An American HeroThe Missouri River Bridge, just southwest of here, is dedicated to the memory of Captain Michael John MacKinnon, who gave his life in defense of his county. A native of Helena, MacKinnon graduated from West Point in 1997 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army. He also completed Ranger, Airborne, and Air Assault schools. The Army recognized MacKinnon's natural leadership abilities and he rapidly rose through the ranks to Captain and was slated for promotion to Major upon return from his deployment. At the time of 911, he was part of the Third Infantry Division stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He served with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the invasion of Iraq, in March 2003. During his second tour of duty in Iraq, on October 27, 2005, an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded next to Captain MacKinnon's Humvee while he led a convoy mission near Baghdad. At the time of his death, the captain commanded Company A of the 184th Infantry, a California National Guard unit.
|Placed By||Montana Department of Transportation; Bridges for the Fallen|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, October 29th, 2019 at 11:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||12T E 431634 N 5220093|
|Decimal Degrees||47.13080000, -111.90145000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 47° 7.848', W 111° 54.087'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||47° 7' 50.88" N, 111° 54' 5.2200000000002" W|
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