Michael Lee Hazelton

After They Are Gone

When someone we love passes away,
We ache, but we go on;
Our dear departed would want us to heal,
After they are gone.

Grief is a normal way to mend
The anguish and pain in our hearts;
We need time to remember and time to mourn,
Before the recovery starts.

Let's draw together to recuperate,
As we go through this period of sorrow;
Let's help each other, with tender care
To find a brighter tomorrow.

By Joanna Fuchs

Guest Book

Michael L Hazelton

1947 - 1994

A man is not dead until he is forgotten. Go in peace and remember you are not forgotten while I am still on patrol.


Michael was a member of Marine Recruit Platoon 145 - The Arizona Platoon - that went through boot camp at MCRD San Diego in 1965. Served with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion in Viet Nam. Discharged at the rank of Sergeant on June 30, 1968.

My name is: Shawn R Hazelton 

Email: Shawnrobert032@gmail.com 
Subject: Michael Lee Hazelton
Message: My father is Michael Lee Hazelton, and he passed away when I was 12 all I can find out about him is he served in Vietnam with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. Does anyone remember him and can email me what they remember cause I would like to know more about my dad. Thank you.

Message from Michael's Son

I miss you dad and will always remember our fishing trips. Moms with you now so I know you're happy.


Recruit Platoon 145
This cemetery unites the deceased members of Marine Corps Recruit Platoon 145 - The Arizona Platoon - who commenced training at MCRD San Diego on 29 June 1965.

Rest well my brother. Semper Fi.

Left by Bill Norman on 17 Sep 2015

Honoring the Arizona Platoon
APRIL 14TH, 2016

Sedona Heritage Museum is in possession of many amazing photographs, yet it’s a new platoon photograph that shows what courage Northern Arizona brought to the Vietnam War.

On the night spanning June 15 and 16, 1966, a small U.S. Marine Corps reconnaissance platoon engaged People’s Army of Vietnam and Viet Cong fighters, inflicting large casualties over the course of 12 hours before withdrawing with only a few dead. 

This became known as the Battle of Hill 488 in the Hiệp Đức District of South Vietnam. It continues to draw comparisons to the Battle of the Alamo and the D-Day invasion.

Among the decorated Marines that took part in the battle was Bill Norman, one of three Sedona men to have enlisted as part of the Arizona Platoon in June 1965. Norman, Mike Shott and Paul Lemieux graduated from Flagstaff High School in the same year and went through boot camp together in San Diego before being assigned to their various posts. 


 Recruit Platoon 145


Left by D. & J. Altman on 30 Oct 2010

BIRTH 7 Oct 1947
Indiana, USA
DEATH 6 Sep 1994 (aged 46)
Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona
Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
PLOT 45, 0, 58

Michael Lee Hazelton 
1947 - 1994



Michael L Hazelton, 46

Michael Lee Hazelton Mother passed away in the some year as Michael.

RIP Ruth

RIP Michael

RIP Michael

A man is not dead until he is forgotten.

Go in peace Michael and remember you are not forgotten while I am still on patrol.

Hill 488