Michael James HatfieldWarrant Officer
190TH AHC, 145TH AVN BN, 12TH AVN GRP, 1 AVN BDE
Army of the United States
17 August 1948 - 22 March 1970
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I have gone on with my life without you being here, I have tried my best to be happy, but after all the years that have gone by I still miss you and I still love you as I did the day I met you. Time does make it a little easier to deal with but time can never take away the pain and loss I feel.
I was 2 months pregnant with your child when you were killed. I have a wonderful daughter and a grandson to help me keep you alive in my heart. You may be gone but you will never be forgotten.
A memorial initiated by his wife,
22 Mar 2005
Thirty six years I have been without you being beside me, with all the years that have gone by I have never been without you, you are always with me and always in my thoughts.
Mike Hatfield was one of the nicest guys I ever had the pleasure of meeting. I will always remember the cheerful outlook he had on life. I will never forget his excitement over finding out about the baby he and his wife were expecting.
I was the aircraft commander of the helicopter directly behind Mike's. If I close my eyes I can still see the rockets hitting their aircraft as it came to a hover in the Landing Zone just as if it happened this afternoon. Everyone that knew him lost a terrific friend that horrible afternoon. God bless the memory of Mike Hatfield.
I was the aircraft commander of the helicopter with Michael on March 22, 1970. His 'hootch' was next to mine and we shared many good times while he was in-country. I can think of no one, before or since, who has made such an impression on me. He was genuinely a nice guy and I think of him often. He read me the letter from his wife when she found out she was pregnant, and the next week he was gone. There are a few things in this life that make no sense and his loss is certainly one. Tomorrow, September 16, 2003, I will travel to Grayling Michigan to visit Michael and tell him of my son, also named Michael.
Jonathon E. Logan
20 Jan 2005
Hi dad. Just thinking about you again and having my cry. Please look over mom, she needs you right now. I love and miss you, ME
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 22 Mar 1970 the 190th Assault Helicopter Company was supporting an air assault into a single-ship, hover-down landing zone consisting of a rocky ledge surrounded by jungle. As UH-1D 65-09629 settled into the LZ it was hit in the left rear crew compartment by a rocket-propelled grenade which blew off the tailboom, engine, and rotor system. The copilot, WO Michael J. Hatfield, was killed instantly by head injuries and four others were wounded.
Warrant Officer, Army of the United States,
rests in the
Grayling, Crawford County, Michigan.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 9 May 2002
Last updated 01/14/2013
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