On May 10, 2006, when HMLA-369 returned to Camp Pendleton from Iraq, Michael's unit dedicated plaques to Michael and the other pilot, Gerald Bloomfield, who was also killed when their helicopter was shot down during their Gunshot 66 mission.  On this hot day, people waited in line for more than 2 1/2 hours to talk to the families of Michael and Jerry. When the Marines present were notified by the bus driver that the bus had to return to Camp Pendleton, not one Marine got out of line but continued  to wait.  The line circled the monument.  Michael's family has always been very touched by this fact!

The ACLU continues its efforts to have the cross at Mt. Soledad removed.  Michael's family has been actively involved with the Thomas More Law Center in trying to save the cross at Mt. Soledad.  The links below are related to this court battle.    



Mount Soledad..

  • 7/12/2012 - From Desk of R. Thompson: Thomas More Law Center Commemorates America's Independence Day. Click Here! 
  • 3/14/2012 - Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) Contiues Its Fight for Mt. Soledad Cross in U.S. Supreme Court. Click Here!
  • 5/27/2011 - TMLC Honors Our Fallen on This Memorial Day. Click Here!
  • 7/2/2010 - Happy Independence Day from TMLC! Click Here!
  • 7/3/2009 - Happy Independence Day from TMLC! Click Here!
  • 6/7/2009 - ACLU Seeks to Tear Down Another War Memorial Cross; TMLC Files US Supreme Court Brief in Opposition. Click Here!
  • 4/2/2009 - TMLC Files Brief on Behalf of War Heroes Opposing ACLU's Efforts to Destroy Mt. Soledad Cross. Click Here!
  • 7/30/2008 - Memories of Fallen Marines Bolster Federal Judges Ruling to Keep Mt. Soledad Cross Standing. Click Here!
  • 7/3/2008 - Happy Independence Day from TMLC! Click Here!
  • 7/3/2006 - Human Event's article "The Meaning of Freedom" by Newt Gingrich features Michael. Click Here!
  • 6/9/2006 - World Net Daily Article on Michael's parents efforts to save the Cross at Mt. Soledad, La JClick Here!olla, CA. Click Here!
  • 5/23/2006 - 2006 Archives I - Jan-June: Parents of Fallen War Hero To The President: Save The Mt. Soledad Cross€. Click Here! 
  • 5/22/2006 - Flash Report Article - Letter to Bush in Support of Mt. Soledad From Fallen Marine's Parents. Click Here!
  • 2006 Jan-Jun Archives of Thomas More Law Center.  Click Here!
  • Unknown - American Freedom Law Center Cases - Defense of Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial. Click Here!
  • Unknown - Babylon & Beyond Press Release, "IRAQ: A baseball field, TV Show and now a cross". Click Here!