LTC Michael Francis Corcoran died on 28 February 2023 at Lexington Hospital in Columbia,
SC. He was born April 14th 1956 at Fort Clayton in the United States Army Canal Zone in The
Republic of Panama. He was the son of the late Colonel Edward Francis and Marie Corcoran. A
Celebration of Life and Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.
Dunbar Funeral Home is assisting the family
Michael graduated from The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina in 1978 (Charlie Co.).
He was a Photographer on the Yearbook staff, served as a member of the Religious Counsel, and
was a Distinguished Military Graduate (ARMY). Michael was commissioned a 2 nd Lieutenant in
the Artillery Corp of the United States Army, after completing Airborne Training at Ft Benning
GA, he served for over twenty years retiring in 2000 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Michael
served in a variety of assignments that took him around the world including assignments in
Germany, Saudi Arabia and Bosnia.
In Germany Michael’s assignments included positions as a Battery Commander, Operations
Officer and Executive Officer. In 1990 Michael deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation
Desert Storm serving as a Forward Observer for which he was awarded the Bronze Star and Air
Medal. In 1999 Michael deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Joint Endeavor and served
with the NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) charged with enforcing the cease-fire, and
separating the former warring factions.
LTC Corcoran’s awards and decorations include; the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal,
Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, AirMedal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Clusters,
Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Overseas Medal, Armed
Forces Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal (Yugoslavia) and Kuwait Liberation Medal.
He is a graduate of the US Army Artillery School and the Air Force Command and General Staff
College. He received a Baccalaureate Degree in Mathematics from the Citadel, Military College
of South Carolina and Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from Troy State
Following his military service Michael enjoyed a career at a Certified Financial Planner with both
First Command Financial Services and New York Life where he provided financial services and
estate planning advice to members of the military community.
Michael was also the President and Founding Partner of AquOx Water Purification Systems, a
local company that provides state of the art water purification systems for both residential and
He was a member of the Military Officers Association, the Order of Saint Barbara, the Citadel
Alumni Association and was a member of St John Neumann Roman Catholic Church.
LTC Corcoran is survived by his beloved wife, Dona, sisters; Nora, Mary Joan, and Annie, and
brothers; Kevin and John (Class of 83’, Mike Co).