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Coghlan at Bethlehem SF was taken in July 15, 1942. The ship being
worked on behind Coghlan is sister, Gillespie. They were with the
Indianapolis in the Bering sea sinking the Akagane Maru in March 1943.
July 1942, USS Coghlan seen looking north toward the San Francisco/Oakland
Bay Bridge from the Bethlehem Steel Ship Yard in San Francisco.
15 July 42, close up of the forecastle and Gun 1 area.
This is a Japanese life preserver picked up from the sinking of the Akane
Maru on 20,Feb,1943. Indy, Coghlan, and Gillespie caught that ship trying
to resupply Attu.
Shot taken from USS Manila Bay CVE-61, 15 Jan, 1944. At 0934 plane
crashed and Coghlan picked up Lt(jg) Peck, his parachute and a spare gas
tank. With cuts over right eye,he was highlined back over to the Manila
Bay . This occured in Hawaii off Kahoolawe. Coghlan was part of a screen
for several CVE's preparing for operations in the Marshalls at Kwajalein.
This is a good shot of the crew making preparations to transfer the pilot.
This shows Coghlan during a torpedo firing exercise in Hawaii. date
believed to be 3 Sept,1944. According to the log, Coghlan fired a practice
torpedo to port at the USS Fletcher at 0907. Steaming also with Caldwell
2 July 45. Coghlan taking on fuel from oiler alongside in
preparation for departing 4 july for San Diego and refresher training.
During this refit, Coghlan had requested that the torpedo mount
between the stacks be replaced with 2 more twin 40mm mounts. Also twin
20mm's replaced the singles and were also added to the fantail. Note the
Sumner/Gearing to port with about 30% more firepower than Coghlan. Even
those larger ships had a time of it dealing with suicide planes toward the
end of the war. Coghlan had proved herself to be a lucky ship many times,
especially at Ormoc.
July 1945, USS Coghlan at Mare Island undergoing a Anti-Kamikaze refit.
Installation of IFF detection and upgrade of her SC-2 radar system are
apparent on her mast. Added 20 and 40 mm gun stations are also quite