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USS Cofer (DE 208 / APD 62)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - I - Y
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 6 stars - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row: WWII Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia Clasp - Philippine Liberation Medal w/ 2 stars

Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Cofer (DE 208) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 May 1943: Keel laid by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • 06 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. M. J. Cofer, mother of Seaman First Class Cofer
  • 19 January 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr A. P. Chester in command
  • 05 July 1944: Reclassified APD62, converted at New York
  • 28 June1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.4 years of service
  • 01 April 1966: Struck from the NVR
  • 05 March 1968: Sold, scrapped
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    By And/Or Copyright
    Cofer 73k undated wartime image (Photo: © Ken Herrin 1945) Nick Tiberio
    Cofer 481k undated wartime image Ed Zajkowski
    Cofer 186k undated wartime image of Cofer's first wardroom (Photo donated to the Slater Museum by Alvin Chester, Cofer's first CO) Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendant
    USS Slater (DE 766) Memorial

    View the USS Cofer (DE 208 / APD 62) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.
    Cofer's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 19 Jan. 1944 - 18 Dec. 1944Lcdr. Alvin Paul Chester  (comm.)
    2.) 18 Dec. 1944 - 16 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Herbert Calvin McClees, USNR
    3.) 16 Dec. 1945 - 28 Jun. 1946Lt. James Raymond Morrow (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Jim Snellen (Cofer Historian)
    Address: 1544 Mayfield Rd. / Jacksonville FL 32259

    2009 Reunion for the Battle of Ormoc Bay Association
    10 - 14 September 2009
    Crown Plaza Hotel at Alexandria, Va.
    Contact: Irwin J. Kappes
    Address: 522 North Shore / Tinton Falls NJ 07753
    Phone: (732) 922-6438
    E-mail: Irwin Kappes
    Contact: William M. Dallam (Sec'y/Treas., Ormoc Bay Assoc.)
    Address: 117 Tuscarora St. / Harrisburg PA 17104
    E-mail: William Dallam

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    Navsource APD Pages, USS Cofer (APD 62)
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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    The Destroyer History Foundation
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