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Ret. CSM Roger D. O'Cain

September 3, 1946 ~ August 23, 2021 (age 74)

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Retired CSM Roger Dale O’Cain, 74, a proud veteran of the United States Army passed away on Monday, August 23, 2021, after a brief illness.

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, Thompson Funeral Home Chapel, 1012 Whitman Street Orangeburg.  Rev. John O’Cain will be officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 5:00-6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Rd, with full military honors.

Roger was born on September 3, 1946, in Orangeburg, S.C.  He was the son of the late Peter D. O’Cain and the late Lila M. Champy O’Cain.  Roger joined the United States army in 1966 where he served several tours in the Vietnam War.  Roger was a highly decorated retired Command Sergeant Major who extended his service at the government’s request.  He was the recipient of numerous medals including the Army Service Ribbon, Gold Recruiter Badge with 3 Sapphire Stars, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 OLC.  Roger was also the youngest to receive the rank of Command Sergeant Major.  He was a graduate of Columbia College.  He was predeceased by his parents, son, Roger “R.D” O’Cain, Jr., brothers, Ret. CSM Tommie D. O’Cain and Cecil “Ray” O’Cain.

Survivors include his wife, Norris J. O’Cain; son, Chris O’Cain; grandchildren, Tripp O’Cain, Ashley O’Cain, Cami O’Cain; brothers, William “Billy” O’Cain, Frankie O’Cain; sister, Connie Whisenhunt (Andy) and a number of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Foundation c/o USO Department WS, PO Box 96860 Washington, D.C. 20090-6860.


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August 25, 2021

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Thompson Funeral Home, Inc.
1012 Whitman Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115

Funeral Service
August 25, 2021

6:00 PM
Whitman Street Orangeburg

Military Honors
August 26, 2021

11:00 AM
Fort Jackson National Cemetery
4170 Percival Road
Columbia, SC 29229

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