Coughlin, Daniel P.

Daniel P. Coughlin U.S. Marine Corps WWII
Daniel P. Coughlin U.S. Marine Corps WWII

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Date of Birth: 8/30/1923
Died On: 6/14/1991 Last Residence: 10580 Rye, Westchester, New York
Street Address: 21 Grapal St.
Service Number: 369593
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps - Company "A", First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division

Veteran Code: USMC-13

Daniel Patrick CoughlinDaniel Patrick Coughlin

Daniel P. Coughlin was born Aug 30 1923 to James and Margaret Costello Coughlin in Port Chester. In Rye his family lived at 21 Grapal St. and were members of the Church of the Resurrection. He attended Resurrection Grammar School in Rye and graduated from Rye High School in 1941 He enlisted January 27, 1942 and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.


Daniel served in the US Marine Corps in the South Pacific. He served with the 1st Marine Division, 1st Marine Raider Battalian.

The Marine Raiders are special operations forces originally established by the United States Marine Corps during World War II to conduct amphibious light infantry warfare. "Edson's" Raiders of 1st Marine Raider Battalion and "Carlson's" Raiders of 2nd Marine Raider Battalion are said to have been the first United States special operations forces to form and see combat during World War II.

The battle Edson's Raiders is best known for was the defense of Lunga Ridge on Guadalcanal September 12–14, 1942. Daniel's Raider Battalion, with two companies of the 1st Parachute Battalion attached, were sent to a ridge line a short distance south of Henderson Field. Here, they were supposed to get a short rest but Japanese forces unexpectedly attacked the position on the first evening, penetrating the left center of his line of resistance, forcing a withdrawal to a reserve position.

Approximately 800 Marines withstood the repeated assaults of more than 3,000 Japanese on the "Bloody Ridge", as it came to be called. To the men of the 1st Raider Battalion, however, who sustained 256 casualties, it became the Battle of "Edson's Ridge", in high honor of the officer who "was all over the place, encouraging, cajoling, and correcting as he continually exposed himself to enemy fire."

We know thru Marine Corps Muster Rolls that Daniel was promoted to corporal. After the Marine Raider Battalions were disbanded, Daniel mustered in with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was awarded a Purple Heart medal after he was wounded at the Battle of Peleliu Island in September, 1944.

At Peleliu, the 1st Battalion assaulted the island alongside the rest of the 1st Marine Division under Major General William H. Rupertus, fighting primarily to secure the island's airstrip and prevent interference with the Allied offensive in the Philippines.

Daniel landed at either Orange Beach 1 or Orange Beach 2 on D-Day, September 15, 1944, the 1st Battalion would gain notoriety for the total destruction of an attempted Japanese tank-infantry counterattack. This costly maneuver of Japanese tanks and a company-sized infantry element would be the sole instance of open Japanese maneuver during the months long Battle of Peleliu.

Three Rye Marines Fought Together Home on Furlough - Cpl. Daniel Coughlin, Veteran of South Pacific, Writes of Christmas

Church Dedicates Parish Honor Roll

The Church of the Resurrection honored its men and women in the countrys military service, Friday night, when the parish honor roll bearing the names of 350 members was formally dedicated. Over four hundred attended the service in which visiting clergymen participated with the priests of the parish.

Officiating at the Benediction were the Rev. John D. McGowan, pastor; the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Joseph E. Breslin, dean of the Catholic clergy of Westchester County; the Rev. Thomas E. Philbin, of White Plains; the Rev. Francis Scott, Bronxville; the Rev. Thomas F. Farrell and the Rev. James F. Tully, both of Rye.

Three members of the X United States Marines, home after thirty months service in the South Pacific, Cpl. Daniel P. Coughlin, Pfc. Richard Doubek and Pfc, Joseph Maloney, formed a special guard of honor.

THE RYE CHRONICLE Friday, December 15, 1944

After the war, Daniel joined the fire department in Rye as a volunteer in 1945. In 1949 he became a paid member and retired as fire inspector in 1985 after 36 years of service

On April 28 1951 he married Ann E Moslander at Church of the Resurrection in Rye where he was a parishioner. Daniel belonged to the 1st Marine Division Association, the Marine Corps League and the American Legion Rye Post 128.

In addition for many years Daniel served as scoutmaster oft Boy Scouts Troop 1 at Resurrection School in Rye. He belonged to Rye Senior Citizens and the Rye Golf Club. He was a former member of the Dad's Club of Resurrection School and the Rye Golf Club Commission He also volunteered for the American Cancer Society the Blood Bank Committee at Resurrection Church and the William-H Balls Community Field Day.

Daniel received many awards among them the Boy Scouts’ Silver Beaver the St Georges Medal. In 1979 Daniel was awarded the American Legion's Americanism Award.

Daniel W Coughlin a retired city fire inspector died June 14, 1991 of cancer at his home in Rye. He was 67

At the time of his death, he was survived by his wife Ann, three daughters Catherine Lester of Valhalla and Eileen Coughlin Sherry and Linda Byrne both of Rye three sisters Mary Archer of Port Chester, Ellen D'Angelo of Rye and Patricia McNamara of Flushing Queens and four grandsons Daniel, Eric and Christopher Lester all of Valhalla and James Byrne of Rye. A son Daniel P died in 1972. Two brothers John M. Coughlin and James J. Coughlin and a sister Ann Klimonlck died earlier.

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