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DONALD HUSTON COLEMAN


is honored on Panel 39E, Line 18 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Staff Sgt. Donnie Coleman

    Posted on 1/29/14 - by Bill & Dori Coleman
    Our brave and loving baby brother, Bill and I miss you everyday. We remember your laughing, "piss and vinegar" smile, big heart, and those dancing feet! The world has not been as bright since that terrible day you were taken. How proud we are of you, you gave your life so your brother in arms could live. We know God has you in a very special place and we could not have asked you to do one thing different; that was exactly who you were! Thank you for your ultimate gift.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/19/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear SSGT Donald Huston Coleman, 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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  • We Remember

    Posted on 11/26/10 - by Robert Sage rsage@austin.rr.com
    Donald is buried at Oak Mound Cemetery,Healdsburg, CA. BSM PH
  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

    Posted on 4/6/10 - by CLAY MARSTON CMARSTON@INTERLOG.COM


    STAFF SERGEANT



    DONALD HUSTON COLEMAN





    who served with





    COMPANY A



    4th BATTALION ( MECHANIZED )



    23rd INFANTRY REGIMENT



    " WE SERVE "



    1st BRIGADE



    25th INFANTRY DIVISION



    " TROPIC LIGHTNING "





    was posthumously awarded the





    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS



    PURPLE HEART



    NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL



    VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL



    REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL











    THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL

    AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL











    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN



    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE







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    CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE



    DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS





    The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross ( Posthumously ) to Donald Huston Coleman, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 4th Battalion (Mechanized), 23d Infantry, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Staff Sergeant Coleman distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 13 February 1968 during combat operations near Tan Pha Trang. His platoon was part of a force given the mission to assault a well-entrenched Viet Cong regiment. As his element charged the bunker complex, it was subjected to a savage enemy rocket and automatic weapons barrage, and several of his men fell wounded in front of the Viet Cong positions. Sergeant Coleman quickly organized a rescue squad. With bullets striking all around him, he moved to the casualties, shielded them with his body and treated their injuries. His squad suppressed the hostile fire momentarily, and he directed that the wounded be evacuated. One of his team was hit when the insurgents resumed their devastating fusillade on the withdrawing troops. Firing his weapon at the enemy as he maneuvered, Sergeant Coleman completely disregarded his personal safety and moved back through withering fire to reach the fallen soldier. He was mortally wounded while gallantly and unselfishly attempting to rescue a comrade in the heat of battle. Staff Sergeant Coleman's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.







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    R E M E M B R A N C E






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  • Your life is not forgotten

    Posted on 2/13/06 - by Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67
    Donald, Although we never met,
    I just want you to know you are
    not forgotten. You gave the ultimate
    sacrifice, your life for what you believed
    in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you
    for protecting the freedoms we enjoy
    today.
    A true American Hero.
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The Wall of Faces

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