Coles, Alexander, Jr., HN

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
HN-8404-Medical Field Service Technician/FMF Combat Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Primary Unit
1966-1967, HM-8404, 1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/1)
Service Years
1965 - 1967

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Salem, NJ
Last Address
Salem, NJ

Casualty Date
Jan 23, 1967
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Evergreen Cemetery - Salem, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14E 069

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 Duty Stations
1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/1)
  1966-1967, HM-8404, 1st Marine Regiment/1st Bn (1/1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (66-67)/Operation County Fair 1-29
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
Name of Award Silver Star
Year Awarded 1967
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Hospitalman Alexander Coles, Jr. (NSN: 8404067), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force while serving as a Corpsman with Company D, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action on 23 January 1967, in the Republic of Vietnam. When the second platoon of Company D was brought under a withering barrage of enemy small arms fire, and sustained several casualties, Petty Officer Coles quickly moved from his position in the rear squad to the front where the casualties were located. Unhesitatingly, he rushed into the open rice paddy, completely oblivious of the intense fire he was drawing, and treated the first wounded man he spotted, who was lying in a completely exposed position. After treating the casualty, Petty Officer Coles pinpointed another seriously wounded Marine, and began to crawl, still further into the exposed position to give aid to the fallen comrade. In a valiant attempt to reach the wounded man, Petty Officer Coles was fatally wounded when struck by enemy gunfire. By his courageous actions, complete disregard for his own safety, and selfless devotion to duty, he upheld the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: 23-Jan-67
Service: Navy
Rank: Hospitalman
Company: Corpsman (Attached), Company D
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 1st Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division
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