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Gregory Ashton Coco

  • Birth 4 May 1946 Marksville, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Death 11 Feb 2009 Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Plot Section: A. Lot: 325. Grave: 06.
  • Memorial ID 33844921

Civil War Historian and Author. A loving husband, father and devoted friend.
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, S.C. 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 Parks and Monuments Association.

He was an honorably discharged U.S. 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 Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

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. (From Gettysburg Times)

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