Michael Anthony BlondinSpecialist Five
B BTRY, 2ND BN, 19TH ARTILLERY, 1 CAV DIV
Army of the United States
01 February 1945 - 29 March 1970
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This week has been a very special week in my life, Michael, finding out that your son, Michael, is well and doing as good as can be expected. It was also special to know that you have a sister and that the two of them are so close to one another. Michael, though I didn't know you as well as the other men in the FDC, you are still in my thoughts and prayers, may God bless you and shine upon your entire family, for you have given the ultimate sacrifice.
I also want you to know, Michael, that I have met some very special South Vietnamese, living and working in the United States, and they have not forgotten all the men and women that gave their lives for them to be free and experience "The American Dream." One such man is Andrew Do, to whom I am very close with and watch, making sure that he is not prejudiced against in any way. He flew C-130's for the South Vietnamese Air Force and since he has been in this country, he has not asked our government for one cent. He has two well educated daughters and he has you and the rest of our fallen heroes to thank, for he doesn't let his children ever forget how they acquired their degrees and freedom.
I leave you now and will be in touch with you again soon.
I sit here looking at the blank screen and wonder how I am going to put into words how much I miss my "kid brother".
So many years have gone by and so many changes have taken place.
As you know, you are now up in Heaven with our Mom and Dad.
At the memorial mass for our Mom back in January of 2006, your brother Marv talked about our family of six, now down to a family of three.
My husband Dick and I are going to Colorado for a vacation and plan to visit the Vietnam Memorial in Angel Fire, New Mexico on our way.
You were honored there not too long ago ... your picture and personal information is in a book at the Memorial.
I LOVE YOU, MICK.
From his sister,
Your son Michael, now a fine young man, is standing in your stead, helping to fill the quiet emptiness of your passing. Rest well my friend, he carries your name and continues your family; you are still with us.
A fellow soldier,
My father was in same unit with your brother. The week of the attack he was on R&R in Australia. When he came back to the unit it really bothered him to know so many good men lost their lives. It the past year or so Dennis has made contact with dad. Dad retired as a CSM in artillery. He doesn't talk much about his year in Vietnam. I do know this, Joan - your brother was a fine man and his sacrifice is not forgotten.
Alison C. Duggins
A Note from The Virtual WallAn attack on Fire Support Base Jay on 29 March 1970 cost the lives of 14 American soldiers:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 18 Jun 2002
Last updated 04/20/2007