Coulter, Frank, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
9421-Commanding Officer, Naval Shore Activity
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1969, 9587, Navy Recruiting Area 1, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
Service Years
1939 - 1969

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Contact Info
Home Town
Baltimore, MD
Last Address
Severna Park, Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

Date of Passing
Jun 21, 2011
Location of Interment
U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: 37-2-C

 Official Badges 

Recruiting Command of Excellence US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon Diesel Boats Forever Officer

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Submarine Veterans of WW II
  1950, Submarine Veterans of WW II

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain Frank J. Coulter, USN (Ret.)

Ensign Coulter's first assignment was on the battleship USS Pennsylvania and he later served as an Engineer aboard the destroyer-minesweeper USS Perry. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, he was serving aboard the destroyer USS Alden in waters off the Philippines and Indonesia. While on the Alden, Coulter was promoted to Lieutenant and served as Engineering Officer. In February 1942, the Alden participated in the seven-hour Battle of the Java Sea, where the Japanese Imperial Navy sank five Allied ships and defeated the Allied fleet. Luckily for Coulter, the Aiden was one of the few ships that survived the Battle.

In late 1942, Coulter's request to join the submarine service was granted and he was assigned to the Navy Submarine School in New London, CT. Upon graduation, he joined the crew of the submarine USS Skipjack in the Pacific Theatre during five War Patrols. During his 42 months aboard the Skipjack, he served as Torpedo and Gunnery Officer and later, as Executive Officer. In March 1944, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and assumed command of the Skipjack, a position he held for 20 months.

The Skipjack was decommissioned and became a target ship as part of the Operation Crossroads atom bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in 1946. Skipjack survived the first atomic explosion, which was 500 feet above the boat. The second blast was detonated underwater and sunk the Skipjack and seven other vessels. Coulter and others in his crew were allowed to observe the sinking.

Coulter later commanded the submarine USS Bugara before he was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was a Battalion Officer and Leadership Instructor.

During his naval career, he served as commanding officer of two submarines and four surface ships. He was also Commanding Officer of the U.S. Naval Advisory Group in Korea, where he served from 1963-65. Captain Coulter retired from active duty in 1969, following a tour as Director of Navy Recruiting in New York and New England. Over his 30-year career, he served either abroad, or aboard ship, for nearly 15 years.
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Submarine Officer Badge
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1935, US Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD), 1939
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavySubmarine School (diesel)USS Skipjack (SS-184)USS Bugara (SS-331)
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)USS Willard Keith (DD-775)USS San Marcos (LSD-25)
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
  1939-1940, 00X, USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
  1940-1941, 00X, USS Perry (DD-340)
  1941-1942, 00X, USS Alden (DD-211)
  1942-1943, 00X, Submarine School (diesel)
  1943-1946, 00X, USS Skipjack (SS-184)
  1949-1950, 00X, USS Bugara (SS-331)
  1951-1953, 00X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1953-1954, 00X, USS Mccord (DD-534)
  1953-1955, 00X, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1954-1955, 00X, USS Willard Keith (DD-775)
  1961-1962, 111X, USS San Marcos (LSD-25)
  1962-1963, 112X, PERS-6, Washington DC, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1963-1965, 113X, Special U.S. Navy, Liaison, Korea
  1967-1969, 9587, Navy Recruiting Area 1, Commander Naval Recruiting Command (CNRC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 East Indies Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Java Sea
  1943-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1944-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1945-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1946-1946 Operation Crossroads (Bikini Atoll)
 Colleges Attended 
Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore, MDUnited States Naval AcademyNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CAGeorge Washington University
  1933-1935, Baltimore City Community College, Baltimore, MD
  1935-1939, United States Naval Academy
  1947-1948, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1950-1951, George Washington University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 21, 2011, Capt Frank John Coulter, August 27, 1917 - June 21, 20111
  Mar 13, 2017, General Photos1
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