Thursday, February 13, 2014

Deaths: Joseph L. Coleman, Navy Aviator

JOSEPH L. COLEMAN, 91, Died Jan. 14, 2014. //// Cadet in Navy December 1943. In World War II was an aviator on the USS Swanee (CVE-27) from April 1944 to November 1945. Fought in the Pacific at Philippines, Leyte, Borneo, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Also fought in the Vietnam War. Had two air kills. //// Carriet qualification on the USS Sable on the Great Lakes. Eventually rose to the rank of rear admiral. //// Was in the Navy Cadet Program and commissioned an ensign. Joined Fighter Squadron 40 on the USS Swanee and destroyed two enemy aircraft at Iwo Jima. //// --GreGen

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