Allied Warships

USS Coffman (DE 191)

Destroyer Escort of the Cannon class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 191 
Built byFederal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A.) 
Ordered18 Jan 1942 
Laid down9 Sep 1943 
Launched28 Nov 1943 
Commissioned27 Dec 1943 
End service30 Apr 1946 

After one convoy escort voyage to Bizerte, Tunisia between 12 April and 3 May 1944, Coffman served between 10 June and 10 July as a target for submarines in training. Assigned to the hunter-killer group formed around USS Card (CVE 11), Coffman joined in training patrols, and a voyage to Casablanca during which the group covered the movement of several convoys. Alternate periods of exercises and patrols continued until early in February 1945 when Coffman was ordered to join a group searching in stormy waters for a German weather ship reported south of Iceland. She returned to screen carriers during air training operations out of Quonset Point, R.I. until April, when the German U-boats made their last great effort of the war, penetrating the eastern Atlantic in strength. Coffman and her division were ordered to a search along the coast of Virginia, and on 30 April, she, with USS Thomas (DE 102), USS Bostwick (DE 103) and USS Natchez (PF 2), sank U-879 in 36°34' N., 74°00' W. After continued service to carriers and submarines in training, Coffman reported to Green Cove Springs, Fla. 15 November 1945, and was decommissioned there 30 April 1946 preparatory to disposal. Following the outbreak of the Korean war she was removed from the sale list and placed in reserve. Coffman was stricken 1 July 1972 and sold 17 August 1973 to be broken up for scrap.


Commands listed for USS Coffman (DE 191)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Henry Putnam, USNR27 Dec 1943mid 1944
2Cdr. Walter deForest Day, USNRmid 194422 Jan 1945
3Lt.Cdr. Joseph Clement Crocker, USNR22 Jan 194528 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Coffman include:

30 Apr 1945
German U-boat U-879 was sunk east of Cape Hatteras, USA, in position 36°34'N, 74°00'W, by depth charges from the US patrol frigate USS Natchez and the US destroyer escorts USS Coffman, USS Bostwick and USS Thomas.

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

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