October 08, 1946 (Westport, CT) to December 15, 1967; 21 years old; unmarried
Last local address: Lyncrest Drive, Norwalk and 5 Winker Lane, Westport
Enlistment date is unknown; MOS: 11B40, Infantry
Tour Start Date: March 24, 1967
Service number: RA11433127
25TH INFANTRY DIVISION, 22ND INFANTRY REGIMENT, 2ND BATTALION, A COMPANY
Casualty Location: Tay Tinh, South Vietnam (3 others died in same incident)
Awarded the Purple Heart Medal
From The Bridgeport Telegram December 21, 1967
WESTPORT – A 21-year-old Army Sergeant died Friday in Vietnam of internal wounds he suffered in combat action against the Viet Cong, according to word received here. Mrs. Anne Paquin of Winker Lane, said she was notified Sunday that her son, Sergeant Michael Paquin, had died of wounds he received when the Viet Cong struck a U.S. Army base to which her son had just returned after completing a search and destroy mission along the Cambodian border. Serving as a patrol leader, Sergeant Paquin had received the Purple Heart for a bullet wound in the arm received in September during a search and destroy operation. He had seen action almost continuously since arriving in Vietnam last March to serve with the elements of the 22nd Infantry Division. Mrs. Paquin received word of her son’s death Sunday. She promptly notified Janice Aprea of Norwalk to whom her son was engaged. The couple had planned to be married in April when Sergeant Paquin would have completed his tour of duty in southeast Asia. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Paquin, Sergeant Paquin lived most of his life in Norwalk. He was graduated from Fitch School there and attended Central Catholic High School before enlisting at the age of 17. He served three years overseas with the Army and returned home last spring. He then decided to reenlist so that he could serve in Vietnam. Among survivors are a sister, Susan, 13; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Bessie McMullen of Norwalk, and several uncles and aunts. The Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, is in charge of arrangements.
With him when he died. A career soldier, Paquin was a dedicated hard working infantry squad leader at all times. He volunteered for Vietnam to do his duty to share in his countrymen’s burden of war. His death was a real tragedy. He was another of America’s heroes. I will never forget him. Roger H. Cote Vietnam 2/67 to 1/68 A Co. 2/22 Inf. 3rd. Bde. 25th Inf. Div.
Staff Sergeant Paquin is buried in St. John’s Cemetery, Norwalk; Veterans Section, Grave 42.