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USS Chambers (DE 391)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - X - V
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
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
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
Chambers (DE 391) Building and Operational Data:
28 May 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
17 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. R. F. Chambers, mother of Ensign Chambers
22 November 1943: Commissioned, Cmdr. H. A. Loughlin, USCG, in command; assigned to the Atlantic Fleet
22 April 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 5 months of service
11 June 1952: Loaned to the U.S. Coast Guard and recommissioned as WDE-491; assigned to New Bedford, Mass.
30 July 1954: Decommissioned and returned to U.S. Navy custody after 2 years and 1½ months of service
28 October 1954: Reclassified as DER 391, commenced conversion
01 June 1955: Recommissioned; homeport changed to Newport, R.I. as a unit of Escort Squadron 16, on the Atlantic Barrier Patrol
20 June 1960: Decommissioned while berthed in the Back Bay Channel of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard after 5 years and ½ month of service, custody transferred to the CO, Philadelphia Group, U. S. Atlantic Reserve Fleet
01 March 1975: Struck from the NVR with a total 9 years and 7 months of service
24 September 1975: Sold for scrapping
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||Official U.S. Coast Guard WWII Public Affairs photo of USS Chambers (DE 391), also included is the rear of the photo describing the ship
in action. David's Dad, Bennie Hanus, was a wartime crewmember of Chambers.
||11 June 1952: Commissioning into USCG as WDE 491
||circa 1952: shortly after USCG commissioning
England, United Kingdom
||undated: Port quarter view of the radar picket destroyer escort USS Chambers (DE 391) after her DER conversion.
(U.S. Navy photo #L45-47.07.02 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
||02 April 1958: At Lisbon, Portugal
||Karl A. Emrich|
RMC, USN (ret.)
|View the USS Chambers (DE 391) DANFS history entry located
on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
|Chambers' Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command
|1.) 22 Nov. 1943 – 23 Oct. 1944||Cmdr. Harry Augustine Loughlin, USCG (USCGA '29)
|2.) 23 Oct. 1944 - ||Lcdr. Warner Keith Thompson Jr., USCG (USCGA '33)
|3.) 01 Jun. 1955 – 05 Feb. 1957||Cmdr. George Kingsbury Dress, USN
|4.) 05 Feb. 1957 – 26 Jun. 1958||Lcdr. / Cmdr. Robert J. Loomis, USN
|5.) 26 Jun. 1958 – 22 Dec. 1959||Lcdr. C. T. McGrath, USN
|6.) 22 Dec. 1959 – 20 Jun. 1960||Lcdr. Claiborne Sheldon Bradley, USN (USNA '48B) (Chicago, Ill.)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
11 - 15 September 2011 at Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Held in conjunction with the annual DESA Reunion
Contact Name: Curt Spangler
Address: 302 East Main Street
City/State: Hamburg NY 14075
E-mail: spang1039 at verizon.net
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The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
The Destroyer History Foundation
Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Chambers
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