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Press Release from Governor Snyder, Monday, March 26, 2018
“LANSING, Mich. – A portion of M-15 will now be known as the “Specialist 5 Michael May and Corporal Chris Esckelson Memorial Highway” under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder.
“Specialist May and Corporal Esckelson were true American heroes,” Snyder said. “This legislation is a positive way to honor their sacrifice and service to our country.”
House Bill 5120, sponsored by state Rep. Edward Canfield, amends the Michigan Memorial Highway Act to designate the portion of M-15 in Vassar as the “Specialist 5 Michael May and Corporal Chris Esckelson Memorial Highway”. Specialist Fifth Class Michael Fredric May was part of an eleven-man Special Forces team conducting a reconnaissance mission inside Cambodia in 1969 when he was killed in the line of duty. He entered the U.S. Army in 1967 after attending Western Michigan University. Marine Corporal Christopher E. Esckelson joined the Marine Corps in October 2002 after graduating from Vassar High School. He was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 28, 2006 while serving in Iraq. The bill is now Public Act 83 of 2018.:
On 14 Dec 2017, WNEM TV5 reported the following about the bill:
“‘Marine Corporal Chris Esckelson and Army Specialist Five Michael May paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep out country safe and free,’ said Rep. Canfield, of Sebewaing. ‘As a veteran, I appreciate the service of these two men. Renaming this portion of highway for these heroes will mean a great deal to the community.’
In Vietnam on May 2 1969, a recon team from Detachment B-50 (Project Omega) was ambushed. During the engagement, May was killed, and his body was never recovered.
May played basketball, football and track at Vassar High School efore going on to Western Michigan University for two years. He entered the U.S. Army in 1967.”
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Special Forces Association Michigan Chapter 55 Mission Statement:
The mission of the Michael F. May Memorial Chapter is to unite all persons who are currently or have been assigned to the United States Army Special Forces. The chapter works to perpetuate the Special Forces traditions; to commemorate fittingly, the memory of Special Forces troops who have given or shall give their lives in defense of the Free World; to educate its members and the citizens of the United States in the development of Special Forces and to keep them aware of new developments in the field of Special Forces as is consistent with security regulations; to encourage a closer bond with other members of the chapter and friendly spirit of mutual cooperation; to advance and promote the general welfare and prosperity of chapter members and to improve by all lawful means their status and condition within their communities; to be a source of inspiration and esprit de corps for all Special Forces units.
- If you are an active duty or former SF soldier not familiar with our SFA chapter and your first contact with us is online, we would be pleased to hear from you.
- In brief, you should know the following about us: Chapter LV was established in 1991 and has provided outstanding service ever since. Our membership AO includes both the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan as well as former SF’ers in West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Pennsylvania, northern Ohio, Florida, Illinois, and the United Kingdom.