Coleman, John

327 Infantry Veterans
Project Name
Coleman, John
2nd Battalion,A Company

Vietnam 2nd battalion

John Coleman

A Company 1969 – 1970

Remembering my Brother John Coleman

John and I served together in A Company, No Slack from September 1969 until he DEROSED in January 1970.

My 1st Day with second platoon I was assigned to 2nd Squad’s Gun Team and promptly handed the 60. Coleman introduced me as this “Big Yankee” is Yankee Jim a name that has stuck with me ever since.

After Nam we reconnected in the late 70s and got to have some more adventures together.
Not long before he died John told me he never thought he would reach 65 he never did. He died doing one of the things he loved when he crashed in the plane he was flying.

Here’s a video of John playing guitar and signing a talent he did not tell me he had while we were in Nam. When I asked him why he didn’t share the info about his musical ability he said he didn’t want to end up in the Army’s Band. He came to Nam to be in the Infantry and that’s where he wanted to stay.

House Of The Rising Sun

So Johnny Reb 8 years have passed I want you to know I still miss you Brother.

No Slack!
Yankee Jim


John Edward Coleman Jr., age 64, of Laurel Hill, Fla. passed away Saturday, Aug. 23. He was born in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 14, 1949, he moved to the area in 1975.
Mr. Coleman owned and operated Coleman’s Aviaries since 1977; he was a veteran of U.S. Army, serviced in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne. He was an avid musician and singer, a member of the 327th Infantry Regimental Association, a pilot, an expert at salsa dance and he loved to travel.
John was preceded in death by two sons, John Jason Coleman, Jordan David Coleman; and his father, Edward Coleman.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Jo Tilley; one brother, Stephen Travis Coleman; one sister, Shirley Coleman Rayburn; two grandchildren, John Nathan Coleman and Starr Renee Coleman; one great-grandchild, Bentley McGuire; Aunt Bobbie Mickler; nephew and nieces, Erik Rayburn, Nicole Rayburn and Chelsie Coleman; four step-siblings and many cousins.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Aug. 30, at 3:30 p.m. from the chapel of Brackney Funeral Service with Mr. Mike Smith officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday at 3 p.m. at Brackney Funeral Service.

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