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USS Cofer (APD-62)
USS Cofer (DE-208) (1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Charlie - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
  • Laid down as Cofer (DE-208), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched 6 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS Cofer (DE-208), 19 January 1944, LCDR. Alvin P. Chester USNR in command
  • Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport
  • Redesignated High-speed Transport (APD-62), 5 July 1944
  • During World War II USS Cofer (APD-62) was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, TransDiv One Hundred Three, CDR. W. S. Parsons USN, and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 19 to 29 November 1944
    Ormoc Bay landings, 7 to 8 December 1944
    Consolidation and capture of southern Philippines
    Palawan Islands landing, 28 February to 10 March 1945
    Visayan Island landings, 26 and 27 March 1945
    Luzon operation
    Mindoro landings, San Jose, 12 to 18 December 1944
    Borneo operation
    Brunei Bay operation, 10 June 1945
    Balikpapan operation, 15 June to 7 July 1945
    Manila Bay- Bicol operations
    Zambales-Subic Bay, Grande Island, 29 to 31 January 1945

  • Following World War II USS Cofer was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 26 November 1945
  • Decommission, 28 June 1946, at Green Cove Springs FL.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1966
  • USS Cofer (APD-62) earned five battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 5 March 1968
    APD Specifications:
    Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
    Length 306' ovl.
    Beam 37'
    Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
    Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
    Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 192
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 150
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
    Troop Accoutrements
    six 1/4 ton trucks
    two 1 ton trucks
    four ammunition carts
    four pack howitzers
    Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
    General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
    Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,216 Bbls
    Diesel 93 Bbls
    two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
    two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
    Ship's Service Generators
    two 300Kw 450V A.C.
    two 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    Cofer 175k USS Cofer (APD-62) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in World War II web site
    Cofer 99k USS Cofer (APD-62) at anchor, date and location unknown. LCDR Alvin Chester CO USS Cofer Courtesy Tim Rizzuto, Superintendent at the USS Slater in Albany
    Cofer 150k USS Cofer (APD-62) underway, date and location unknown. LCDR Alvin Chester CO USS Cofer Courtesy Tim Rizzuto, Superintendent at the USS Slater in Albany
    Hubbard 243k Inboard to outboard, USS Hubbard (APD-53), USS Crosley (APD-87) and USS Cofer (APD-62) laid up in reserve at the US Navy's Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Green Cove Springs Florida site, September 1960. John Chiquoine

    USS Cofer (APD-62)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Chester, Alvin Paul, USNR19 January 1944 - 18 December 1944DE-208 / APD-62
    02LT. McClees, Herbert Calvin, USNR18 December 1944 - 16 December 1945APD-62
    03LT. Morrow, James Raymond16 December 1945 - 28 June 1946APD-62
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Contact Person
    Contact: Jim Snellen (Historian)
    Address: 1544 Mayfield Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32259.
    Remarks: Submitted by Irwin J. Kappes
    (Editor, Battle of Ormoc Bay Association Newsletter)

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
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