Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Army 1
Private First Class 2
07 May 1948 2
19 Apr 1968 2

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Full Name:
Michael Glenn Lipsius 2
07 May 1948 2
Male 2
19 Apr 1968 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 19 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 19 Apr 1968 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Hometown: Santa Clara, CA 2
Marital Status: Single 2

Vietnam War 1

Army 1
Private First Class 2
5th Bn 2
D Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Selective Service 2
E3 2
Major Command:
1st Cav Div 2
7th Cavalry 2
Army 2
Light Weapons Infantry (ARMY) 2
Tour Start Date:
12 Mar 1968 2
Years Served:
0 2
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 49 2
Panel: 50E 2

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Hey Michael, Even after all this time, you are still always in my heart and mind. I'll never forget how close we came to finally meeting you, only to have that taken away. You are always in my prayers and I'm looking forward to meeting you on "the other side". Love, your sister Cynthia Lipsius

Excerpt from last letter received from Michael, written to his father: "I'm with the first Cav here in Nam. You might have heard about us up at Khe Sahn. We're getting ready for A Shaw Valley - the valley of no return - where special forces, 101st airborne, and marine units have disappeared. It's believed to be the last stronghold of the NVA so if our 60 day offensive works the war should be over by the end of the summer."

Cynthia, Thanks for starting this Memorial. We quietly remember in our own small ways and each time he will not so quietly stay still! That was a good interview on CNN. Love, Jane

From David Hittenberger

Sender Message David Hittenberger Information Related to your TWS Remembrance Profile #308160      I went to Emil R Buchser high school in Santa Clara, Calif. He graduated in 1967. I don't know where he lived in Santa Clara or if he has any relatives there.

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Ed Lotterman This cropped from out basic training platoon picture.
Friday, March 26, 2004

Ed Lotterman This is basic training platoon photo showing Mike Lipsius as trainee Platoon leader. He is seated, front, extreme right with temporary E-5 armband.
Friday, March 26, 2004

joe  guerra
fellow squad leader
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to a fallen hero Michael is the one getting the hair cut
In the short time I knew Michael he was fun to be around and listen to. Rest in Peace, you have not been forgotten. The photo provided was taken days before going into A shau valley.
Feb 28, 2010
  Michael Lipsius died too young Posted for: MICHAEL GLENN LIPSIUS: I went through basic training with a Michael Lipsius at Fort Lewis Washington, Company D-3-1, starting on September 27, 1967.  We were not close friends, but he was a fine guy with a willing attitude and a friendly manner. I am looking at my Basic training platoon photo as I write this and I cannot believe that he died only a few months after the photo was taken. I hope his family has peace, he was far too young to die as he did. Posted by: Edward D. Lotterman
Relationship: We served together
Thursday, October 25, 2001

  We will never forget Posted for: MICHAEL GLENN LIPSIUS: Michael was with D Company, 5/7 Cav and was KIA on our initial air assault into the A Shau Valley on April 19, 1968. He and a friend died on a helicopter as it was shot down on landing approach. I was the medic that took him off the helicopter and found that he was KIA. He had only been in country a few weeks. May he rest in peace throughout eternity. Posted by: Doc McBride
Relationship: We served together
Friday, June 20, 2008

Hi, I never knew Michael but my Uncle served in Vietnam; specifically, during Operation Delaware during which time Michael died.  He was actually on the LZ when the huey went down and made sure (along with his buddies) that Michael's body was properly recovered, brought down from the LZ and sent home.  I'm not sure how much you know about Michael's untimely death but I figured I'd at least give you peace of mind that he was properly attended to following his tragic death.

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