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Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco May 5 1919.
Launched September 2 1919 and commissioned March 10 1921.
Decommissioned May 15 1930.
Stricken August 13 1930.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1931.

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79kReuben Chase joined Ranger as a seaman in 1777 and served during John Paul Jones' daring raid into British waters. Chase was appointed a midshipman in Bon-homme Richard 18 March 1779, and took part in the historic victory over HMS Serapis 23 September 1779. Chase (DD-323) was named in his honor.Bill Gonyo/John Klar
Chase 52kArtist's conception of the Chase as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Chase 133kU.S. Navy destroyers fitting out, At the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Union Plant, Potrero Works, San Francisco, California, on 1 April 1920. Ships present are (from left to right): Kidder (Destroyer # 319); Selfridge (Destroyer # 320); Chase (Destroyer # 323); Mervine (Destroyer # 322); Marcus (Destroyer # 321); LaVallette (Destroyer # 315); and Yarborough (Destroyer # 314). Photograph from the Collections of the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-LC-38-L-3.Robert Hurst
Chase 160kUnderway at sea during the 1920s, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst
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Crewman photo collection of practicing making smoke and manuvering - circa 1920's
Tommy Trampp
Chase 109kUSS Mullany (DD-325), USS Robert Smith (DD-324), USS Chase (DD-323) and USS Mervine (DD-322) in Melbourne circa 1924.Marc Piché
Chase 95kUSS Mullany (DD-325), USS Robert Smith (DD-324) and USS Chase (DD-323) in Melbourne circa 1925.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Chase 82kThe tender USS Melville (AD-2) with Destroyer Division 35 alongside and all are flying full colours during Navy Day in San Diego, California, 28 October 1927. From left to right are the USS MacDonough (DD-331), USS Mervine (DD-322), USS Marcus (DD-321), USS Mullany (DD-325), USS Chase (DD-323), USS Robert Smith (DD-324) and USS Selfridge (DD-320). Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst
Chase 201kColoured postcard of five Clemson class destroyer alongside their tender about 1930 . The vessels are as follows: USS Chase (DD-323), USS Mullany (DD-235), USS Selfridge (DD-320), USS Mervine (DD-322) and USS Marcus (DD-321) alongside their unidentified tender.Robert Hurst

USS CHASE DD-323 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charlton Eugene Battle Jr.    Mar 10 1921 - Aug 5 1921 (Later COMO)
LCDR Herbert Aloysius Jones    Aug 5 1921 - Dec 31 1923
LCDR Alan Gustavus Olson    Dec 31 1923 - Jun 14 1926
CDR James Alexander Logan    Jun 14 1926 - Apr 10 1929 (Later COMO)
LT Clarence Valle Lee    Apr 10 1929 - Sep 10 1929 (XOIC)
LCDR Thomas Earle Van Metre    Sep 10 1929 - May 15 1930

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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