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USS Chaffee (DE 230)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - Y - K - X
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - World War 2 Victory Medal
Second Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal w/Asia Clasp - Philippine Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Chaffee (DE 230) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 August 1943: Keel laid by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • 27 November 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. L. C. Chaffee
  • 09 May 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr A. C. Jones, USNR, in command
  • 15 April 1946: Decommissioned at the Naval Supply Center, Oakland, Cal. after 1 years and 11 months of service
  • 17 August 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 June 1948: Sold to the California Maritime Academy as training vessel
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    Chaffee 150k undated wartime image -
    Chaffee 65k 1943: Atlantic Ocean - patrolling in the Atlantic Al (Sparky) Pinkus
    Chaffee 82k 1943: Luzon, Philippine Islands - in drydock after kamikaze torpedo attack
    Chaffee 520k 26 July 1944: location unknown - Chaffee underway slowly with USS SC-642 alongside.

    (U.S. Navy photos #G-245620 & G-245621 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Chaffee 484k

    Chaffee History
    View the Chaffee (DE 230) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Chaffee's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 09 May 1944 - 22 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Arthur Collins Jones, USNR 
    2.) 22 Oct. 1945 - 15 Apr. 1946Lcdr. Ralph M. Thompson, USNR

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Robert H. Christ / USS Chaffee Historian
    Address: 985 Sentinel Oaks Drive
    City/State: Clover SC 29710
    Phone: (803) 831 8085
    E-mail: Robert Christ
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