The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Lynn Michael Ferguson, who died in the service of his country on March 6th, 1967 in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Lynn was 20 years of age. He was from Russells Point, Ohio. Lynn is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 16E, Line 27.
The decorations earned by PFC Lynn Michael Ferguson include: the Combat Medical Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
From His Obituary)
PFC Lynn Ferguson gave his life in action in Vietnam Monday, his parents were informed Tuesday. The notification came Tuesday afternoon by Captain Robert Larsen, Survivor Assistance Officer, Lima Army Modification Center; informing them that their only son was killed at 11:30 a.m. by hostile small arms fire. The parents are Mr. and Mrs. William H Ferguson, R.F.D. 1, Russells Point
The young man had only been in Vietnam about three weeks. He had been home in January prior to going to Vietnam. A 1964 graduate of Indian Lake high school, he had attended Miami University at Oxford prior to entering the service. He was a member of the Indian Lake Community church and the Thad K Calland Chapter of he order of Demolay.
He was born March 22, 1946 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to William H. and Kathleen Thomas Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson is an officer of the Tanger Appliance and Furniture Mart and Mrs. Ferguson is director of nurses at Mary Rutan hospital.
Besides his parents, he is survived by a sister, Susan A.
Lynn is buried in the Huntsville Cemetery, Huntsville, OH
(His BSV Citation)
General Orders 1578, Award of The Bronze Star For Heroism, 4th Division, 25 June 1967
For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Private First Class Ferguson was serving as Platoon Medic of the Weapons Platoon of B, 1/35th Infantry, during a search and destroy operation near the village of Hoa Tan. The company was advancing on two axes, with the Weapons Platoon and 2nd Platoon on the left and the 1st and 3rd Platoons on the right. Crossing a hedgerow just outside the village, they were fired upon by enemy entrenched in a bunker system around the village. The Weapons Platoon was engaged immediately by intense automatic weapons fire and two were wounded. Private First Class Ferguson, with complete disregard for his personal safety, moved forward under heavy enemy fire to administer first aid and to pull the wounded men to safety. When a comrade was wounded on the left flank of the platoon, he again moved from the safety of the hedgerow, attempting to reach the wounded soldier. However he was mortally wounded before he could reach the man. Private First Class Ferguson's personal bravery and complete disregard for his own safety was an inspiration to all the men in his platoon. His display of courage and devotion to the welfare of his fellow soldiers is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.