August 19, 1887|
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
|Died||September 22, 1939
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1903–1939|
|Commands held||USS Fanning
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Relations||Rear Admiral James Kelsey Cogswell (father)|
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."
Cogswell was Naval attaché in Paris, France in the late 1930s.
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.
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.
- USS McDougal page
- University of Alaska page
- arlingtoncemetery.net : Francis Cogswell, Captain, USN
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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