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JOHN MICHAEL REID
 

Paul  Strenger
strengerpaul@gmail.com
High School Classmate
I think of you often
I was in Viet Nam myself ( US Navy ) when I learned of Mike's death. I later learned of the Navy Cross awarded and was not surprised that Mike died a hero's death saving his fellow Marines. I knew Mike well in High School and still remember him as enthusiastic in everything he did...always upbeat...always honest. I still think of him often and thank God for having known him. Peace, my brother and THANK YOU !
Feb 25, 2015


JOHN  O'DONNELL
MARINE VET
HONORING A YOUNG BRAVE MARINE HERO
THIS MAN HAS GIVEN OF HIMSELF EVERTHING HE COULD, SO THAT HIS BROTHER MARINES AND THE PEOPLE BACK HOME COULD LIVE A MORE PEACEFUL LIFE. THIS GIFT OF HIS LIFE SHOWS THE GREATNESS OF THIS HERO. HERO'S DON'T WEAR A CAPE OR MASK NO! THEY WEAR MARINE GREEN.HERO'S COME IN DIFFERENT SHAPE'S AND SIZE'S. AS EACH DAY PASSES,WE MUST TAKE THE TIME TO REMEMBER WHAT THIS HERO GAVE UP! SO THAT WE COULD LIVE IN A FREE SOCIETY. THANK YOU ! SEMPER FI! HERO YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN DOSEN'T MATTER IF YOU ARE A 2YR, 3YR, 4YR, ENLISTMENT OR A DRAFTEE OR RESERVIST,OFFICER OR ENLISTED YOU HAVE EARNED THE TITTLE OF U.S. MARINE! A NATION CRIES OUT FOR THE LOSS OF ITS SON.
May 10, 2014


Don  Bumgarner
dbumc13usmc@verizon.net
Whittier CA 90603
CPL REID and I were with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines on Operation Union/Beaver Cage in the Que Son Valley when John met his fate. Companies 'B', 'C', and 'D' were on a Sweep headed towards Hill 110, when Company 'B' was Ambushed by the NVA. Company 'B' requested Help, and a Platoon from Charlie Company was moving towards them, when the Platoon was AMBUSHED too. Charlie Company lost 7-KIA and many WIA that DAY. That Battalion had a total 22-KIA and 88-WIA with 3-NAVY CROSSES Awarded Posthumously, 2-NAVY CROSSES going to Charlie Company Marines. CPL Reid was one of the Marines Awarded the NAVY CROSS Posthumously for his Heroics that day. It was a TUFF DAY for Charlie Company, and the Battalion that Day. I ALWAYS Remember May 10th, each Year, and say a Prayer for the Guys. WE ALL had Good Friends taken that Day. Semper Fi, Don B C/1/3 67-68. (I am the Web master at www.onethreemarines.com , and we have information there about Our Battalion with some History of Vietnam there. Also, there is a list of the MEN who served in Charlie Company in case you might know or looking for a Marine from C/1/3. Know WE in C/1/3, DO REMEMBER Our Brothers on this WALL! Semper Fidelis and RIP My Brother!)
Jun 13, 2012


John  Legere
CCHS Classmate
Mike was such an inspiration to me and the other guys in high school. He had such an energy and love of life, that it was contagious. You couldn't be depressed and be around Mike. We played on the football team, and what he lacked in bulk, he made up for with enthusiasm. In class, he kept us in stitches with his humor, and he always was thinking up new ways to challenge the teachers. But, we also knew that he had unshakable honor and integrity, and no one crossed him. It came as no surprise when he enlisted in the Marines, because his whole life was directed that way. He was not about to be left out of that adventure. When I heard of his passing, I was away at West Point, so wasn't able to relate to his parents, just how much I admired Mike. Hopefully, they, and others who maybe didn't know him so well, can read this, and get some idea of what a fine man he was. God bless you, Mike, you will not be forgotten.
May 24, 2012


Carole  Dennis-Cornell
Cacornell@comcast.net
Classmate, CCHS Class of 1965
Collierville TN 38017 US
I stll remember hearing about the death of my classmate John Reid. It was a shock - we were all so young then. How could he have been taken from this life? John was a fine young man with a great personality. I did not know the details until I read about how he died protecting others in his platoon. I am so proud to have known this HERO. This weekend, the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial is in a town near where I now live. I am going there to see John's name and that of our other classmate, Harry Ellis. I remember and honor the service they gave to our nation. Peace to you and your family. Carole
Jun 3, 2011


David  Crawford
davidusmc76@comcast.net
Cousin
Drexel Hill Pa. USA
Mike, its been 44 years since the day you left us. I was only ten years old when you sacrificed your life for your country and fellow Marines, I remember it very well because my Dad (your Uncle) was there also in Viet Nam. The day we were leaving for your funeral the Marines came to my home to tell my Mother that my dad was wounded. Nine years later I joined the Marines and spent the next 30 years serving my country. I'm retired from the Marines now, but I have always remembered that day and the sacrifice you made. So on this Memorial Day as always I will Honor you and all the others who have made the ultimate sacrifice. I'm sure God has blessed you...... Semper Fi. Mike...Your Cousin MGySgt. David L. Crawford
May 23, 2011


Navy Cross  Citation
Navy Cross Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal John Michael Reid (MCSN: 2145615), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Rifle Squad Leader while serving with Company C, Battalion Landing Team 1/3, III Marine Amphibious Force, in the Republic of Vietnam on 10 May 1967. While participating in Operation BEAVER CAGE, Corporal Reid's platoon became heavily engaged in combat with a Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troop unit and was receiving casualties from enemy automatic weapons, small arms and mortar fire. One machine gun team was placed completely out of action by enemy mortars. Seeing that enemy fire had his platoon pinned down in exposed positions, he unhesitatingly moved across open ground to the machine gun, seized it and advanced another 20 to 30 meters. Being forced down several times during this maneuver, he reached his new position and delivered a heavy volume of accurate fire on the enemy positions, temporarily halting their fire, which allowed six other members of his squad to gain a covered position. Corporal Reid continued firing the machine gun from the exposed position in the rice paddy to thwart the advance of enemy troops attempting to overrun his platoon and endanger the Company's flank. While in his exposed position, Corporal Reid was wounded in the leg by rifle fire and as he moved forward to gain cover, he was hit again and mortally wounded. By his daring action and devotion to duty, Corporal Reid gave his life to save those of his fellow Marines, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Service: Marine Corps Rank: Corporal Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Jan 28, 2010


Garnet  Jenkins
garijen@bresnan.net
Grand Junction Co
~ Your Service And Sacrifice Are Forever Remembered ~

In Humble Tribute of your Sacrifice and with So Much Gratitude, for your Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest in Peace, Cpl John Michael Reid and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I am the sister of Sgt. David Dickinson, who also made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam in 1967..... THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD, AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM, NOR THE YEARS CONDEM. AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING, WE WILL REMEMBER THEM. 'For the Fallen' September 1914~ R.L. Binyon~
Apr 8, 2009


Sue  Quinn-Morris
squinn9807@aol.com
Hi, my name is Sue Quinn-Morris, with the American Legion in Cherry Hill, NJ. Wanted to let the family, friends and comrades know that we will be holding Candlelight Services April 17th, 2009 at 7pm, honoring this fallen hero. We are hosting the Vietnam Traveling Wall April 16 -19th, 2009. If you are interested in attending, or know of someone that is, please let me know. Thank you, Sue Quinn-Morris squinn9807@aol.com / 856-495-7270 www.alch372.com American Legion - Cherry Hill, NJ
Feb 28, 2009


manny   g
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother”. Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!

May 3, 2008

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