From a contemporary press report:
Age 77, died January 27, 1996 of heart attack at his residence in Crofton, Maryland.
Colonel Coghill served with the 11th Infantry Regiment throughout World War II. Through his 30 years in the Army he served overseas in Korea and Turkey and in the United States at such posts as Fort Campbell, Fort Leavenworth, Fort Benning, Fort Stewart, the University of Richmond, the Pentagon, and Fort Meade.
After his retirement in 1970 he taught high school math in Maryland. He was a life member and past chapter commander of the Military Order of World Wars.
His decorations included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Combat Infanryman's Badge, and the General Staff Identification Badge.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy; two daughters, Karen and Julie; and one son, Neil.
Burial was held March 7, 1996 at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
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