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USS Chase (APD-54)
USS Chase (DE-158) (1944 - 1945)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Charlie - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2) [retroactive - 20 April 1944, 20 May 1945] - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) World War II Victory Medal
Buckley Class Destroyer Escort / Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport:
Laid down, 11 August 1943, as, Chase (DE-158), a Buckley Class Destroyer Escort at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth VA.
Launched 24 April 1943
Commissioned USS Chase (DE-158), 18 July 1943, LCDR. Victor B. Staadecker, USNR, in command
Converted to a Charles Lawrence Class High-speed Transport, redesignated (APD-54), 24 November 1944
During World War II USS Chase was assigned initially to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater TransDiv One Hundred-Seven, CAPT. N. E. Miller
and participated in the following operation/campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Convoy UGS-38, 20 April 1944
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 30 May to 22 June 1945
Decommissioned 15 January 1946 at San Diego CA.
Struck from the Naval Register 7 February 1946
USS Chase earned two battle stars for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold 13 November 1946 for scrapping
Displacement 1,400 t.(lt), 2,130 t.(fl)
Length 306' ovl.
Draft 12' 7" (limiting)
Speed 23.6 kts. (trial)
Range 6,000 nautical miles at 12 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Boats 4 LCVP landing craft
six 1/4 ton trucks
two 1 ton trucks
four ammunition carts
four pack howitzers
Ammunition 6,000 cu. ft.
General Cargo 3,500 cu. ft.
Gasoline 1,000 cu. ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
three twin 40 mm AA gun mounts
six single 20 mm AA gun mounts
two depth charge tracks
NSFO 2,216 Bbls
Diesel 93 Bbls
two Combustion Engineering "D" Express boilers, 435psi 750°
two General Electric turbines, (turbo-electric drive)
Ship's Service Generators
two 300Kw 450V A.C.
two 40Kw 120V D.C.
two propellers, 12,000shp
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||USS Chase (APD-54) moored to a buoy at Kerama Retto sometime after 20 May 1945. Chase fired successfully on a diving kamikaze, but had to maneuver violently to avoid the falling craft. It splashed, a scant 10 yards from the ship, and the explosion of the two bombs it carried ripped Chase 's hull open, flooding the engine and fire rooms. With her steering gear jammed at hard left rudder, Chase drove off another suicide plane. Listing so badly as to be in danger of capsizing, she was kept afloat by the skillful work of her crew and towed into Kerama Retto for repairs
USS Chase (APD-54)
Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Staadecker, Victor Barns, USNR ||18 July 1943 - 27 December 1943||DE-158|
|02||LCDR. Knapp II, George Orvil., USNR||27 December 1943 - 11 October 1945||DE-158 / APD-54|
|03||LT. Keedy Jr., C L., USNR||11 October 1945 - 15 January 1946||APD-54|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
Last Updated 30 June 2017
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