Coffin, Robert James, EM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
EM-0000-Electrician's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Electrician's Mate
Primary Unit
1943-1944, EM-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
Service Years
1942 - 1944
EM-Electrician's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia, PA
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Casualty Date
Oct 25, 1944
Non Hostile- Body Not Recovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial - Manila, Philippines
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USS Tang (SS-306) was on her fifth war patrol when she came upon a Japanese convoy. On the morning of 24 October 1944 she had sunk three ships when she fired her 24th and last torpedo. That torpedo turned to the left, making a circular turn. Tang tried to clear the path of the torpedo, but was struck by her own torpedo and sank. Electrician's Mate, Third Class Coffin was listed as missing in action and later declared dead 7 December 1945.

Service number: 2445147

Submarine war patrols: USS Tang (SS-306) - 1st through 5th

Presidential Unit Citation
Fro outstanding performance in comabat and distinguished service during her Frist, Second and Third War Patrols in Japanese-controlled waters. Operating boldly in defiance of alert hostile air patrols in dangerous areas far from her home base, the USS Tang struck devastating blows at Japanese combatant usnits and heabily escorted convoys in the Pacific despite unfavorable attack opportunity, sinking thousands of tons of valuable enemy shipping during her first and third war patrols. Rendering gallant lifeguard service during air strikes against enemy-held atolls by United States Forces, the Tang braved treacherous reefs off the coast of a powerfully fortified enemy stronghold to rescue twenty-two Naval aviators in seven pick-ups, completing this perilous mission within close range of hostile shore batteries. The brilliant and heoric achievements of this vessel reflect the highest credit upon the courage, seamanship and determination of her officers and men and enhance the fine traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Presidential Unit Citation
For extraordinary heroism in action during her Fourth War Patrol against enemy Japanese shipping in the Honshu Area from July 31 to September 3, 1944, and her Fitth War Patrol in Formosa Straits, September 27 to October 24, 1944. Boldly searching out the enemy through perilous coastline shoal waters to establish contact with a large hostile convoy, the USS Tang penetrated a heavy escort screen to launch a series of smashing torpedo attacks and sink five Japanese ships totaling 22,500 tons. With every surface unit vital to the enemy during accerlaerated hostilities pointing toward the crucial battle for Leyte Gulf, the Tanf daringly challenged two large, well armed, heavily escorted convoys bound for the Philippines with reinforcements and supplies. Operating without support and in heroic defiance of severe countermeasures, she attacked relentlessly from all sides, waging furious battle against terrific odds and climaxing her aggressive Fifth Patrol by sending every ship of both convoys to the bottom. A seaworhty, fighting ship, handled brilliantly by her gallant officers and men, the Tang rounded out her previous distinguished record of achievement by her crushing blows against the enemy's power to wagr war, thereby materially furthering the vital operations to control the Pacific and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAVSUBASE New London/GrotonUS NavyUSS Tang (SS-306)
  1943-1943, S2c-0000, NAVSUBASE New London/Groton
  1943-1943, S2c-0000, USS R-2 (SS-79)
  1943-1944, EM-0000, USS Tang (SS-306)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  WWII draft card
  May 01, 1944, Change from S1c to F1c
  Jul 15, 1944, Promoted to EM3
  Feb 18, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
WWII Memorial National Registry
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2018, World War II Fallen
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2018, WWII Memorial National Registry
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