JOHN M COLE
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HONORED ON PANEL 13E, LINE 11 OF THE WALL

JOHN MATTHEW COLE

WALL NAME

JOHN M COLE

PANEL / LINE

13E/11

DATE OF BIRTH

06/18/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

GIA DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/04/1966

HOME OF RECORD

PHILADELPHIA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Philadelphia County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

A2C

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LEFT FOR JOHN MATTHEW COLE
POSTED ON 11.20.2016

Ground Casualty

A2C Oliver J. Riddle, A2C John M. Cole, and A2C George M. Bevich Jr. were security policemen serving with the 377th Air Police Squadron at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Gia Dinh Province, RVN. On the night of December 4, 1966, the air base was attacked by an estimated force of 60 Viet Cong who attempted to infiltrate the base. Security dog handlers, including A2C Bevich, were alerted and led the defense against the base. A furious battle ensued between the infiltrators and 50 members of the 377th Air Police Squadron. By dawn the communists had dispersed, leaving 18 dead and four prisoners. Three policemen were killed in the battle including Riddle, Cole, and Bevich. Two security dogs were also killed and six handlers and two of their dogs were wounded. Seventeen of the dog handlers were later cited for bravery with A2C Bevich receiving the Silver Star posthumously. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and “Man’s Best Friend Has Special Meaning to Southeast Asia Bases.” Armed Forces News Service (AFNS), date unknown.]
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POSTED ON 6.9.2014
POSTED BY: A2C Mike Harling 377th

For John Cole

The days and nights go by but I remember that Dec. 4th night and I am proud to have served with you. Will see you again at the Wall on July 4th. You are always with us.
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POSTED ON 4.27.2014
POSTED BY: Frank Pilson

Welcome Home Brother

I was Security Cop in Nam with 12th APS, the same time John was in Nam.
I wented to 377th SPS gathering this weekend. I found out that he was KIA same time were both in Nam
It is my local connection to fellow Nam and Cop that was killed in Nam
Welcome Home
Frank Pilson
Phd in Life Nam U
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POSTED ON 11.6.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear A2C John Matthew Cole, 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 7.16.2009
POSTED BY: Thomas

I Remember

I still remember the day we met just two weeks before you were taken from us. I remember how you welcomed the new guys with your smile and kindness. I remember the fight that night and the exaustion.I remember the overwelming sadness as I looked across the isle to your empty bunk and prayed for you and your family. Your sacrafice gave my life purpose. Your smile has lived in my memory every day. Thank you my friend. You are remembered!
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