MIGHTY NINETY

Andrew P. Coffaro
Gunner's Mate 2nd Class, USS ASTORIA 1944-1945
2nd Division



Mighty Ninety plankowner Andy Coffaro, GM2/c from 2nd Division.  This photo from earlier in Coffaro's Navy career shows him as a Seaman 1st Class.
-courtesy of his sons Tony and Andy Coffaro



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.

 



Andy Coffaro's Plankowner's Certificate from USS ASTORIA CL-90.
-courtesy of his sons Tony and Andy Coffaro




Coffaro at top with friends on USS ASTORIA's fantail, circa spring 1946.
-courtesy of his sons Tony and Andy Coffaro



Coffaro at left with friends on USS ASTORIA's fantail, circa spring 1946.  Note the SC-1 Seahawk floatplanes on CL-90's catapults.
-courtesy of his sons Tony and Andy Coffaro




-courtesy of his sons Tony and Andy Coffaro



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