David William Coon

Corporal, Army of the United States


From Fredonia, New York

22 May 1951 - 17 January 1971

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David William Coon is on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Panel 05W Line 052.

David, today would have been your 51st birthday. I wonder where you'd have been today, what you would have been doing. I have never forgotten you, but it has been all this time before I could acknowledge your death. Never does a day pass that I don't wish you'd have been shipped to my unit so I could have protected you. And a night never passes when I don't think of searching for you there, and arriving at your locale 2 weeks after your death. I'm so sorry we never got that last chance to talk. But I have to tell myself you are at peace, and that's what makes it bearable. Happy Birthday Dave, May 22, 2002 ... you'd have been 51. I miss you.

Paul Christopher
101st Airborne Div.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

In the early morning hours of 17 Jan 1971 the Recon Platoon, Echo 1/52 Infantry, conducted a raid on Tra Binh village 9 kilometers southwest of Binh Son. A booby trap was triggered as the troops approached the village, killing three men:

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Paul Christopher

The database page for David William Coon

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           Memorial first published on 23 May 2002
           Last updated 02/24/2008