America's Fallen Hero's

SSG Robert Angelo Coco II

Staff Sergeant Robert A. Coco II was born on 31 March 1968 in Youngstown, Ohio. He enlisted in the US Army on 26 May 1988 and provided his country with almost 10 years of exemplary service. After completeing infantryman training and airborne school, SSG Coco was graduated from ranger school as an honor graduate. He was then assigned to A company, 1/75th Ranger Battalion at Hunter Army Airfield. SSG Coco participated in Operation Just Cause. During this mission he served as the fire team leader for the anti tank section and led his team on a combat parachute jump into a hot DZ in Panama. SSG Coco was also deployed with A Company 1/75th Rangers to Operation Desert Storm and participated in the liberation of Kuwait. he reclassified as a Chaplain Assistant and was graduated from the US Army Chaplain Center and school. SSG Coco served as a chaplain assistant in headquarters company, headquarters command, Hunter Army Airfield until his death on 11 December 1998.

SSG Coco's military education included the Primary Leadership Development Course,Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course (Commandant's List), Basic Fire Direction Center Procedures Course, Jungle Warfare Training Course, Sniper Course, Airborne School, Ranger Indoctrination Program, Ranger School (Honor Graduate), and Chaplain Assistant Advanced Individual Training.

SSG Coco's awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, the Master Parachutist Badge with Bronze Star, the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal with Bronze Star, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Jordanian Parachutist Badge, the Belgium Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge, and the Joint Meritorius Unit Award with Oak Leaf Cluster.

SSG Coco is survived by his wife, Helen, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Coco, his sister, Jennifer Coco, his brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Coco, his grandmother, Mary DeAngelis, and his grandfather, Charles Coco.