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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Corporal 2
Birth:
14 Jan 1949 2
Death:
20 Nov 1968 2
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Full Name:
Michael Joseph Crescenz 2
Birth:
14 Jan 1949 2
Male 2
Death:
20 Nov 1968 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 19 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 20 Nov 1968 2
Casualty Location: 10 km S of An Hoa 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Corporal 2
Battalion:
4th Bn 2
Company:
A Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 2
Grade:
+ E3 2
Major Command:
196th LIB 2
Posthumous Decoration:
Medal of Honor 2
Regiment:
31st Infantry 2
Service:
Army 2
Specialty:
Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY) 2
Tour Start Date:
22 Sep 1968 2
Years Served:
0 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 16 2
Panel: 38W 2

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Citation - Medal Of Honor Cpl. Crescenz distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a rifleman with Company A. In the morning his unit engaged a large, well entrenched force of the North Vietnamese Army whose initial burst of fire pinned down the lead squad and killed the 2 point men, halting the advance of Company A. Immediately, Cpl. Crescenz left the relative safety of his own position, seized a nearby machine gun and, with complete disregard for his safety, charged 100 meters up a slope toward the enemy's bunkers which he effectively silenced, killing the 2 occupants of each. Undaunted by the withering machine gun fire around him, Cpl. Crescenz courageously moved forward toward a third bunker which he also succeeded in silencing, killing 2 more of the enemy and momentarily clearing the route of advance for his comrades. Suddenly, intense machine gun fire erupted from an unseen, camouflaged bunker. Realizing the danger to his fellow soldiers, Cpl. Crescenz disregarded the barrage of hostile fire directed at him and daringly advanced toward the position. Assaulting with his machine gun, Cpl. Crescenz was within 5 meters of the bunker when he was mortally wounded by the fire from the enemy machine gun. As a direct result of his heroic actions, his company was able to maneuver freely with minimal danger and to complete its mission, defeating the enemy. Cpl. Crescenz's bravery and extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

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