Michael Lynn Griffith
Sergeant
A CO, 3RD BN, 187TH INFANTRY, 101ST ABN DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
Lancaster, Ohio
February 17, 1947 to September 06, 1968
MICHAEL L GRIFFITH is on the Wall at Panel W45, Line 51

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Michael L Griffith
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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
boots56@msn.com

 
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
E-mail address is not available.


 

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:

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