U.S. Army Icon – Green Beret MG "Iron Mike" Healy – Arlington National Cemetery Full Military Honors

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“This country is a magnificent place-blessed by God-and is worth dying for…” words spoken by:

Major General Michael D. Healy, US Army-Ret, a celebrated Airborne Infantry-Ranger who gave over 35 honorable years of service to country. He became an elite Green Beret one year after its formation in 1952, and was “one of the first” to reach the rank of general. The DVD by Arlington Media is 1080p perfect. YT limited my upload quality a bit. (Click to fav part)

0:01 Honor Guard / Band / Old Post Chapel
7:07 Church Services
40:20 Honor Guard after Service/ Band /Caisson /Riderless Horse
44:00 Escort Caisson Band Enter Arlington
50:15 Arrival at Gravesite Honors
56:00 Graveside services
59:45 Presidential Battery Cannon Salute – 13 blasts
1:02:40 Military Honors/ 3 volleys and Taps
1:11:00 Dove Release /Bagpipes include…Ballad of the Green Berets

Major General Michael D. Healy (US Army-Ret) earned his nickname, “Iron Mike” in 1951 during the Korean War after parachuting behind enemy lines at Munsan Ni with the 4th Ranger Company. After landing on a thatched hut and rolling in to a ditch, a grenade blasted his carbine from his hand and he took a NK bayonet to the groin. Healy eventually took command from a “frozen” captain and “…while seriously wounded (and with four volunteers)valiantly attacked the trenches, at times with only a Ka-Bar knife, enduring withering enemy machine gun fire, before taking and holding the high ground.”

According to the Special Warfare Center and School, “General Healy was known by his men for his loyalty, compassion, and love, as much for his tenacity in war.” In 2015, he was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Special Forces Regiment saying,” This is the highest honor that I have ever received, but it’s not really mine”-“This honor belongs to every soldier I was ever honored and permitted to serve with.”

Mike Healy was 19 and preparing for priesthood when he enlisted during the final months of WWII. His friends were joining for the expected Japanese invasion, and he “felt guilty.”

During his life Healy served nearly eight years in combat including five and a half ‘official’ tours in Vietnam. He was actually one of the first American soldiers in Vietnam. In 1963 as a SF Major he commanded battalion-sized units of indigenous SF fighters that bore his name (The Mike Force.) In 1973, BG Healy was one of the last American soldiers to leave during the “Vietnamization” of the war.

In 1966, after two years in command of the 1st Battalion/501st Arbrn, he was selected to attend the Army War College, but instead chose to deploy with his battalion to Vietnam for his third tour rather than have someone command who, “…did not know my men.”

In the late sixties after the CIA/SF scandal, Army brass believed SF was “too detached” from regular forces. General Creighton Abrams (CO RVN) called upon then Col Healy to command the 5th SFG in Vietnam. Abrams wanted Healy to break-up the SF NCO leadership, however during his 20 month command he resisted and Green Berets once again held their heads high.

After bringing the 5th SFG home to Ft Bragg, Healy became CO of the then-JFK Center & School where he, “…was pressured by conventional Army leadership to dismantle Special Operations instead Healy actually saved SOF by using his experience to put an emphasis on counterterrorism.” His expertise in the oil rich middle east was frequently called upon. His last assignment was Ft Sheridan, Ill. where 35 years earlier he walked in the gates after enlisting. He walked out of those same gates on the day he retired.

Ft Bragg

 Nice tribute:

AWARDS AND MEDALS

3 Distinguished Service Medals
2 Silver Star Medals
3 Legion of Merit Awards
Distinguished Flying Cross
5 Bronze Star Medals … w/ V Device
4 Air Medals …w/ V Device
4 Army Commendation Medals
Navy Commendation Medal with V Device
2 Purple Heart Medals
The Good Conduct Medal (…just a few)

*See the “Legends of the SOF video.”

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50 comments

  1. Orathai Freby 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸I can up data for you my friends take care sir yes sir be happy always bye

  2. John Barnette 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    On the one year anniversary of the passing of my younger brother, David Kyle Barnette, who served in the U.S. Navy, this video appears in my feed for viewing. Thank you Lord, for the service of Major General Healy, the service of my brother David Kyle Barnette, and the Lord’s divine intervention for sharing this wonderful ceremony right when I needed it. I watched the whole service, and to say that I was touched is an understatement to say the least. My prayers go up for the family and friends of Major General Healy. I really needed to see and hear this this morning.
    God Bless The USA!

  3. Brendan Biancucci 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    Thank you for the service to this green beret for serving and thank you to all our green Berets that surve our nation we love you guys stay safe and we love you To our Army Green Berets God Bless you and God bless your soak for ever and no matter What the Cose I am Ready to Help all signed Brendan Biancucci

  4. Mike Goodrich 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    So glad I came upon this. I remember General Healy when I lived at Fort Sheridan, IL. I was 15 or 16 at the time and he live in quarters next to a friend of mine. He always took time to talk to us and I'll never forget when he was the guest speaker at the Eagle Scout Court of Honor for a fellow Boy Scout in my troop. I even was allowed to take the day off of school for his retirement ceremony.

  5. Orathai Freby 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    Say hello to tribute for me now dear smile be happy sir yes sir how are you today i holp you're happy with your family right take care of yourself bye

  6. John Miller 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    The General is what has made America great and his memory will endure forever. A man who has served with valor shall never die, for he has done well and will be remembered. Thank you Sir from a Marine who served along side you and your men in Viet Nam.

  7. wilson blauheuer 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    There's only one Iron Mike in the  US Army, and he is  in the officer's housing area on Ft Bragg. Been there for decades.

  8. James Kellogg 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    The most sacred place, hallowed ground and beautiful resting place for those whom have worn the sacred cloth of our country and served with courage, bravery and valor, Hooah General, Rest In Peace sir!

  9. Sold to be Diers 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    ''There are men too superior to be seen except by the few,
    as there are notes too high for the scale of most ears.''
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    ''DE OPPRESSO LIBER''

    ''For every ten people you find clipping at the leaves of evil,
    you're lucky to find one whos hacking at the roots.''
    -Henry David Thoreau

    ''For There Are None Closer, to the Author of Sacrifice Himself…
    Than Those Who Choose, to perform it for the Sake of Others.'' -William Gilpin
    -Former U.S. Paratrooper Sgt. Gilpin 82nd Abn. 1/504 Inf.

  10. Sam Roberts 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    His granddaughter was my 4th grade English teacher. We got to talk to him on the phone on veteran's day. He was very kind and answered all of our questions. We will all miss him dearly.

  11. Lucho Carrasco 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    Mucho Color, demasiasdo … al general Pinochet por mucho más se lo llevaron en un helicóptero y chao pescao…

  12. Andreas Worm 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    In German say Wir hatten einen Kameraden,er marschierte im gleichen Schritt und Tritt neben mir mit!

  13. Chad Mower 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    Attacked a hill…gravely wounded; with ONLY a KA BAR? What a stud. Thank you for your service sir

  14. stephen howard 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    what crap the priest keeps drinking wine……….where all 'iron mikes' friends? they should be outside drinking toasts ……………and oaths to him ……..send him off in style

  15. stephen howard 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    he was quite a man but as all in vietnam he failed ……………..failure leads to success, 35 years service to country …………..and passed on ….the greatest gift of all…………….knowledge

  16. stephen howard 11 June, 2020 at 09:41 Reply

    i don't know or never heard of this general ……..but………………..to have been honored this way ……a truly gr8 man ……..and yes i'll do some research

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