Portraits of American Veterans Project
By Jeanine Hill-Soldner


Ken Coats
by Jeanine Hill-Soldner

Kenneth Coats
United States Army, Master Sgt. E-8
1966– 1994
Vietnam, 35th Engineer Battalion, 1966-68

Ken enlisted in the Army 6 months after his father James retired from the Army. He trained as a 12B Combat Engineer, Demolition Mine warfare/Specialist. His tour of duty in Vietnam took him to QuyNion, Bong Song, Duc Pho, An Lao Valley where his duties included mine sweeping and Landing Zone construction. After returning home in 1968 he trained at Army Engineer School, Ft. Balvour, Virginia and was an instructor for Engineer Officer Candidate School: Officer’s Candidate’s Special Forces Reserve Off. Training for West Point: Instructor for Combat Eng. Readiness for National Guard and Army Reserve Units. His duty stations included US, Europe, NATO Arctic Circle and Greenland.

Grandfather: Rev. Frank Coats Sr., US Army, WW I
Father: James M. Coats, US Army Air Corps, WW II
Son: Kevin M. Coats, US Army Reserve 1990-94
Home: Island Lake, IL

*Kenneth James Coats, born October 22, 1947 in Chicago, passed away Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago.*

Medium: Oil on canvas
Size: 30" x 40"
Price: Not For Sale