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is honored on Panel 21E, Line 26 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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    Posted on 12/19/17 - by Lucy Micik
    Dear Major William Coates,
    Thank you for your service as a Tactical Intelligence Staff Officer (G2, S2.) December is here, along with all the preparations. It is almost Christmas. 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.
  • Rest With The Warriors

    Posted on 1/15/17 - by Kenny D
    Thanks for your service sir
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/11/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear Major William G Coats, 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
  • Crash Information on U.S. Army helicopter OH-23G tail number 62-03793

    Posted on 11/17/12 - by

    The aircraft apparently crashed in a level attitude. It burned on impact. The incident was caused by a failure of the rotor control blade spar tube due to fatigue. Tragically, the accident claimed the lives of pilot WO1 James R. Simpson and observer MAJ William G. Coats. A passenger survived. [Taken from]

  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 11/13/11
    Rest in peace with the warriors.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

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