|Tech5 Martin D. Coffey |
Photo by F. H. Terry
Like many descendants of John Coffey, eldest child of Edward and Ann Powell Coffey, Martin's ancestry began with the birth of his great-grandfather, Jesse S. Coffey in Wilkes Co., NC in the year 1799. Jesse married Winifred Crumpton in that county in 1821 and eventually resettled in Pickens and Forsyth Co., GA.
|The John Gordon Coffey Family|
|Tech 5 US Army WW2|
|10th Armored Division Patch|
Also known as the Tiger Division
He is not known to have married.
WWII in Europe was over at the time of his death making it unlikely it was combat related. However, there were Nazi guerrilla cells that operated for a short time after the war and were responsible for a number of post war American deaths.
The Potsdam Conference, attended by Stalin, Truman and Churchill, also began on July 17th. Violence related to that by NAZI sympathizers could have sparked some unrest, resulting in the non-combat deaths of American soldiers.