Michael W. Menser
U. S. Army
Platoon Sergeant, Alpha Company 4th BN, 31st Infantry, 196th Light Inf BDE

Mike Walter Menser was born in 1944 in Oakland, California to Mansel Walter and Helen Elizabeth Hougler Menser. Mike graduated from high school in 1962 and went to work as a roustabout, then as a roughneck. He attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah later enlisting in the Army and was sent to Fort Ord, California for his basic training, and to Fort Gordon, Georgia for airborne infantry AIT. Mike was sent to Vietnam where he attended the Special Forces LRRP school in Nha trang. He was in the field for six months before being wounded. He went to Camp Zama in Japan and returned to Long Binh, assigned to his alternate specialty as small arms repairman in the 61st Heavy Equipment Maintenance Company working mainly with the 11th CAV. After his 30 day leave, he was sent to 196th Light Infantry Brigade and Alpha Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry. Mike, now an E-5 squad leader, walked point in the 2nd Platoon and after being wounded again, he decided to re-up for six years and attend OCS school. At Fort Benning, Georgia, he graduated 1st in his class, received distinguished honor graduate and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. He married and had one daughter. Mike moved to the airborne department and became an instructor and trained airborne and paratrooper candidates for a year and a half before joining the 26th Infantry Blue Spaders in Germany as A Company commander. He served as operations officer of a recruiting battalion in Lansing, Michigan and in 1981, Mike joined the MFO, Multinational Force and Observers that manned the buffer zone between Egypt and Israel. After a year and a half, he was transferred to Fort Benning where he commanded 24th Company. He served as Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth in 1985-86. He retired in 1995, moved back to Utah, is married to Christine Watkins Menser and has three daughters.