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Mike R. Vining, SGM USA (Retired) (#47149647)
 member for 8 years, 3 months, 18 days
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Mike Roger Vining was born in Greenville, Michigan on 12 August 1950 to Roger and Arlene Vining. He graduated from Tri-County High School in 1968 and enlisted in the Army in July of 1968.

After completing Basic Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he attended the Ammunition Renovation Course, at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Sergeant Major Vining completed the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Program, Indianhead, Maryland in May of 1969 and reported to the Technical Escort Unit, Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland during which time he completed the Nuclear Weapons Disposal Course. In 1970 he deployed to the Republic of Vietnam where he was assigned to the 99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD), Phuoc Vinh. Upon completion of 12 months of combat duty, Sergeant Major Vining was honorably discharged from the United States Army on February 1971.

Sergeant Major Vining reentered the Army in 1973 and was assigned to the 63rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD), Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. In 1978, he was accepted to the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment (SFOD) - Delta, where he served with distinction until 1985. He completed the first Operator Training Course, subsequently participating in numerous combat operations including Operation EAGLE CLAW, the Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission and Operation URGENT FURY, the invasion of Grenada. From 1985 to 1986 he was assigned to the 176th Ordnance Detachment (EOD), Fort Richardson, Alaska. He then returned to 1st SFOD - Delta from 1986 to 1992 where he served as Chief EOD Technician, Research and Development Sergeant Major, and Breaching Sergeant Major. During this tour he deployed in support of Operation DESERT STORM, Saudi Arabia. He served as Exercise Planner at the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) from 1992 to 1996. During Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, Sept-Oct of 1994, he served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Joint Special Operations Task Force aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. America (CV-66) off the coast of Haiti.

He served as the Explosives Expert on the Downing Assessment Task Force, which investigated the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Sergeant Major Vining's last tour of duty was as the Joint Special Operations Command J-3 Special Plans Sergeant Major. Sergeant Major Vining retired from the Army, 31 January 1999.

Sergeant Major Vining's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal, Bronze Star Medal, two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, two Joint Service Achievement Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, nine Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, the Vietnam Service Medal with three Campaign stars, the Southwest Asia Service Medal, two Humanitarian Service Medals, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Liberation and Defense of Kuwait Medal, two Joint Meritorious Unit Awards, the Valorous Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit commendations, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation. He is authorized to wear the Combat Infantry Badge, the Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, and the Austrian Police High Alpine "Gendarmerie-Hochalpinist" Badge.

Sergeant Major Vining holds a B.S. Degree in Sociology from the University of the State of New York. He is married to Donna Ikenberry and has two children, Terri and Lorri, and six grandchildren, Mitchell, Dillon, Kyle, Victor, McKinley, and Rainier. He currently resides with his wife in South Fork, Colorado.

Mike R. Vining
635 Blackhawk Road
South Fork, CO 81154-9609
Tel. (719) 873-1065
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Ron Stewart
Maj Thomas C.M. Zeugner's memorial
I noticed you left a flower on MAJ Zeugner's memorial with a short history of his death. I can add additional details.

Will contact you by email to share those details.

Ron Stewart
Added by Ron Stewart on Sep 25, 2017 10:20 AM
Debbie Choate
Will Lebon
I'm Wills sister Debbie. Just wondering if you knew him. Saw where you provided info on his memorial
Added by Debbie Choate on Jul 29, 2017 3:56 PM
RE: GM Robert Paul Burr, USNR
Since Mr. Burr isn't really buried in Union Cemetery, Eaton, Indiana, and you have links to his parents who are buried there, would it be okay if I just add my photo of the headstone to your memorial along with an explanation that he is memorialized at his parents burial place? Thank you for all of your work on Findagrave--it is greatly appreciated!
Take care,
Added by Jane on Mar 02, 2017 4:00 PM
Melissa Wohler
Photo Request - Clinton Geer
I have fulfilled this photo request. There were several others named Geer in the same area. I added memorials and photos for them as well.
Added by Melissa Wohler on Aug 24, 2016 2:57 PM
RE: John H. Gage
Hello Mike,

Thank you for your kind words. I would love to take care of my father's page on ATWS. Thank you for being a friend to him. He was a rough Old School Army Sargent. I know he put off some people but he was loyal, honest and fair. When you got to know him you knew he had a heart of gold.

I have his formal uniform (dress greens?) in my closet. He had told me he wanted all of his Army stuff donated but that was years ago and when I was at his house after his passing, his girlfriend didn't know where his photos and such were. We will be going again next month and if I find his photos, would you like them?

Thank you again,

Debi (Gage) Pollock
Added by Deb on Jul 01, 2016 10:23 AM
John H. Gage
Thank you for remembering my dad. It means alot to me.

Debi (Gage) Pollock
Added by Deb on Jun 29, 2016 12:33 PM
Dan Oh
Donald E. Brosius

We'd like your permission to use the photo of Sgt Brosius on our web page, Chester County Hall of Heroes (Chester County, Pa., his home county.)

If you have the original photo, please send it to along with the proper citation for your contribution to our memorial.

Additionally, this findagrave entry is a duplicate of this one: where he is placed in a proper cemetery. Perhaps add the photo there as well.

thanks for your service.

Added by Dan Oh on Mar 01, 2016 7:05 PM
John Claffy
I took pictures two different times and the headstone is very hard to read, even in person. This is due to the etching on white marble with no letter darkening. Click on the photo a couple times to enlarge it, and it is easy to read. I've complained to the VA as well as the cemetery office about this and would like to see that all the headstones have darkened letters on them. Many of the headstones are impossible to read; it's a shame!
Added by LC on Feb 27, 2016 7:07 PM
Crystal H
Samuel Ikenberry
I was doing research on the Ikenberry's in my family line. According to the research my grandma, Mildred Earley, did, Samuel Ikenberry is my 4th great grandfather. The line goes down from Samuel and Lydia to John and Susan, Isaac and Tabitha, Nora Wigington, to my grandma. Thanks for the research you did and your service to our country!
Added by Crystal H on Feb 23, 2016 4:14 PM
Annie Duckett Hundley
RE: Thanks
You're very welcome, Mike. I'm honored to do this work. Thank you for all of your years of service to our country. I'm grateful.

Annie :)
Added by Annie Duckett Hundley on Feb 12, 2016 12:54 AM
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