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USS Chaffee (DE-230)
Career (United States)
Name: USS Chaffee
Namesake: Davis Elliot Chaffee
Builder: Philadelphia Navy Yard
Launched: 27 November 1943
Sponsored by: Mrs. L. C. Chaffee
Commissioned: 9 May 1944
Decommissioned: 15 April 1946
Struck: 29 June 1948
Honors and
Two battle stars
Fate: Unknown
General characteristics
Class & type: Rudderow
Type: Destroyer escort
Displacement: 1,450 tons
Length: 306 feet
Beam: 36 feet, 10 inches
Draft: 9 feet 8 inches
Speed: 24 knots
Complement: 186
Armament: 2 x 5 in/38 cal (127 mm) (2x1)
4 x 40-mm/70 (2x2)
10 x 20 mm (10x1)
3 x 21 in torpedo tubes (1x3)
1 Hedgehog depth bomb thrower
8 depth charge projectors (8x1)
2 depth charge racks

USS Chaffee (DE-230) was a Rudderow-class destroyer escort in the United States Navy during World War II

Chaffee was launched 27 November 1943 by Charleston Navy Yard; sponsored by Mrs. L. C. Chaffee; and commissioned 9 May 1944, Lieutenant Commander A. C. Jones, USNR, in command.

After operating on the east coast as a target ship in submarine training, and as a training ship for prospective escort vessel crews, Chaffee cleared Bayonne, New Jersey, 14 October 1944. She arrived at Hollandia 21 November for operations in the New Guinea area screening LSTs, in gunnery and antitorpedo exercises, and on patrol at the entrance to Aitape.

Chaffee began her role in the battles of the Philippines when she sailed from Hollandia 17 December 1944 to escort landing craft to Leyte. She cleared Hollandia again 8 January 1945 with reinforcements for the recently landed San Fabian Attack Force at Lingayen, where she arrived 21 January. Assigned to patrol in Lingayen Gulf, Chaffee underwent a unique experience 23 January, when a Japanese aerial torpedo passed through her bow without exploding, or causing any injuries to her crew. By 2 February, temporary repairs had been completed, and Chaffee returned to patrol duties. She continued to escort convoys in the Philippines, as well as conduct patrols, in support of the Mindanao operation until 29 April, when she cleared Parang for Morotai. She returned to the southern Philippines for escort duty 2 May. A week later, she guarded the landing of reinforcements at Davao.

Chaffee arrived at Morotai from the Philippines 19 June 1945 to train for the Borneo operation, and cleared on 28 June to escort reinforcements which landed at Balikpapan 3 July. For the remainder of the war, Chaffee escorted convoys between Morotai and Hollandia and the Philippines. She aided in the establishment of the base in Subic Bay, conducted local patrols and escort missions, and escorted a troop ship to Okinawa in September, then returned to Philippine operations until 10 January 1946, when she cleared Subic Bay for home.

She arrived at San Francisco 5 February, where she was decommissioned 15 April 1946. She was sold 29 June 1948.

Chaffee received two battle stars for World War II service.

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