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USS Chandeleur (AV-10)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Oscar - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Chandeleur Class Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 29 May 1941, as a Maritime Commission type (C3-S-A2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 173) at Western Pipe and Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 29 November 1941
  • Commissioned USS Chandeleur (AV-10), 19 November 1942, CAPT. William Sinton USN in command
  • During World War II USS Chandeleur was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of Solomon Island, July 1943 to January 1944 Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 16 September to 14 October 1944
    Treasury-Bougainville operation, 27 October to 15 December 1943 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 25 March to 30 June 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 26 June to 10 August 1944

  • Following World War II USS Chandeleur was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 7 September to 30 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 12 February 1947, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1971
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1971
  • USS Chandeleur earned five battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 5,300 t.(lt) 12,200 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 23' 9"
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Officers 120
    Enlisted 955
    Largest Boom Capacity 22 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    fifteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 9,700 Bbls
    Diesel - 730 Bbls
    Gasoline - 312,500 Gals
    one General Electric steam turbine, two boilers,
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three turbo-drive 500Kw 450V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500hp

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    Chandeleur 334k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) entering the Golden Gate at San Francisco, approx. 1300, 7 November 1945, with returning personnel from the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. Note the pilot boat alongside. She will acquire prior to passing under the Golden Gate Bridge and note the "Welcome Home Well Done" plastered on the Marin County side of the Golden Gate. Scott Patterson
    Chandeleur 37k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    US Naval Historical Center
    Chandeleur 117k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) underway probably in December 1942 soon after the ship's completion at San Francisco.
    US National Archives Photo # Unknown, RG-19-LCM, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    Chandeleur 84k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) underway near Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 March 1943.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Chandeleur 99k
    Chandeleur 686k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) bow view, off Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 March 1943.
    File name: AV 10 1964-3-43, Navy Photo, 3/21/43
    Darryl Baker
    Chandeleur 745k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) stern view, off Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 March 1943.
    File name: AV 10 1969-3-43, Navy Photo, 3/21/43
    Darryl Baker
    Chandeleur 321k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) at anchor off Pallikuka, Espritu Santo, New Hebrides. Photo is dated 15 April 1943. US National Archives photo. Mike Lechwar
    Chandeleur 106k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) at Apia, Samoa, 20 April 1943 with a disassembled PBY-5 Catalina flying boat on deck.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-6985, a US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Chandeleur 94k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) (forward plan view) moored pierside at San Francisco, 18 May 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3687-43, 5/18/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Chandeleur 88k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) (aft plan view) moored pierside at San Francisco, 18 May 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3688-43, 5/18/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Chandeleur 27k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) steams into San Francisco Bay, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Chandeleur 118k USS Chandeleur (AV-10) underway, date and location unknown. Photo source "Jane's Fighting Ships 1968-69." Robert Hurst
    BB-44 California 138k Reserve Fleet Basin, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania. Photographed on 19 May 1955 with numerous cruisers, escort carriers, and auxiliaries in reserve. The nearest ship is the never-completed
    Hawaii (CB-3), which lacks her previously-installed three 12" gun turrets.
    The cruisers outboard of Hawaii are (in unknown order)
    Honolulu (CL-48),
    Columbia (CL-56),
    Denver (CL-58),
    Galveston (CL-93), and
    Portsmouth (CL-102).
    To their left are
    Tranquility (AH-14),
    Sanctuary (AH-17), and
    Pocono (AGC-16).
    Behind Hawaii (from left to right) are
    Montpelier (CL-57),
    Houston (CL-81),
    Huntington (CL-107),
    Savannah (CL-42),
    Cleveland (CL-55), and
    Wilkes-Barre (CL-103).
    Beyond them (from left to right) are
    Wichita (CA-45),
    Oregon City (CA-122),
    Chester (CA-27), and
    New Orleans (CA-32).
    The cruisers on the left side of the basin (from front to rear) are
    Minneapolis (CA-36),
    Tuscaloosa (CA-37),
    San Francisco (CA-38),
    Augusta (CA-31),
    Louisville (CA-28), and
    Portland (CA-33).
    Among the other ships in reserve in the basin are
    Fomalhaut (AE-20),
    Webster (ARV-2),
    Albemarle (AV-5),
    Tangier (AV-8),
    Pocomoke (AV-9),
    Chandeleur (AV-10),
    Abatan (AW-4),
    Mission San Carlos (AO-120),
    Prince William (CVE-31),
    Anzio (CVE-57),
    Block Island (CVE-106),
    Palau (CVE-122), and
    San Carlos (AVP-51).
    Moored in the shipyard at the extreme left are
    Tennessee (BB-43),
    California (BB-44), and
    Cabot (CVL-28).
    US Navy Photo # 80-G-668655, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Chandeleur (AV-10)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Sinton, William, USN19 November 1942 - 21 May 1943
    02CAPT. Morehouse, Albert Kellogg USN21 May 1943 - 6 November 1943
    03CAPT. Vieweg, Walter Victor Rudolph USN6 November 1943 - 29 February 1944
    04CAPT. Goodney Willard Kinman, USN29 February 1944 - December 1944
    05CAPT. Tracy, John Stuart, USNDecember 1944 - 1945
    06LCDR. Rumsey II, Dexter Cleveland, USN3 April 1946 - 12 February 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Patrol Squadrons - USS Chandeleur (AV-10)
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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