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Irishman ‘Michael Coyne’ who served in Vietnam War has died

Michael Coyne, an Irishman who served in the Vietnam war died on Sunday at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown following a short illness.

Born in Galway, Coyne emigrated to Chicago when he was 16 where he was drafted into the US army.

His time in the army was served as a back deck machine gunner on M48 tanks on the Ho Chi Minh trail.

Coyne was awarded five Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars for bravery, one of which was earned for saving a fellow soldier in a minefield.

He lived in Meath after returning to Ireland and featured in the 2005 RTÉ documentary ‘The Green Fields of Vietnam’.

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