Donald J. Coffey

NAME
Donald James Coffey
NICKNAME
Don
MCSN
353706
HOME OF RECORD
730 Westmoreland Avenue, Lansing, MI
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Juanita Coffey
DATE OF BIRTH
1919
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
January 7, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
September 14, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Bloody Ridge
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed in Action
UNIT
A/1st Raider Battalion
DUTY
Sniper
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS

On 13 September 1942, Captain John Antonelli’s Company A, 1st Raider Battalion made a combat patrol to the positions occupied by their comrades in Company C the night before. They found the area occupied by a large force of Japanese troops and, after a brief firefight, disengaged and withdrew back to Bloody Ridge.

PFC Donald J. Coffey, a Raider sharpshooter, was covering the retreat when he was shot several times in the back; “he was dead before he hit the jungle floor,” said a fellow Raider. He was the only casualty of the patrol.

Private Coffey’s body, if it was later recovered, was never identified. He was reported dead as of 14 September 1942.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not recovered.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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