Michael David BoyerPrivate First Class
C CO, 1ST BN, 9TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
29 January 1947 - 18 June 1969
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I didn't know Michael Boyer but my dad did, he said he was a really good guy. He was smart, funny and just an all around great person. I searched for hours trying to find information about him but failed. I think it is important that every man and woman who gave their life to keep others safe should be recognized.
From someone who remembers.
Although it has been 38 years, I remember Michael from platoon 2050 at boot camp in San Diego like it was yesterday. He was our platoon honorman and leader. He was tough minded, dignified, and very focused. It was indeed a pleasure to know him for a short time. Semper Fi!!!
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 18 June 1969 the 1/9 Marines were under the operational control of the 1st Brigade, 5th (US) Infantry Division, participating in Operation Utah Mesa on the Khe Sanh plateau, where three battalions of the 577th Regiment, 304th NVA Division, were known to be located.
Reports of the 18 June action involving Charlie 1/9 can be found in the 1/9 and HQ MACV Command Chronologies for June 1969. The 1/9 Chronology states that
"At 1030H, Company C encountered a well-entrenched enemy .50 caliber machine-gun position with automatic weapons and suffered 9 KIA's and 14 WIA's. The company assaulted and secured the position and directed air strikes on the enemy situated on the high ground. Artillery was called in as the enemy withdrew into a draw. A total of 35 enemy were killed."while the MACV Chronology reads
"At 1030 an element of the [9th Marines] was fired on by a well-entrenched enemy force of unknown size 4 miles SE of Khe Sanh. Reinforced by another element of the regiment, the Marines attacked, supported by artillery and air strikes. The enemy withdrew at 1830, leaving 35 of his dead (North Vietnamese Army). Four individual weapons were captured. Marine casualties: 9 killed, 14 wounded, of whom 9 were evacuated."The nine men from Charlie 1/9 were
The 1/9 Marines lost another man in a different engagement earlier that morning: Pfc Stephen Orosco of Tularosa, NM, from Alpha 1/9.
Pfc Michael Boyer is buried in the Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 May 2004
Last updated 07/06/2006