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STEVEN LYNN COFFEY


is honored on Panel 7W, Line 18 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Ground Casualty

    Posted on 11/11/18 - by wkillian@smjuhsd.org
    SP4 Steven L. Coffey was a Combat Engineer serving with the 572nd Engineers, 19th Engineer Battalion. On August 28, 1970, SP4 Coffey was with a group of 8-10 other combat engineers at a Catholic orphanage in Gia Nghia, Quang Duc Province, RVN. The engineers were building a mortar pit for the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) troops who provided security at the orphanage. On the last evening at the site, Coffey and the other engineers were relaxing in a bunk house. Coffey had his M16 rifle and begun to clean it. The clip was removed from the weapon when it suddenly discharged. Apparently, Coffey had failed to remove a chambered round. The bullet struck him in the right temple, killing him instantly. The plastic-bodied rifle fell to the tile floor with a loud clatter. His fellow engineers rushed to his aid, but there was nothing they could do. A poncho was placed over his body, and the engineers passed a sleepless night in bunkhouse with Coffey. The next day, a medivac arrived to remove the body. It was carried to Cam Ranh Base where it was turned over to Graves Registration. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by Rodney Skinner (November 2018)]
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 12/23/17 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear Sp4 Steven Coffey,
    Thank you for your service as a Heavy Vehicle Driver. You are on the same panel as Mike Smith, say hi to him in heaven. 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.
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  • To the family of Steven Coffey

    Posted on 1/9/17 - by Rodney Skinner rodskinner35@icloud.com
    My name is Rodney Skinner. I served with Steven in Viet Nam and was there when he passed. He was a wonderful person and a brave soldier...He will always be remembered with love.

    If Yvonne Ziegler or James L Harding his brother and sister see this please get in touch with me. at rodskinner35@icloud.com
    I have a special picture album that belongs to Steven and we would like to get it to you.

    thank you,
    Rodney
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 3/7/14 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SP4 Steven Lynn Coffey, 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.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • El Cajon Valley High School Salutes You

    Posted on 6/11/13 - by Elizabeth Gutierrez and Ana Lopez dbogart@guhsd.net

    We would like to honor fallen soldier, Steven Lynn Coffey, for his service in the Vietnam War. He served as a heavy vehicle driver for the United States Army. Before enlisting in the Army on May 1st, 1969 at the age of 18, Steven L. Coffey attended Kofa High School. Steven Coffey is a native of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan before he moved to Yuma, Arizona in 1955 where he attended McGraw School and later Gila Vista Jr. High. Although he never got married, he had two siblings, Jimmy Harding and Yvonne Ziegler. His parents, Mrs. Trudy Underwood and Mr. Clinton Coffey of San Diego. Steven Lynn Coffey lost his life at the age of 19 on August 28th, 1970 in Quang Duc, Vietnam when he was accidentally shot by a fellow servicemen in the barracks. He is buried in Los Angeles National Cemetery. We would like to thank Steven L. Coffey for his bravery and service to this country. He will never be forgotten.


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