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Roll of Honor

Caroline Atoll           Jan '44   Formosa          Oct '44/Jan'45
Kwajalein Is.            Jan '44   Samar and Leyte Is.      Oct'44
Enubuj/Ennylabegan Is.   Jan '44   Cam Ranh Bay             Jan'45
Eniwetok                 Feb '44   Hong Kong                Jan'45
Truk/Ponape          Feb/Apr '44   Radar Picket Okinawa     Jun'45
Holandia                 Apr '44   Tokyo Bay                Aug'45
New Guinea               Apr '44   Korea            Sep '53/Feb'54
Marianas Is.             Jun '44   Tachen Is. Evacuation    Feb'55
Guam and Rota            Jul '44   Formosa Patrol           Feb'55
Saipan                   Jul '44   Johnson Is. Nuclear Test Jul'59
Woleai, Ulithi Yap Is.   Jul '44   Vietnam Patrol           May'62
Chichi Jima, Iwo Jima    Aug '44   Cuban Crisis             Oct'62
Palau Is.                Sep '44   Harbor Defense Da Nang   Nov'65
Mindanao, P.I.           Sep '44   Vietnam OperationsNov'65/Feb'66
Vesayas Is.              Sep '44   Vietnam OperationsNov'66/May'67
Luzon and Manila Bay     Sep '44   Vietnam Operations   Jun/Dec'68
Okinawa                  Oct '44                                  

Admiral James Kelsey Cogswell & Captain Francis Cogswell

Rear Admiral James Kelsey Cogswell was a native of Wisconsin and entered the Naval Academy in 1863. He was aboard the USS OREGON during the historic dash around Cape Horn to join the North Atlantic Squadron in time to contribute to the destruction of the Spanish Fleet at Santiago in 1898. For eminent and conspicuous conduct in that decisive battle he was promoted to Commander. Rear Admiral Cogswell died in Florida in 1908.

The Admiral's son, Captain Francis Cogswell was born in Portsmouth, NewHampshire, and was appointed to the Naval Academy from that state in 1903. During World War I, Captain Cogswell was awarded the Navy Cross. He died in 1939 at Bremerton, Washington.

History of the U.S.S. COGSWELL DD651

The USS Cogswell was a general purpose Destroyer, built by the Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine. She was commissioned in Boston, Massachusetts on 17 August 1943. The ship was named after Rear Admiral James K. Cogswell, a Spanish-American War hero, and his son Captain Francis Cogswell, who distinguished himself in combat during World War I. It is noteworthy that on the day of commissioning, James Kelsey Cogswell III USNR was a member of ships company "Plank owner" and served aboard throughout the war. He received a citation for his part in the demilitarization of Japan. Also noteworthy is that LTJG Harry Hull III a great grandson of Rear Admiral Cogswell and a nephew of Captain Cogswell was a member of ships company on October 1, 1969 when the Cogswell was decommissioned.

Displacing a full load weight of about 2,900 tons, she was 376 feet long, with a beam of 39 feet. Her 60,000 horsepower propulsion-system was capable of speeds in excess of 35 knots. Her missions included naval gunfire support, anti-submarine warfare, escort, convoy and rescue duties.

After commissioning the Cogswell underwent shake down training off Bermuda and then she steamed through the Panama Canal and joined the Pacific Fleet where she was to participate in many of the major naval campaigns for the remainder of World War II. In December 1943 she joined task force 58 for the assault on the Marshall Islands and was part of the initial assault force on Kwajelein Atoll. Following this, she participated in the strikes against Truk, Palua, Ponape, Yap and New Guinea. In June 1944, she supported the amphibious assaults in the Marianas against Guam, Saipan and Tinian.

From there the Cogswell moved to Iwo Jima, Chi Chi Jima as well as Mindanao and Luzon in the Philippines for air and surface strikes. In October 1944 the Cogswell was assigned to task force 38 providing support for strikes against Okinawa, Formosa, Indo China, Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. Later she participated in raids against the Japanese home islands She was also involved in sinking several Japanese war ships and she destroyed several key installations on the Japanese homeland. The Cogswell was the first warship into Tokyo Bay and was present at the signing of the Japanese surrender.

She was decommissioned and placed in the fleet reserve in January 1946. She was brought back to active service on June 7, 1951. She made several deployments including a world cruise in 1953-54 participating in the Korean conflict as a part of Task Force 77. Since World War II she has deployed 12 times as a unit of the Pacific Fleet. Four of these deployments were to support our nations efforts in Vietnam. The ship returned from her last operations in December 1968 having provided naval gunfire to our forces in Vietnam as well as rescue Destroyer for carrier USS Constellation CVA 64 in the Gulf of Tonkin. After her return state side she operated out of San Diego fleet training schools and participated in major fleet exercises. In early August while preparing for her 13th deployment the Cogswell was to be decommissioned and turned over to the Turkish Navy. On October 1, 1969 she was taken out of service and given to the Turks and she continued as the TCG IZMIT D-342. After several years with the Turks she was scraped in 1981. It should also be noted that the Cogswell never was damaged by the enemy. She served her Country for 23 years. Over this period of time it is believed that the crew members number over 3,500 men.

Ship Medals and Ribbons

World War II Victory Medal
American Campaign Metal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Philippine Liberation Ribbon
United Nation Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Taiwan)
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Pictures of the Crew

1968 WESTPAC Deployment

Some Other Pictures and Stuff

Another picture of the USS Cogswell. The U.S.S. Constellation How we got mail. On station. A Russian Trawler. Our 5 inch guns roaring. A message to the departing U.S.S. Constellation Our Motto. An overhead view of the Cogswell
Hong Kong's City. Hong Kong's People. In Port Hong Kong.

More pictures from Hong Kong Harbor
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Pages from the Silver Anniversary Cruise. Page 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Page created by Gerald W. Chaffinch
Started December 6, 1997.
Last updated October 12,2003.

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