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Letter: Wm. Coy Turner will always be hero to 'us Turners'

Wm. Coy Turner lost life volunteering to go on mission in Vietnam
Click on headline for complete letter and photo. In response to Would like to see photo of William Coy Turner Vietnam hero

To ColumbiaMagazine.com:

I am sending a photo of Coy taken just before he departed for Vietnam in a separate e=mail. However, I attempted to send info about the picture,but not sure you received it. The photo contains the following people from left to right: James Turner, Margaret Turner-Feese, Wm. Coy Turner, and myself. It was taken as he was leaving for Vietnam.


The story, as told to us, was that Coy was killed while on a retrieval mission. Coy volunteered for the mission to keep another soldier who was a short-timer and married from having to go. I have never confirmed or attempted to confirm the details. I just know he lost his life defending the Country that has been so good to me and my family and is a HERO to "us Turners."

I wish to say THANK YOU to the individual that sent in the picture of the Veteran''s Wall in DC. It touched my heart.

The picture I sent on a separate note, hangs on the fall in my office, reminding me of the high price we pay each day for FREEDOM and ensuring Coy will never be forgotten.

We place a flag on his grave each year. He rests in the Turner Cemetary on "Harvey's Ridge"" between my Dad and his father, Elmer Turner.

Again, thanks for the picture.

s/L.V. Turner


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William Coy Turner: Adair County war hero



2009-08-13 - Chance, KY - Photo from L.V. Turner photo collection.
This is a photo taken before William Coy Turner left for Vietnam. From left are James Turner, Margaret Turner-Feese, Wm. Coy Turner, and L.V. Turner. It's a copy of a photo which hangs in L.V. Turner's office, a reminder, he says, that the fallen Adair Countian will always be "a hero to us Turners." William Coy Turner is buried in the Turner Cemetery on Harvey Ridge, between his father and grandfather.

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