Andrew P. "Andy" Coffaro grew up in New Brunswick, NJ. He entered the U.S Navy in 1943 after gunnery school. He was first assigned to a gunnery crew aboard a cargo ship and made a North Atlantic crossing to England and back. Following his return stateside, Coffaro was transferred to Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and became a plankowner assigned to USS ASTORIA CL-90, where he spent the remainder of the war. Coffaro was discharged in 1946 . He passed away on November 27th, 2003.