NavSource Main Page FAQ Contact us Search NavSource

Waving US Flag

NavSource Naval History
Photographic History of the United States Navy


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHUK

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - TOP DOG

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Newark NJ. April 23 1945.
Launched October 20 1945 and commissioned March 22 1946.
Completed FRAM upgrade January 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken April 1 1975.
Fate Sold December 1 1975 to General Metals, Tacoma, WA for $157,227 and broken up for scrap.

Click On Image
For Full Size Image
Size Image Description Contributed
Chandler 71k

Theodore Edson Chandler, born at Annapolis, Md., in 1894 on the day after Christmas, entered the Naval Academy in July 1911. He graduated on 5 June 1915 and received orders to report for duty in Florida (Battleship No. 30). Ens. Chandler next served briefly on board New Hampshire (Battleship No. 25) beginning training in the use of torpedoes at the end of April 1917. On 2 August, he completed that assignment and, four days later, joined the precommissioning complement of Conner (Destroyer No. 72), then being fitted out at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. In May 1918, Lt. (jg.) Chandler sailed in Conner to Brest, France, his destroyer's base during the last six months of World War I. After the Armistice, his service in European waters included a brief term as the temporary commanding officer of Conner. Chandler returned home in April and, in the following month, reported to the shipyard of the William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Co. to help outfit Chandler (Destroyer No. 206), named in honor of his late grandfather, former Secretary of the Navy William E. Chandler. After her commissioning in September, he served in that ship until December 1920 when he was detached to return to the United States.
On 2 January 1921, he reported for duty at the Naval Post Graduate School at Annapolis, Md., and began a 29-month series of ordnance-related studies. On 1 June 1923, he completed training duty and, after a brief leave of absence, reported to Newport News, Va., on 4 July for duty in conjunction with the outfitting of West Virginia (BB-48). The battleship went into commission on 1 December, and Chandler served in her until 16 January 1925 when he transferred to Colorado (BB-45). In June 1926, newly-promoted Lt. Comdr. Chandler came ashore once more for a two-year assignment at the Naval Mine Depot, Yorktown, Va. A nine-month tour of duty as gunnery officer in Trenton (CL-11) followed. He reported on board General Alava (AG-5) on 24 April 1929 but was detached only two days later to assume command of Pope (DD-225). In October 1930, he began another series of shore assignments, reporting initially to the Bureau of Ordnance and then to the Army Industrial College before rounding out duty ashore with a brief tour in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
On 30 May 1932, Chandler resumed sea duty as gunnery officer on the staff of the Commander, Destroyers, Battle Force. On 2 February 1934, he assumed command of Buchanan (DD-131). Between August 1935 and June 1938, he served three successive tours as assistant naval attache: first at Paris, then at Madrid, and finally at Lisbon. He arrived in Camden, N.J., in June 1938 to help fit out Nashville (CL-43); and he served as her executive officer until July 1940. Next, he returned to Washington for a 15-month assignment in the office of the Chief of Naval Operations. Near the end of that tour of duty, he was promoted to captain on 18 July 1941.
Chandler relieved Capt. P. P. Powell as commanding officer of Omaha (CL-4) on 15 October. Shortly over three weeks later, an event occurred that highlighted Chandler's tour in command of the light cruiser. On the morning of 6 November, Omaha, in company with Somers (DD-381), came across a darkened ship that acted suspiciously when challenged. That ship, although bearing the name Willmoto and purportedly operating out of Philadelphia, proved to be the German blockade runner Odenwald, bound for Germany with 3,857 metric tons of raw rubber in her holds. Scuttled by her crew, the German ship began to sink; but Capt. Chandler sent a party on the German vessel that controlled the flooding and salvaged the ship. It proved to be the last time that American sailors received "prize money."
For most of the next 18 months, Omaha cruised the waters of the South Atlantic in search of German blockade runners and submarines. That tour of duty ended in April 1943, when Chandler was selected to command United States naval forces in the Aruba Curacao area.
On 3 May, he was promoted to rear admiral. In July 1944, Rear Admiral Chandler took command of Cruiser Division (CruDiv) 2, Atlantic Fleet. In that capacity, he participated in Operation "Dragoon," the invasion of southern France executed in mid-August, and commanded the "Sitka-Romeo" force which captured the lies d'Hyeres just off the coast of Provence. Shortly thereafter, Rear Admiral Chandler was given command of Battleship Division (BatDiv) 2 of the Pacific Fleet. He reported for duty on 2 October in time to command his ships (part of Oldendorf's bombardment group) during the Leyte invasion and helped to repulse the Japanese southern attack group (Nishimura's Force "C" and Shima's 2d Striking Force) in the Surigao Strait phase of the Battle for Leyte Gulf.
On 8 December, Rear Admiral Chandler was shifted to command of CruDiv 4 and flew his flag above Louisville (CA-28). During the voyage from Leyte to Lingayen for the invasion of Luzon, Chandler's cruisers came under heavy Japanese air attacks, mostly by kamikazes. Late in the afternoon of 5 January 1945, a group of 16 suicide planes swooped in on the force then about 100 miles from Manila Bay. One of the four successful kamikazes crashed into Rear Admiral Chandler's flagship at her number 2 turret, but she continued in her mission. The next day, however, the cruiser suffered more severely during a repeat performance. At 1730, another suicide plane plunged into the cruiser's starboard side at the bridge. His explosives wreaked havoc with the flag bridge where Rear Admiral Chandler stood. Horribly burned by gasoline flames, the flag officer responded to the occasion like a true sailor. He manhandled fire hoses alongside enlisted men to stop the flames and then waited his turn for first aid with those same ratings. The admiral, his lungs scorched very severely, was beyond help. He died the next day in spite of the Herculean efforts of the medical department.
Photo courtesy US Naval Academy.

Bill Gonyo
Chandler 19kUndated, location unknown.-
Chandler 199kUndated, location unknown.-
Chandler 74kUSS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717) underway location unknown. Photo courtesy Ted Stone.Robert Hurst
Chandler 820kUSS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717) during underway replenishment, date and location unknown.Steve Franklin
Chandler 88kClipping from the Washington Star of the christening on October 20 1945.Ron Reeves
Chandler 200kUSS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717), circa 1946. USN. Photographer unknown.Robert Hurst
Chandler 105kNavy Photo 5734-3-50, broadside view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) at Mare Island on 21 March 1950. She was in overhaul at the yard from 7 Dec 1949 to 12 April 1950.Darryl Baker
Chandler 87kNavy Photo 5735-3-50, forward plan view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) at Mare Island on 21 March 1950. USS Hamner (DD 718) is outboard of USS Wiltsie (DD 716) are seen aft of Chandler. Darryl Baker
Chandler 91kNavy Photo 5738-3-50, aft plan view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) at Mare Island on 21 March 1950. USS Ozbourn (DD 846) is forward of Chandler.Darryl Baker
Chandler 94kNavy Photo 5913-3-50, stern plan view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) off Mare Island on 11 April 1950.Darryl Baker
Chandler 89kNavy Photo 5949-3-50, forward plan view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) off Mare Island on 10 April 1950.Darryl Baker
Chandler 97kNavy Photo 5955-3-50, broadside view of USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD 717) off Mare Island on 10 April 1950.Darryl Baker
Chandler 103kAludra (AF-55) conducting an UNREP (Underway Replenishment) with the destroyer Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717) and attack aircraft carrier Valley Forge (CVA-45) in the Pacific, circa January to May 1953. with F9F Panther jets of VF-51 and VF-53. US Navy photo.Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
Chandler 140kAugust 5 1955 as seen from the USS Wiltsie (DD-716) at Lat. 34 N by Long. 140 E, approximately 60 miles East of Yokosuka, Japan while Peter was an observer for a 5" surface gunnery shoot.Peter M. Fahrendorf, EX LT. USNR
Chandler 76kUSS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717), refueling from the aircraft carrier USS Essex (CVA-9) during that carrier's deployment to the Western Pacific from 1 July 1956 to 26 January 1957. U.S. Navy photo from the USS Essex (CVA-9) 1956-57 cruise book.Robert Hurst
Chandler 101kSan Diego, circa early 1960's.Marc Piché
Chandler 159kUSS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717), USS Aludra (AF-55) and the USS Valley Forge (CV-45) in the early 1960's.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Chandler 23kCirca 1962, off San Francisco.Paul F. Bellows
Chandler 112kCirca 1963, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Chandler 49kUSS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717), during a fire support mission off Vietnam, in 1966. USN Photo from U.S. Navy "All Hands" magazine, February 1967.Robert Hurst
Chandler 151kSteaming ready off the coast of Vietnam, the 7th fleet's destroyer USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717), on 20 November 1966, prepares to direct gunfire at the enemy targets ashore. A Navy spotter, flying tandem in an Army "bird dog" will call and control the mission over Vietnam. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. USN 1119104.Mike Green
Chandler 54kThis and the following series of photos were taken during Chandlers final Westpac Cruise in 1973.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 72kAs above, USS Edson (DD-946), USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717) and USS Ozbourn (DD-846).Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 66kAs above, at sea stern shot from atop mount 52.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 64kAs above, starboard side, ASROC deck, signal bridge, next to the aft stack, chaffroc launcher lower right.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 59kAs above, Long Beach Naval Station prior to deployment.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 62kAs above, getting under way for the final Westpac cruise, interesting note here, the port shaft was seized and the starboard shaft could only make turns for 7 knots.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 71kAs above, saltwater washdown of the portside torpedo deck, where the old mount 52 used to be prior to conversion.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 72kAs above, looking aft on starboard side, ASROC launcher and Chaffroc launcher clearly shown.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 61kAs above, plane guard duty for USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63).Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 57kAs above, another shot of getting underway from Long Beach, CA.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 66kAs above, the ASW team.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 55kAs above, looking aft from midships (ASROC Deck Ladder on left).Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 63kAs above, starboard Mk 32 torpedo tube, USS John R. Craig (DD-885), mount 51 seen to left side of picture, overhead is the support structure for the bridge wings.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 44kAs above, chasing the Kitty Hawk, aircraft seen over carrier.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 64kAs above, ASROC deck, chaffroc launcher shield (right).Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 74kAs above, shot of the LCCS (Launcher Captain Control Station) and ASROC deck.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 49kAs above, closer shot of USS Kitty Hawk landing aircraft, plane guard duty.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 58kAs above, standing just outside on the SONAR Shack near CIC.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 69kAs above, performing maintenance on the ASROC launcher at sea.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 80kAs above, looking aft from the 01 level, flight deck (Dash) and mount 52 aft on the fantail.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 59kAs above, ASROC deck.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 63kAs above, Motor Whaleboat deck.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 65kAs above, DASH hangar, flight deck.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 79kAs above, Subic Bay, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) Ship repair facility....we lost our main electrical panel and were without power for several hours. We had ASROC's on the loading trays half in the launcher and half out. No way of moving them until power was restored.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 29kAs above, getting underway from Long Beach, CA., breasting out.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret./Bill Kaupas
Chandler 100kAs above, Midway Island, (L-R) USS George K. Mac Kenzie (DD-836), USS John R. Craig (DD-885), USS Albert David (DE-1050) and USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717).Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 96kAs above, at Pearl Harbor.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 77kAs above, Mount 51.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 79kAs above, Mount 52, pre Fram it was Mount 53.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
Chandler 117kInvitation the the decommissioning.Ron Reeves
Chandler 68kcover of the decommissioning program.Ron Reeves
Chandler 66kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski

View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Francis O'Connor Fletcher Jr.    Mar 22 1946 - Sep 1947

CDR Nicholas George Doukas    Sep 1947 - Jan 1949

CDR William John Collum Jr.    Jan 1949 - Mar 1951

CDR Thomas Henderson Wells    Mar 1951 - Apr 1952

CDR David Michael Rubel    Apr 1952 - Nov 1953 (Later RADM)

CDR John Dandridge Henley Kane Jr.    Nov 1953 - Feb 11 1956 (Later RADM)

CDR Ward Wayne Witter    Feb 11 1956 - Mar 1958

LCDR Gilbert Lionel Clark    Mar 1958 - Dec 1959

CDR George Cummins Brown    Dec 1959 - Feb 15 1961

LCDR Samuel Lee Gravely Jr.    Feb 15 1961 - Oct 21 1961 (Later VADM)

CDR Joseph Lewis Sperandio    Oct 21 1961 - Apr 6 1963

CDR Lionell Herman Nelson    Apr 6 1963 - Apr 6 1965

CDR John Rives Crumpton Jr.    Apr 6 1965 - Dec 13 1966

CDR Jerred Rushton Rockwood    Dec 13 1966 - Nov 8 1968

CDR Thomas Leland Meeks    Nov 8 1968 - Nov 6 1970

CDR Robert Franklin Connally III    Nov 6 1970 - May 17 1972

CDR Norbert Patrick Murphy    May 17 1972 - Jan 11 1974

CDR David Worth Dellinger    Jan 11 1974 - Apr 1 1975

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Theodore E. Chandler Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

Back To The Main Photo Index To The Destroyer Index Page

Comments and Suggestions about this page, E-mail DestroyerInfo
Problems and site related matters, E-mail Webmaster

This page was created by Fred Willishaw (ex ARG-4, AS-11 & DD-692) and is maintained by David L. Wright
All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
Last Updated 28 June 2018