Flynn, Michael Frank, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 0311, III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)
Service Years
1964 - 1967

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1946
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Leander
Last Address
Leander

Casualty Date
Apr 07, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Austin Memorial Park Cemetery - Austin, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
17E 116

 Official Badges 

Vietnam Combined Action Platoon (CAP)


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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1964, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 102
 Unit Assignments
3rd Marine Regiment2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)3rd Marine Division1st Marine Division, I MEF
III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)
  1964-1966, 0311, 3rd Marine Regiment
  1964-1966, 0311, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)
  1964-1966, 0311, 3rd Marine Division
  1966-1967, 0311, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
  1966-1967, 0311, III MAF/2nd CAG (Combined Action Group)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1964 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Combined Action Program
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Combined Action Program
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Red Snapper
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Double Eagle I
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)/Operation Double Eagle II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
05 Feb 2008 While reading LtCol William R. Corson's book titled "THE BETRAYAL" I came upon a very special Marine - Sergeant Michael Frank Flynn of Leander, Texas. Michael Frank Flynn joined the Marine Corps in 1964 at eighteen years of age. After upon completing boot camp and ACT, he went directly to Vietnam joining up with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, for about twenty-one months. Flynn, being in constant contact with the Vietnamese people, became very proficient in Vietnamese. Because of his knowledge of the Vietnamese language he worked in the Battalion Civil Affairs office. He was instrumental in making Le My the first pacified hamlet in VIETNAM. He joined a Combined Action Platoon (CAP unit) at Loc An, a small hamlet near Dai Loc, twenty miles south of Danang. One of the most touching moments in Sergeant Flynn's time with the CAP unit was when he got re-assigned to his parent unit. The villagers wrote to the Battalion Commander and asked permission for "Mr. Flynn Sergeant" to be returned to Loc An hamlet because "he win all the hearts of the whole people and he speak Vietnamese very much". Well, this little note worked and Flynn was approved to return to Loc An. Three tours in Vietnam were not generally accepted, but in Sergeant Flynn's case a personal letter to the Commandant of the Marine Corps secured him his third tour. On April 6, 1967, Johanathan Randall, then a columnist with the New York Times, interviewed Flynn about his extended tour. Sergeant Flynn remarked, "I've become so involved with the people here, it's become a personal war for me ... we've learned to depend on each other and I cannot let these people down." The following night - April 7, 1967 - while on patrol, Sergeant Flynn was killed in a fire-fight with Viet Cong. To most disinterested observers of the Vietnamese war Flynn's death had little meaning - but it did to the residents of Loc An. The entire hamlet of some 2800 people went into personal mourning for one year. Because of Sergeant Flynn's death the Viet Cong were never allowed to enter Loc An again ... because of Sergeant Flynn's dedication to duty and his concern for the people of Loc An, the people of Loc An finally chose which side they were on. They all loved and respected Sergeant Michael Frank Flynn - a true American hero, certainly to the villagers of Loc An. From a caring citizen and former Marine, William J. (Jerry) Speer
   
Comments/Citation
 Mike, I remember the day I could not save you from that Viet Cong bullet. We went up river to retrieve 3 boats that had slipped by us that night. We got the boats but we paid too high a price for them....Your Life! I am sorry. Semper Fi, Mike. Hardly a day goes by that I don't remember you and that day. Rest in peace. Doc Smith Posted by: Glenn Smith Email: Relationship: We served together Michael is buried at Austin Memorial Park in Austin, TX. His stone says Sgt, HQ BN , 1 MAR DIV, Viet Nam, PH. Posted by: Email: rsage@austin.rr.com
   
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