Francis Cogswell

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Francis Cogswell
Born (1887-08-19)August 19, 1887
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Died September 22, 1939(1939-09-22) (aged 52)
Bremerton, Washington
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Navy.svg United States Navy
Years of service 1903–1939
Rank Captain
Commands held USS Fanning
USS McDougal
USS Oglala
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Navy Cross
Relations Rear Admiral James Kelsey Cogswell (father)

Francis Cogswell (August 19, 1887 – September 22, 1939) was a captain in the United States Navy who served in World War I and was a Navy Cross recipient.

Early life[edit]

Cogswell was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the son of Rear Admiral James Kelsey Cogswell.

Navy career[edit]

He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1903, and graduated in 1908. Cogswell was awarded the Navy Cross for service during World War I, when he commanded the destroyers USS Fanning and USS McDougal.

Cogswell's Navy Cross citation reads:

"The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Commander Francis Cogswell, U.S. Navy, for distinguished service in the line of his profession as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Fanning and the U.S.S. McDougal, engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous duty of patrolling the waters infested with enemy submarines and mines, in escorting and protecting vitally important convoys of troops and supplies through these waters, and in offensive and defensive action, vigorously and unremittingly prosecuted against all forms of enemy naval activity."

In 1935, he commanded the USS Oglala, the flagship of a flotilla of minesweepers assisting the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in charting the Aleutian Islands.

Cogswell was Naval attaché in Paris, France in the late 1930s.

Captain Cogswell died at Puget Sound Naval Hospital, Bremerton, Washington on 22 September 1939.

Personal life[edit]

He married Grace Woodman Phillips (1887–1971) of New York City. She had previously been married to pioneer aviator, Henry Post, who died in an air crash in 1914, after establishing a new altitude record. She worked for the US Foreign Service and later for the Central Intelligence Agency until her retirement in 1954. They had no children.

USS Cogswell[edit]

The USS Cogswell (DD-651) was a Fletcher-class destroyer in the United States Navy, serving in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The ship is named in honor of Rear Admiral James Kelsey Cogswell, who served during the Spanish–American War, and his son, Captain Francis Cogswell.