Coghlan, James William S., LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Service Branch
Supply Corps
Last Primary NEC
310X-Supply Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 310X, USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Supply Corps
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Casualty Info
Home Town
San Francisco, CA
Last Address
1162 De Haro St
San Francisco, CA
(Parents~Mr & Mrs John Aloisus Coghlan

Casualty Date
Apr 18, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 5 (Cenotaph)

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWW II Memorial National Registry
  1944, World War II Fallen
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2017, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2017, WW II Memorial National Registry

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols

 Duty Stations
USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
  1943-1944, 310X, USS Gudgeon (SS-211)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1943-1943 USS Gudgeon (SS-211)/USS GUDGEON (SS-211) 8th War Patrol
  1943-1943 USS Gudgeon (SS-211)/USS GUDGEON (SS-211) 9th War Patrol
  1943-1943 USS Gudgeon (SS-211)/USS GUDGEON (SS-211) 10th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS Gudgeon (SS-211)/USS GUDGEON (SS-211) 11th War Patrol
  1944-1944 USS Gudgeon (SS-211)/USS GUDGEON (SS-211) 12th War Patrol
 Colleges Attended 
Saint Mary's College of California
  1938-1942, Saint Mary's College of California1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Full Name ~ James Williams Sylvester Coghlan
  Feb 11, 2017, General Photos1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Ltjg Coghlan was killed on the USS Gudgeon, when she sailed for her 12th war patrol on 4 April 1944. The submarine stopped off for fuel at Johnston Island on 7 April, and was never seen or heard from again. On 7 June 1944, Gudgeon was officially declared overdue and presumed lost. claims Gudgeon was sunk 18 April 1944 at a known location by the Japanese southeast of Iwo Jima. Some sources say the submarine was more likely to have sunk by attack near the Maug Islands.

During her three-year career, Gudgeon scored 14 confirmed kills of a total of well over 71,372 tons sunk, placing her 15th on the honor roll of American submarines.

USS Gudgeon (Lt.Cdr Robert Alexander Bonin, USN) was sunk 18 April 1944 by a G3M "Nell", an IJN aircraft of the 901st Air Group on A/S patrol, 166 nautical miles south-east (bearing 132°) from Iwo Jima, position 22º52'5"N, 143º32E. The pilot claimed to have sighted a surfacing sub and in the attack scored direct hits on the bow and the conning tower with 2-250 kg (550 lb) bombs, leaving a gaping hole in the centre section. A column of oil was thrown into the air and the sub sank quickly, followed by a heavy under water detonation.

As related in most US sources, it was believed the attack which accounted for the loss of the boat, actually did take place on this date when, according to translated reports, 2 Japanese aircraft (actually only 1 was involved) attacked a submarine 166 miles north of "Yuoh" Island. But there is no "Yuoh" Island in the Pacific.
US researchers, based on the projected track of Gudgeon, made the incorrect assumption the sub was in the vicinity of Maug island, Marianas, and entered the possibility this was the place in the record.

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