MICHAEL C. WUNSCH, CAPT, USMC

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Michael Wunsch '66

Date of birth: March 16, 1944

Date of death: July 28, 1969

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1966 Lucky Bag:


Loss

From the November 1969 issue of SHIPMATE:

Capt. Michael C. Wunsch, USMC, of Feasterville, Pa., was killed in action on 28 July in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. Interment with full military honors took place in Sunset Memorial Park of Feasterville.

A member of the Eleventh Company at the Naval Academy, Capt. Wunsch was graduated with the class of 1966 and commissioned into the Marine Corps. After Basic School at Quantico, Va., he served with the Fifth Tank Battalion, Fifth Marine Division based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Capt. Wunsch had been in Vietnam since July 1968.

Survivors include his widow Diane of 303 High St., West Chester, Pa. 19380; his parents Mr. and Mrs, Albert Wunsch of 37 N. Eastview Ave., Feasterville, Pa. 19048; two sisters Miss Suzanne Wunsch and Mrs. Bruce Eisner, also of Feasterville, and a brother Pfc. Theodore Wunsch, USA, stationed in New Hampshire,

Michael is buried in Pennsylvania.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain Michael C. Wunsch, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of Company A, Third Tank Battalion, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 27 July 1969, Captain Wunch's unit, in conjunction with an infantry company, was participating in Operation IDAHO CANYON northwest of Cam Lo in Quang Tri Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of mortar fire. With complete disregard for his own safety, Captain Wunsch fearlessly exposed himself to the impacting rounds as he skillfully directed the movement and fire of his tanks, causing the hostile unit to withdraw. That night, while the combined force occupied a defensive position, the Marines were subjected to a vicious ground attack by North Vietnamese Army soldiers determined to penetrate the defensive perimeter. Boldly moving to an exposed vantage point, Captain Wunsch dauntlessly pointed out enemy targets until the assault was repelled. During the early morning hours, he detected movement forward of his position and, reacting instantly, boldly stood in the turret of his tracked vehicle to better observe the area. While thus exposed to the intense hostile fire, he was mortally wounded by the detonation of a rocket-propelled grenade which impacted on his tank. His heroic actions and determined efforts inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the defeat of the enemy. By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty, Captain Wunsch contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: July 27, 1969
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Captain
Company: Company A
Battalion: 3d Tank Battalion
Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF

Related Articles

Victor Buckley '66 and Richard Williams '66 were also in 11th Company.


Class of 1966

Michael is one of 36 members of the Class of 1966 in Memorial Hall.