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JAMES MICHAEL COYLE


is honored on Panel 1E, Line 62 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering Captain Coyle

    Posted on 5/27/18 - by Raymond Weaver (Private, Hq Co, 2/504 S&T, March, 1963
    First Lieutenant Coyle (promoted posthumously to captain), was Echo (or was it Delta) Company Commander when I arrived at Ft Bragg in March of 1963. I remember seeing him around, never had any dealings with him. Really BIG guy. I heard later that he had been sent to Vietnam where he was killed.

    YES, there are a few heros who live to tell about it. For every surviving hero - there are 50 others - who come home in the prone - or are never found - or known. They do what has to be done. Only GOD sees what they do. Only GOD knows what is in their heart in that moment of truth.
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  • CPT James M. Coyle - Birthday Remembrance (79th)

    Posted on 5/14/18 - by kr
    The “Friends of Rocky Versace” remember one of Rocky’s fellow alumni from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point - and a brother Airborne-Ranger - CPT James Michael Coyle, USMA Class of 1961, on what would’ve been his 79th birthday - 14 May 2018.
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 2/14/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Captain James Coyle,
    Thank you for your service as a Ranger Qualified Infantry Unit Commander, and graduating from West Point. Happy Valentine's Day. 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.
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  • CPT James M. Coyle - Birthday Remembrance (78th)

    Posted on 5/14/17 - by kr
    The “Friends of Rocky Versace” remember one of Rocky’s fellow alumni from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, CPT James Michael Coyle, on what would’ve been his 78th birthday - 14 May 2017.
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  • Final Mission of CPT James Michael Coyle

    Posted on 4/19/17 - by Mark Coonrad mcoonrad78@gmail.com
    On August 20th, 1964, CPT Byron Stone, 1LT James Coyle, 1LT William Ragin and SFC Tom Ward accompanied two under-strength ARVN Ranger companies and two regular ARVN infantry companies responding to a Viet Cong attack on an ARVN outpost and village near Phu Tuc in Kien Hoa Province, South Vietnam. As the ARVN force made its way along a major highway, the VC launched a vicious ambush characterized by constant bugle-and-bayonet charges into the ARVN positions. As the ARVN units collapsed around them, the four Americans stood their ground and attempted to rally their ARVN counterparts. 1LT Ragin was last seen firing his machine gun into the fourth and final VC assault. His body, shot in the cheek and neck, was found near a stream. SFC Ward was severely wounded and voluntarily proceeded to the location of the battalion advisor to support the defensive operation. He covered the ARVN Ranger withdrawal until succumbing to his wounds. His mortal wounds included gunshots to the upper and lower chest and bayonet stabs. CPT Stone remained in an exposed position defending friendly units and repelling the enemy, and held his position covering the withdrawal until he too was mortally wounded by a gunshot to the head. 1LT Coyle suffered a severe wound and sought cover in a ditch temporarily. He then ignored his own wound and climbed the bank and continued to unleash lethal fire on the oncoming VC troops. His body, with a lethal wound to his upper chest, was found next to CPT Stone’s.

    Outnumbered at least two to one, ARVN casualties from the approximately 360 soldiers in the field that day were reported to be 81 killed in action, 64 wounded in action and 61 missing in action. The bodies of the four American advisors were recovered by a small American tactical unit the following day and flown by helicopter back to Tan Son Nhut. After a memorial service on August 25th, these brave men made their final flight home and laid to rest.

    Captain Byron Stone, from Houston, Texas, was a Ranger Qualified Infantry Unit Commander assigned to BDQ (Biet Dong Quan) Advisory Team TD 41, Special Detachment 5891, Headquarters, MACV Advisors, MACV. A 1960 graduate of Texas A&M University, Stone had already completed one tour in Vietnam and had been awarded a Bronze Star for valor. He was 26 years old when he died and posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

    First Lieutenant James Coyle, an “Army Brat” born at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia, was a Ranger Qualified Infantry Unit Commander assigned to Special Detachment 5891, MACV Advisors, MACV. A 1961 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point , Coyle was married and the father of two children. His second child was born just eight days before his death on August 20, 1964. He was 25 years old when he died and was posthumously promoted to Captain and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

    First Lieutenant William Ragin, from Palatka, Florida was a Ranger Qualified Infantry Unit Commander assigned to BDQ (Biet Dong Quan) Advisory Team TD 41, Special Detachment 5891, Headquarters, MACV Advisors, MACV. A 1961 graduate of The Citadel in South Carolina, Ragin was married and the father of two daughters. He was 25 years old when he died and posthumously promoted to Captain and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

    Sergeant First Class Tom Ward from Cincinnati, Ohio was an Infantry Senior Sergeant (Instructor) assigned to 41st ARVN Ranger Battalion, Special Detachment 5891, Headquarters, MACV Advisors, MACV. A 38-year old married father of one son, Ward had over 15 years of service. He was 38 years old when he died and posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

    [Taken from coffeltdabase.org and Fournier, Richard (2014, August). Bloodiest 60 Minutes of Fighting In South Vietnam. VFW Magazine,. Retrieved from digitaledition.qwinc.com]
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The Wall of Faces

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