William H. Coahran, Jr.

NAME
William Hadaway Coahran, Jr.
NICKNAME
MCSN
250573
HOME OF RECORD
816 South Gadsden Street, Talahassee, FL
raised in Bend, OR
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Inez H. Coahran
DATE OF BIRTH
June 6, 1914
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
October 21, 1941
First hitch 12/2/1935 – 12/2/1939
DATE OF LOSS
November 11, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
February 19, 1945
UNIT
VMF-112
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
At 0900 on 11 November 1942, a flight of five fighters piloted by Marines of VMF-112 took off from Henderson Field, Guadalcanal for their second combat patrol of the day. They were attempting to intercept an inbound flight of Japanese dive bombers when they were jumped by eight Zero fighters.Staff Sergeant William H. Coahran, Jr., piloting F4F-4 Bureau Number 03407, was shot down in the early moments of the fight. He parachuted from his ruined aircraft, but drifted behind enemy lines before touching down in the jungle. He was never seen or heard from again.

Coahran was promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant, and declared dead on 19 February 1945.

INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Air Medal, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Technical Sergeant
STATUS OF REMAINS
Missing In Action
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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