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Edward F. Corcoran

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Col. Edward F. Corcoran, Ph.D. U.S. Army (Ret.) COLUMBIA A Mass of Christian Burial for Col. Edward F. Corcoran, Ph.D., U.S. Army (Ret.), 87, will be held at noon on Friday, April 11, 2014, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. A reception will follow the service in the church Fellowship Hall. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, is assisting the family. Col. Corcoran died on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Born in Plains, Pa., he was a son of the late Francis Hugh and Vera F. Stamford Corcoran. Col. Corcoran enlisted as an aviation cadet in December 1943 and served in the Army Air Corps from 1944 to 1946 as an engineering student at Duquesne University, Pennsylvania Military College and B-29 Aircraft Engineering School at Amarillo, Texas, followed by service in France and Germany in the occupation force. Discharged in 1946, Col. Corcoran returned to the Army in 1949 and received a direct commission in the Corps of Engineers, thereafter transferring to Cavalry and subsequently serving as platoon leader and company commander in Armor and Cavalry units at Fort Knox (1949), Korea (1950) and Panama Canal Zone (1953-1956). From 1957 to 1959, he was the Assistant Secretary, United States Armor School. In 1959, he joined the 3rd Squadron, 14th Cavalry in Germany and was subsequently assigned as Secretary General Staff of V Corps. In 1962, he returned to the United States where he attended the Command and General Staff College, Graduate School at the University of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Foreign Service Institute through 1965. He was then assigned to Office of Deputy Chief of Staff, Military Operations, Department of the Army, in the Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, and later became executive officer of the Strategic Plans Directorate. In 1967, he was assigned to the office of the Army Chief of Staff as Assistant Secretary of the General Staff. In 1968, he arrived at Food Hood where he commanded the 2nd Battalion, 81st Armor (RED LIONS), 1st Armored Division. In 1969, Col. Corcoran served in the Republic of Vietnam as Secretary General Staff of U.S. Army, Vietnam and upon return in 1970; he entered the U.S. Army War College. Upon graduation from the Army War College in 1971, he was once again assigned to the Army Staff, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate, serving as assistant director. In July 1972, he returned to Fort Hood where he took command of the 1st (TIGER) Brigade, 2nd Armored Division. In August 1973, he was appointed Chief of Staff, 1st Calvary Division. In August 1974, Col. Corcoran was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Va., where he served as the director of Experimentation and Test Directorate until July 1977 when he was appointed Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson. He retired in July 1979 and was admitted as a doctoral candidate at the University of South Carolina, graduating in May 1986. Col. Corcoran's decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star (Valor), Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnamese Honor Medal 1st Class, The Republic of Korea Presidential Citation and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army Engineer School, the U.S. Army Armor School, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, had a baccalaureate degree from Louisiana State University, a master's degree in public administration and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, was a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and had a Ph.D. in international studies from the University of South Carolina. From 1986 to 1989, he served as a defense research consultant to the president of the University of S.C. and during this same period as a guest lecturer in the School of Government and International Studies. He was a member of The Military Officers Association, the American Legion, University of South Carolina Alumni Association, S.C. University Associates, the Summit Club and was a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. Col. Corcoran was a member of St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church. Col. Corcoran is survived by his beloved wife, Marie; three daughters, Nora Lee, wife of Mr. Frank Albert Floyd, III of Columbia, Mary Joan, wife of Mr. Albert J. Pianelli of Larksville, Pa., Anne Marie, wife of General Stanley Allen McChrystal of Washington, D.C.; three sons, Lt. Col. Michael Francis Corcoran (U.S. Army, Ret.) and wife, Dona, of Newport, R.I., and Beaufort, SC, Maj. Kevin Patrick Corcoran, (U.S. Army, Ret.) and wife, Kim, of Beaufort, S.C., Capt. John Terrence Corcoran (U.S. Army, Ret.) and wife, Frances (captain, USMC Reserve) of Franklin, Tenn. His grandchildren include Jan, Beth, Megan, Caitlin, Sam, Brennan, Sean, Andrew and Dylan; five great-grandchildren; Grafton, Finn, Campbell, Townes, Graydon; and a sister, Frances Gutosky of Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Published in The State on Apr. 10, 2014
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