The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*FOLLAND, MICHAEL FLEMING
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Army, Company D, 2d Battalion, 3d Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade. Place and date:
Long Khanh, Providence, Republic of Vietnam, 3 July 1969. Entered service at:
Richmond, Va. Born: 15 April 1949, Richmond, Va.
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 machinegun 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
machinegun 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 reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and
the U.S. Army.