The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MICHAEL, DON LESLIE
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth
Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 4th Battalion, 503d Infantry, 1 73d Airborne Brigade. Place
and Date: Republic of Vietnam, 8 April 1967. Entered service at: Montgomery,
Ala. Born: 31 July 1947, Florence, Ala.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty. Sp4c. Michael, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving with Company
C. Sp4c. Michael was part of a platoon which was moving through an area of suspected enemy
activity. While the rest of the platoon stopped to provide security, the squad to which
Sp4c. Michael was assigned moved forward to investigate signs of recent enemy activity.
After moving approximately 125 meters, the squad encountered a single Viet Cong soldier.
When he was fired upon by the squad's machine gunner, other Viet Cong opened fire with
automatic weapons from a well-concealed bunker to the squad's right front. The volume of
enemy fire was so withering as to pin down the entire squad and halt all forward movement.
Realizing the gravity of the situation, Sp4c. Michael exposed himself to throw 2 grenades,
but failed to eliminate the enemy position. From his position on the left flank, Sp4c.
Michael maneuvered forward with 2 more grenades until he was within 20 meters of the enemy
bunkers, when he again exposed himself to throw 2 grenades, which failed to detonate.
Undaunted, Sp4c. Michael made his way back to the friendly positions to obtain more
grenades. With 2 grenades in hand, he again started his perilous move towards the enemy
bunker, which by this time was under intense artillery fire from friendly positions. As he
neared the bunker, an enemy soldier attacked him from a concealed position. Sp4c. Michael
killed him with his rifle and, in spite of the enemy fire and the exploding artillery
rounds, was successful in destroying the enemy positions. Sp4c. Michael took up pursuit of
the remnants of the retreating enemy. When his comrades reached Sp4c. Michael, he had been
mortally wounded. His inspiring display of determination and courage saved the lives of
many of his comrades and successfully eliminated a destructive enemy force. Sp4c.
Michael's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and
reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.