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Michael Fleming Folland



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Glendale National Cemetery


Born:  April 15, 1949 at Richmond, VA

Entered Service in the US Army from Richmond, VA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism July 03, 1969 at Long Khanh Province, Vietnam

Died:  July 03, 1969 at the age of 20

Corporal Folland was an ammunition bearer with a weapons platoon during a reconnaissance patrol mission. As the patrol was moving through a dense jungle area, it was caught in an intense crossfire from 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. Corporal 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 machinegun fire. Corporal 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 positions with grenades. Before the officer could throw a grenade, an enemy grenade landed in the position. Corporal Folland alerted his comrades and his commander hurled the grenade from the position. When a second grenade landed in the position, he again shouted a warning to his fellow soldiers. Seeing that no one could reach the grenade and realizing that it was about to explode, he threw himself on the grenade and was mortally wounded by the explosion.



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