Wednesday, June 20, 2007


The Mississippi Patriot Guard was invited to attend a funeral today in Jackson, just one block from my office.

Colonel Robert "Stacy" Coleman, 44, died Friday, June 15, 2007 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Tennessee while en route to the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA.

Colonel Coleman served as a Military Freefall Detachment Commander, Company Commander, and various staff positions to include: S-4 (logistics Officer); S3 (Operations Officer); and Battalion Executive Officer; with 2/20th SFG. From 1991 to 1995, he also served full-time as the Mississippi Army National Guard Operations Officer for Counterdrug Operations. He then served as the full-time Battalion Administrative Officer from May 1995 to August 2002. He was currently assigned to the 66th Troop Command as the Operations and Training Officer in September 2002. In May of 2004 he was assigned as the Battalion Commander of 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces and in September 2005 he was mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in the Global War on Terrorism. On 22 May 2007, he was assigned as the Deputy Commander of 66th Troop Command. He was promoted to the rank of Colonel on 24 May 2007.

Colonel Coleman is survived by his wife, Lieutenant Colonel Deborah Walley Coleman and two young sons.

My heart felt condolences to this family during this difficult time.


eric said...

Hello. I will say a prayer for the Colonel tonight before I go to bed.

I am the son of a military man, and possess a deep respect and admiration for the soldiers, and their mission.

I would consider it an honor and a privilege if you would add my blog "The Tygrrrr Express" to your list of linked sites if you feel the quality is high.

Happy June.


Claire said...

Oh Stacy, this is just heartbreaking. I will certainly be praying for his widow and their children. I am so glad that the PGRs were able to be there to show him respect and honor. I know that means a lot to the family.

Sean said...

I learned of Stacy's passing this morning. I was heart broken. I met Stacy when I was but a young cadet at Marion Military Institute, and was impressed by this man. Stacy was a friend, teacher and outstanding leader. The there is a void in this world today. I pray that his family, blood and guard. Brotherhood and Trust.


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