Dennis Cosca

[11 SEP 1932 - B1 - 20231 - 21 MAR 2017]

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Jim Ryan (soloist) - Capt Barry Drewes (conductor) - Other 55er's: Farrington - Sutton - Jerry Brown - Jim Johnson - Cosca [Glee Club @ NYC Center Theater - MAR 1955]



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B-1 Firsties - 4th Row: Chance - Sechrist - Bossert - Dinwiddie - Campbell - 3rd Row: Ordway - Cosca - Regnier (CO) - Walton 2nd Row: Finley - Sutton - Barras - McCloskey 1st Row: Pirkey - Craven - Follett - Young - Andrews - Hagedorn



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B-1 Cows



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B-1 Yearlings - 5th Row: Millar - Patterson - Walton 4th Row: Young - Andrews - Sechrist 3rd Row: Rhinehart - Cosca - Sutton - Ordway 2nd Row: Barras - Follett - Regnier - 1st Row: Chance - Vann - Craven - Bossert - Campbell - Pirkey - Hagedorn - Finley



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B-1 Plebes - 8th Row: Kasten - Young - Millar - Elliott - Cosca 7th Row: Dinwiddie - Follett 6th Row: Ordway - Pirkey - Craven 5th Row: Bossert - Espeland 4th Row: Campbell - Andrews - Finley 3rd Row: Berkstresser - Chance - 2nd Row: Regnier - McCloskey - Rhinehart 1st Row: Santoro - Walton - Hagedorn - Vann - Patterson - Sutton



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2015 AOG Online Register
(Updated JUL 2019)

Dennis J. Cosca Cullum No: 20231 Class of: 1955 Born: CA Appointment: Branch: AF Date of Death: March 21, 2017 (View Memorial Article) History: 20231 Dennis James Cosca B-CA: AF: Resd 59 1LT: DDS: D - Sacramento, CA 21Mar17 a-84: Ob-2018 TAPS

Register Glossary


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Dennis James Cosca

Dennis James Cosca was born on 11 September 1932 in San Jose, California and appointed to West Point by his Congressman from the 6th Congressional District of California. He entered West Point on 3 July 1951. He was in company B-1 and played basketball his 4th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st class years. He played soccer his 4th and 2nd second class years. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned in the Air Force.


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2nd New Cadet Company
(Summer 1951)

1st Detail Co Commander - Jim Walters, became D-1 CO
2nd Detail Co Commander - Dave Lyon, became I-2 CO

1st Detail Platoon Leader - Bob Korchek I-2
2nd Detail Platoon Leader - Drake Wilson I-2

1st Detail Squad Leader - ?
2nd Detail Squad Leader - Dick Baker D-1

2nd Platoon ?, 2nd Squad ?:

Dick Auer
Jim Bergen
Gene Boggs ?
Don Buchwald
Chick Chikalla
Dennis Cosca
John Daly (resigned during Beast Barracks)
Jack Doyle
Ted Gay
Tom Sims
Verne Staffen
Bill Welter
Mick York
Tom ? (from Rhode Island - resigned during Beast Barracks)


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Dennis James Cosca

Dennis Cosca passed peacefully at home on March 21, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Oakland, CA on September 11, 1932, Dennis lived an exceptional life full of adventure. He received an appointment to the Military Academy at West Point, where he received an engineering degree in 1955. That same year Dennis married his sweetheart and partner in adventure and life Shirley (Boersig) Cosca, and they remained faithfully devoted for 62 years.

Dennis began his career working for IBM, then in 1962, Dennis, Shirley, and 5 young children moved to San Francisco, where he attended dental school at UCSF. In addition to studying and being patriarch of a young family, Dennis was providing service to country as a pilot in the US Air Force Reserve flying a variety of aircraft. Four years later, Dennis returned to Sacramento where he established a thriving dental practice and embarked upon many adventures with his family and friends. Dennis had an innate interest in opportunities that came his way, finding joy in traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, backpacking, abalone diving, tennis, and golf, to name just a few.

Dennis had many dear friends with whom he shared a multitude of activities (and escapades).

Dennis is survived by his wife Shirley, five children Dave, Mike, Sandra, Cathy, and Chris; thirteen grandchildren Rachel, Scott, Matt, Stephanie, Nicolas, Eric, Brian, Gary, Jackie, Stacey, Allison, Jessica, and Jack; two great-grandchildren Michael and Charlotte; and brothers Richard and Frank.

He will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to cancer research. A celebration of Dennis' life will be held at Arden Hills Country Club Sunday April 2, 11am.

The Sacramento Bee
23 March 2017
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Dennis J. Cosca 1955

Cullum No. 20231-1955 - March 21, 2017
Died in Sacramento, CA
Cremated


Dennis James Cosca was born in Oakland, CA on September 11, 1932. His early childhood, filled with adventure, predetermined his future in the military. In early 1951 he sought admission to the United States Military Academy. He was successful and in early July 1951 made his way to West Point, where he joined the Class of 1955. On July 3, 1951 he and his newly acquired classmates were sworn in and his adventure began. The first stop was Beast Barracks, six weeks of indoctrination into West Point and its unique leader building program. Dennis survived this experience, and at the conclusion of the six-week period he was assigned to his permanent lettered company.

Cadet life agreed with Dennis. Academically he met all challenges and completed his four years in the top quarter of the class. Athletics also played a significant role during his four years at West Point, playing soccer all four years and basketball for two years. He also found time to sing in the Catholic Choir and participate in the Debate Council, while also joining the Fishing and Handball clubs. A popular member of his company, his companymates referred to him as 'Dennis the Menace of San Jose.'

Based on his high class standing (67/470), Dennis had the opportunity to select Air Force as his future branch of service. Shortly after graduation he married his sweetheart, Shirley Boersig, and together they began their life in the U.S. Air Force. Dennis' first Air Force assignment was to McAllen, TX, where he underwent pilot training and earned his wings. He then went to Laredo, TX, where he participated in additional training. His first flying assignment was with a unit at Mather Air Force Base in Sacramento, CA. Things did not work out as Dennis has hoped, and in 1959 he resigned his commission to begin work with IBM as a data processing representative. Three years later (1962) Dennis was recalled to active duty and flew with Mather's unit during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was during this tour that Dennis had time to talk with fellow pilots and associated medical personnel. As a consequence, in 1962, Dennis, who had been interested in a medical career, decided not to remain with IBM. He, Shirley, and five children moved to San Francisco, CA, where he attended dental school at the University of California, San Francisco. Dennis continued with his service to our country as a pilot in the Air Force Reserves. Four years later (1966), with degree in hand, Dennis, Shirley and children returned to Sacramento, established a thriving dental practice, and embarked on many adventures with his family and friends.

Dennis had an innate interest in opportunities that came his way, finding joy in traveling camping, fishing, hunting, backpacking, abalone diving, tennis, and golf (to name but a few).

In retrospect, Dennis had a wonderful family and many dear friends with whom he shared his multitude of activities and escapades. May he rest in peace.

TAPS Memorial Article


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