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USS CHEW (DD-106)


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CLASS - WICKES (LITTLE)
Built to a different set of plans (Bethlehem) than the Wickes (Bath) the Little versions were
considered less successful than the Bath designed ships, with few remaining in service past 1936.
Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 27,000 SHP; General Electric Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Union Iron Works, San Francisco on January 2 1918.
Launched May 26 1918 and commissioned December 12 1918.
Beginning in November 1919 and operated in reduced commission until
she was decommissioned at San Diego June 1 1922 and berthed there
until Recommissioning on October 14 1940.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia October 15 1945 and was berthed there until her sale.
Stricken November 1 1945.
Fate Sold October 4 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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- Born in Virginia about 1750 Samuel Chew, a resident of Connecticut, was appointed by the Marine Committee 17 June 1777 to command the Continental Brigantine Resistance with which he had much success against British commerce. The brigantine, carrying ten four-pounders, fell in with a British Letter-of-Marque (20 guns) on 4 March 1778. In the hand-to-hand struggle which ensued, Captain Chew, fighting gallantly, was killed but his ship managed to break off the battle with its superior opponent and return safely to Boston.Robert M. Cieri
Chew 97kUSS Chew (DD-106) and USS Ward (DD-139) at Hilo Sugar Docks, Territory of Hawaii, 22 July 1941. Courtesy of Mr. Jesse Pond (VP-1) via Mr. Robert Varrill. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Joe Radigan
Chew 120kBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. photo, 8 October 1918.Joe Radigan
Chew 87kUSS Chew (DD-106), Underway at sea in the eastern Pacific area, 2 August 1945. Note the late World War II configuration of this old destroyer: aftermost of her original four smokestacks removed, with the remaining three shortened; retention of midships torpedo tubes and original four 4"/50 guns, with one gun still mounted on her main deck aft; and "K-Gun" depth charge throwers in place of her after torpedo tubes. Chew's paint scheme is somewhat reminiscent of the 1941 vintage Camouflage Measure One, with dark paint except on her smokestack tops and (apparently) her upper upper foremast. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-277132.Robert Hurst
Chew 57kUSS Chew (DD-106), USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Belknap (APD-34) and ex DD-251 at Naval Air Station Cape May, New Jersey on 24 November 1945.Gerd Matthes

USS CHEW DD-106 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Jacob Henry Klein Jr.    Dec 12 1918 - Sep 17 1919
LCDR Edward Louis Beck    Oct 14 1940 - Dec 12 1941 (Later RADM)
LCDR Harry Reid Hummer Jr.    Dec 12 1941 - Oct 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Peter Harry Horn    Oct 1942 - Jan 1943

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Naval Historical Center Pearl Harbor Action Report
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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