USS Coghlan (DD-606)

USS Coghlan (DD-606) was a Benson-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War II. She was the second ship named for Joseph Bulloch Coghlan.

Coghlan at Bethlehem Steel in San Francisco on 16 July 1942.
United States
Name: USS Coghlan (DD-606)
Namesake: Joseph Bulloch Coghlan
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California
Launched: 12 February 1942
Commissioned: 10 July 1942
Decommissioned: 31 March 1947
Struck: 1 July 1971
Fate: sold for scrap, 1974
General characteristics
Class and type: Benson-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,620 tons
Length: 347 ft 9 in (105.99 m)
Beam: 361 ft (110 m)
Draught: 17 ft 4 in (5.28 m)
Speed: 38 kts (70.4 km/h)
Complement: 262
Armament: 4 x 5 in (130 mm)/38 guns, 5 x 21 inch (533 mm) tt.

Coghlan was launched 12 February 1942 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California; sponsored by Mrs. G. Coghlan; commissioned 10 July 1942, Lieutenant Commander B. F. Tompkins in command; and reported to the Pacific Fleet.

Service history

Coghlan sailed from San Francisco 22 September 1942 for Pearl Harbor and Kodiak, Alaska, arriving 13 October for convoy and patrol duty. She supported Army landings on Amchitka 12 January 1943, and participated in the bombardment of Gibson Island at the entrance of Chicago Harbor 18 February. On 20 February, she aided in the sinking of a Japanese merchantman. On 15 March she cleared Dutch Harbor with a force to patrol against Japanese shipping south and west of Kiska to prevent reinforcement of Japanese-held Attu. On 26 March, her group turned a larger Japanese force back in the Battle of the Komandorski Islands. In this action, Coghlan screened Richmond, and laid smoke for Salt Lake City; she was hit once by a Japanese shell, but sustained no casualties. She bombarded Holtz and Chicago harbors 26 April, and with the southern support group covered the landings on Attu from 11 May to 2 June. Overhauled at San Francisco in July, Coghlan returned to Adak on 13 August for 2 final weeks on patrol in the Aleutian Islands.

Coghlan sailed 25 August 1943 for Pearl Harbor, arriving 1 September. After taking part in the raids on Baker and Tarawa Islands from 15 to 17 September and the attack on Wake Island on 5 October, Coghlan replenished at Pearl Harbor and sailed on 31 October for escort and screening duties in the assault on the Gilbert Islands. She returned to Pearl Harbor 11 December.

Coghlan sailed from Pearl Harbor 22 January 1944 to screen aircraft carriers giving air coverage to the landings in the Marshall Islands. She returned, screening transports, to Pearl Harbor 8 March for overhaul. On her next cruise, from 14 to 22 April, she escorted a carrier to sea on its way to Majuro, returning to Pearl Harbor 22 April. On 24 May, she sailed for Eniwetok, where she joined the screen of landing ships bound for the invasion of Saipan on 15 June. Coghlan gave fire support and patrolled off the island until 23 June. After replenishing at Eniwetok, the destroyer returned to Saipan 17 July to support the landings at Tinian 24 July. After offering fire support until the island was secured 1 August, Coghlan sailed for a brief overhaul at Pearl Harbor.

Coghlan arrived at Manus 8 October, and sailed for the operations in the Philippines 6 November. She conducted convoy escort duty from Humboldt Bay and Palau to Leyte, and supported the landings at Ormoc Bay on 7 and 8 December, firing in the heavy kamikaze attack on the first day. On 9 January 1945 she entered Lingayen Gulf for patrol and screening operations in support of the landings. She continued to operate in the Philippines until 8 April, when she cleared San Pedro Bay for a stateside overhaul. She returned to Pearl Harbor 22 July, and on 26 August arrived at Okinawa for occupation duty, carrying passengers, mail, and light freight between Okinawa and Japan. On 23 October she sailed for Pearl Harbor, San Diego, and Charleston, South Carolina, where she arrived 2 December.

After overhaul and a year of inactivity, Coghlan was decommissioned and placed in reserve 31 March 1947. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 July 1971 and sold for scrap in 1974.


Coghlan received eight battle stars for World War II service.


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