Lieutenant Commander William F. Coakley, USN - Lenox, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 21.383 W 073° 17.058
18T E 641296 N 4690771
Quick Description: A bronze plaque dedicated to Lieutenant Commander William F. Coakley, US Navy, is located at the base of a flag pole in front of the Central Fire Station in at 14 Walker Street in Lenox, MA.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 4/15/2022 5:49:12 AM
Waymark Code: WM161Q7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
Views: 1

Long Description:
DEDICATED

SEPTEMBER 13, 1988

TO
LT. COMMANDER
WILLIAM F. COAKLEY

MISSING IN VIETNAM
SEPTEMBER 13, 1966

AWARDED D.F.C., N.C.M.,
4 AIR MEDALS, PURPLE HEART

BODY RECOVERED
BURIAL MAY 30, 1989

WITH GRATITUDE FROM THE
CITIZENS OF LENOX

"Lieutenant Commander Coakley, who joined the U.S. Navy from Massachusetts, served with Attack Squadron 153, Carrier Air Wing 15, embarked aboard the USS Constellation (CVA-64). On September 13, 1966, he piloted an A-4C Skyhawk (bureau number 147763) on an armed reconnaissance mission over Thanh Hoa Province, North Vietnam. During the mission, the Skyhawk was hit by an enemy surface-to-air missile and LCDR Coakley was killed. Hostile presence in the area inhibited search efforts during the war and his body was not recovered at the time. In 1988, the Vietnamese government repatriated remains which were later identified as those of LCDR Coakley." Link

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