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|48k||Jehu Valentine Chase was born in Pattersonville, La. on 10 January 1869, and graduated from the Naval Academy 6 June 1890. As commanding officer of Minnesota when she was mined in September 1918, Chase was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in recognition of his splendid seamanship and leadership in bringing his ship safely to port without loss of life. Admiral Chase was Commander in Chief, United States Fleet, from 17 September 1930 to 15 September 1931, and Chairman of the General Board from April 1932 until his retirement in February 1933. He died at Coronado, Calif., 24 May 1937.
His Distinguished Service Medal citation reads: "For exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as commanding officer of the USS Minnesota and also for the splendid seamanship shown in bringing the Minnesota safely into port after being mined, with a hole in here underwater body approximately thirty feet long and extending afterward ships from port side of keel to starboard armor shelf and protective deck, without loss of life."
USS Chase (DE 158) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress)
|283k||24 April 1943: Portsmouth, Va. - Chase (DE 158) being launched into the Elizabeth River at the Norfolk Navy Yard.||Richard F. Beto|
|39k||24 April 1943: Portsmouth, Va. - Chase slides into the river.||-|
|519k||undated wartime image||Richard F. Beto|
|269k||undated wartime image|
|278k||undated wartime image (Photo courtesy of Hulon Brown)|
|261k||Chase's wartime officer complement (Photo courtesy of Hulon Brown)|
|2.53m||20 January 1943: Boston, Mass. - Chase's crew holds a party at the Greater Boston USO.|
|178k||undated: Clarksburg, W.V. - Richard's Dad, Carpenter's Mate Second Class Frank Beto, at home on leave. He was promoted to PO1 shortly afterward.|
|Chase's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 18 Jul. 1943 - 27 Dec. 1943||Lcdr. Victor Barns Staadecker, USNR (comm.)|
|2.) 27 Dec. 1943 - 29 Sep. 1945||Lcdr. George Orvil Knapp II, USNR|
|3.) 29 Sep. 1945 - 15 Jan. 1946||Lt. C.L. Keedy, Jr., USNR (decomm.)|
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