Remember CPT David William Coppernoll

CPT David William Coppernoll
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Place of Burial: Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA
Killed In Action: 08 JAN 1970 – Vietnam War
CPT Coppernoll was a Special Forces qualified Psychological Operations officer (MOS: 39305) assigned to detachment B-41, D Company, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). Before joining the U.S. Army, David graduated from the University of San Diego Men’s College, where he attended seminary.
David’s Special Forces team was co-located with MACV Team 85 in Moc Hoa, Kien Tuong Province. The Special Forces base was key in Mike Force operations and operations into Cambodia. The remains of the base airstrip are still visible and utilized as a village road.
On 08 Jan 1970, David was conducting a combat operation when the UH-1H helicopter tail #66-16871 he was aboard came under enemy fire, crashing into the Mekong River near the village of Mỹ Tân, Chợ Mới District of An Giang Province, South Vietnam. David and the other six servicemen on board the helicopter were killed.
Tragically, David’s combat tour was two days short of completion.
He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart (2nd Award) and Bronze Star medal.
His name is inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Panel 14W Line 11 in Washington, D.C.
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