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USS THEODORE E. CHANDLER (DD-717)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHUK

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - TOP DOG

CLASS - GEARING As Built.
Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Newark NJ. April 23 1945.
Launched October 20 1945 and commissioned March 22 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade January 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken April 1 1975.
Fate Sold December 1 1975 to General Metals, Tacoma, WA for $157,227 and broken up for scrap.

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Chandler 71kTheodore Edson Chandler was an admiral of the United States Navy during World War II, who commanded battleship and cruiser divisions in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. He was killed in action when Japanese kamikaze aircraft struck his flagship on 7 January 1945. Photo courtesy of the United States Naval AcademyBill Gonyo
Chandler 154kArtist's conception of the Chandler as built in a cutaway view 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
Chandler 19kUndated, location unknown.-
Chandler 199kUndated, location unknown.-
Chandler 74kUSS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717) underway location unknown. Photo courtesy Ted Stone.Robert Hurst
Chandler 88kClipping from the Washington Star of the christening on October 20 1945.Ron Reeves
Chandler 200kUSS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717), circa 1946. USN. Photographer unknown.Robert Hurst
Chandler 105kNavy Photo 5734-3-50, broadside view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) at Mare Island on 21 March 1950. She was in overhaul at the yard from 7 Dec 1949 to 12 April 1950.Darryl Baker
Chandler 87kNavy Photo 5735-3-50, forward plan view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) at Mare Island on 21 March 1950. USS Hammer (DD 718) is outboard of USS Wiltsie (DD 716) are seen aft of Chandler. Darryl Baker
Chandler 91kNavy Photo 5738-3-50, aft plan view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) at Mare Island on 21 March 1950. USS Ozbourn (DD 846) is forward of Chandler.Darryl Baker
Chandler 94kNavy Photo 5913-3-50, stern plan view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) off Mare Island on 11 April 1950.Darryl Baker
Chandler 89kNavy Photo 5949-3-50, forward plan view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) off Mare Island on 10 April 1950.Darryl Baker
Chandler 97kNavy Photo 5955-3-50, broadside view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) off Mare Island on 10 April 1950.Darryl Baker
Chandler 103kAludra (AF-55) conducting an UNREP (Underway Replenishment) with the destroyer Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717) and attack aircraft carrier Valley Forge (CVA-45) in the Pacific, circa January to May 1953. with F9F Panther jets of VF-51 and VF-53. US Navy photo.Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
Chandler 140kAugust 5 1955 as seen from the USS Wiltsie (DD-716) at Lat. 34 N by Long. 140 E, approximately 60 miles East of Yokosuka, Japan while Peter was an observer for a 5" surface gunnery shoot.Peter M. Fahrendorf, EX LT. USNR
Chandler 76kUSS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717), refueling from the aircraft carrier USS Essex (CVA-9) during that carrier's deployment to the Western Pacific from 1 July 1956 to 26 January 1957. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Essex (CVA-9) 1956-57 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Chandler 101kSan Diego, circa early 1960's.Marc Piché
Chandler 159kUSS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717), USS Aludra (AF-55) and the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) in the early 1960's.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Chandler 23kCirca 1962, off San Francisco.Paul F. Bellows
Chandler 112kCirca 1963, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Chandler 49kUSS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717), during a fire support mission off Vietnam, in 1966. USN Photo from U.S. Navy "All Hands" magazine, February 1967.Robert Hurst
Chandler 151kSteaming ready off the coast of Vietnam, the 7th fleet's destroyer USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717), on 20 November 1966, prepares to direct gunfire at the enemy targets ashore. A Navy spotter, flying tandem in an Army "bird dog" will call and control the mission over Vietnam. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. USN 1119104.Mike Green
Chandler 54kThis and the following series of photos were taken during Chandlers final Westpac Cruise in 1973.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 72kAs above, USS Edson DD 946, USS Theodore E. Chandler DD 717 and USS Ozbourne DD 846.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 66kAs above, at sea stern shot from atop mount 52.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 64kAs above, starboard side, ASROC deck, signal bridge, next to the aft stack, chaffroc launcher lower right.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 59kAs above, Long Beach Naval Station prior to deployment.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 62kAs above, getting under for the final Westpac cruise, interesting note here, the port shaft was seized and the starboard shaft could only make turns for 7 knots.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 71kAs above, saltwater washdown of the portside torpedo deck, where the old mount 52 used to be prior to conversion.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 72kAs above, looking aft on starboard side, ASROC launcher and Chaffroc launcher clearly shown.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 61kAs above, plane guard duty for USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 57kAs above, another shot of getting underway from Long Beach, CA.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 66kAs above, the ASW team.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 55kAs above, looking aft from midships (ASROC Deck Ladder on left).Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 63kAs above, starboard Mk 32 torpedo tube, USS John R. Craig (DD-885), mount 51 seen to left side of picture, overhead is the support structure for the bridge wings.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 44kAs above, chasing the Kitty Hawk, aircraft seen over carrier.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 64kAs above, ASROC deck, chaffroc launcher shield (right).Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 74kAs above, shot of the LCCS (Launcher Captain Control Station) and ASROC deck.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 49kAs above, closer shot of USS Kitty Hawk landing aircraft, plane guard duty.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 58kAs above, standing just outside on the SONAR Shack near CIC.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 69kAs above, performing maintenance on the ASROC launcher at sea.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 80kAs above, looking aft from the 01 level, flight deck (Dash) and mount 52 aft on the fantail.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 59kAs above, ASROC deck.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 63kAs above, Motor Whaleboat deck.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 65kAs above, DASH hangar, flight deck.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 79kAs above, Subic Bay, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Ship repair facility....we lost our main electrical panel and were without power for several hours. We had ASROC's on the loading trays half in the launcher and half out. No way of moving them until power was restored.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 29kAs above, getting underway from Long Beach, CA., breasting out.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret./Bill Kaupas
Chandler 100kAs above, Midway Island, (L-R) USS George K. Mac Kenzie DD 836, USS John R. Craig DD 885, USS Albert David DE 1050 and USS Theodore E. Chandler DD 717.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 96kAs above, at Pearl Harbor.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 77kAs above, Mount 51.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 79kAs above, Mount 52, pre Fram it was Mount 53.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 117kInvitation the the decommissioning.Ron Reeves
Chandler 68kcover of the decommissioning program.Ron Reeves
Chandler 66kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

USS THEODORE E. CHANDLER DD-717 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Francis O'Connor Fletcher Jr.    Mar 22 1946 - Sep 1947
CDR Nicholas George Doukas    Sep 1947 - Jan 1949
CDR William John Collum Jr.    Jan 1949 - Mar 1951
CDR Thomas Henderson Wells    Mar 1951 - Apr 1952
CDR David Michael Rubel    Apr 1952 - Nov 1953 (Later RADM)
CDR John Dandridge Henley Kane Jr.    Nov 1953 - Feb 11 1956 (Later RADM)
CDR Ward Wayne Witter    Feb 11 1956 - Mar 1958
LCDR Gilbert Lionel Clark    Mar 1958 - Dec 1959
CDR George Cummins Brown    Dec 1959 - Feb 15 1961
LCDR Samuel Lee Gravely Jr.    Feb 15 1961 - Oct 21 1961 (Later VADM)
CDR Joseph Lewis Sperandio    Oct 21 1961 - Apr 6 1963
CDR Lionell Herman Nelson    Apr 6 1963 - Apr 6 1965
CDR John Rives Crumpton Jr.    Apr 6 1965 - Dec 13 1966
CDR Jerred Rushton Rockwood    Dec 13 1966 - Nov 8 1968
CDR Thomas Leland Meeks    Nov 8 1968 - Nov 6 1970
CDR Robert Franklin Connally III    Nov 6 1970 - May 17 1972
CDR Norbert Patrick Murphy    May 17 1972 - Jan 11 1974
CDR David Worth Dellinger    Jan 11 1974 - Apr 1 1975

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Theodore E. Chandler Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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