CW2 Calvin E. Coates was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 03/30/2016 at the age of 70.1
Evansville, IN
Flight Class 69-41
Date of Birth 03/04/1946
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 7 MARINE in 66-67, 2 SIG GP in 70-71
Call sign in Vietnam SATELLITE 25
This information was provided by Kyle Coates (son), Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Calvin Coates, of Evansville, left us on March 30, 2016 to join his fellow fallen brothers in arms from the 101st Airborne Division.

Born March 4, 1946 Calvin lived life at full volume. Upon graduating from high school, Calvin spent many years serving his country in the Marines and the Army. Calvin proudly served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot from 66 -71. His valiant efforts and brave spirit earned him numerous awards and upon completion of his service received an Honorable Discharge. Upon leaving the military, he graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as an engineer at Whirlpool until his retirement. He was a proud member of the NRA, Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's Association, John Purdue Club, and the WSSC.

Calvin leaves behind four sons Calvin Jr., Stephen, Kyle and Ben; six grandchildren; a younger brother, Chuck; and two former wives Nancy and Serena. There will be a memorial service in Cal's honor from 2:00 until 5:00 PM on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Pierre Funeral Home, 2601 W. Franklin Street, Evansville, IN 47712. Following services in Evansville, Calvin will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Vietnam Helicopter's Pilot's Association.

Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA.

Burial information: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

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