Michael Lynn Griffith

Army of the United States
17 February 1947 - 06 September 1968
Lancaster, Ohio
Panel 45W Line 051

Combat Infantry


The database page for Michael Lynn Griffith

17 May 2002

"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)

A memorial initiated by friends of his mother, Jim and Nancy,
Thomas and Boots Shuttleworth
30 Aug 2006

This is a photo of Michael Lynn Griffith (center) whom I taught to shoot a rifle while he was in the Boy Scouts, never dreaming that he would end in combat in Vietnam. He was killed 6 September 1968 and is on panel 45W Row 051 of the Wall. I am an 81 year old veteran of the 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th "Yankee" Division, of Patton's Third Army.

Neal "Specks" Burdette
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 5-6 September 1968, seven Companies of the 101st Airborne Division conducted a cordon and search operation to the west of Saigon directed at locating and destroying the 7th VC Local Force Battalion. During the night of 6/7 September 1968 the 7th VC assaulted the Alpha 3/187 position near the hamlet of Ap Tran Dua in Hau Nghia Province. Although Alpha 3/187 held its position against the much larger enemy force, 31 American soldiers died in fierce hand-to-hand combat:
  • A Company:
    • 1LT Merrill T. Geraghty, Mesa, AZ
    • SSG James H. Anderson, Anaheim, CA (Silver Star)
    • SGT James E. Barnhill, New York, NY
    • SP5 Dean A. Bell, Kansas City, MO
    • SGT Gregory L. Bomberry, Niagara Falls, NY
    • SGT William Cannion, Hayneville, AL
    • SGT Jeffrey A. Davis, Indianapolis, IN
    • SGT Benjamin T. Dawkins, Rockingham, NC
    • SGT Jeffrey A. Evans, Baltimore, MD
    • SGT Robert A. Gamber, York, PA
    • SGT Michael L. Griffith, Lancaster, OH
    • SGT Jimmy D. Lemley, Checotah, OK
    • SGT Edwin A. Penn, Denver, CO
    • SGT Willie L. Toney, Dallas, TX
    • SP4 Robert O. Chambers, Camp Hill, AL
    • CPL Lloyd T. Darling, Kill Buck, NY
    • SP4 George A. Gerald, Portsmouth, VA
    • CPL Thomas W. Harris, Brandon, FL
    • CPT Kenneth B. Jenkins, Orangeburg, SC
    • CPL Michael C. Kolarov, Akron, OH
    • PFC Steve A. Livengood, North Miami Beach, FL
    • CPL Anthony J. Montes, Yabucoa, PR
    • PFC Randolph Sampson, Jacksonville, FL
    • SP4 Raymond L. Whelpley, Lake Orion, MI
    • CPL Donald M. Wilbanks, Oklahoma City, OK

  • B Company:
    • SGT Gus W. Johnson, Blacklick, OH
    • CPL James J. Neidlinger, New York, NY
    • CPL Charles G. Russell, Louisville, KY

  • E Company:

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
friends of his mother, Jim and Nancy,
Thomas and Boots Shuttleworth

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 17 May 2002
Last updated 08/06/2012