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GARY REID CLODFELTER

  • Wall Name:GARY R CLODFELTER
  • Date of Birth:12/25/1948
  • Date of Casualty:5/14/1969
  • Home of Record:THOMASVILLE
  • County of Record:DAVIDSON COUNTY
  • State:NC
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:SP4
  • Panel/Line:24W, 11
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TIN

RAYMOND CRITES

RAYMOND
CRITES
  • Wall Name:RAYMOND CRITES
  • Date of Birth:7/10/1948
  • Date of Casualty:5/14/1969
  • Home of Record:CHICAGO
  • County of Record:COOK COUNTY
  • State:IL
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PVT
  • Panel/Line:24W, 3
  • Casualty Province:QUANG TIN

FREDDIE LEE COFFMAN


is honored on Panel 24W, Line 3 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Photo

    Posted on 1/21/02
    Photo from:
    "Vietnam: One Week's Dead"
    LIFE Magazine
    Vol. 66, No. 25
    June 27, 1969
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  • 1/46th Inf, 198th/196th Bde. Americal "The Professionals"

    Posted on 2/15/01 - by Veterans, 1st Bn. 46th Inf. 198/196 Bdes. Americal
    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop that steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-laden bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    Freddie Lee Coffman was a member of Echo Company, Recon Platoon, First Battalion, 46th Infantry, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. He is honored here by the veterans of 1/46th.

    "The Professionals," of 1/46 came in-country via the USS Upshur on October 4, 1967 as part of the 198th Light Infantry Brigade. The 198th became part of the Americal Division. After one month of orientation at Duc Pho, the battalion was deployed north of Chu Lai and patrolled from Hill 54, Hill 69, LZ Young and LZ Baldy in Quang Tin Province. In March of 1969, the battalion moved to LZ Professional, in the mountains southwest of Tien Phuoc, Quang Tin Province, to relieve a battered 1/52 Infantry of the 198th. In July of 1969, 1/46, which had been operating under operational control of the 196th LIB of the Americal, became a permanent member of that brigade. The battalion operated from LZ Professional until August of 1970. In February of 1970, the battalion established a temporary firebase at LZ Mary Ann, at a remote mountain site near Hau Duc, Quang Tin Province. The battalion returned to Mary Ann in the summer of 1970 and operated from there and LZ Young, which was between Tien Phuoc and Tam Ky, during 1970 and 1971. The battalion left Mary Ann in April of 1971 when the Americal Division was deactivated and the 196th Brigade reverted to its status as an independent brigade and deployed at Danang, to provide security for the port. In June, 1972, 1/46 left Vietnam. Of the names on this wall, 233 of them, close to half the battalion's actual field strength at any given time in Vietnam, were members of 1/46, or died while deployed with us.
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  • May 14, 1969

    Posted on 5/19/00 - by Alan Johnson milklaw@ttc-cmc.net
    Freddie Coffman was a member of Recon Platoon, Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division who was killed May 14, 1969 in a battle west of LZ Professional in southern Quang Tin Province. Alpha and our Echo Recon Platoon were pinned down and Charlie Company called back to help them break out. Alpha lost half its field strength in this battle. Freddie was among 12 bodies from all three elements that had to be abandoned because of the relentless enemy fire. We recovered them eight days later on May 22, 1969. It was learned that the major portion of the 2nd NVA Division had moved into our AO and laid siege to our firebase, LZ Professional. On May 15, 1969, with the rest of the 196th Brigade heavily engaged in the Hiep Duc Valley, and the provincial capital of Tam Ky threatened, 1/501 and 1/502 of the 101st Airborne Division (then airmobile) were flown down to our AO from Phu Bai. They brought with them an airmobile capability and helicopter fire support such as we'd never seen in the Americal, and stayed for three months, suffering heavy casualties themselves, before the enemy offensive was defeated.

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