over as Ammo Driver as Ruben Martinez was being Discharged.
John Service the 8" Howitzer daily with 200 pound rounds.
After leaving Japan, John was sent home to St. Petersburg, Florida for a recovery
After recovery, John was sent to
Ft. Jackson, South Carolina
- there he stayed until
his ETS on
Jan 4, 1968.
August 1966, as John was ordered to take powder bags by Cpl Kemple and burn the
mess hall trash, which flashed backed on him. John was MEDEVAC'd out of Pleiku
unconscious to 66
John was transferred to the106 Hospital in Yokihama, Japan and was a patient there
for 1 year. Even in pain, with very bad burns, John always managed
a Smile - the
man with John was his medic. John was never returned to the 3/18 Artillery
Even though John got hurt in Vietnam, the 4/18 was activated
approximately 6 weeks for
Nuclear testing with Russia.
Three officers and one 1st
Sergeant took a Direct hit of
Nuclear after John Coudray left Germany. These men were
hospitalized for over a year - the Sergeant now lives in Catalina, Arizona.
Colonel Sims, the
historian, had been looking for several years for the 5th man. John's
Military Picture was turned in at Regimental HQ April 3, 07.
Kathleen make there home in St, Petersburg
Duty, Honor, Country, Family!
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