DeWitt Coffman

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DeWitt C. Coffman
Born (1854-11-28)November 28, 1854
Mount Jackson, Virginia
Died June 27, 1932(1932-06-27) (aged 77)
Jamestown, Rhode Island
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1876–1918
Rank Vice Admiral
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
World War I

DeWitt C. Coffman (28 November 1854–27 June 1932) was a United States Navy admiral. He served in the Spanish–American War and World War I.

Life and career[edit]

Coffman was born at Mount Jackson, Virginia, 28 November 1854. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1876.

Coffman served in monitor Terror during the Spanish–American War, and received the Distinguished Service Medal as Commander, Battleship Force 2, Atlantic Fleet, during World War I.

He retired as Rear Admiral on 28 November 1918, and was advanced to Vice Admiral on the retired list on 21 June 1930. He died at Jamestown, Rhode Island, on 27 June 1932.


U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander A. S. Snow named Coffman Cove in Alaska after Coffman in 1886.[1]

The U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Coffman (DE-191), launched in 1943, was named in Coffman's honor.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Alaska Division of Community and Regional Affairs". Retrieved 8 August 2010.