Albert Lewis “Corky” Koon

Albert Lewis “Corky” Koon

Birth
Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, USA
Death 15 May 1969 (aged 22)
Tây Ninh, Tây Ninh, Vietnam
Burial Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, USA
Memorial ID 23856477 · View Source
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Lt. "Corky" Koon Killed in Vietmam Last Week

Word was received yesterday that 1st Lt. Albert "Corky" Koon, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Koon, 329 Reber Avenue, was killed last Thursday in Vietnam. Details of his death were not fully known. He was a helicopter pilot.

A graduate of Lancaster High School in 1964, Koon just last week before his death, had been credited with killing 10 North Vietnamese soldiers with rocket fire from his helicopter. The story of his action was carried nation-wide by Associated Press.

It was believe Koon was killed in an air crash, but the complete details as to it being a combat or non-combat incident were not immediately known.

Koon had been flying for years, taking lessons in his early teens and soloing for the first time on his 16th birthday.

He was employed for several years at Slater Hardware on North Memorial Drive


Funeral Services For Lt. Koon, 22, Still Incomplete

Details are still incomplete, military spokesmen advise, but it is believed 1st Lt. Albert Lewis "Corky" Koon, 22, was piloting a Corba helicopter at the time of his death in action in Vietnam May 15, 1969.

Lt. Koon, son of Mr. and Mrs. James A Koon, 329 Reber Avenue, was a 1964 graduate of Lancaster High School, atteded Ohio State University for two years and had been employed at Modiglass Fibers Inc. in Bremen, Ohio prior to entering service.

During his high school years, he was employed at Slater Hardware in Lancaster, Ohio. He had been flying for years, taking lessons in his early teens and soloing on his 16th birthday.

Lt. Koon graduated from Officers Candidate School at Ft. Knox in September, 1967. He entered helicopter training at Rutgers and had further training on the Cobra (helicopter) gun ship. He went to Vietnam on November 23, 1968.

Koon was an Eagle Gazete carrier as a boy.

Just a week before his death, the Assocciated Press carried a story about his being credited with killing 10 North Vietnamese soldiers.


He was a 1st Lt. Helicopter Pilot Non-hostile, died of other causes, Reason: Air loss-Crashed on land. His name is on The Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C. Panel 24W- Row 017.

He graduated from Lancaster High School with The Class of 1964, Lancaster, Ohio and SCHOOL COLORS were PURPLE and GOLD.


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ALBERT LEWIS KOON OHIO 1ST LT TPP A I AIR CAL VIETNAM BSM AM 8 16 OLO JUL 24 1946 MAY 15 1969


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  • Added: 8 Jan 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 23856477
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Albert Lewis “Corky” Koon (24 Jul 1946–15 May 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 23856477, citing Forest Rose Cemetery, Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .