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 Robert L. Cochran Jr. Chapter 82


Chapter 82 was officially chartered on 11 July 1966 and named after a local combat veteran, PFC Robert L. Cochran Jr. or Rob as has family calls him, who honorably served and made the supreme sacrifice for his country. A research committee was formed and it was decided, with permission from Frances Cochran, Rob's mother, to name the chapter after him. He was killed in action in World War II on 6 July 1944 during the battle of Saipan in the Mariana Islands. Rob was one of 15 service members killed in action from Charlotte County and the only Marine. He received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon with numerous battle stars. A complete history of the Chapter and Robert L. Cochran Jr's life has been researched by Linda Rivers in 2006 acting as Chapter Historian. She has composed a 124 page book which is available for viewing at the Chapter. 


  On 18 Jan. 2006 Chapter 82 Commander Rivers learned of a major road, Toledo Blade, which needed partial renaming due to confusion cause by duplicate road names. The 22 veterans’ organizations in the County were contacted for assistance. Petitions were written and nearly a thousand citizens signed them in support. On 16 May the Commissioners unanimously voted in favor of renaming 2.1 miles to Cochran Blvd., and on 30 Oct. 2006 @ 1000 hours a military dedication was held with hundreds in attendance. State Commander John Haynes of Florida attended, along with hundreds of citizens and veterans to include Rob's brother Jim and other family members. This was a day which made everyone in Charlotte County proud and a day to remind us all to "NEVER FORGET." 


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