Michael Lester Ness

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
26 August 1950 - 10 February 1969
Mentor, Ohio
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3RD MARDIV Mike Ness

National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Michael Lester Ness

20 Jul 2003

Michael was the fifth boy in our family... The youngest then with two sisters always on his tail. We were known as the Ness kids. It's funny now but he used to get mad when people called us that. He always said "When I am a Marine I won't have to hear that any more!" But to this day they call all seven of us "the Ness kids".

Mike was always a Marine even before he really was. That's all he ever wanted to be. When he was in grade school and Junior High he would have those little army men all set up in different places in his room, the trucks, jeeps, and all the ammo, and no one could move them. He knew where everything was and if it was moved he would know and have a fit.

He was a good big brother, he watched out for me. Being the next in line and younger I guess he felt it was his job. He was so proud to be a Marine. There is not a day goes by I don't think of him. He is missed by all who knew him and now being older with kids of my own I understand what our parents must have gone through ... when my youngest left for the Marines I was sad, worried, and so very, very PROUD.

Thanks for keeping us safe. You will always be in our hearts and minds ...

Love and miss you,
Your Family

Mom and Dad are with you now so I guess it's from

I would love to hear from anybody who knew my brother.

A memorial placed by his sister,
Vicky Hilliard

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Private First Class Michael Lester Ness is buried in Plot 5, Row 13, Section 4 of the Riverside Cemetery in Painesville Township, Ohio. Riverside is a large cemetery and PFC Ness is not alone: at least eight other men who died as a result of their service in Vietnam are buried there - three within just a few feet:
  • SP4 Budd E. Hood, US Army, B/1/16th Infantry
    Killed in action at Prek Klok 28 Feb 1967
    Plot 12, Row 15, Section 4
  • Pfc Charles A. Hood, USMC, B/1/7th Marines
    Killed in action Quang Nam 12 Aug 1969
    Plot 12, Row 12, Section 4
  • Pvt Roosevelt Braggs, Jr, US Army, 514th Quartermaster Co
    Killed in action Binh Dinh 05 Jun 1970
    Plot 15, Row 10, Section 4
The others are
  • Cpl Harry D. Huston, Jr., US Army, B/3/60th Infantry
    Killed in action Kien Hoa 24 Sep 1967
    Plot 35, Row 2, Section 3
  • Cpl William I. Inman, USMC, 1st Radio Battalion
    Died Quang Nam 03 May 1968
    Plot 4, Row 26, Section 3
  • SP4 David H. Merriam, US Army, D/15th Engineers
    Injured Thua Thien Nov 1967; died during surgery 17 Nov 1968
    Plot 7, Row 29, Section 3
  • Sgt Eugene Pizzino, II, USAF, 50th Tac Airlift Sqdn
    Injured 08 Mar 1969; died of injuries 16 Mar 1969
    Plot 10, Row 23, Section 6
  • SSG Bernard L Swiger, US Army, 400th Trans Det, 1st Cav Div
    Killed in Action Binh Thuy 11 Dec 1970
    Plot 16, Row 9, Section 3

Rest in peace.

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