PAUL J KOSANKE
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HONORED ON PANEL 11W, LINE 68 OF THE WALL

PAUL JON KOSANKE

WALL NAME

PAUL J KOSANKE

PANEL / LINE

11W/68

DATE OF BIRTH

07/06/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/29/1970

HOME OF RECORD

ELDORA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hardin County

STATE

IA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR PAUL JON KOSANKE
POSTED ON 9.11.2023
POSTED BY: Bill Cowan

I miss you my brother

I was there that terrible night and all these years later the survival guilt eats me alive. I think about you and Willie everyday of my life n I am now 74 and the pain doesn't go away. Rest In Peace Brother
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POSTED ON 6.8.2023

Ground Casualty

Fire Support Base (FSB) Barbara was a forward firebase located in the forested foothills of the Annamite Mountains 17 miles south of Quang Tri City in Quang Tri Province, RVN. In the spring of 1970, A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 94th Artillery operated two M107 175mm self-propelled guns at Barbara. Mechanical problems were a constant problem with the guns of A Battery, and in early May, Gun #4 was scheduled to go to Camp Evans for a service overhaul. On April 29th, a week before its planned maintenance, the gun was called on to provide an early-morning fire support mission. The first two rounds were fired without incident. When the third round was fired, the gun backfired, blowing the 1750 lb. breechblock door off its hinges. The open chamber released its burning propellant gases igniting the gun’s oil and fuel reservoirs. Gunner SP4 Paul J. Kosanke was fatally burned when engulfed in a ball of flames. His body was pulled clear of the inferno by two brave cannoneers. Another gun crewman, SP4 Willie Austin Jr., was standing behind the breech door when it exploded. The flying mass of steel severed his legs below the hip and threw his torso 60 feet in the air. He was barely alive when found by a medic. Unable to stem the blood loss, Austin expired shortly after. Later that day, the battalion surgeon flew to the firebase to inventory the personal effects of both men for shipment home. Each received the Bronze Star medal for merit and a Purple Heart. Kosanke was posthumously promoted to Sergeant. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and information provided by William N. Cooper (May 2023)]
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POSTED ON 2.25.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

War drew us from our homeland
In the sunlit springtime of our youth.
Those who did not come back alive remain
in perpetual springtime -- forever young --
And a part of them is with us always.
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POSTED ON 12.24.2022
POSTED BY: Helen Gareiss Barnes

Same hometown

I came across your name a realized you were from the same town. Rip and thank you.
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POSTED ON 12.1.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SGT Paul Jon Kosanke, 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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