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Date Posted: Thu, June 30 2011, 9:00:51
Author: Don Poss
Author Host/IP: cpe-24-24-239-102.socal.res.rr.com / 24.24.239.102
Subject: Re: War-Stories.com's Banned Authors List: Wayne Coe
In reply to: William Brooksby 's message, "War-Stories.com's Banned Authors List: Wayne Coe" on Thu, June 30 2011, 8:44:50

Bill,

In reference to Wayne Coe, who is listed on War-Stories.com’s Banned Authors List (http://www.war-stories.com/aspprotect/war-stories-banned-authors.asp), and also banned at VSPA.com:

No one is saying that Wayne Coe is not a personable and likeable person, nor that he is, was, or may have be a helicopter pilot. What has been alleged and strongly stated (with supporting evidence) by members of units Wayne Coe claims to have served with, is that he did not serve with those units nor perform ANY events he has claimed.

The pity is that Wayne Coe is a gifted writer who apparently draws upon the valor and courage or others to spin creative stories portraying himself as having performed courageously at those events. Wayne Coe’s stories are not merely an embellishment of actual deeds he has claimed to have performed or participated in, as aging veterans are prone to do, but in short: his claims are unsubstantiated by anyone who was a part of any event(s) he purports to have participated in – without exception.

Sadly, Wayne Coe has declined to reply, address, or dispute any of the several allegations concerning matters of honor or stolen valor, resulting from his claims that he merits honor and valor from claimed combat actions. For your information, the several persons making these allegations were unaware others had independently protested and denied Wayne Coe’s claimed combat exploits.

Over the years, I have received emails from loyal friends of Wayne Coe, all strongly supporting his claims, and none having personal knowledge or eye witness to any of his claims. It is likely those friends would consider their loyalty abused and misplaced if they discovered that loyalty was based on false claims, deceptions, and gross distortion of personal courage by Wayne Coe’s claims inserting himself in to the midst of brave men fighting for their lives. Consider that Wayne Coe is in the driver’s seat and permits others to continue speaking up on his behalf, but will not (cannot) do so himself. Wayne Coe could clear the air entirely if he chose to do so, if his claims are truth. For Wayne Coe to remain silent is to continue a deception at other’s expense, and flaunt a willingness to continue claims of stolen-valor while basking in the admiration of those who otherwise could withdraw their support of him.

What brought Wayne Coe’s claims to a head, for me, was his personal exchange of emails with a Vietnam Veteran, where he claimed to have been present when four USAF military police (Security Police) were killed in action while repelling a force of 1,400 Viet Cong and NVA, at Tan Son Nhut Airbase, South Vietnam, during TET 1968. Those four KIA airmen, and one other who survived, received Silver Stars for their valor. An airman who took part in defending the airbase was personally contacted by Wayne Coe whereas Wayne Coe restated his own combat role of having flown huey gunship air support at Tan Son Nhut. Later, upon learned through other parties that Wayne Coe did not fly any of the mission in support of O-51 Bunker at Tan Son Nhut, and not a member of the air units he claimed, that airman suffered severe depression and was distraught for several months.

No change on Wayne Coe’s status will be made at War-Stories.com or VSPA.com, Inc., unless he personally responds to the persons, and their statements, who are confirmed as members of the units Wayne Coe has claimed having served with. The offer to Waynce Coe to dispute allegations against him, remains open.

Don Poss,
Webmaster, War-Stories.com and Vietnam Security Police Association, Inc. (vspa.com)

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