DONALD B MCCOIG
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HONORED ON PANEL 47E, LINE 3 OF THE WALL

DONALD B MCCOIG

WALL NAME

DONALD B MCCOIG

PANEL / LINE

47E/3

DATE OF BIRTH

01/21/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

03/29/1968

HOME OF RECORD

VENTURA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Ventura County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD B MCCOIG
POSTED ON 8.1.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Donald McCoig, Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor Helicopter Pilot. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Time passes quickly, but our world needs help. 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 1.21.2019
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Warrant Officer Donald Bruce McCoig, Served with the 281st Assault Helicopter Company, 10th Aviation Battalion, 17th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 3.29.2017
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Service Cross

Donald B. McCoig
Date of birth: 21-Jan-46
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: California, Van Nuys
Home of record: Ventura California
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Warrant Officer One (WO-1) Donald B. McCoig (ASN: W-3155950), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with 281st Aviation Company, 10th Combat Aviation Battalion, 17th Combat Aviation Group. Warrant Officer McCoig distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 29 March 1968 as aircraft commander of an assault helicopter on a combat mission near Hue. After air strikes had pounded an enemy stronghold, he volunteered to fly Vietnamese ground forces into the area to conduct bomb assessment and search and destroy operations. During the second airlift into the landing zone, his ship received intense enemy automatic weapons fire which heavily damaged the craft and wounded the co-pilot and gunner. Displaying outstanding courage and airmanship, Mister McCoig continued into the battle area under heavy fire and landed his helicopter. He then led his men to cover and returned through the fusillade to recover the aircraft's weapons and equipment. Remaining calm, he skillfully treated the wounded until an evacuation ship arrived and carried them all to safety. Three more aircraft were shot down in the ensuing action, and Mister McCoig volunteered to return to the raging firefight to extract their crews. With complete disregard for his safety, he again flew into the area and landed amid a curtain of fire. Bullets tore into his craft, but he refused to take off until the members of one stranded crew had climbed aboard. As he became airborne, the enemy forces concentrated their full firepower on his ship, and he was killed by a hail of rounds tearing into the cockpit. Warrant Officer McCoig'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.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 2250 (May 14, 1968)

Action Date: 29-Mar-68

Service: Army

Rank: Warrant Officer 1

Company: 281st Aviation Company

Battalion: 10th Combat Aviation Battalion

Regiment: 17th Combat Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade
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POSTED ON 12.3.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO Donald B McCoig, 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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POSTED ON 9.6.2013
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Donald was cremated and his ashes scattered at sea.
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