Michael LaBiancaPrivate First Class
A CO, 1ST BN, 5TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
12 September 1950 - 09 May 1969
Jackson Heights, NY
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The database page for Michael LaBianca
Michael LaBianca, John Ross, Dennis Magnotta, and I (Sal Bertuna) hung out at the 76th Street Park. We all decided to join the Marine Corps and go to Viet-Nam in 1968. I went in first because Mike, John Ross, and Dennis Magnotta were not 18 yet. I saw Mike in 1969 coming out of the mess hall in An-Hoa. We talked all that day. He had told me he loved walking point with a M-79 grenade launcher.
I went out to the bush the next day. The next time I had information on Mike when I was in Da Nang Hospital. The Marine next to my bed was from Mike's outfit and told me that he was walking point on patrol and found himself in an ambush. He was shot in the shoulder. A Corpsman tried to get to him and was killed. They were pinned down for two hours until they got help. By that time Mike had died.
A Note from The Virtual WallAlpha Company, 1/5 Marines, lost three men on 09 May 1969:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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