Michael J. Coale was drafted into the United States Army in 1966 from his hometown of Glen Rock, New Jersey. He received his Basic Training and Anti-Tank training at Ft. Carson in Colorado.
Michael served in Vietnam from 1967 through 1968 in Reconnaissance Platoons. He served with the 4th Battalion 9th Regiment and the 2nd Battalion 12th Regiment, both in the 25th Division. Michael achieved the rank of E4.
Michael retired as a Captain from the Newark Fire Department after a thirty year career in 2004. Today Michael lives in Lacey, New Jersey with his wife. They have two children and two grandchildren.
Michael is a member of the 25th Division Association.
Has been a volunteer since 1996 / 1997 and also volunteers at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.
He made a return trip to Vietnam in 2004.