Michael Lee Malin
Specialist Four
1ST PLT, B CO, 1ST BN, 502ND INFANTRY, 101ST ABN DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
Angola, New York
August 05, 1947 to March 25, 1969
MICHAEL L MALIN is on the Wall at Panel W28, Line 38

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Michael L Malin
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14 Mar 2006

REMEMBERED

by his nephew,
Mark Sarafin
raziel643@yahoo.com

 
08 May 2006

Michael and I both lived for a time with our grandparents: Irving and Ann Myers. He was 11 years older than me and I respected him as a hard worker and soldier. I remember his funeral, gun salute and my grandfather's grief. Michael, you are missed. Rev. Wally Plock

From a cousin,
Walter Plock
723 Bedford Road, Schenectady, NY 12308
wemajh@yahoo.com


 

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Operation MASSACHUSETTS STRIKER, a foray by the 101st Airborne Division into the A Shau Valley, began on 01 Mar 1969, but bad weather impeded the build-up. Since the North Vietnamese Army was present in force, there was ample opportunity for contact.

The 1/502nd Infantry pursued an enemy battalion through the valley for several weeks until the NVA took a stand atop the ridgeline at Don A Tay. In a series of hard-fought battles, Alpha and Bravo Companies, 1/502, captured the crest of what was now known as "Bloody Ridge". The fighting on 25 March cost 7 American lives from the 1/502nd:

  • Alpha Company:
    • SGT Carter L. Graves, Reidsville, NC
    • SP4 Michael L. Malin, Angola, NY
    • CPL Rene C. Mischeaux, San Francisco, CA
    • PFC Robert F. McDonald, Lorton, VA

  • Bravo Company:
    • SGT Willie C. Dozier, Orangeburg, SC
    • SGT Steve Flaherty, Columbia, SC
    • SP4 David F. Black, Pickens, SC

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