The USS Coghlan (DD-606) served in the U.S. Navy for five years in the early 20th century. She was named for Rear Admiral Joseph Bulloch Coghlan who served in the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. Coghlan was commissioned as a Benson-class destroyer.
Coghlan was laid down at San Francisco, California by the Bethlehem Steel Corporation in March 1941, launched in February 1942, and commissioned in July with Lieutenant Commander B.F. Tompkins in command. Carrying a crew of 208, Coghlan was armed with six one-half inch machine guns, four five-inch anti-aircraft guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Coghlan departed San Francisco in September 1942 for Pearl Harbor, then was assigned to convoy and patrol duty at Kodiak, Alaska. During this deployment, Coghlan operated in support of troop landings at Amchatka, and also participated in the bombardment of Gibson Island. Coghlan patrolled against Japanese shipping near Kiska Island and then helped turn back Japanese forces at the Battle of the Komandorski Islands in March. In May and June, Coghlan served with the Southern Support Group during the invasion of Attu, and then returned for overhaul at San Francisco in July.
Coghlan returned to the Aleutian Islands in August as a patrol vessel, and arrived at Pearl Harbor in September. She participated in the Wake Island attack in October and then served escort and screening duties at the Gilbert Islands assault in October. She performed similar duty during the invasion of the Marshall Islands in January 1944. Coghlan then conducted fire support and patrols during the invasion of Saipan in June, as well as during the troop landings at Tinian in July.
Beginning in November, Coghlan operated in the Philippines as a convoy escort from Humboldt Bay and Palau to Leyte. Coghlan also supported troop landings at Ormoc Bay in December and resumed patrol and screening duties at the Lingayen Gulf. She operated in the Philippines until April 1945, was overhauled in the United States, and returned to Okinawa for occupation duty in August. Commended for her World War II service with eight battle stars, Coghlan was decommissioned in March 1947, struck from the Navy list in July 1971, and sold for scrap in June 1974.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Coghlan (DD-606)
Since the early 1900’s, the mineral asbestos has been extensively in the construction of merchant and naval craft such as the USS Coghlan. The Navy deployed asbestos widely as a heat and electrical insulator and for fireproofing on board all its ships and this put both military and civilian personnel at a high risk for asbestos exposure and subsequent health complications as asbestos is known to cause mesothelioma.
Crewmen working with engines and boilers were more heavily exposed, as were sailors responsible for fighting fire on board the ship.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-606.
NavSource Naval History. USS Coghlan (DD-606).