Coates, Harry Jay, Jr., Maj

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1441A-Forward Air Controller
Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 505th Tactical Control Group
Service Years
1954 - 1969

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Yankton, SD
Last Address
Da Nang AB, RVN

Casualty Date
Nov 04, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
16W 027

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 Unit Assignments
20th Tactical Air Support Squadron505th Tactical Control Group
  1969-1969, 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron
  1969-1969, 505th Tactical Control Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUniversity of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  1951-1952, United States Naval Academy
  1952-1954, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
 My Aircraft/Missiles
OV-10 Bronco  
  1969-1969, OV-10 Bronco
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 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Major Coates was trained as a pilot at Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring, Texas. After additional training, Coates served as a Flight Commander and instructing in jet trainers for an Air Refueling Squadron in Shreveport, Louisiana. In 1965, he served as an Air Attache with the American Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon.

He began his tour in Vietnam 28 September 1969 from Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. Major Coates, who had 16 years of service and served 36 days in combat, was a Helix Forward Air Controller assigned to the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron at Da Nang.

He was flying OV-10A (S/N 67-14676) with Captain Charles L. Karr while supporting the Americal Division. They were marking the position of a Viet Cong unit about 10 miles north of Quang Ngai when they failed to pull out of the dive and crashed close to the target.

Major Coates was interred in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 13 Site 16428.

He left a wife and a son and daughter.

Notes: An alumnus of the University of Minnesota, outstanding football player.
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