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USS Coghlan was a Benson-class destroyer launched on February 12, 1942. It was commissioned on July 10, the same year under Lt. Comdr. B. F. Tompkins’ command with the hull number DD-606 and served in the US Navy for 5 years until it was decommissioned on March 31, 1947. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 262 people on board and had the main missions in San Francisco, Pearl Harbor, Kodiak, Gibson Islands, Kiska, Aleutian Islands, Baker Island, Tarawa, the Philippines or Palau. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Navy List on July 1, 1971 and sold for scrapping in 1974. For the services brought to the country during the World War II, USS Coghlan received 8 battle stars.