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Michael Fleming Folland

Details
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Weapons Platoon, Company D, 2d Battalion, 3d Infantry,
    199th Infantry Brigade
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 3, 1969
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Long Khanh Province, Republic of Vietnam
Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Cpl. Folland distinguished himself while serving as an ammunition bearer with the weapons platoon of Company D, during a reconnaissance patrol mission. As the patrol was moving through a dense jungle area, it was caught in an intense crossfire from heavily fortified and concealed enemy ambush positions. As the patrol reacted to neutralize the ambush, it became evident that the heavy weapons could not be used in the cramped fighting area. Cpl. Folland dropped his recoilless-rifle ammunition and ran forward to join his commander in an assault on the enemy bunkers. The assaulting force moved forward until it was pinned down directly in front of the heavily fortified bunkers by machine-gun fire. Cpl. Folland stood up to draw enemy fire on himself and to place suppressive fire on the enemy positions while his commander attempted to destroy the machine-gun positions with grenades. Before the officer could throw a grenade, an enemy grenade landed in the position. Cpl. Folland alerted his comrades and his commander hurled the grenade from the position. When a second enemy grenade landed in the position, Cpl. Folland again shouted a warning to his fellow soldiers. Seeing that no one could reach the grenade and realizing that it was about to explode, Cpl. Folland, with complete disregard for his safety, threw himself on the grenade. By his dauntless courage, Cpl. Folland saved the lives of his comrades although he was mortally wounded by the explosion. Cpl. Folland's extraordinary heroism, at the cost of his life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Medal of Honor Recipient Michael F. Folland
Medal of Honor Recipient Michael F. Folland
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Richmond, Virginia
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: December 16, 1971

    The Executive Office Building, presented by Vice Pres. Spiro T. Agnew to his family

  • Born: April 15, 1949, Richmond, VA, United States
  • Died: July 3, 1969, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: Glendale National Cemetery (MH) (H-846), Richmond, VA, United States
 

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