John D. Coffield

Date of Birth: 03/31/1931
Neighborhood: Nicetown
High School:
Street: N. 21st Street
Branch of Service: Army
Rank: PFC
Date of Casualty: 01/20/1966
Province of Casualty:
Philadelphia Memorial Panel: Panel 6
Panel Row: 10

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A Korean War veteran with 13 years in the Army, private first class Coffield told his mother, “If I die, 1 will have died for my country.” He had enlisted when he was 16 by misrepresenting his age. The 34-yearold •squad leader and rifleman was engaged to be married when he died in Vietnam on Jan. 20, 1966. He was survived by his mother and sister.

Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial