Donald J. Coffey

NAME
Donald James Coffey
NICKNAME
Don
SERVICE NUMBER
353706
UNIT
Company A
1st Raider Battalion
(Edson’s Raiders)
HOME OF RECORD
730 Westmoreland Avenue, Lansing, MI
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Juanita Coffey
DATE OF BIRTH
August 27, 1919
ENTERED SERVICE
January 7, 1942
DATE OF LOSS
September 14, 1942
REGION
Solomon Islands
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
Killed In Action
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS

PFC Donald J. Coffey served with Company A, 1st Raider Battalion, during the campaign for Guadalcanal and the battle of Edson’s Ridge.

On 13 September 1942, Captain John Antonelli’s led a combat patrol to investigate Raider positions that had been overrun 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 Coffey was covering the retreat when he was shot down; “dead before he hit the jungle floor,” in the words of a fellow Raider. He was the only casualty of the patrol.

Don 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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