Coats, Robert, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1959, VAW-33 Knight Hawks
Service Years
1940 - 1971
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Louisiana
Louisiana
Year of Birth
1918
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Coats, Robert, CAPT USN(Ret).
 
Contact Info
Home Town
West Monroe
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Jul 07, 2011
 
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Allied Command Atlantic US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran


 Military Association Memberships
USS Bunker Hill CV-17 AssociationUSS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVB/CVA/CV-42 Reunion GroupCold War Veterans Association
  1971, USS Bunker Hill CV-17 Association
  1971, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVB/CVA/CV-42 Reunion Group [Verified]
  1971, USS Lake Champlain (CV-39) Association
  1971, Cold War Veterans Association


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His Navy Cross Citation reads:

For distinguishing himself by extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy during a fighter plane sweep over southern Kyushu, Japan on 18 March 1945. Flying as leader of a division of carrier based fighters, he personally destroyed five enemy planes during the flight. He shot down one enemy plane in flames as it pursued a fellow pilot. Shortly thereafter five more enemy fighters were observed, flying in echelon formation. He closed to the rear of this flight and, with three short bursts, dropping his left wing and turning slightly to the left each time, destroyed three of the planes, one exploding in the air and the others flaming at the wing roots and crashing. Later during the same flight he sighted two enemy fighters pursuing one of our planes. He fired on one of the planes whose pilot bailed out when part of a wing flew off. His skill and courage were at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
   
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 Duty Stations
NAS PensacolaNAS Corpus Christi/Truax FieldNAS Kingsville TXNAS Alameda
NAS North IslandUSS Bunker Hill (CV-17)VF-17 Jolly RogersUSS Hornet (CV-12)
VF-22 CavaliersVF-43 ChallengersUSS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)NAS Jacksonville FL
VF-14 TophattersUSS Wright (CVL-49)USS Saipan (CVL-48)USS Cabot (CVL-28)
USS Siboney (CVE-112)USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108)USS Oriskany (CV-34)Helicopter Development Squadron Three VX-3
US NavyUSS Lake Champlain (CV-39)VAW-33 Knight Hawks
  1941-1941, NAS Pensacola
  1941-1943, NAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
  1941-1943, NAS Kingsville TX
  1943-1943, NAS Alameda
  1943-1943, NAS North Island
  1943-1944, USS Bunker Hill (CV-17)
  1944-1944, VF-17 Jolly Rogers
  1944-1945, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1945-1945, NAS Alameda
  1945-1946, 000X, NAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
  1948-1948, 000X, VF-22 Cavaliers
  1948-1949, VF-43 Challengers
  1948-1949, USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CV-42)
  1949-1950, NAS Jacksonville FL
  1950-1951, VF-14 Tophatters
  1950-1951, USS Wright (CVL-49)
  1950-1951, USS Saipan (CVL-48)
  1950-1951, USS Cabot (CVL-28)
  1950-1951, USS Siboney (CVE-112)
  1950-1951, USS Kula Gulf (CVE-108)
  1950-1951, USS Oriskany (CV-34)
  1953-1955, Helicopter Development Squadron Three VX-3
  1955-1957, Bureau of Aeronautics
  1957-1958, USS Lake Champlain (CV-39)
  1958-1959, VAW-33 Knight Hawks
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
Louisiana Tech UniversityIndustrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
  1935-1939, Louisiana Tech University
  1960-1961, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.
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