In Memory

Duane Roger Cottingham

Duane Roger Cottingham



















The following profile for Duane is offered here with our gratitude to The Virtual Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial.


Duane Roger Cottingham
Lance Corporal


  Home of Record:  Pasco, WA

  Date of birth:   04/15/1946


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  Service:         United States Marine Corps

  Grade at loss:   E3

  Rank:            Lance Corporal

  ID No:           2277395

  MOS:             0311: RIFLEMAN

  Length Service:  02

  Unit:            D CO, 1ST BN, 26TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF



  Start Tour:      08/13/1967

  Incident Date:   06/13/1968

  Casualty Date:   06/13/1968

  Age at Loss:     22

  Location:        Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam

  Remains:         Body recovered

  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died of wounds

  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty

  Casualty Detail: Gun or small arms fire




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The following story appeared in the Tri-City Herald on June 18, 1968.

Pasco Marine Killed in Vietnam

A 22-year-old Pasco marine is the 17th Tri-City casualty in the Vietnam war.

Marine Lance Cpl. Duane Cottingham, 1908 Monroe St., was to have come home in September after a year in Vietnam and wed his sweetheart, Louise Solomon, Richland.

He last visited his parents about a year ago just before he was sent to Vietnam as a member of a rifle team.

Last night, Mr. And Mrs. Dewey Cottingham were told their son died June 13 of a gunshot wound while on a military operation at Quang Nam, South Vietnam.

Cottingham was assigned to the first battalion of the 26th Marine unit and was a squad leader for the unit rifle team.

He graduated from Pasco high School in 1964 and attended Columbia Basin College before joining the Marines two years ago.

The family said funeral arrangements will be made when the Marines contact them as to when the body will arrive.  Born April 15, 1946, in Nebraska City, Kansas, he came to Pasco with his parents in 1959.

Other survivors are a brother, Darrell, Hays, Kansas; and three sisters, Mrs. Robert James, Nebraska City, and Betty Farson, and Donna Meyers, both Tacoma.

 The following is from the "Vietnam War: U S Military Casualties 1956 - 1998" (Source:


Duane Roger Cottingham

Birth Date:

15 Apr 1946

Death Date:

13 Jun 1968






Caucasian (White)

Home City:


Home State:



No Religious Preference

Marital Status:

Single (Spouse Not Listed)

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Citizen Status:



Death Date:

13 Jun 1968

 The rubbing below was contributed by Duane's high school friend, Robert "Bobj" Berger.  It is a rubbing from the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  Submitted on Memorial weekend, 2010.

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03/04/12 08:36 PM #1    

Les (Lester) R. Morris (Left PHS In 62)

Semper Fi!

03/05/12 03:42 PM #2    

Helen Rogers (Pudwill)

I was in Washing DC last August and we visited the Vietnam Memorial.  I found Duane's name on the memorial.  The memorial is very breath taking.  He was a great guy.  Helen Pudwill (Rogers)

01/21/14 11:18 PM #3    

Douglas Scott Pointer

Duane is greatly missed. He was one of my best friends. I think of him almost everyday. 

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