Pvt Coates (pictured right) was born in 1916 in Massachusetts and was killed in action on Tuesday, June 6, 1944 during the airborne invasion of Normandy.|
Pvt Coates is the son of Edward F Coates [b.11/11/1877 in Mass and died May 1963] a stock fitter at a shoe factory and the son of Julia Coates [b. 1883 in Newfoundland, came to US in 1903 and died unknown].
The 1930 US Census for Lynn, Essex County, Mass shows Charles residing at # 68a Henry Ave with his parents and 3 sisters, Mabel L [b.1908] a dept store saleslady, Edith B [b.1910] and Ethel E [b.1914] and brother Edward F Jr [b.10/10/1910 and died Jan 1978] a machine operator in a box factory. Charles also has a brother George E [b. 1905] and a sister Alice M [b. 1907].
Pvt Coates enlisted in the Army on May 1, 1942 at Boston, Mass His enlistment records states Coates was 5’6’’ , 141lbs had completed 1 year of College and was married.
Pvt Coates was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Croix de Guerre Unit Citation [French], the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star and Arrowhead, World War II Victory Medal, WWII Honorable Service Lapel Button, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Presidential Distinguished Unit Emblem.
Pvt Coates is interred at the Normandy American Cemetery Colleville-sur-Mer, France at Plot ‘J’ Row “25’ Grave ‘32’.