Michael James WymanLance Corporal
GUNS SQUAD, 3RD PLT, D CO, 1ST BN, 7TH MARINES, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
26 August 1950 - 15 February 1969
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The database page for Michael James Wyman
Michael joined 3rd Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in September of 1968. I joined the platoon in December. Mike was a M60 Machine Gunner. There are a number of slots within a Marine rifle platoon that present a greater danger for those Marines who fill them than any other positions. The first of course is the leadership positions, Platoon Commander, Platoon Sergeant and Squad Leaders. The next would be one of the Radiomen. The enemy knew that where there was a radio there would also be a leader. The third, but usually the first in priority for the enemy, was the Machine Gunners. The enemy feared the Guns and tried to locate and silence them as early in the battle as possible.
On February 14, 1969, 3rd Platoon engaged the enemy in fierce combat which was close to being hand to hand. Mike's fellow Gunner Larry Looby was killed in the initial contact with the entrenched enemy. Our Platoon Commander, James Witt, and his Radioman George Cusma went down. James' wounds would prove fatal. Mike moved forward of the platoon and firing from the hip took on the enemy. He was hit twice and went down. When I was able to get to his location he yelled for me to put his gun in his hands. Because of his injuries he could not reach his weapon after falling. I remember that we nearly had to pry the weapon from his hands prior to his being medevaced. Mike was given the Silver Star for his actions that day.
Mike was the youngest Marine in our company. I have spoken many times over the past couple of years with Diana Britton, Mike's sister, and she told me that Mike had wanted to be a Marine from the time he was nine or ten. I look back at Mike's photo from that time and he looks so young. He was. I never knew Mike as well as his fellow gun squad members but I do remember his as a good Marine who never refused to follow through on any misson that came our way. We must never forget the sacrifice that Mike made nor should we ever let his memory wane.
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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
Last updated 08/10/2009