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Coffey family honored by Senate Resolution
On March 26, 2020, Kentucky State Senator David Givens of Greensburg presented a resolution in honor of the Coffey family, honoring Phillip Coffey for his poem, "Foot Soldier," and acknowledging the courageous service of Elroy Coffey during World War II.
A commemorative copy of the resolution is available for download here:
Video of the presentation is available on the KET website, at the 33 minute mark of Part 2 of the proceedings.
UNOFFICIAL transcript of 20 RS BR 1135:
A RESOLUTION honoring Phillip Coffey and his poem "Foot Soldier," and acknowledging the courageous service of Elroy Coffey during World War II.
WHEREAS, it is appropriate that this body, and all citizens of this great Commonwealth, take time to duly acknowledge the many sacrifices of the Greatest Generation and of the family members who were waiting for those brave soldiers when they returned home from the war; and
WHEREAS, Elroy Coffey, a native of the Keltner community in Adair County, is one such soldier, and on this day his many sacrifices during combat in World War II are rightfully commended, as are those of his cherished wife, Venie, and his four loving children, Roy, Margaret, Deborah, and Phillip; and
WHEREAS, in recognition of his father's service, Phillip Coffey wrote a poem entitled "Foot Soldier" to not only acknowledge his father but as a tribute to all infantrymen who are tasked with fighting on the front lines of battle; and
WHEREAS, Phillip Coffey's poem reads:
He seemed but a eunuch among the stately studsWHEREAS, Elroy Coffey was one of eleven children. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and served in the 9th Army, 102nd Infantry Division, and completed basic training at Camp Maxey near Paris, Texas. After his first combat action he would see continuous combat until V-E Day, and he and his division were responsible for the dangerous crossing of the Rohr River, the capturing of 86 towns between the Rohr and Rhine Rivers, and capturing more than 145,000 prisoners of war during combat; and
WHEREAS, Elroy Coffey returned to Adair County after the war and worked as a farmer, but the costs of the war were great; and
WHEREAS, Elroy Coffey passed from this life on June 30, 2001, and his legacy as a husband, father, and patriot of the first order will not be forgotten; and
WHEREAS, Elroy Coffey was just one of many infantrymen--foot soldiers--who suffered psychologically due to the horrors of war, and it is vital that the citizens of this Commonwealth pause on this day to reflect on the monumental courage exhibited by these brave men during the Allied victory of World War II, and also to commend the many sacrifices made by their families when their loves ones returned home;
NOW, THEREFORE, Be it resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
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