WALTER KOEPPE JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 30E, LINE 85 OF THE WALL

WALTER KOEPPE JR

WALL NAME

WALTER KOEPPE JR

PANEL / LINE

30E/85

DATE OF BIRTH

10/11/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

NIHN THUAN

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/25/1967

HOME OF RECORD

SAN JOSE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Santa Clara County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WALTER KOEPPE JR
POSTED ON 2.12.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam
And for a brief moment its glory
and beauty belong to our world
But then it flies again
And though we wish it could have stayed...
We feel lucky to have seen it.
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POSTED ON 1.24.2021

Misadventure (Friendly fire)

PFC Walter Koeppe Jr. and PVT Donald M. Krotzer were heavy equipment operators serving with A Company, 864th Engineer Battalion, 35th Engineer Group, 18th Engineer Brigade, U.S. Army, Republic of Vietnam Engineer Command. In the last quarter of 1967, the 864th Engineer Battalion was working on several major construction projects. During this period, A Company was relocated in November from Cam Ranh Bay to Nha Trang. However, some of the heavy equipment operators and maintenance personnel remained behind and were attached to Company D to help in the hauling of aggregate and asphalt in support of construction on Highway QL-1. On November 25, 1967, Koeppe and Krotzer died in a friendly-fire incident in Ninh Thuan Province, RVN. Reportedly, they were attempting to enter the platoon area when mistaken for a hostile force. The two engineers were fatally injured after being hit by metal fragments from a Claymore mine discharged in their direction. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Operational Report - Lessons Learned, Headquarters, 864th Engineer Battalion (Const), Period Ending 31 January 1968” at dtic.mil]
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POSTED ON 1.12.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Walter Koeppe, Thank you for your service as a Heavy Vehicle Driver. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Happy New Year in heaven. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.2.2018
POSTED BY: Julie L. Thompson

Neighborhood friend XO

Walt was a sweet guy...He would often come to our home (we lived on Vallejo/Lamore cross street)...to visit and chat with my Mom. I remember him. I was in 5th grade at Moreland elementary at the time. We were all devastated when the horrible news came, that Walt (SUN) had been killed...I was friends with his brothers Karl & Fred...Sun will never be forgotten. Peace to Walt and his family, Love always Julie Thompson
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POSTED ON 11.25.2016
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Thank You

Thank you PFC Koeppe for your courage in dangerous times, in a far and dangerous place.
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