Michael A. Corcoran served with the 101st Airborne, serving three tours of duty in the Vietnam War. During his last tour he was severely wounded and returned to the United States where he spent most of the next year in the hospital. For his service he was decorated with: three Purple Hearts; two bronze stars; a Silver Star; Army Commendation Medal; Combat Infantry Badge and the Ethan Allen Award.
Later, Michael worked at the Veterans Administration in White River Junction, Vermont, devoting himself to the welfare of Veterans. He retired 1984 as his health deteriorated due to his wounds. Michael worked tirelessly to have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder recognized as a disability.
Michael Corcoran was instrumental in planning the much delayed Homecoming for Vermont's Vietnam Veterans, and was instrumental in creating the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC. He died in 1994 due to complications attributable to his exposure to Agent Orange.