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In Memory of Marine Private First Class

Michael Edward Means

Brookings, South Dakota, Brookings County

 October 5, 1949 - August 15, 1968

Died non-combat Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam


Michael Edward Means was born in Brookings, South Dakota on October 5, 1949 to Harold and Ella June (Sylvis) Means. He has two sisters, Paula and Barbra, and two brothers, Richard and James Burright. Michael lived in Brookings with his family, and attended school there. He left Brookings as a young boy, and went first to California, and then to Washington State in 1960. Michael enjoyed music and the guitar. His favorite guitar player was Duane Eddy. Michael loved to play with his cocker spaniel Rex, who he considered his buddy. But the most important thing to him was his family and his country. While in Washington, Michael worked for Shepard Ambulance.

Michael entered the Marines in the summer of 1967. He began his tour of Vietnam on July 2, 1968. On August 15, 1968, Pfc. Michael Edward Means was killed as a result of an accidental shooting in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam.

Pfc. Means was buried at the Washington State Memorial Funeral Park in Seattle, Washington. Marine Pfc. Michael Edward Means’ name can be found on Panel 48W, Row 018 on the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Paula Letson, sister to Pfc. Means, wrote: “He was much loved, and is and will be missed much. He contributed and gave a lot, and his reward is in Heaven.”

At the time of this writing, survivors include his mother, Elle June Mikelich, Seattle, Washington; his brothers Richard and James Burright; sister Barbra Taylor, Washington state; and sister Paula Jean Letson, Deerlodge, Montana.

Kendra Rosemary Karst, 8th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, January 2, 2006, respectfully submitted this entry. Information was provided by Paula Letson, Deerlodge, Montana, sister to Pfc. Michael Edward Means.


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