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ARLIN WAYNE KOEHN


is honored on Panel 30W, Line 26 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • ARLIN WAYNE KOEHN, A TRUE HERO

    Posted on 5/24/14 - by Jody R. LeCrone
    When I was in Helena Elementary School, we made "Care Packages" to send to the troops in Vietnam. I did not know until the last few years, that Arlin had gotten mine..... we were at a family gathering when his mother Emily told me this story..... he had written a letter home asking her to thank me for sending the package.... his family was notified of his loss 2 days before that letter arrived..... I will forever wish I had gotten to greet him upon his safe return home, but it was not to be..... this young man came from a fine family, my son is married to one of Arlin's nieces..... thank you sir for the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for the freedom of others.... I look forward to meeting you again.......
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 2/21/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 Arlin Wayne Koehn, 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
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  • Remembrance

    Posted on 5/25/12 - by Todd Koehn todd.koehn@yahoo.com
    On March 3, 1969 my uncle's platoon was the first wave air lifted into an area at the base of hill 283 called Chop Vum.
    They were sent in to relieve pressure on Alpha company and the special forces camp at Tien Phuoc which was in danger of being over ran. Enemy fire was so intense the soldiers had to jump out of the choppers which hovered about six feet of the ground.

    They had to fight their way to a tree line from a 'hot' LZ that covered them waist deep in heavy mud. My uncle was in the lead squad of first platoon which was leading a column further into the undergrowth. When they came to a small opening the lead squad plus it's platoon leader and his radio operator were ambushed between enemy fire coming from two directions.

    Most of the men were killed instantly, my uncle was shot in the stomach and lung.The men had to hold him sitting up or his lungs would fill up with blood. They tried to get him dusted off the afternoon he was wounded but they could not fight their way to an opening. Arlin Wayne Koehn died at about 4:30 in the morning still waiting to be medivaced.

    In memory of Arlin Koehn and all the fallen Charlie Company Brothers!
    C CO., 1ST BN., 52ND INF., 198TH LIB
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  • Remembrance

    Posted on 5/25/12 - by Todd Koehn todd.koehn@yahoo.com
    On March 3, 1969 my uncle's platoon was the first wave air lifted into an area at the base of hill 283 called Chop Vum.
    They were sent in to relieve pressure on Alpha company and the special forces camp at Tien Phuoc which was in danger of being over ran. Enemy fire was so intense the soldiers had to jump out of the choppers which hovered about six feet of the ground.

    They had to fight their way to a tree line from a 'hot' LZ that covered them waist deep in heavy mud. My uncle was in the lead squad of first platoon which was leading a column further into the undergrowth. When they came to a small opening the lead squad plus it's platoon leader and his radio operator were ambushed between enemy fire coming from two directions.

    Most of the men were killed instantly, my uncle was shot in the stomach and lung.The men had to hold him sitting up or his lungs would fill up with blood. They tried to get him dusted off the afternoon he was wounded but they could not fight their way to an opening. Arlin Wayne Koehn died at about 4:30 in the morning still waiting to be medivaced.

    In memory of Arlin Koehn and all the fallen Charlie Company Brothers!
    C CO., 1ST BN., 52ND INF., 198TH LIB
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  • Remembrance

    Posted on 5/25/12 - by Todd Koehn
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