Michael Fleming FollandCorporal
3RD PLT, D CO, 2ND BN, 3RD INFANTRY, 199 INF BDE
Army of the United States
15 April 1949 - 03 July 1969
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I became acquainted with Mike Folland in September 1968 during Basic Training at Ft Benning, GA (First Training Brigade, Tenth Battalion, Company A). We were among many young men being molded into soldiers by some fine, if not a little sadistic, drill sergeants.
Mike stood out in a crowd; you could tell he was a natural leader, a quality that was recognized when he was assigned as our Basic Training Platoon Leader.
Mike was a strong, self confident, no-nonsense kind of guy, someone we all looked up to. He seemed mature beyond his years. While he could be gruff and coarse, he was always honest and up front. He counted few as true friends but his friends were loyal.
I never saw Mike after Basic Training. I learned many years later he died fighting in Vietnam. I was very surprised because I figured he could have survived anything. I was not surprised that he sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers. For all his gruff detachment, his final act was to put others lives above his own.
I don't count myself among Mike's close circle of friends, and he probably would not have remembered me but I will never forget him.
From a fellow trainee at Ft. Benning,
A Note from The Virtual WallThe MACV Summary for July 1979 contains the following entry for 03 July:
The US unit involved was D Company, 2nd Bn, 3rd Infantry, and the nine men killed in the action were
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 10 Jun 2008
Last updated 06/16/2008