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USS Chatelain (DE 149)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - F - G
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars - WWII Victory Medal

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
Chatelain (DE 149) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 January 1943: Keel laid at the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 21 April 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. L. T. Chatelain
  • 22 September 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. J. L. Foley in command
  • 09 - 10 April 1944: In company with USS Pope (DE 134), sank U-515 and U-68 off Madeira Island, Portugal
  • 27 October 1945: Celebrated Navy Day at Key West, Fla. in company with Conger (SS 477) and LST 509
  • 14 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 8⅔ months of service
  • 01 August 1973: Struck from the NVR
  • 11 June 1974: Sold for scrapping to the Union Minerals and Alloy Corp., New York, N.Y. for $51,122.00
  • 24 June 1974: Removed from U.S. Navy custody

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    48k Hubert Paul Chatelain was born to Oscar and Lucille Chatelain at Mansura, La. on 11 February 1917. He attended Our Lady of Victory elementary school in Mansura, then moved to St.Michael's School in New Orleans. After graduation from Warren Easton High School in New Orleans, at age 18, he enlisted in the Navy on 04 July 1935. After completing boot camp at Norfolk, Va., he was chosen, from a class of 1200 sailors to be among five, who would be assigned special duties while stationed at Shanghai, China, Indo-China, Singapore and the Philippine Islands. Regular promotions followed and he made Gunners Mate First Class in 1941. He was discharged from the Navy on 29 July 1941 while serving aboard USS Utah (AG 16). He re-enlisted on 06 August 1941 at the Puget Sound Navy Yard and was transferred to USS South Dakota (BB 57).

    As a gunner's mate first class serving in South Dakota, Chatelain was assigned as the gun captain of a 40mm anti-aircraft gun mount. During the Battle of Santa Cruz on 26 October 1942, after fighting off a number of Japanese aircraft, Chatelain was severely injured by shrapnel from an exploding bomb. He later succumbed to his wounds, and at 2030 in the evening of 26 October was buried at sea. For his great bravery as captain of a 40mm gun mount during the battle, GM1 Hubert P. Chatelain was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal. There is a memorial marker for him at the St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Cemetery in Mansura, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana.

    USS Chatelain (DE 149) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the The Daily Town Talk newspaper of Alexandria, La., Friday, 11 December 1942)
    Mike Smolinski
    Clifton, N.J.

    Navsource DE/FF/LCS
    Archive Manager
    112k undated wartime images -
    364k 30 December 1943: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Shot during a yard period at the New York Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #F644C5346)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    84k 02 April 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Chatelain (DE 149) underway in the Atlantic prior to her assignment to Task Group 21.12 or Task Group 22.3.

    (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN [ret.])
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    326k 08 May 1944: Brooklyn, N.Y. - Chatelain shown lying to off the New York Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #F644C7229)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    333k 04 June 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Salvage parties at work on U-505, as one of USS Guadalcanal's TBM Avenger aircraft circles overhead. In the background is USS Chatelain (DE 149), whose depth charge attack forced the submarine's crew to surface and abandon their ship.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-49168 from the United States National Archives)
    Bob Canchola
    62k 04 June 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - USS Chatelain (DE 149) prepares to transfer POWs to USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) by motor whaleboat.

    (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN [ret.])
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    291k undated / location unknown

    (Source: Ted Stone Photo.
    Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.
    74k 11 June 1974: the Dep't of Defense Bid List for the scrapping of DE's 149, 145, and 152 (Chatelain, Huse, and Peterson). Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    Tim Rizzuto
    Ship's Superintendent
    DE Historical Museum
    USS Slater at Albany, N.Y.

    Chatelain History
    View the USS Chatelain (DE 149) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Chatelain as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Chatelain's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 22 Sep. 1943 - 28 Apr. 1944Lcdr. James Louis Foley, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '29) (Manteca, Cal.)
    2.) 28 Apr. 1944 - 01 Jul. 1945Lcdr. Dudley S. Knox, USNR
    3.) 01 Oct. 1945 - 02 Mar. 1946Lcdr. Seth Thomas Howard, USNR (prior enl. '41) (Canton, Ga.)
    4.) 02 Mar. 1946 - 30 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Robert Louis Bird, USNR (Bloomfield, Mich.)
    5.) 30 Apr. 1946 - 01 Jun. 1946Lt.(jg) Clyde Carlton McPherson (Decomm. CO) (Pulaski, Ark.)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Chatelain has annual reunions in conjunction with the USS Guadalcanal TG22.3 Association
    Contact Name: Edward Julian Austin
    Position: (VP, USS Guadalcanal Association)
    Address: 122 Pinecrest Drive
    City/State: Marion NC 28752
    Phone: (828) 652-2514
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