|Birth: ||Feb. 17, 1945|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Aug. 21, 1968|
Tay Ninh, Vietnam
SP4 - E4 - Army - Selective Service
25th Infantry Division
Co.C 1/5 Mech. Bobcats
23 year old Single, Caucasian, Male
Born on Feb 17, 1945
From COSTA MESA, CALIFORNIA
Length of service 1 year.
His tour of duty began on Nov 16, 1967
Casualty was on Aug 21, 1968
in TAY NINH, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered
Mothers maiden name was McMillan
Michael Mangan was one of seventeen men from C Co. KIA in the Ben Cui plantation in Tay Ninh, Vietnam on August 21 1968.
Thanks to Dennis Hackin (Fellow Bobcat) we now know where Michael is buried.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
HEADQUARTERS, UNITED STATES ARMY VIETNAM
APO San Francisco 96375
29 October 1968
AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.
MANGAN, MICHAEL R US56703895 SPECIALIST 4 UNITED STATES ARMY
Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division
Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross
Date action: 21 August 1968
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Specialist Four Mangan distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 21 August 1968 while serving with a mechanized infantry company combating a large enemy force in the Ben Cui rubber plantation. The communists began a human wave assault. Specialist Mangan maneuvered his armored personnel carrier into a position from which it could deliver the most effective firepower and began firing his light anti-tank weapon into the charging enemy. Constantly exposed to the intense hostile fusillade, he continued firing until ordered to withdraw. As he maneuvered his assault vehicle into a defensive position, it was struck by an enemy rocket which caused it to burst into flames. Specialist Mangan again exposed himself to the communist's barrage to extinguish the fire and was wounded in the arm. The vehicle was then struck by a mortar round. Finding the carrier inoperative, he ran to another assault vehicle to assist its machinegunner in delivering suppressive fire on the enemy. When the gunner had expended his ammunition, Specialist Mangan ran through a hail of bullets to obtain a resupply from his demobilized track. As he climbed into the vehicle it was struck by a rocket, knocking him to the ground. Struggling to his feet, he picked up the vital ammunition and returned it to the machinegunner's position. While handing the resupply to his comrade, he was mortally wounded. Specialist Four Mangan's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.
Pacific View Memorial Park
Corona del Mar
Plot: Bayview Terrace Section - Gavesite 190F
Created by: Denis McDonough
Record added: Mar 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49875392