Elmer Eugene Cotney
Specialist Four
D CO, 16TH ARMOR, 173RD ABN BDE, USARV
Army of the United States
Lineville, Alabama
June 17, 1946 to September 30, 1966
ELMER E COTNEY is on the Wall at Panel 11E, Line 30

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14 Nov 2000

My cousin Elmer Eugene Cotney lived a short life. It ended in South Vietnam in 1966. Lest we forget, I wanted to put up a page for the memory of Eugene. I can remember the last time I saw him at Coleman Baptist Church on Route Two, Lineville, Alabama. The church was only a couple of hundred yards from Eugene's home. Eugene was the son of Elmer Cotney and Louise Lamberth Cotney. I remember Eugene entering the Army and having served in Germany, I think he came home on leave before going to a place called South Vietnam. At that time we didn't know much about the place, but we were to learn more in the years to come. As I write this on April 28, 2000, the 25th anniversary of the fall of Vietnam approaches. We must always remember those who served and the sacrifices made.

Walter D. Denney
waltd@claycom.com

Please visit my complete memorial


 

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The 173rd Airborne Brigade lost two men killed in action on 30 Sep 1966:
  • SGT Thomas L. Westpoint, Charleston, SC, B Co, 2nd Bn, 503rd Infantry, and
  • SP4 Elmer E. Cotney, Lineville, AL, D Co, 16th Armor
While The Virtual Wall cannot say with assurance that they were killed in the same action, the circumstances of their deaths suggests they were.

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