Michael Bard

United States Marine Corps
19 February 1949 - 11 June 1968
Detroit, Michigan
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Michael Bard

09 Dec 2005

Micheal, you have not been forgotten!! Daddy, CPL Vincent Alex Tacia USMC ... your best friend ... flew the POW/MIA and USA flag for you and all the other brothers and sisters who served every day, until the day he died ... Feb. 28th 2005 at the Ann Arbor VA Hospital. Now he is in heaven with you, Michael. Thanks for serving our country and now you are with my Daddy having fun once again. In loving Memory to the both of you.

From the Corporal's daughter
Julie Marie Tacia

11 Nov 2006

Dear Michael Bard and Vincent Tacia (Daddy):

I wanted to wish you both a very, very special Veterans' Day. Today is November 11, 2006. I am also wishing all of the veterans and families of the United States of America and those fallen heros we have ever lost. I thank you for our freedom and liberty and all of the sacrifices any veteran has ever made.

I love you and I miss you dearly ... You are in my thoughts and prayers as this candle burns in your loving memories all day long. May the wings of an Angel embrace every veteran today and always!

Please remember to hug and thank a veteran ... Remember Freedom does NOT come free!

Julie Tacia and Son.

17 Jun 2007

Happy Father's Day, Daddy ... Vincent Alex Tacia ... You were the best father in the whole wide world, you were my rock. I miss you. All My Love - Your daughter Julie Marie Tacia 6-17-07

To Michael,

You lost your life so long ago and never had the chance to become a father yourself. I know you would have been a great father the way my dad would talk about you. I am sorry you missed that chance. With the friendship you shared with my father I would have been honored to call you Uncle Michael ... If I had only met you, for you were a brother-like, best friend to my father. I miss you both.


From his daughter,
Julie Marie Tacia

20 Oct 2007

Daddy and Michael ... Happy Sweetest Day .. October 20TH 2007 ... Love You
"HEART GIFTS"...To ALL My Friends on Sweetest Day....My Gift To You.


It's not the things that can be bought
that are life's richest treasure, It's just the little "heart gifts"
that money cannot measure...

A cheerful smile,
a friendly word,
a sympathetic nod
are priceless little treasures
from the storehouse of our GOD...

They are things that cannot be bought
with silver or with gold,
for thoughtfulness and kindness
and love are never sold...

They are the priceless things in life
for which no one can pay,
And the giver finds rich recompense
in giving them away.

May My Blessing of Love and Happiness Be With You All Today and Every day
Thanks Be To God.

TO THE SWEETEST MEN I HAVE EVER KNOWN ... Please Support Our Troops!!

Julie Marie Tacia

11 Nov 2007

What Is A Veteran

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service:
a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.

Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding
a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg -
or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's
ally forged in the refinery of adversity.

Except in parades, however, the men and women who
have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.

You can't tell a vet just by looking. What is a vet?

He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi
Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored
personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel.

He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks,
whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a
hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of
exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel.

She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility
and went to sleep sobbing every night for
two solid years in Da Nang.

He is the POW who went away one person and came back another -
or didn't come back AT ALL.

He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat -
but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account
rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to
watch each other's backs.

He is the parade-riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons
and medals with a prosthetic hand.

He is the career quartermaster who watches the
ribbons and medals pass him by.

He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns,
whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever
preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor
dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield
or in the ocean's sunless deep.

He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket -
palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a
Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were
still alive to hold him when the nightmares come.

He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being -
a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in
the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions
so others would not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness,
and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on
behalf of the finest, the greatest nation ever known.

So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country,
just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need,
and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could
have been awarded or were awarded. Two little words that mean a lot,
- Father Denis Edward O'Brien -

This page is dedicated to all veterans
past, present and future. This Veterans' day, please don't forget the Veterans.
The Men and Women who fought so bravely
and lost their lives during WWI, WWII,
Korea, Viet Nam, Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq and peacekeeping.
Let us never forget our MIAs and POWs.
Please remember to keep all Veterans and their
families in your thoughts and daily prayers.

Thinking of You and Dad today.
Julie Tacia

From the daughter of a deceased Vietnam Veteran...This was my Father's Best Friend,
Julie Marie Tacia
1250 Amarillo, Wolverine Lake, Mi. 48390

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In the early evening of 11 June 1968 Mike Company, 3/1 Marines, lost two men while returning from a patrol. They were Cpl Michael Bard and Pfc Raymond C. Mora of Kansas City, Kansas.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
Cpl Vincent Tacia's daughter,
Julie Marie Tacia
1250 Amarillo, Wolverine Lake, Mi. 48390-1900

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 09 Dec 2005
Last updated 02/01/2008