppressing the fire of the well-dug-in enemy force. Simultaneously, he called for helicopters to evacuate his casualties. Lieutenant Collins moved about the area to survey the situation and discovered that one of his men had been fatally wounded and two were critically wounded by the initial volley of enemy fire. When the corpsman arrived at the scene, Lieutenant Collins was administering mouth to mouth resuscitation to one of his stricken teammates, following which he returned to the security element and continued to direct a heavy volume of fire toward the enemy. While members of the patrol were boarding the SEAL Support Craft, the Vietnamese interpreter was wounded by enemy fire. Lieutenant Collins, fully exposing himself to the withering fire, dragged the wounded man to a small ditch and administered first aid. He then carried the man to the boat through a continuous rain of fire from the pursuing enemy and directed the boat to get underway to a secure location where he supervised the evacuation of his stricken comrades. By his calm, cool, and decisive actions in the face of withering enemy fire, Lieutenant Collins prevented almost certain disaster for the entire platoon at the hands of a vastly outnumbering force. His inspiring performance of duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
See https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/315397
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POSTED ON 11.20.2021
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrance from Walt Viglienzone is touching. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us...
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POSTED ON 10.12.2020
POSTED BY: KR

LT MICHAEL R. COLLINS, USNA 1964 - USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Information about Lieutenant Michael Raymond Collins, USNA Class of 1964, from the Alumni Association, U.S. Naval Academy is at this link/URL on the USNA Virtual Memorial Hall website:

https://usnamemorialhall.org/index.php/MICHAEL_R._COLLINS,_LT,_USN

Remembered on what would've been his 78th birthday - 12 October 2020.
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POSTED ON 6.7.2019
POSTED BY: John Di Croce

Never forgotten

You Sir and all members of X-RAY will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 5.29.2018
POSTED BY: walt viglienzone

MEMORIAL DAY 2018 - music

WE of Martinez and AUHS still miss and remember you Mike

Thought you'd appreciate some music
ANGEL FLIGHT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70Ikj1hZDnw&feature=youtu.be ;
OR https://youtu.be/70Ikj1hZDnw
WHEN the EAGLE CRIED https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ehbc1zU1BwQ ;

public attitude and technology have changed some since the 60's
President Trump designated March 29 each year to Honor all Viet Nam Vets
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