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USS Coates (DE 685)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - T - R - G
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Carbondale"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star

"On The Way"
Specifications:
Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Coates (DE 685) Building and Operational Data:
  • 8 November 1943: Keel laid at the Bethlehem Steel Corp., Quincy, Mass.
  • 12 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. A. M. Bledsoe, wife of Captain Bledsoe
  • 24 January 1944: Commissioned, Lt. W. S. Wills, USNR, in command
  • Planned conversion to APD 138 cancelled
  • 8 April 1944 to 15 September 1945: Served as school ship for student officers and nucleus crews at Miami, Fla.
  • 16 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 7 February 1951: Recommissioned at Savannah, Ga., assigned to the U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Norfolk, Va.
  • 21 November 1957: Assigned to NRT, 3rd Naval District at New York City, N.Y. (Ft. Schuyler)
  • 19 September 1960: NRT assignment shifted to New Haven, Conn.
  • 30 January 1970: Decommissioned
  • 30 January 1970: Stricken from the NVR
  • 19 September 1971: Sunk as target
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    Coates 122k Artist's conception of Coates by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett, with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company, Navy Yard Associates, offers prints of most destroyers, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. ALL the destroyer escorts ARE available in their WWII configuration. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. When you purchase artwork from them, please indicate that you heard about their work from Navsource. Navy Yard Associates
    Coates 124k undated WWII photo (on back: "Printed by E.E. Hilderbrandt") Nick Tiberio
    Coates 72k undated wartime image J. T. Wammack, CM/1c, USNR
    Coates 142k 1950: Savannah, Ga. - Coates in drydock prior to recommissioning. Nick Tiberio
    USS Coates
    (5/65-9/67, 1/69-1/70)
    Coates 144k
    Coates 140k
    Coates 156k undated: early post-war photo, note dual depth charge racks on fantail
    Coates 114k circa '50's: note single depth charge rack aft.
    De Long 124k 22 June 1958: Brooklyn, N.Y. - At the Brooklyn Navy yard, shortly before they started scrapping Enterprise (CV 6) by first cutting off her tripod mast; she was sold for scrapping 10 days later, on 2 July.  The carrier on the opposite side of the pier is USS Independence (CVA 62) nearing completion. Ships visible in the left foreground include (from front): USS DeLong (DE 684), USS Coates (DE 685) and USS Hoe (SS 258). Ten other destroyers are also present, as is a "Liberty" type ship.  The F. & M. Schaefer brewery is visible in the center background; the longest and last operating brewery in New York City (when it was closed in 1976), and America's oldest lager beer brewing company. Steve Whitby
    Coates 118k circa 1960's: Hampton Roads, Va. (Photo © Nobe Smith, Atlantic Fleet Sales) Nick Tiberio
    USS Coates
    (5/65-9/67, 1/69-1/70)
    Coates 126k 1965: New Haven, Conn.
    Coates 190k 1965: Long Island Sound - Coates underway.
    Coates Memorabilia
    Ship's Emblem
    Decal
    Coates
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio
    Ship's
    Lighter
    Coates
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio
    Ship's
    Matchbook
    Coates
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio
    Squadron
    Patch
    Coates
    Courtesy of
    Nick Tiberio

    View the USS Coates (DE 685) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    USS Slater Destroyer Escort Historical Museum Website
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Coates
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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