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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 Bath Iron Works, Bath ME June 12 1944.
Launched October 29 1944 and commissioned January 9 1945.
Reclassified DDR-805 March 18 1949, reverted to DD-805 July 13 1962.
Completed FRAM upgrade August 1962.
Decommissioned July 1 1972.
Stricken June 2 1975.
To South Korea July 5 1972, renamed Chung Buk.
Fate sold for scrap and dismantled in December 2000.

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Chevalier 46kBorn in Providence, R.I., 7 March 1889, Godfrey DeCourcelles Chevalier graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1910. He was appointed a Naval Air Pilot 7 November 1915 and a Naval Aviator 7 November 1918. In 1916 he participated in the installation of the first real catapult used in the Navy and piloted the first plane to be launched by catapult, from North Carolina. In November 1917 he commanded the first naval air station in France, at Dunkerque and for World War I service was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. In 1922 he was attached to Langley, in connection with fitting her out. On 26 October 1922 Lieutenant Commander Chevalier flew plane No. 606 which made the first landing on Langley's deck. This distinguished pioneer of naval aviation died at the Norfolk Naval Hospital 14 November 1922 as a result of injuries sustained in an airplane crash. Digital ID: ggbain 28447, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Chevalier 74kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Chevalier 155kUndated, USS Chevalier (DD 805) off San Francisco with the Oakland Bay Bridge in the background. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Chevalier 117kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Chevalier 119kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Chevalier 203kSnapshot views by Clarence Terry of torpedo practice activity on the Chevalier (DD-805) during shakedown in 1945. Courtesy C Terry,TM3c.Gary Edmisten and John Chiquoine
Chevalier 224kAs above.Gary Edmisten and John Chiquoine
Chevalier 58kMay 1945, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Chevalier 138kUSS Chevalier (DD-805) anchored at Saipan in the Spring of 1946. Photo taken by William W. Ross from USS Hawkins (DD-873).Robert Hurst
Chevalier 99kSeptember 6 1946 at Mare Island.Pieter Bakels
Chevalier 65kNavy Photo 3110-46, broadside view of USS Chevalier (DD 805) off Mare Island on 29 Aug 1946. She was in overhaul at the yard from 29 June to 12 September 1946.Darryl Baker
Chevalier 100kNavy Photo 3236-46, aft plan view of USS Chevalier (DD 805) at Mare Island on 6 Sep 1946.Darryl Baker
Chevalier 83kMare Island, September 6 1946.Pieter Bakels
Chevalier 144kA South Korean frigate tied up alongside the U.S. Gearing-class destroyer USS Chevalier (DD-805), two unknown U.S. destroyers, and the destroyer tender USS Dixie (AD-14), off the coast of Korea on 6 December 1950. U.S. photo no. HN-SN-98-07119; NARA file no. 80-G-423955.Robert Hurst
Chevalier 102kCirca 1954.Marc Piché
Chevalier 95kCirca late 1950's.Marc Piché
Chevalier 162k"Hand Salute! -- As the body of Lieutenant Commander Omar R. Ford, USN, one of 44 officers and men who lost their lives in USS Oriskany October 26 fire tragedy, is committed to the deep from Oriskany's flight deck during memorial services at sea in the Western Pacific, November 6, en route to San Diego, California. Fire-scarred Oriskany departed Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, for San Diego November 3." (quoted from the original caption released with this image). Note Oriskany's insignia on the light-colored flag, at right, and three destroyers steaming alongside. Nearest destroyer is USS Chevalier (DD-805). Next outboard is USS Gurke (DD-783). Photographed by JOC Dick Wood.Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center (# NH 97411). (Note that the Oriskany fire actually occurred in 1966, not 1967 as is incorrectly printed on the photo).NHC
Chevalier 87kCrew paints the Engineering "E" on the forward stack of the Chevalier in the fall of 1968 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard.Richard H. King, CDR, USNR-RET
Chevalier 110kCirca 1969, Point Loma off San Diego.William F. Yannayon Sr.
Chevalier 128kUSS Chevalier (DD-805) underway in 1969, location unknown. United States Navy, PH2 A. Cuellar.Robert Hurst
Chevalier 57kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Chevalier 47kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Republic of Korea Service
Chevalier 131kAuckland, New Zealand December 4 1981.Chris Howell
Chevalier 131kAs above.Chris Howell

USS CHEVALIER DD-805 / DDR-805 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Frederick D. Wolseiffer    Jan 9 1945 - Aug 10 1946
CDR Ernest Valentine Bruchez    Aug 10 1946 - May 1 1948
CDR Claude Mahany Fligg    May 1 1948 - May 15 1950
CDR Blake Buckley Booth    May 15 1950 - Aug 21 1951
CDR William Fleming McLaren    Aug 21 1951 - May 29 1952
CDR James Dunham Reilly    May 29 1952 - Nov 1955
CDR Alan Ray    Nov 1955 - Nov 13 1956
CDR John Lasswell Nichols    Nov 13 1956 - Jan 1958
CDR Walter Daugherty McCord Jr.    Jan 1958 - 1960
CDR William Warner Upshaw    1960 - 1962
CDR John Stanko    1962 - ?
CDR Albert Bailey Hallman    1965 - ?
CDR George Griswald Ely Kirk    1966 - ?
CDR Glenn Palatini    1968 - ?
CDR William Taylor Greenhalgh Jr.    Aug 1970 - Jul 1971
CDR Duane Lawrence Heisinger    Jul 1971 - May 19 1972
LCDR John Dobrosky    May 19 1972 - Jul 1 1972

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