Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Marine Corps 1
Corporal 2
03 Mar 1943 2
08 Jan 1966 2

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Full Name:
Nathan John Cole, Jr 2
03 Mar 1943 2
Male 2
08 Jan 1966 2
Cause: Gun, Small Arms Fire 2
Age at Death: 22 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 08 Jan 1966 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Hometown: Youngstown, OH 2
Marital Status: Single 2

Vietnam War 1

Marine Corps 1
Corporal 2
3rd Bn 2
M Co 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
E4 2
Major Command:
3rd Mar Div 2
3rd Marines 2
Marine Corps 2
Rifleman (USMC) 2
Years Served:
2 2
Roman Catholic 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 58 2
Panel: 04E 2

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Him leaving for viet nam and supposed to come home but was killed by a sniper, crying at his funeral and the glass covering his casket, the gaurds at the end of the casket, one crying because he was his friend, listening to the taps and crying. Going to his house afterwards and seeing the cake that was supposed to be for his happy homecoming but turned to sadness instead.

Remembering Corky

Youngstown, Ohio

I wasn't but 8 years old when we lost him but I can remember everything about him and the loss of him like it was yesterday. He was so loved and still is today and sadly missed. I think that I am the only one who even thinks about him all the time and I know I am the only one who goes to the cemetary on a regular basis. I went last year and sat on the grass for over an hour and painted all his info in gold on his stone because it was all faded. I don't know why I feel such a bond with him, maybe because I adored him so much as a child. He was a very loving and giving person. I remember him going off to Viet Nam and hearing about things that went on over there from my aunt and uncle. I remember that his tour of duty was over and we were going to have a fun homecoming party. From what I have beem told and what I can remember a friend of his needed to go home on leave for an emergency and Corky agreed to stay for a short time to cover him, he was shot by a sniper sitting in a tree. I remember my mom getting the phone call that he was killed in action and having to try and get ahold of my brother Les whom was in the Navy at the time to come home. Going to the funeral was horrifying to me as a small child but I can remember walking up to the casket and he was so handsome in his dress blues, his hair was messed up and my mom tried to reach thru the glass to fix it and cryed when she couldn't. Watching the guards at the ends of his casket and the one having tears roll down his cheeks and not being able to move to wipe them off, he was one of Corky's friends and requested that he could be there. The cemetary was a sight and sound I will never forget, the cold, snowing and the wind blowing so hard the sides of the tent were blowing. The taps playing brought everyone to tears and to this day I get chills when I hear them and the 21 gun salute. It was over and he was gone in a flash. They had a small get together at my aunt and uncles house afterwards and it was supposed to be a happy and joyous homecoming instead of the death of a person whom was loved so much. I remember staring at a cake that was on the table with the words " Welcome Home Corky" that had beautiful red, white and blue flowers on it, a cake meant to celebrate the return of a soldier whom had made it home alive from a tour of duty in Viet nam but instead was a cake that was to be eaten in sadness, I don't think anybody had any cake that day. His picture is in glass in the lobby of the Youngstown Courthouse and I have taken my boys to see it. We have also been to Washington D.C a few times and traced his name on the Wall, it is such a sad place and everyone around it seems to have some kind of connection with someone on that Wall, but it is a beautiful memorial for those killed in that terrible war. We have a wall in the center of downtown Youngstown that has his name on it and I visit it often, I also visit the moving wall when ever it is in town. I wish that my husband and sons and grandson could have known him but at least we have the cemetary to visit and I tell them the stories I remember. I don't want him to ever be forgotten and as long as I am around he will not be, in fact I am going to the cemetary today to repaint his stone and to plant flowers, I know he was taken for a reason although it is hard to understand and I despise that damn war for that reason, I tell everyone it was a senseless and useless war. He is in heaven with alot of our relatives and I hope he looks down once in awhile and knows that I love him and miss him so very much. I will see you again one day Corky and give you a big hug. I love you !!!!

I just wanted to add something that I just sat and realized while reading what I had written, the joy of life, my grandson, his name is Jonathan, wierd, huh? ahis name was Nathan John and we have a Jon Nathan.

Thank you Cpl. for your service to this great nation....



Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
Solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same

The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
You made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces

Each one of you answered the call
Willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives


"War drew us from our homeland

In the sunlit springtime of our youth.

Those who did not come back alive remain

 in perpetual springtime -- forever young --

And a part of them is with us always."

--- Author Unknown ---


God Bless you Marine                  ike


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