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Cogswell Namesake

Rear Admiral James Kelsey Cogswell was a native of Wisconsin and entered the Naval Academy in 1863. He was aboard the USS OREGON during the historic dash around Cape Horn to join the North Atlantic Squadron in time to contribute to the destruction of the Spanish Fleet at Santiago in 1898. For eminent and conspicuous conduct in that decisive battle he was promoted to Commander. Rear Admiral Cogswell died in Florida in 1908.

The Admiral's son, Captain Francis Cogswell was born in Portsmouth, NewHampshire, and was appointed to the Naval Academy from that state in 1903. During World War I, Captain Cogswell was awarded the Navy Cross. He died in 1939 at Bremerton, Washington.