Medal of Honor

 

 

FOLLAND, MICHAEL FLEMING *

 

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade

 

Place and date: Long Khanh, Providence, Republic of Vietnam, 3 July 1969

 

Entered service at: Richmond, Virginia

 

Born: 15 April 1949, Richmond, Virginia

 

Citation:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Cpl. Folland distinguished himself while serving as an ammunition bearer with the weapons platoon of Company D, during a reconnaissance patrol mission. As the patrol was moving through a dense jungle area, it was caught in an intense crossfire from heavily fortified and concealed enemy ambush positions. As the patrol reacted to neutralize the ambush, it became evident that the heavy weapons could not be used in the cramped fighting area. Cpl. Folland dropped his recoilless rifle ammunition, and ran forward to join his commander in an assault on the enemy bunkers. The assaulting force moved forward until it was pinned down directly in front of the heavily fortified bunkers by machine gun fire. Cpl. Folland stood up to draw enemy fire on himself and to place suppressive fire on the enemy positions while his commander attempted to destroy the machine gun positions with grenades. Before the officer could throw a grenade, an enemy grenade landed in the position. Cpl. Folland alerted his comrades and his commander hurled the grenade from the position. When a second enemy grenade landed in the position, Cpl. Folland again shouted a warning to his fellow soldiers. Seeing that no one could reach the grenade and realizing that it was about to explode, Cpl. Folland, with complete disregard for his safety, threw himself on the grenade. By his dauntless courage, Cpl. Folland saved the lives of his comrades although he was mortally wounded by the explosion. Cpl. Folland's extraordinary heroism, at the cost of his life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


--- General / Personal ---

 

Last name: FOLLAND

First name: MICHAEL FLEMING

Home of Record (official): RICHMOND

State (official): VA

Date of Birth: Friday, April 15, 1949

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: CPL

Serial Number: 230649853

Component: Regular

Posthumous promotion as indicated

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11C10

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Sunday, April 6, 1969

Date of Casualty: Thursday, July 3, 1969

Age at time of loss: 20

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Multiple fragmentation wounds (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Long Khanh

The Wall: Panel 21W - Row 051

 


 

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