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is honored on Panel 2E, Line 55 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 2/4/18 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear PFC Ollie Cotten,
    Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Your 72nd birthday just passed. Happy birthday. It is so important for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
  • I Love You

    Posted on 6/30/16 - by Brenna Rae Thompson
    Ollie Rau Cotten is my hero. He died in order to save our country, but he also crushed my Grandfather in the process. I am Ollie's Niece and I love him dearly. My mother was even sweet enough to give me his middle name, but with a different spelling; Rae. We have the American flag and his medals above our mantle. But not only do we honor him, but we love him to our hearts content. R.I.P Ollie Ray Cotten.
  • 50 Years Ago Today-August 18th, 1965

    Posted on 8/17/15 - by Don
    Tomorrow marks the 50th unfortunate anniversary of your being killed in Vietnam in Operation Starlight/Starlite. 52 are listed as being KIA in this Op. You were the second from Kent County Michigan to be KIA. The Village of Sand Lake, Michigan has about 500 residents today. Plan on stopping by this week and seeing how the Village is remembering your passing.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 12/20/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear PFC Ollie Ray Cotten, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Semper Fi

    Posted on 8/18/13 - by A Marine, USMC, Vietnam
    Semper Fi, Marine.
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