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|116k||DeWitt Coffman was born at Mount Jackson, Va., 28 November 1854, and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1876. He served in Terror during the Spanish-American War and received the Distinguished Service Medal as Commander, Battleship Force 2, Atlantic Fleet, during World I. Rear Admiral Coffman retired 28 November 1918, and was advanced to Vice Admiral on the retired list 21 June 1930. He died at Jamestown, R.I., 27 June 1932.
USS Coffman (DE 191) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-7532) (Incoming Commandant Capt. William R. Rush (1857-1940) (left) poses with his predecessor Capt. DeWitt Coffman (1854-1932) (center) in front of the Commandant's Offices (Building 39) of the Boston Navy Yard on 6 November 1914. Rush would serve as Commandant of the yard and the First Naval District throughout World War I. The officer at right is Capt. Raymond D. Hasbrouck, the Captain of the Yard (or executive officer of the yard).
|Stephen P. Carlson
Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP
Charlestown (Boston) Navy Yard
|154k||undated wartime image||John Klar|
|269k||Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A view of the Inactive Ship Basin at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Looking south from the Langley Ave. side, we see Whitehall (PC-856) and another unidentified PC alongside the the Intrepid Ave. quay. Further to the right, at the Constitution Ave. quay we see Oswald (DE 767), Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), Coffman, Rizzi (DE 537), and Edward H. Allen (DE 531).||Jim Cunliffe|
|287k||Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A closer view from the corner of Intrepid Ave. and S. 16th St. Again we see Oswald (DE 767), Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), and Coffman. In this view we also see an unidentified decommissioned AGSS and Raymond (DE 341).|
|Coffman's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 27 Dec. 1943 - 31 Mar. 1944||Cmdr. William H. Putnam, 59403 USNR (comm.)|
|2.) 30 Jun. 1944 - 22 Jan. 1945||Cmdr. Walter deForest Day, 71811 USNR|
|3.) 22 Jan. 1945 - 28 Nov. 1945||Lcdr. Joseph Clement Crocker, 79992 USNR|
|4.) 28 Nov. 1945 - 15 Jan. 1946||Lt.(jg) William Alford Roper, 267567 USNR|
|5.) 15 Jan. 1946 - 30 Apr. 1946||Lt.(jg) Robert Louis Robins, 341091 USNR (decomm)|
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