Coates, Floyd Burnett


Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 11C – Indirect Fire Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 15-Aug-1949

Hometown: Culpeper, Virginia

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 14-May-1969

Start of tour: 11-Oct-1969

Incident date: 25-Mar-1970

Date of casualty: 25-Mar-1970

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Non-hostile, died of other causes. Other Accident. Other accident.
Floyd Burnett Coates was killed while at an artillery firing position when a mortar round exploded. / Gunner on a mortar team at fire support base, firing H&I mission.  Round exploded in mortar tube.

Three Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SP4 Walter Eugene Andrews Jr
SP4 Floyd Burnett Coates
SGT Joseph Wakefield Jr

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam, XT 098 768

Place of interment: Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia, USA

View this soldier‘s Find a Grave page (opens in a new window)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 12W 041 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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