Attended Grade School and High School in St. Paul. Attended University
of Oregon where he played football and majored in Pre-Law.
In 1942 he enlisted in the Army and served in the 82nd Airborne Division,
505th Regiment in Europe during World War II. On D-Day his division
parachuted behind enemy lines and captured the town of Ste-Mere
Eglise, halting the advance of the German army from the west, and
helping secure an Allied victory. Mr. Coleman was involved in every
major battle in the European Theatre. In the course of the war he made
over thirty jumps and was awarded the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, the
Soldier’s Medal and the Purple Heart for his battlefield achievements.
In 1946 he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain,
promoted to Major and returned to St. Paul. He worked as an engineer
for various mechanical engineering firms in the Portland area until his
retirement in 1992. He returned to Normandy for the 50th Anniversary
of the D-Day invasion in 1994 and again, in June 2004 for the 60th year
celebration. At that time he was presented with Medals of Gratitude
from the Government of France, Belgium and Holland.