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Adm Dewitt Clinton Coffman
Birth: Nov. 28, 1851
Mount Jackson
Shenandoah County
Virginia, USA
Death: Jun. 27, 1932
Jamestown
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA

US Navy Vice Admiral. Coffman graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1876. After graduation he served on the Cruiser U.S.S. Pensacola, flagship of the North Pacific Fleet. He was promoted to Ensign in 1879 and served in the Mediterranean from 1879 to 1881. In 1885 he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade, and served on the Coast Survey Steamer, Carlisle P. Patterson on the southeast Alaska coast. After several more tours of duty including the U.S.S. Pensacola, Frigate U.S.S. Adams and Cruiser U.S.S. Boston he participated in taking over the Sandwich Island as part of the United States in 1892. He would serve in the Spanish American War onboard the Monitor U.S.S. Teror. By 1900 he became Commandant of Midshipman at the Naval Academy and was promoted to Captain in 1909. In 1912, then Captain, Coffman was the Commandant of the Boston Navy Shipyard and in 1914 was promoted to Rear Admiral. in 1918 he was the Vice Admiral in command of Battleship Force Two, Atlantic Fleet and was one of three Vice Admirals in the United States Navy. In the late summer and fall of 1917 he administered and operated the fleet in the temporary absence of the commander in chief. He received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for his efforts. Coffman retired on November 28, 1918 as a Rear Admiral and advanced to Vice Admiral on the retired list June 21, 1930. The Destroyer Escort U.S.S. Coffman was named in his honor and was commissioned on December 27, 1943. (bio by: Saratoga) 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Augustus Coffman (1824 - 1885)
  Catherine Ann Bear Coffman (1825 - 1855)
 
 Spouse:
  Eulalie Coffman (1851 - 1932)*
 
 Siblings:
  Erasmus Coffman (1849 - 1902)**
  Dewitt Clinton Coffman (1851 - 1932)
  Mary Rush Coffman Liggett (1855 - 1940)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
United States Naval Academy Cemetery
Annapolis
Anne Arundel County
Maryland, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Saratoga
Record added: Aug 16, 2011
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Adm Dewitt Clinton Coffman
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Adm Dewitt Clinton Coffman
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