Michael David Sheahan

Private First Class
Army of the United States
03 April 1949 - 25 February 1968
Tujunga, California
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Michael D Sheahan

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Michael David Sheahan

12 Jun 2002

Michael, I knew you because your dear mother, Barbara, shared
your memory. My daughter, Karrie, was born on the first
anniversary of your death and your mother taught me an important
lesson: "Always say 'I love you.'"

Each year, on February 25th your mom quietly slipped out of
our office to attend a mass for you at the same church you
were raised in. We, who worked with her, left a yellow rose on
her desk on each of these anniversaries. She had once said yellow
roses reminded her of you, Michael, and she often spoke of how
blessed she had been to know you. We knew no words that would convey
how we felt, that we had been equally blessed in knowing her.
This ritual ended only after our jobs and families moved us apart.

In May 1990 I visited Washington D.C. for the first time and I was
overcome with emotion as I came upon the Wall. As I searched the
directory for your name, my hands trembled as I clutched a yellow rose.
When I located the panel and line where your name was engraved,
I rested my head on that polished stone and wept. I made a tracing
of your name and put it in my pocket. That evening when I pulled it out
I recalled your mother's smile.

In November 1999 The Moving Wall came to my town, Palmdale, California.
Again I brought a yellow rose to leave by the Wall and again I wept.
Not long after that a long-time friend and former co-worker
told me your mom had passed away.

This July 2002, the Moving Wall is returning to the Antelope Valley,
to Lancaster, California. I'll bring two yellow roses this time and
leave them at your Wall. I'll shed more tears no doubt, but I'll
smile as well at the knowledge that your mom has been reunited with
her precious child.

A memorial initiated by a friend,
Kathleen Flynn

3 March 2003

The picture is from 1967 at Bien Phouc where we were in the same platoon.

Kenneth N. Sundberg

A Note from The Virtual Wall

PFC Michael Sheahan was one of 22 Americans killed when Fire Support Base JAEGER was attacked on the night of 24/25 Feb 1968.

More information and a complete list of
the men who died that day can be found on the
FSB Jaeger Memorial

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Jun 2002
Last updated 08/10/2009