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We regret to report the passing
of our post founder and commander LTC Gil Coerper. Gil passed away on the evening of
February 25, 2017 at 2245 hours. Gil will be sorely missed by all.
Gil served as a police officer with the Huntington Beach Police Department
that spanned 39 years of dedicated
service. Post-retirement, Gil served our community as a city council
member and as Mayor. Gil Coerper is remembered by colleagues as a
hard-working, gracious and civically minded man with a particular passion
for helping young adults pursue careers in the military.
“He loved working with kids,” Louann Coerper said. “He could help them
develop into being adults.” According to former City Council colleague
Dave Sullivan, Coerper was particularly devoted to the Post 558 Infantry
Explorers, which he organized as Orange County’s first such program. The
Post helped youth explore careers in the military. Through the program, a
number of youths got into West Point and other academies. As a former
lieutenant colonel in the California State Military Reserve and Korean War
Navy veteran, Coerper was the go-to source for young adults looking to get
into the military academies and other armed services. Coerper was West
Point’s admissions coordinator for Los Angeles and Orange Counties and on
the military academy appointments committee for two local congressmen. He
was honored with the Exploring Division's Award of Merit and Silver Beaver
Louann Coerper said more than 300 kids went through the Post, becoming not
only military officers and academy graduates, but doctors, police and
LTC Coerper, Rest in peace, though you will never die.
You will live on forever in the hearts of your cadets
and through your post's continued mission.