yearbook photo

Hackensack High School
Yearbook Photo



In February 2004, Clifford H. Coyman sent me (Bob Meli) this general information on his
older brother, Milburn W. Coyman.

          Millburn W. Coyman, the older brother of Ernest Coyman Class of 1939 and Clifford H. Coyman Class of 1944, graduated from Hackensack High School in 1938.  We do not know as of this present time (May 22, 2011) what Millburn did from 1938 until he entered the Army in May of 1943. 
Millburn W. Coyman while fighting on the Island of Guam in the Pacific Theater was killed in action on July 26, 1944.  During the battle for Guam from July 21, 1944 until August 8, 1944,
1,747 Americans were killed while 6,053 were wounded. 

On May 28, 2011, I (Bob Meli) received a letter from Harry Lenzing, a 1952 Hackensack High School graduate, said Millburn Coyman’s name was missing from the 1946 Hackensack High School Dedication page. I checked this out and found that he is missing from the Hackensack High School 1946 Dedication page and Millburn Coyman’s name is also not on the Plaque at City Hall in Hackensack.  Millburn Coyman is listed with a star on our website list having been killed on the island of Guam in the Pacific Theater during World War II and he served with the 77th Infantry Division known as the
‘Statue of Liberty Division’ according to Harry LenzingHarry Lenzing said that Millburn Coyman lived on Dock Street in Hackensack at the time.  

Millburn Coyman received the Purple Heart for his Sacrifice.  

Let us never forget the soldiers sacrifice.  

Written by:
Bob Meli

 May 22, 2011



Click here to view Millburn W. Coyman grave marker at Punch Bowl Cemetery in Hawaii.


Background image of Heavy Combat Fighting in Guam during World War II obtained from: