April 17, 1975 'Trae' Died On january 19, 2002 at 26 years of age when the
Marine CH-53e he was flying on crashed in a remote region 60 kilometers south of Bagram in
Northern Afghanistan. He was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361
(HMH-361), the "Flying Tigers" of Marine Aircraft Group 16, Combined
Task Force 58, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar,
was the son of Walter F. cohee, jr., and jeanne cohee of mardela springs,
In order to
memorialize 'trae' for eternally the then delmarva detachment # 115 applied to
the marine corps league national
headquarters to have the detachment renamed
walter f. 'trae' cohee iii
And on june 10, 2009 a special dedication ceremony was held at the moose
lodge in westover where state commandant jerry fay presented the detachment with
their new charter. also in attendance were the past state commandant jack severn,
the state chaplain guy hall, trae's parents mr. & mrs. walt
cohee as well as special dignitaries
and many detachment members, FRIENDS AND GUESTS.
Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion. This picture was presented to the Cohee family
Trae's Parents Walt & Jeannie Cohee
Member Dave Mills (above) alternated with Commandant Bouma reading a
tribute to 'Trae'.
Jerry Fay (left) Department Commandant presenting Charter to Detachment Commandant (right) Andy Bouma
Detachment Junior Past Commandant Jim Siegel speaking to the Cohee family and all in attendance. Jim is a retired Marine Colonel.
(L to R in Gold Covers) Department of MD officers Chaplain Guy Hall, Junior Past Commandant Jack Severn and Commandant Jerry Fay
Following the ceremony a light dinner was served along with the above cake which was provided by Ed and Fran Hearthway
'Trae' your mission on earth is complete and you are now a member of GODís Heavenly armed forces. Stand down brave Marine and take your rightful place in Heaven with all the HEROES who have passed before and know that you will never be forgotten
Sergeant Walter F. 'Trae' Cohee III
'Trae' Cohee was born and
raised in Mardela Springs, Md. He joined the Marine Corps shortly after
graduating high school.
Kris Cohee, Trae's 23-year-old
brother and a volunteer firefighter in Mardela Springs, said of his brother:
"He was there any time you asked."
Jeannie, his mother,
said Trae was not one to complain about serving his country. "He
said, 'Mom, I didn't join the Marines to sit still. I joined the Marines to
help,'" she recalled.
Ron Wainwright, a former teacher of Trae's at
Mardela High School, recalled the first time he saw Trae after he'd joined the
Marine Corps. "He was standing outside the principal's office in his dress
blues looking so proud," Wainwright said. "He was very popular and had
a lot of friends so it was hard for him to leave such a small town. But he
wanted to see the world. He wanted more."
Trae was assigned to Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361,
based at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Calif.
Our Detachment on March 11, 2009
voted unanimously to formally change the Detachment name from "Delmarva
Detachment" to the "SSgt. Walter F. 'Trae' Cohee III Detachment"
to honor the service, memory and ultimate sacrifice that "Trae" made
on January 19, 2002.
Semper Fidelis, Staff Sgt. Walter F.
'Trae' Cohee III.
The following are some of the
remarks that other Marines that knew and served with Trae had to say about him.
information on this very solemn occasion
A lot of hard and dedicated work goes into an event of
this nature and goes beyond just the detachment members. Included in the group
that contributed to putting this ceremony together were detachment family
members, local friends, friends of the League and friends members have made over
many a year that live afar plus others the members have never met.
Particularly noteworthy is that in mid May 2009, Marine
Ed Hearthway the Detachment Judge Advocate contacted a few old friends he had
met at Mount Saint Mary's University back in the 70's. These gentlemen work at
Sikorsky in Connecticut and Marine Hearthway was hoping they could offer some
ideas as to how to make the dedication ceremony special for Jeannie and Walt
Cohee. One of these men put Marine Hearthway in touch with Colonel Jim Garman
USMC (Ret). Colonel Garman simply
asked what he could do to assist our Marine Corps League Detachment.
It seems that the Colonel flew the Sikorsky CH 53E during his career in
the Marines, and is a member of the Marine Corps League in
All of these folks need to be thanked and congratulated
for all they did for this special occasion and their efforts and hard work were
sincerely appreciated by the Cohee family.
The SSgt Walter F 'Trae' Cohee lll Detachment, Marine Corps League, formerly the Delmarva Detachment, continues its mission as a veteranís service organization comprised of retired, active duty, veteran Marines, and FMF Corpsmen. The Detachment supports our servicemen and women wherever they maybe serving as well as the families of those deployed, all our veterans, our local youth and we volunteer wherever and in whatever way we can in our local community on the eastern shore.
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