Eugene Elmer Cotney

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
17 June 1946 - 30 September 1966
Lineville, Alabama
Panel 11E Line 030


Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign


The database page for Eugene Elmer Cotney

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

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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.

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a cousin,
Walter D. Denney
14 Nov 2000

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Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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