Freddie Lee Coffman

Private First Class
Army of the United States
13 April 1949 - 14 May 1969
Hardy, West Virginia
Panel 24W Line 003

Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Freddie L Coffman

The database page for Freddie Lee Coffman

Memorial Day 2003

I was only 9 years old when Freddie was first listed as Missing in Action. I have vivid memories of that day, May 14 1969, when the taxi pulled up to our front door, and the Chaplain came to the door. And then the next 6 days, our local minister, friends and family, all at our house. Then the notice Freddie was Killed in Action. I am now 42, but think of Freddie often, and wonder how it would have been with a "big brother" still in my life. My brother is my Hero.

Doug Coffman

25 Dec 2006

I miss your smile, Freddie, and I remember all times we talked about home and our girlfriends, etc.

From a friend and team member,
SSgt John B. Gonzalez (Ret)

24 Feb 2007

I'm very sorry that I couldn't help you on that day. Rest in peace, Johnny.

From a friend and point man the day he was killed,
SSgt John B. Gonzalez
1307 Echo Lake Road, Tobyhanna, Pa. 18466

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In early May 1969, major elements of the North Vietnamese Army's 2nd Division moved into the area west of the 46th Infantry's home base at Landing Zone Professional in southern Quang Tin Province. On 14 May, elements of the 1st Battalion, 46th Infantry, were engaged in heavy battle by 2nd NVA Division troops about 7 kilometers south-southeast of Tien Phuoc. At day's end, fourteen men had been killed in action. Most of them could not be recovered until 22 May, when the NVA troops had been forced from the area of the battle.
  • A Company:
    • SP4 Tyree Cardwell, Philadelphia, PA
    • CPL William R. Hale, Russellville, AR
    • CPL Robert F. Laubacher, Minerva, OH
    • SP4 Donald W. Priest, Leesburg, OH
    • CPL Daniel E. Rosen, Breese, IL

  • C Company:
    • SP4 Joe E. Bragg, Lawrenceburg, KY
    • SP4 Gary R. Clodfelter, Thomasville, NC
    • SP4 Phillip Hernandez, Guadalupe, CA
    • SP4 Merlin J. Laber, Sykeston, ND
    • SP4 Steven G. Pettis, Fair Haven, VT
    • PFC Winston O. Smith, Madisonville, TN

  • E Company:
    • SP4 Giles W. Gilmer, Lebanon, VA
    • SP4 Michael D. Melton, Fort Worth, TX
    • PFC Freddie L. Coffman, Hardy, WV
PFC Coffman's photo is from "Vietnam: One Week's Dead", LIFE Magazine, Vol. 66, No. 25, June 27, 1969.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his brother,
Doug Coffman

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 27 May 2003
Last updated 07/31/2007