Kevin Mark CoyneLance Corporal
A CO, 1ST BN, 26TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
05 June 1947 - 07 June 1968
Silver Spring, Maryland
Panel 59W Line 021
The database page for Kevin Mark Coyne
"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
A memorial initiated by one who remembers.
I was Kevin's Platoon Leader when he was shot. I did not know he had died until after he had been medevaced.
George M. Douglas
A Note from The Virtual WallOn 07 June 1968 the 1st Bn, 26th Marines were conducting a sweep along the Bon Song River. Alpha 1/26 was providing a screening force along the river while Delta 1/26 was moving through the hills along the river. Charlie 1/26 was in echelon behind Delta, with the Command Group and H&S Company bringing up the rear.
As Delta 1/26 crested a ridgeline they took fire from a trenchline. The company established a base of fire, flanked the trenchline, and forced the NVA to withdraw - but they didn't withdraw far; a second set of fortifications lay only 50 yards behind the first. Charlie 1/26 sent help and Delta buckled down to assaulting the second trench line - and once again forced the NVA from their lines.
This action, though costly, was only a prelude. The NVA troops engaged by Delta 1/26 were a covering force for the NVA main body, which withdrew into the Alpha 1/26 position - and were engaged by the Alpha 1/26 Marines in a bloody fight. By the time the NVA escaped through the gap between Alpha's flank and the oncoming Delta Marines, 20 Marines and 2 sailors were dead:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 7 Jun 2002
Last updated 03/01/2008