Michael Brian McGinnisPrivate First Class
3RD ENG BN, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
11 August 1949 - 17 September 1969
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The database page for Michael Brian McGinnis
Today, I am honored to add to The Virtual Wall my good friend and fellow Marine killed in action on September 17, 1969. We were last together in Da Nang, RVN, on April 17, 1969. Remembered today, because you were never forgotten. Your sacrifices have bestowed many a blessing on others and we thank you for them. You did not die in vain, Semper Fidelis, Mike, a good friend and good Marine!
The following article is taken from The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 23, 1969:
SEMPER FIDELIS, MIKE!
Notes from The Virtual Wall NoteDuring the summer of 1969 the North Vietnamese Army made repeated attempts to drive Allied forces from the heights of Mutter's Ridge, which formed a portion of the southern boundary of the DMZ. On 17 Sep 1969, with Lima Company, 3/3 Marines, taking a real beating on Mutter's Ridge the 3rd Marine Division reinforced them with the designated rapid deployment force, India Company 3/4 Marines. Twentyfive Marines and Navy Corpsmen died in the fighting that day and the next.
PFC Mike McGinnis, a combat engineer from the 3rd Engineer Battalion, was attached to Lima 3/3, and was one of the Marines killed during the initial fighting on 17 September.
He, and the other men who died during the Mutter's Ridge battles of 10 August and 17/18 September, are listed on the
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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