Michael Dennis Soderstrom

United States Navy
23 December 1948 - 04 June 1968
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Michael Dennis Soderstrom

07 Dec 2001

Mike was unique. He was a natural born Hawaiian. he had a good sense of humor, but he always mentioned he was going to die. He enjoyed music and would have been my best man at my wedding. But he had his orders to Parris Island. He wanted to save his leave to see his family one more time. He knew and yet he went willingly and happily forward with where his life was going. This man is a hero. It is just we would like to see some age on our heros, not just 20 years of age. Mike, I'll never forget you.

Your friend, Brothers forever -
Doc Wayne Georgiades
107 High St, Portland Tn. 37148

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In May and June of 1968 the 7th Marines were running Operation MAMELUKE THRUST in the area southwest of Danang. The 1st Bn, 7th Marines' After Action Report contains the following entry:
"D+16 4 June 1968: ... Night positions were established with Company L on Objective 1 and 1/7 Command Group, Company B and Company A on Hill 1062. At 2035H [8:35 pm] Company B's perimeter received numerous frag and concussion grenades and a heavy volume of small arms fire. Company B returned fire on the enemy and a sporadic fire fight continued for almost 45 minutes. Friendly casualties were 6 KIA, 21 WIA (evac) and 2 WIA (minor). A search of the area revealed 7 enemy KIA in green utilities... The enemy unit was identified as part of the T-3 Sapper Battalion..."
The six men killed in the action - four Marines and two Navy Corpsmen - were:
  • HM2 Richard A. Roesler, Rhinelander, WI, H&S Co w/ B/1/7
  • Cpl Amelio Nino, Dimmitt, TX
  • LCpl Robert V. Holland, Martinsville, VA
  • HN Michael D. Soderstrom, Honolulu, HI, H&S Co w/ B/1/7
  • Pfc Joseph J. Grillo, Norwich, CT
  • Pvt Richard A. Polley, Nelsonville, OH

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 7 Dec 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009