JOHN W COATES
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HONORED ON PANEL 7E, LINE 44 OF THE WALL

JOHN WAYNE COATES

WALL NAME

JOHN W COATES

PANEL / LINE

7E/44

DATE OF BIRTH

03/20/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PR & MR UNKNOWN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/10/1966

HOME OF RECORD

HORSE CAVE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Hart County

STATE

KY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

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LEFT FOR JOHN WAYNE COATES
POSTED ON 4.19.2024

Ground Casualty

PVT John W. Coates served with the 134th Quartermaster Company, 20th Quartermaster Battalion, 58th Field Depot, Army Support Command Qui Nhon, 1st Logistical Command, U.S. Army Republic of Vietnam. During 1966, the port terminals at Qui Nhon in Binh Dinh Province, RVN, were busy transshipping supplies, material, and ammunition for Allied combat operations in Military Region II, particularly in the period leading up to Operation Paul Revere, a border screening, area-control operation to thwart a Viet Cong monsoon-season offensive in Darlac and Pleiku Provinces. On February 18th, Coates was at Phu Tai Base Camp, seven kilometers (4.3 miles) west of Qui Nhon Air Base in Binh Dinh Province, RVN, when he suffered a mental health crisis. He was restricted to his barracks and awaiting a visit from a Nurse Practitioner when he grabbed a M14 rifle and ran from the building and out the main gate. He then used the rifle to shoot himself in the left eye. Critically injured, Coates underwent a series of hospitalizations, eventually evacuated to Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C. Medical staff did their best at managing his injury; however, Coates developed meningitis and traumatic encephalopathy and he expired at 1:50 AM on May 10, 1966, the day Operation Paul Revere began. Coates was 19 years old. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and wikipedia.org]
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POSTED ON 4.17.2024

PVT John W. Coates’ death announcement

Taken from The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), May 12, 1966, courtesy of Marcia Lenz, Hart County Historical Society and Museum, Munfordville, KY.
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POSTED ON 3.19.2024
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

On the remembrance of your birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 3.20.2022
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

Private John Wayne Coates, Served with the 134th Quartermaster Company, 240th Quartermaster Battalion, 58th Field Depot, United States Army Support Command (Qui Nhon), 1st Logistical Command, United States Army Vietnam.
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POSTED ON 3.7.2022
POSTED BY: ANON

75

Never forgotten.

HOOAH
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