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BLAST FROM THE PAST - Vietnam claims Norwalk teen

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:49 PM

JULY 16, 1968

The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date 39 years ago:

Norwalk Marine killed in Vietnam

A young Marine corporal from Norwalk died in Vietnam last week, 11 days before his 20th birthday, it has been learned.

Cpl. Ronald R. Coe, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Richard Coe, 219 Whittlesey Ave., was killed in action July 13. He would have turned 20 July 24.

His parents learned of his death at 1 a.m. Monday when a Marine officer came to their home.

A letter from Ronald also arrived at the Coe home Monday. It was written July 10. In it Ronald, who was stationed at Da Nang, told his parents that he was going out on an operation they should not expect to hear from him for about 12 days.

Cpl. Coe had been in Vietnam seven months. He was a 1966 graduate of Norwalk High School and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Norwalk.

13 county GIs die in Viet war

Nineteen-year-old Ronald R. Coe is the 13th resident of Huron County to lose his life in Vietnam.

He and eight of the others were Marines. The other four were in the Army.

Lemar Fredericks of Bellevue was the first Huron County resident to fall in the war. He was killed in February of 1966 and was in the Army.

Daniel C. Lykins of Willard, a Marine, was killed on Aug. 25, 1966.

Larry L. Libbee, also a Marine, was the first Norwalk resident to die in Vietnam action. He was killed Nov. 3, 1966.

Other Huron County residents who have been killed in Vietnam are:

Williar R. Dumas, Sherman Township; Marines, January 1967

Claude Howard, Fitchville; Marines, May 1967

Thomas Gobb, New London; Marines; August 1967

Krag B. Roydes, Norwalk; Army; November 1967

Forrest A. McKinney, Plymouth; Army; October 1967

Lawrence R. Walton, New London; Marines; January 1968

Lauren Joseph Heydinger, Norwalk; Army; February 1968

James Sprowl, rural Monroeville; Marines; March 1968

Thomas G. Idle, Bellevue; Marines; May 1968

Walter Sweets married 50 years

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sweet, 34 Moreley Drive, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday with a surprise gathering at their home.

The couple was married July 15, 1918.

The Sweets are parents of four children: a son, Carl, of 7 Clifton St.; a daughter, Marie (Mrs. Clarence Weisenberger) of 8 Woodward Drive; a son. Walter John, who died in infancy; and a daughter, Mildred, who died in 1958.

Teeners prime for tournament

Norwalk Teener All-Stars leave Friday night for the statewide All-Star tournament in Chillicothe. The tourney is a single elimination event.

With the likes of ace pitcher Mike Wasniniak, who also leads in the batting column (.769 average), Sonny Coles and Cecil Boyd, chances look good for advancing into the finals. Manager Ray Currier has high hopes for the team.

Other members of the squad include Jim Rutherford, Don Nardecchia, Ted Ickes, Carlyle Smith, Kevin Trares, Ronnie Ridge, Don Sweet, Duane Nutter, Mike Wilhelm, John Hemenway, John Kuhlman and Dave Sweet.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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