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Near Craig in Lewis and Clark County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)

Michael John MacKinnon

An American Hero

Michael John MacKinnon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
1. Michael John MacKinnon Marker
Inscription.  The Missouri River Bridge, just southwest of here, is dedicated to the memory of Captain Michael John MacKinnon, who gave his life in defense of his county. A native of Helena, MacKinnon graduated from West Point in 1997 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army. He also completed Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault schools. The Army recognized MacKinnon's natural leadership abilities and he rapidly rose through the ranks to Captain and was slated for promotion to Major upon return from his deployment. At the time of 911, he was part of the Third Infantry Division stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He served with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the invasion of Iraq, in March 2003. During his second tour of duty in Iraq, on October 27, 2005, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded next to Captain MacKinnon's Humvee while he led a convoy mission near Baghdad. At the time of his death, the captain commanded Company A of the 184th Infantry, a California National Guard unit.
Captain MacKinnon was buried with full military honors at the post cemetery at West Point. He left behind a wife, Beth, and two children, Madison
Michael John MacKinnon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 13, 2019
2. Michael John MacKinnon Marker
and Noah. Mackinnon strove to be the best soldier he could be, but most importantly he lived his life with integrity and courage. He was a loving husband and devoted father - a true American hero!
May 26, 1975 - October 27, 2005

Honoring Our Nation's Fallen Heroes
Founded in 2012, Bridges for the Fallen is a national non-profit organization that celebrates the lives of America's fallen soldiers by dedicating bridges to fallen soldiers in his or her home state.
"The bridge is a symbol of strength, honor and respect and it becomes part of the families/fallen warriors' legacy and history. The bridge will pass the torch on countless generations and show them who the fallen warrior was and their sacrifice to our nation. The bridge is a mechanism to healing and we are proud, honored and humbled to serve our nation's fallen heroes and their families."
Rob Mador, Founder of Bridges for the Fallen
Erected by Montana Department of Transportation; Bridges for the Fallen.
Location. 47° 7.848′ N, 111° 54.087′ W. Marker is near Craig, Montana, in Lewis and Clark County. Memorial is on Interstate 15 at milepost 240 near Bald Eagle Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wolf Creek MT 59648, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this
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marker, measured as the crow flies. Dearborn's River (here, next to this marker); Continuing the Journey (here, next to this marker); "Cliffs High and Steep" (within shouting distance of this marker); Bighorned Animals (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); "nearer than the route we Came" (about 600 feet away); Join the Voyage of Discovery (about 600 feet away); The Dearborn – Ancient Interstate Highway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Remembering Governor Forrest H. Anderson (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Craig.
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Northbound Dearborn Rest Area on Interstate 15.
Categories. War, 2nd Iraq

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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