scan of WWII Victory medal
scan of Combat Action medakl
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Rollins and June Coakley attended the same high school and church youth group before Pearl Harbor. Rollins enlisted immediately after Pearl because he did not want to be drafted into the Army.  They married on September, 1942 (on a ten day leave) after Rollins graduated from Yeoman School.  Their first child, Nancy, was born 18 April, 1944 when the Savage was returning to the United States following the escorting of a convoy into the Mediterranean Sea.  This was the period in time involving the Kamikaze air attack of 01 April, 1944.

Mr. Coakey also served aboard the Jasmine (a buoy tender), and the USS Breckenridge (AP-176).  After his service aboard the Savage, he was assigned to the pre-commissioning detail of the AP-176 stationed on Ellis Island.

After Mr. Coakley's Coast Guard service ended, he returned to Chicago, Illinois to his wife June and their two daughters (they eventually had four daughters and two sons - Nancy, Beverly, William, Beth, James, and Patricia).

While attending Yeoman School in New London, Connecticut, Rollins acquired skills in Gregg shorthand and typing.  He further enhanced his skills, under benefits of the GI Bill of Rights, by enrolling in the Executive Secretarial  Course  at  Gregg  Business  College  in  Chicago.

Following  graduation,  he was employed  by the  Chicago & North Western Railway Company as a steno clerk.  That led to his becoming personal secretary to the company's president.  He traveled for ten years with  the  president  covering  the  entire  railway  system  on  business  trips.

After the president retired, the chairman of the railway moved him into an officer's position.  On 01 June, 1981, on the occasion of Rollins' retirement, he was the Assistant Director of the Public Affairs Office. Rollins had faithfully served the railway for thirty-four years.

Rollins and his wife June retired to Venice, Florida in 1982 where Rollins, with a life-long interest in railroad history, became involved in civic affairs including the preservation and restoration of the historic Venice Train Depot with its 3-1/4 acre depot site located directly to the north.  In recognition of Rollins' 20-year effort and his many hours of work on the project, the depot site was named the Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park by the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners and dedicated on March 22, 2005.

The park includes scenic walkways, picnic tables, benches, a restored caboose and a statue dedicated to circus great Gunther Gebel Williams, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest wild animal trainers of all time.  

The Venice Train Depot was built in 1927 by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Sarasota County purchased the depot site in 1999.  The depot restoration, a $2.3 million project, was separately dedicated on October 24, 2003.  

The Coakley family connection with the Chicago & North Western goes back to 1867 when his great-grandfather immigrated to Denison, Iowa from Ireland and landed a job as Section Foreman on the C&NW.

Mr. Rollins W. Coakley, former Historian for the USS SAVAGE, was kind enough to provide me with copies of his extremely extensive personal archive for inclusion in this site.  Mr. Coakley served aboard the SAVAGE in WWII and kept impeccable records on the ship. Without his contribution, much of this site would not have been possible.  

[Mr. Coakley passed away on 02 May, 2007. June Decker Coakley passed away on 13 November,2008.]
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Rollins Coakley with the webmaster, August 2006, after visiting the National World War II Memorial. 
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photograph of Rollins W. Coakley - 28 September, 1945
photograph of Rollins W. Coakley - 09 November, 1946
scan of Yeoman Firts class insignia
scan of U. S. Coast Guard Identification Card
U. S. Coast Guard Identification 
Card 
photograph of DE-386 shipmates
Front row l. to r. 
Frank Carnevale, SSMB2c - Aldo Beconi, MoMM3c - Thomas Lazarus, S2c - Francis Levitzki, CM3c
Center row l. to r. 
Edward Moritz, S1c - Russell Young, S1c
Back row l. to r. 
unknown - unknown - unknown - Donald Doherty, PhM1c
photograph of Rollins and June Coakley.  Venice, Florida.  March 2006.
photograph at the WWII Memorial in August 2006 with Donna Day Deters, Diane C. Day, June Coakley, John Boyer (Coakley's grandson).
photograph of sign at Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park
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Rollins and June Coakley.  Venice, Florida.  March 2006.
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BACK TO SECTION 2.W. Paul Baumgarner, MoMM2cRollins W. Coakley, Y1c
Ralph M. Cooke, M. D.James L. Corsano, GM2cFamily - G. O. Day
History - G. O. DayHistory - G. O. Day (2)QM Duties - G. O. Day
Honorable DischargeHonorable Discharge (2)Honorable Discharge (3)
Presidential CertificatePhoto QM1c G. O. DayTribute - G. O. Day
G. O. Day - WWII MedalsDaniel P. Farley, RM2cGordon B. Hamrick, CSTD
Thomas F. Honner, MoMM2cMorrie J. Stein,  RdM1c

[Information and photographs most graciously contributed by Rollins W. Coakley.]
[Job description from:  "What kind of job can I get in the Navy?"  United States Navy Department Pamphlet - circa 1942.]
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SECTION 3 CONTENTS.
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photograph of graduates of Class No. 21, Coast Guard Yeoman School, New London, CT, September 1943.
HOMENEW ADDITIONSSITE MAPINTRODUCTION
FOREWORDINVOCATION1. WALTER S. SAVAGE, JR.2.  DE-386 (WWII)
3.  DE-386 CREW4.  DE-386 CREW PHOTOS5.  DE-386 SHIP PHOTOS6.  DER-386 (1955)
7.  DER CREW 1955 - 19648.  DER-386 PHOTOS9.  SAVAGE IN VIETNAM10.  VIETNAM CREW
11.  VIETNAM PHOTOS12.  SHIP'S AWARDS13.  ACTIVE SERVICE TERMINATED14.  REUNION ASSOCIATION
15.  DECEASED16.  ROSTER17  REUNION PHOTOS18.  KEEPSAKES
19.  MISCELLANEOUS20.  SITE POLICIES21.  WEBMASTER22.  SHIP'S STORE
23.  SITE AWARDS24.  COMMANDING OFFICERS 25.  SHIP'S HISTORY

Graduates of Class No. 21, Coast Guard Yeoman School, New London, Connecticut.  September 1943.  
Rollins Coakley is fourth from the left in the third row from front.
09 November, 1946 - Chief Yeoman
28 September, 1945 - Yeoman First Class
Mr. Coakley's sleeve insignia. The eagle and yeoman's mark are embroidered in silver thread. 
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photograph of Rollins Coakley, Diane C. Day and June Coakley after visiting the WWII Memorial
Rollins Coakley, Diane C. Day and June Coakley after visiting the National World War II Memorial.
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photograph of Rollins Coakley - National World War II Memorial , Eastern Corners Inscription (President Franklin D. Roosevelt)
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scan of Profile Log of Rollins W. Coakley from the Weekly Log at Ellis Island Coast Guard Receiving Station.
From Profile Log of Rollins W. Coakley from the Weekly Log at Ellis Island Coast Guard Receiving Station,
March 1945 when Rollins was assigned to pre-commissioning detail of USS Breckenridge (AP-176) 
Coast Guard manned troop transport.
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Rollins Coakley - National World War II Memorial , Eastern Corners Inscription 
(President Franklin D. Roosevelt). 
At the National World War II Memorial. August 2006.  Southern Fountain Copings. 
 L. to r. Donna Day Deters, Diane C. Day, June Coakley, and John Boyer (the Coakley's grandson).
In recognition of Rollins' 20-year effort and his many hours of work on the project, the depot site was named the Rollins W. Coakley Railroad Park by the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners and dedicated on March 22, 2005.
photograph of Rollins W. Coakley and Railway Park featuring the restored caboose
Rollins W. Coakley and Railway Park featuring the restored caboose.
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Ruptured Duck
image of "Proud to be an American Veteran" medal
image of "Proud to be a WWII Veteran" medal
scan of ruptured duck.  Issued to service personnel who were about to leave the military with an Honorable Discharge. It also allowed them to co
U. S. Coast Guard Satisfactory 
Service Card (back)
scan of U. S. Coast Guard Satisfactory Service Card (back)
scan of U. S. Coast Guard Satisfactory Service Card (front)
U. S. Coast Guard Satisfactory 
Service Card (front)
Place of entry into Savage service:  Houston, Texas 11 October, 1943. 

Place of separation from Savage service: Navy Yard, New Yotk 10 November, 1944.
Medals earned by Mr. Coakley during WWII. 
Combat Action
(retroactive)

Qualifying criteria:
for participation in ground 
or surface combat during 
any period on or after 07 
December, 1941, and or 
before 01 March, 1961.
scan of USCG Good Conduct medal
scan of American Campaign medal
USCG Good Conduct 

Qualifying criteria: outstanding proficiency, leadership, 
and conduct during 
3 continuous years 
of active enlisted 
Coast Guard service.
American Campaign

Qualifying criteria:
service outside the 
United States
in the 
American theater 
for 30 days or 
within the continental  
United States for 1 year.

European African Middle 
Eastern Campaign  
(with one battle star)

Qualifying criteria:  
service in the 
European-African-Middle 
Eastern theater for 30 
days or receipt of any 
combat decoration.  
Qualifying dates:  
07 December, 1941 - 
08 November, 1945.  
Medal was not awarded 
until 1947 when General
Dwight David Eisenhower 
received the first one.
scan of European African Middle Eastern Campaign medal                (with one Battle Star)
Rollins W. Coakley, Y1c header
WWII Victory   

Qualifying criteria:
awarded for service in 
United States Armed 
Forces between 
1941 - 1946.
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photograph of Rollins Coakley with the webmaster, August 2006, after visiting  the  WWII Memorial.
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Rollins W. Coakley, Y1c
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