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Lance W. Coker

Tallassee, Alabama

December 15, 2004

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
30 Army Sgt 1st Class

3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Fort Bragg, North Carolina

 Died in a vehicle accident in Raeford, North Carolina.


PRESS RELEASE: Special Forces Soldier dies in N.C. vehicle accident

U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office 

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Dec. 16, 2004) An Army Special Forces Soldier based here died Dec. 15 in a vehicle accident in Raeford, N.C.

Sgt. 1st Class Lance W. Coker, 30, a Special Forces weapons sergeant assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) here, was killed after he lost control of his vehicle and collided with a tree.

Coker, a native of Tallassee, Ala., recently returned to Fort Bragg from a May 2004 deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He enlisted in the Army as an infantryman in March 1994. After completing One Station Unit Training and the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. Coker went on to complete Special Forces training and was assigned to 3rd SFG in 2001.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Expert Infantryman Badge, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Military Free Fall Badge, the Special Forces Tab and the Ranger Tab.

Coker is survived by his wife, Julie, and their two children. His parents, Harry and Gail Coker of Tallassee, also survive him.

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