Rank: Spec 4
War or Conflict: Vietnam War
Years of Service: 4
My sweet brother with a contagious smile joined the service when he was only 16. His name is Mike Bartkowiak. He went to Vietnam when he was 18 and was a door gunner along with fighting the front lines on the Cambodian border. He is accredited to saving many lives. He got shot on July 17th 1971 in Laos. He left on his facebook page two days before he passed an eerie but heartfelt message, little did we know he suffered so. "43 years ago today, the 17th of July was a Sunday. My life ended as I knew it. With the loss of my last friend and 2 bullets slowing down a touch as they hit me. In all 14 men shot. I was the only one that lived. They are still there, 22 kilometers inside of Laos. In many ways I never left that place. In so many ways I never left the war. Maybe I never will." Two days later Mike was taking a nap, July 19th 2014, He never woke up....He died alone, but was reunited in Heaven with his "brothers" in Laos. Mike earned several medals during his courageous days in Nam. The Purple Heart, the Army air Medal, the Commendation Medal, the "V" device for Valor and the Bronze Star. Please give Mike a big shout out and Hallelujah.
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