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USS Chatelain (DE 149)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - F - G
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1),
1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Chatelain (DE 149) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 January 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 21 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. L. T. Chatelain
  • 22 September 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr J. L. Foley in command
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day at Key West, Fla. in company with Conger (SS 477) and LST 509
  • 14 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 01 August 1973: Struck from the NVR
  • 11 June 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Union Minerals and Alloy Corp., New York, N.Y. for $51,122.00
  • 24 June 1974: Removed from U.S. Navy custody

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    Chatelain 112k undated wartime image -
    Chatelain 113k undated wartime image
    Chatelain 82k undated wartime image
    Chatelain 364k 30 December 1943: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Shot during a yard period at the New York Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy Photo #F644C5346) Ed Zajkowski
    Chatelain 84k 2 April 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Chatelain (DE 149) underway in the Atlantic prior to her assignment to Task Group 21.12 or Task Group 22.3. (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN [ret.]) Mike Green
    Chatelain 326k 8 May 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Chatelain shown lying to off the New York Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy Photo #F644C7229) Ed Zajkowski
    Chatelain 62k 4 June 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Chatelain (DE 149) prepares to transfer POWs to USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) by motor whaleboat. (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN [ret.]) Mike Green
    Chatelain 291k undated / location unknown (Source: Ted Stone Photo) . Tim Rizzuto
    USS Slater (DE 766)
    Huse 74k 11 June 1974: the Dep't of Defense Bid List for the scrapping of DE's 149, 145, and 152 (Chatelain, Huse, and Peterson). Ed Zajkowski
    Tim Rizzuto

    View the USS Chatelain (DE 149) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Chatelain's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 22 Sep 1943 - 28 Apr. 1944Lcdr. James Louis Foley (Comm.)
    2.) 28 Apr. 1944 - 01 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Dudley S. Knox, USNR
    3.) 01 Oct. 1945 - 02 Mar. 1946Lcdr. Seth Thomas Howard, USNR
    4.) 02 Mar. 1946 - 30 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Robert Louis Bird, USNR
    5.) 30 Apr. 1946 - 01 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Clyde Carlton McPherson (decomm.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Chatelain has annual reunions in conjunction with the USS Guadalcanal TG22.3 Association
    Contact Name: Edward Julian Austin (VP of the USS Guadalcanal Association)
    Address: 122 Pinecrest Drive / Marion NC 28752
    Phone: (828) 652-2514
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