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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Don Leslie Michael

Don Leslie Michael Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, May 26, 2009
1. Don Leslie Michael Marker
Michael, Don Leslie
Rank and Organization: Specialist Fourth class, U.S. Army, Company C, 4th Battalion, 503D Infantry, 173D Airborne Brigade.
Place and Date: Republic of Vietnam, 8 April, 1967.
Entered service at: Montgomery, Ala. Born: 31 July 1947, Florence, Ala.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. SP4C. Michael, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving with Company C. SP4C. Michael was part of a platoon, which was moving through an area of suspected enemy activity. While the rest of the platoon stopped to provide security, the squad to which SP4C. Michael was assigned moved forward to investigate signs of recent enemy activity. After moving approximately 125 meters, the squad encountered a single Viet Cong soldier. When he was fired upon by the squad’s machine gunner, other Viet Cong opened fire with automatic weapons from a well-concealed bunker to the squad’s right front. The volume of enemy fire was so withering as to pin down the entire squad and halt all forward movement. Realizing the gravity of the situation SP4C. Michael exposed himself to throw 2 grenades, but failed to eliminate the enemy position. From his position on the left flank, SP4C. Michael maneuvered
An Additional Marker Located Inside the Museum Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, May 26, 2009
2. An Additional Marker Located Inside the Museum
forward with 2 more grenades, until he was within 20 meters of the enemy bunkers. When he again exposed himself to throw 2 grenades, which failed to detonate. Undaunted, SP4C. Michael made his way back to the friendly positions to obtain more grenades. With 2 grenades in hand he again started his perilous move towards the enemy bunker, which by this time was under intense artillery fire from friendly positions. As he neared the bunker, an enemy soldier attacked him from a concealed position. SP4C. Michael killed him with his rifle and, in spite of the enemy fire and the exploding artillery rounds, was successful in destroying the enemy positions. SP4C. Michael took up pursuit of the remnants of the retreating enemy. When his comrades reached SP4C. Michael, he had been mortally wounded. His inspiring display of determination and courage saved the lives of many of his comrades and successfully eliminated a destructive enemy force. SP4C. Michael’s actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
Don Leslie Michael
United States Army
Medal of Honor
Lauderdale County
July 31, 1947 ~ April 8, 1967

Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Museum Display Photo, Click for full size
By Sandra Hughes, May 26, 2009
3. Museum Display
This notice is displayed inside the museum and is a copy of the text seen on the marker.
34° 48.715′ N, 87° 37.446′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of Veterans Park Drive and Don Michael Drive, on the left when traveling east on Veterans Park Drive. Click for map. Marker is located west of the Veterans Museum. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AL 35630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Gooney Bird” Propeller (a few steps from this marker); W.W. II Anchor (a few steps from this marker); The Hawk Missile (a few steps from this marker); 75mm Field Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); The “Honest John” Rocket (within shouting distance of this marker); Anti-Tank Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); 16” Projectile (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cobra Helicopter (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Florence.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another Don Leslie Michael Marker.
Also see . . .  The Viet Nam Memorial - Washington DC. Don L. Michael page on the Memorial Website. (Submitted on September 17, 2010.) 
Categories. War, Vietnam
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 875 times since then. Last updated on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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