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Ship's Patch
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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


Specifications:
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
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.
  • 11 June 1952: Loaned to the U.S. Coast Guard and recommissioned as WDE491; assigned to New Bedford, Mass.
  • 30 July 1954: Decommissioned and returned to U.S. Navy custody
  • 28 October 1954: Reclassified as DER391, commenced conversion
  • 1 June 1955: Recommissioned; assigned to Newport, R.I. as a unit of the Atlantic Barrier Patrol
  • 20 June 1960: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
  • 1 March 1975: Stricken from the NVR
  • 24 September 1975: Sold for scrapping
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    Chambers 224k 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. David Hanus
    Chambers 102k 11 June 1952: Commissioning into USCG as WDE 491 -
    Chambers 48k circa 1952: shortly after USCG commissioning Robert Hurst
    Chambers 116k 2 April 1958: At Lisbon, Portugal Karl A. Emrich
    RMC, USN (ret.)

    Memorabilia
    Ship's Lighter
    Chambers
    Courtesy of Mike Smolinski

    View the USS Chambers (DE 391) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    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 / Hamburg NY 14075
    Phone: 716-861-0455
    E-mail: spang1039 at verizon.net

    Note About Contacts

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    made to list the newest contact. However, our entry is only as good as the latest information that's been sent to us. We list only
    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists, rosters, or deck logs available. Please see the Frequently
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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Chambers
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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