John Coleman joined the US Army in 1969. He served in infantry recon in Vietnam and earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. John joined the Rhodesian Army in 1976. He became a member of 3 Commando RLI. John was seriously wounded trying to rescue L/Cpl Pete Garnett KIA. John later became an instructor for the Rhodesian Army. After Rhodesia John became an editor for SOF magazine and studied at History University to become a teacher. John passed away from a fight with cancer in 4 March 2003.