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USS Coffman (DE 191)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - D - N - N
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 - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Cannon
Type: DET (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, long hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1240 tons (light), 1620 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 10,800 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 / 201
Coffman (DE 191) Building and Operational Data:
  • 09 September 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 28 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Miss F. Liggett
  • 27 December 1943: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Lcdr. W. H. Putnam, USNR, in command
  • 30 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 4 months of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 17 August 1973: Sold for scrapping
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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 06 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
    94k Undated Wartime Image Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    154k Undated Wartime Image John Klar
    Somerville, N.J.
    139k January 1944
    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
    Frederica, Del.
    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).
    234k 25 May 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A mothballed auxiliary submarine and destroyer escorts at the Inactive Ship Facility of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. From left to right; Angler (IXSS 240), Raymond (DE 341), Oswald (DE 767), Melvin R. Nawman (DE 416), Tabberer (DE 418), and Coffman (DE 191).

    Note from Rick Davis: "Back in May 1973, Martin Holbrook (INRO Photo Collection), invited me for a tour of Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Mothball Fleet. Martin had been making trips to Philly and other mothball sites for years and was one of the “old-timers” that had been taking photos of USN ships since before WWII in the New York City area. Anyway, when he picked me up in his van, there were two other gents. One was Ted Stone (I thought the other one was Paul Silverstone, but when I had a chance to ask him a few years ago if it was, he said he didn’t recall a photo trip to PhilNSY). Martin had enough “pull” that we were provided with an Admiral’s Gig! I had my brand-new Nikon F2 35-mm camera. Martin and Ted had larger format cameras. I felt like a rank amateur and a kid in a candy store. I have seen some of the same photos of subjects that we all took photos from the same boat, show-up elsewhere. We were all excited that USS Sigsbee (DD 502) was on the outside of a nest this trip. Martin had been trying to get good views of her for years. Ex-USS Gherardi (DD 637) ... built at PhilNY ... was outside the reserve basin ready to be towed away for scrapping. We got photos of her as well".
    Rick E. Davis
    Springfield, Oh.

    Coffman History
    View the USS Coffman (DE 191) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Coffman as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Coffman's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 27 Dec. 1943 - 31 Mar. 1944Cmdr. William H. Putnam, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 30 Jun. 1944 - 22 Jan. 1945Cmdr. Walter deForest Day, USNR 
    3.) 22 Jan. 1945 - 28 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Joseph Clement Crocker, USNR
    4.) 28 Nov. 1945 - 15 Jan. 1946Lt.(jg) William Alford Roper, USNR 
    5.) 15 Jan. 1946 - 30 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Robert Louis Robins, USNR (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Last Known Reunion
    September 2001
    Contact Name: John B. Naylor
    Address: 7401 NW 28th Terrace
    City/State: Bethany OK 73008
    Phone: (405) 789-4507
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