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Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Corporal 2
Birth:
12 Nov 1945 2
Death:
18 Jan 1967 2
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Full Name:
Michael John Scanlon 2
Birth:
12 Nov 1945 2
Male 2
Death:
18 Jan 1967 2
Cause: Other Explosive Device 2
Age at Death: 21 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 18 Jan 1967 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Residence:
Hometown: Norwalk, CT 2
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Marriage:
Marital Status: Single 2
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Vietnam War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Corporal 2
Battalion:
3rd Recon Bn 2
Company:
3rd Force Recon Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
Grade:
E4 2
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 2
Service:
Marine Corps 2
Specialty:
Rifleman (USMC) 2
Years Served:
1 2
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Religion:
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 50 2
Panel: 14E 2

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Cpl. Scanlon was a member of 3d Force Recon, 3d Marine Divison and was killed in action while on a long-recon patrol by falling on a grenade in order to save his fellow Marines. SILVER STAR CITATION: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael J. Scanlon (2136902), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with Detachment, Third Force Reconnaissance Battalion, THIRD Marine Division, during operations against the enemy in Vietnam. On the night of 17 January 1967, Corporal Scanlon, as a member of a seven-man reconnaissance patrol, was flown by helicopter deep into enemy-controlled territory, with the mission of locating enemy infiltration routes. Throughout the night, the Marines heard sounds of enemy activity. At dawn on 18 January, the patrol moved to an observation point where a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army patrol of approximately forty men was sighted moving toward their position. Assigned the responsibility of providing security for the patrol's flank, Corporal Scanlon quickly moved to his defensive position where he was observed by the approaching enemy. Demonstrating exceptional presence of mind, he warned his companions and immediately opened fire at the lead man of the North Vietnamese unit. His continued to bring effective fire to bear on the advancing enemy although wounded twice as the North Vietnamese moved to within fifteen meters of his position. Exhibiting exemplary courage and aggressive fighting spirit despite his painful wounds and the intense enemy fire directed at him, Corporal Scanlon maintained his position and halted the enemy's attempts to dislodge the patrol's flank security. When an enemy hand grenade landed within the patrol's defensive perimeter Corporal Scanlon, with complete disregard for his own safety, valiantly attempted to recover the grenade but was mortally wounded. By his extraordinary courage, bold initiative, and selfless devotion to duty, Corporal Scanlon undoubtedly saved the lives of several Marines, inspired all those who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

" FIRST MARINE KIA AT KHE SANH "

NORWALK CT

 MIKE SCANLON WITH 4 OTHERS LEFT BOSTON FOR MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT PARRIS ISLAND SOUTH CAROLINA, JOE OLIVER, MIKE LOPEZ,HERBERT RATHBUNAND THOMAS BURKE. MIKE HAD RED HAIR AND WAS 5 FOOT TALL BUT THE LARGEST MAN I EVER KNEW. THE DRILL INSTRUCTORS HAD A PROBLEM WITH MIKE'S HIGHT.

 CPL. SCANLON WITH THE 3rd. FORCE RECON,WAS THE FIRST MARINE KIA AT KHE SAHN  THE BOOK " BATTALION OF KINGS " BY CHAPLAIN RAY WILLIAM STUBBE. 2005 IA A TRIBUTE TO OUR FALLEN BROTHERS WHO DIED ON KHE SANH WITH THERE STORY FROM MARINES WHO WERE WITH THEM. SEMPER FI MARINE

Thank you for leading the way.

  "War drew us from our homeland  In the sunlit springtime of our youth.  Those who did not come back alive remain   in perpetual springtime -- forever young --  And a part of them is with us always." --- Author Unknown ---   God Bless you Marine                  ike  

To My Dearest Family

To My Dearest Family Some things I'd like to say, 
but first of all to let you know 
that I arrived okay 
I'm writing this from Heaven 
where I dwell with God above 
where there's no more tears 
or sadness there 
is just eternal love 
Please do not be unhappy 
just because I'm out of sight 
remember that I'm with you 
every morning, noon and night 
That day I had to leave you 
when my life on Earth was through 
God picked me up and hugged me 
and He said I welcome you 
It's good to have you back again 
you were missed while you were gone 
as for your dearest family 
they'll be here later on 
I need you here so badly 
as part of My big plan 
there's so much that we have to do 
to help our mortal man 
Then God gave me a list of things 
He wished for me to do 
and foremost on that list of mine 
is to watch and care for you 
And I will be beside you 
every day and week and year 
and when you're sad 
I'm standing there 
to wipe away the tear 
And when you lie in bed at night 
the days chores put to flight 
God and I are closest to you 
in the middle of the night 
When you think of my life on Earth 
and all those loving years 
because you're only human 
they are bound to bring you tears 
But do not be afraid to cry 
it does relieve the pain 
remember there would be no flowers 
unless there was some rain 
I wish that I could tell you 
of all that God has planned 
but if I were to tell you 
you wouldn't understand 
But one thing is for certain 
though my life on Earth is o're 
I am closer to you now 
than I ever was before 
And to my very many friends 
trust God knows what is best 
I'm still not far away from you 
I'm just beyond the crest 
There are rocky roads ahead of you 
and many hills to climb 
but together we can do it 
taking one day at a time 
It was always my philosophy 
and I'd like it for you too 
that as you give unto the World 
so the World will give to you 
If you can help somebody 
who is in sorrow or in pain 
then you can say to God at night 
my day was not in vain 
And now I am contented 
that my life it was worthwhile 
knowing as I passed along the way 
I made somebody smile 
So if you meet somebody 
who is down and feeling low 
just lend a hand to pick him up 
as on your way you go 
When you are walking 
down the street 
and you've got me on your mind 
I'm walking in your footsteps 
only half a step behind 
And when you feel the gentle breeze 
or the wind upon your face 
that's me giving you a great big hug 
or just a soft embrace 
And when it's time for you to go 
from that body to be free 
remember you're not going 
you are coming here to me 
And I will always love you 
from that land way up above 
Will be in touch again soon 
P.S. God sends His Love  

Thank you Cpl. for your devotion, loyalty, and traditions to this great nation and to our Corps.

THE WALL

Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same

The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces

Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives


"War drew us from our homeland

In the sunlit springtime of our youth.

Those who did not come back alive remain

in perpetual springtime -- forever young --

And a part of them is with us always."

--- Author Unknown ---

God Bless  You

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