Coffin, Christopher, 1SG

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Last Rank
First Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Civil Affairs
Last Primary MOS
38A-Civil Affairs Specialist
Last MOS Group
Civil Affairs (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2000-2003, 38A, 352nd Civil Affairs Command
Service Years
1971 - 2003
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Iraqi Freedom

First Sergeant

Ten Service Stripes

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Kennebunk, Maine

Casualty Date
Jul 01, 2003
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Vehicle Loss, Crash
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

Civil Affairs And Psychological Operations

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
GWOT FallenFallen Warriors of The Army Reserve
  2003, GWOT Fallen [Verified]
  2012, Fallen Warriors of The Army Reserve [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Action 1st Award
Civil Affairs

 Unit Assignments
33rd Armored Regiment6th Battalion, 68th Armor404th Civil Affairs Battalion352nd Civil Affairs Command
  1972-1974, 11E10, 2nd Battalion, 33rd Armored Regiment
  1974-1981, 19K10, 6th Battalion, 68th Armor
  1990-2000, 38A, 404th Civil Affairs Battalion
  2000-2003, 38A, 352nd Civil Affairs Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1999-1999 Operation Noble Anvil (Allied Force)
  2003-2004 OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)/Camp Victory, Bagdad, Iraq
 Colleges Attended 
  1977-1981, Rider University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Died on July 1, 2003

Operation Iraqi Freedom

1st Sgt. Christopher D. Coffin was a company first sergeant assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 352nd Civil Affairs Command, an Army Reserve unit based in Riverdale Park, Md.

He was killed in Baghdad, Iraq on July 1, 2003. He was the first Army Reserve civil affairs Soldier killed in combat since the Vietnam War.

Coffin, a resident of Kennebunk, Maine, was born on July 8, 1951. In civilian life, he worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in New Hampshire.

Coffin graduated from Summerville High School in Summerville, N.J., in 1969 and joined the Army on June 29, 1971. He enlisted as an armor crewman and served with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 33rd Armor in Europe.

In August 1974, he joined the Army Reserve and was later assigned as a tank commander to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 6th Battalion, 68th Armor, Bethlehem, Pa. In 1981, he graduated from Rider College in New Jersey.

Prior to his promotion to first sergeant, Coffin served as a civil affairs detachment sergeant with the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Dix, N.J.

His awards include the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon and the Army Service Ribbon.

Coffin is survived by his wife, Betsy G. Coffin of Bethlehem, Pa., and his mother, Mary H. Coffin, of Summerville, N.J.


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