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Author PHM2 Gale Rorabaugh, 96, Navy, WWII Vet, Purple Heart Rec, of Copperas Cove, TX - Thu, 23 Jul 20

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Posted on 07/21/2020 23:32
PHM2 Gale Rorabaugh, 96, US Navy, WWII Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, of Copperas Cove, TX

The family of Pharmacist Mate Second Class Gale Rorabaugh has requested the presence and participation of the Patriot Guard Riders at the Procession of their Loved One.

When Gale heard the news about the attack on Pearl Harbor from his neighbor, Gale wanted to join the military to fight next day, but his father told him to graduate high school first. He obliged, then joined the Navy. He was present at D-Day in Normandy, and received several medals, including the Purple Heart, before he left the military in March of 1946. His entire obituary may be found here:

Date: Thu, 23 Jul 20

Staging Time: 1300 (ARRIVE QUIETLY)

Staging Location: First Baptist Church, 300 W Ave B, Copperas Cove, TX 76522 (

Briefing: 1310

KSU: 1325 +/- At the discretion of the Funeral Director.

WX: Sunny, with a high near 95. Heat index values as high as 100. Light south southeast wind becoming east southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning.


1. Be at staging ON TIME and TOPPED OFF.

2. Arrive quietly; the service will be starting at staging time.

3. Hydrate well prior, bring water for yourself and a buddy and dress with consideration of the weather conditions.

4. A mask or face covering will be mandatory, due to the mandate from the State of Texas.

Ride Captain: Charles "Hippie" Overfield; 254.410.2502;

Please join us in honoring this US Navy WWII Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient for his selfless service to our Great Nation.
Edited by Holls419 on 07/21/2020 23:33
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