It is with great sadness that I post this notice. Condolences to the family. Greg will be missed terribly. Source: (funeral home) http://www.hoffmanroth.com/http://www.hoffmanroth.com/
Gregory A. Coco
Gregory Ashton Coco, 62, of Gettysburg, died on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at home in the care of his loving family.
He was born on May 4, 1946 in Marksville, Louisiana, to Merlin J. and Lucy Parrish Coco. His father preceded him in death.
In his words, he was “the happy husband of Cindy L. Small for 26 years. He was the fortunate father of daughter, Keri E. Coco. He loved them both with all his heart.” Keri Coco is married to Cail MacLean.
Greg graduated from the Allen Academy in Bryan, Texas in 1964. He attended the Citadel in Charleston, SC. He graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, LA in 1972 with a degree in American History (1850-1870).
In his professional career, he worked as a Park Guide for the Department of Interior, National Park Service, Gettysburg National Military Park; and as a Seasonal Park Ranger in the Interpretation Division at GNMP where he is known for his development of the more extensive 2- to 3-hour battle walks across the battlefield. He also was an NPS Licensed Battlefield Guide for several years. He served in law enforcement as a State Trooper with the Louisiana State Police and as a Patrolman First Class with the Lafayette City Police in Lafayette, LA.
Greg authored 16 books and 12 scholarly articles on topics related to the American Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. He received national recognition for two of the above books, A Strange and Blighted Land. Gettysburg: The Aftermath of a Battle, was voted #12 in the Top 50 Civil War Books ever written, while another received an award from Eastern National Park and Monument Association.
He was an honorably discharged US Army Veteran of the Vietnam War. He served in the 25th Infantry Division as a prisoner of war military interrogator and infantry platoon radio operator. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Gregory is survived by his sister, Linda Stowe of Mansura, LA and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to: Civil War Preservation Trust, “Saving America’s Endangered Civil War Battlefields,” PO Box 17686, Baltimore, MD, 21297-1686.
A graveside service with family will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery
Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home & Crematory, 219 N. Hanover St., Carlisle is handling the arrangements.