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John Lemoine Coon, SSgt., USAF (KIA)October 06, 1932 – May 23, 1968
John Lemoine Coon was born on October 6, 1932. According to our records New York was his home or enlistment state and Ontario County included within the archival record. We have Phelps listed as the city.
He had enlisted in the Air Force. Entered via Regular Military. Served during the Vietnam War. He began his tour on November 26, 1967. He had the rank of Staff Sergeant. Served with 7th Air Force, 56th Acw/sow, 21st Sos Helo.
Coon was reported missing and ultimately declared dead on May 23, 1968. Recorded circumstances attributed to: “Hostile Died While Missing, Air Loss Crash – Land, Helicopter – Crew”. Incident location: South Vietnam, Quang Tri province.
The Battle of Khe Sanh was conducted in northwestern Quaag Tri Province, South Vietnam with roots in 1967, and extending viciously throughout 1968. It was the longest, deadliest and most controversial battle of the Vietnam War.
During the battle, a massive aerial bombardment campaign (Operation Niagara) was launched by the United States. Over 100,000 tons of bombs. Five tons of bombs for every one of the 20,000 NVA soldiers in the fight. President Johnson was determined to hold Khe Sanh at all costs. The jungles surrounding Khe Sanh were burned and bombed barren and Khe Sanh became the major news headline coming out of Vietnam in late March 1968. The cost on American lives lost has been estimated to be around 1000 with NVA loses ten times that number.
★ Purple Heart
★ National Defense Service Medal
★ Vietnam Campaign Medal
★ Vietnam Service Medal
★ Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
★ Vietnam Gallantry Cross
★ Air Force Good Conduct Medal