Michael Bomberger Koons

 

US Army Insignia

United States Army

SP4 Insignia

Specialist Fourth Class

 

Fort Knox Armor Shield  Fort Polk & The Joint Readiness Training Center Patch

2nd Battalion - 16th Infantry Regiment Insignia 1st Infantry Division Patch  United States Army-Vietnam Patch
"C" Company, 2nd Battalion
16th Infantry Regiment
 1st Infantry Division
United States Army-Vietnam

 

 

Combat Infantryman Badge

National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal

 

Fell August 19, 1967

Michael Koons was born on the 14th of September, 1947 to Roy and Olive Koons of Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania.  During his school years he was active in the Future Farmers of America, 4-H organization, and scouting.  As an avid hunter and fisherman he loved the outdoors.  He graduated from Northen Lebanon High School (NORLEBCO) in the Class of 1966.  There he established an undefeated record as a heavyweight wrestler.

Michael was drafted on the 7th of November, 1966 and reported for training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  After completing advanced training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, he reported for duty in Vietnam on the 29th of April, 1967.  There he was assigned to the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division.  Having won champion marksmanship awards in his stateside training, he was assigned as a sniper.  He fell as a result of wounds sustained in a hot landing zone having been hit by small arms fire as he exited his troop carrying helicopter.  His unit was engaged in a search and destroy mission at the time.

He was awarded the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.  He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

Besides his parents he was survived by brothers, Harry M., Jerr A. and Lynn R.; and a sister, Janet M.

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