Coleman, Robert Joseph, CPL

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Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment/B Company
Service Years
1968 - 1969


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cambridge, MA
Last Address
Cambridge, MA

Casualty Date
Jun 30, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Cambridge Cemetery - Cambridge, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates
21W 036

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Infantry Shoulder Cord

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
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  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1968, 5th Battalion, 2nd Training Brigade (Fort Gordon, GA), D
  1968, 2nd Battalion, Training Brigade (Fort McClellan, AL), D
 Unit Assignments
23rd Infantry Division (Americal)11th Infantry Brigade (Light)1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment
  1969-1969, 11B10, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1969-1969, 11B10, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)/HHC
  1969-1969, 11B10, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment/B Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Casualty Occurrence: Hostile, Air Loss/Crash, Helicopter Non-Crew,Quang Ngai.

On the evening of June 30, 1969, after a day of patrolling an area four miles south of Mo Duc Air Field in Quang Ngai Province, RVN, B Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, moved into a night defensive position (NDP) where it planned to remain overnight. As the NDP was being organized, a hostile mine was detonated, killing one man and wounding five others. A medivac “dustoff” was requested, and as the UH-1H medivac helicopter was making the pick-up at 8:35 PM, its tail rotor struck PFC Robert J. Coleman, critically injuring him. Another urgent dust off was requested for Coleman. At 8:55, a second dustoff arrived on the scene. As the aircraft was hovering and personnel were carrying casualties to it, another mine was detonated, disabling the helicopter and causing it to crash. C Company now requested a third dustoff for a reported fifteen wounded and eight dead.

Two more medivac aircraft were required to remove the casualties, the first of the two completed at 9:25 PM. The lost Bravo Company personnel in this incident included Coleman and PFC James W. Jones, SSG Michael E. Fowler, PFC John D. Morrissey, SP4 Glen E. Poteet, PFC Ronald E. Robertson, SP4 Jerome E. Tucker, and PFC Larry J. White from the mines. Several of the deceased were posthumously promoted, including Coleman, Jones, Morrissey, Robertson, and White, each of whom had their rank upgraded to Corporal. [Taken from and]
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