William Francis CoyneLance Corporal
C CO, 1ST SHORE PARTY BN, 1ST MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
10 December 1946 - 11 January 1967
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The database page for William Francis Coyne
He died with two of his buddies from Massillon, Oh. They all
grew up together all living within a block of each other.
They died in a helicopter crash in the South China Sea.
His two buddies were Timothy Berry and Richey Fuchs.
They were typical of Happy Days show and American Graffitti.
The MissionFrom the HMM-363 Squadron Chronology 11 Jan 1967:
Two HMM-363 H-34 aircraft were proceeding to Quang Ngai Airfield to stand night medevac. Lead aircraft YZ-74 had to make a passenger pickup at the Admin Pad before continuing to Quang Ngai. Lead radioed his wingman in YZ-76 to orbit over the beach at Chu Lai while lead made the pickup. While lead was on the ground a radio transmission was received from YZ-76 stating that the aircraft was mechanically defective and that the pilot was returning to Ky Ha to get another aircraft. Lead rogered the transmission, but thirty seconds later YZ-76 radioed that he had lost his engine and was ditching in the water off Chu Lai.The ten men who died in this incident were
A memorial from his brother,|
18 Oct 2001
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)