In Memory

David Coughlan

David Coughlan



 
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05/08/13 10:17 AM #1    

Bill Byrd

Dave Coughlan was a good friend. He and I were part of a small group of guys who played cards most weekends at Jack and Ron Palladay's. We played intramural basketball, doubled dated taking dates to the Twin drive-in and swimming at Long Acre and Walnut Grove.

During high school three of our group shared a common work experience. Dave worked at Treuchet’s Pharmacy on Virginia Avenue while Dave Marx (Tuckers on Shelby) and I (Crescent on Prospect) also had drugstore jobs.

Dave, along with Bob Mohler, Danny Eaton, Jack Palladay and me, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force August 30th of 1964. He served in Vietnam with a radar unit and received the Air Force Commendation medal for service under enemy fire.

Tragically on November 10, 1967, just 16 days after returning from Vietnam, Dave died when his car was struck broadside by a drunk driver. He had turned 21 on Thursday and was killed at 12:03am on Friday just one day before he was to be married to Carol Bishop.

His life was way too short. I will think of him as we celebrate our reunion.

 


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