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Hull Number: DD-667

Launch Date: 03/28/1943

Commissioned Date: 05/31/1943

Decommissioned Date: 05/14/1954

Voice Call Sign: MARGE (KOREA)


Class: FLETCHER

FLETCHER Class

Data for USS Fletcher (DD-445) as of 1945


Length Overall: 376’ 5"

Beam: 39’ 7"

Draft: 13’ 9"

Standard Displacement: 2,050 tons

Full Load Displacement: 2,940 tons

Fuel capacity: 3,250 barrels

Armament:

Five 5″/38 caliber guns
Five 40mm twin anti-aircraft mounts
Two 21″ quintuple torpedo tubes

Complement:

20 Officers
309 Enlisted

Propulsion:

4 Boilers
2 General Electric Turbines: 60,000 horsepower

Highest speed on trials: 35.2 knots

Namesake: ISAAC CHAUNCEY

ISAAC CHAUNCEY

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, June 2018

Isaac Chauncey — born in Black Rock, Conn. — on 20 February 1772, entered the merchant marine as a young man and was later appointed a Lieutenant in the Navy from 17 September 1798. He fought with gallantry in the West Indies during the Quasi-War with France, 1799–1801. He went to the Mediterranean in 1802 and participated in the naval operations against the Barbary states. He commanded the frigate John Adams (1804–1805), the brig-rigged sloop-of-war Hornet (1805–1806), Promoted to the rank of Captain on 24 April 1806, he was furloughed to take command of the merchant ship Beaver on a voyage to China, and there again demonstrated his bravery in the face of a British warship’s efforts to examine his crew for possible impressment.

In 1807, after returning to the United States and resuming his naval service, Capt. Chauncey took command of the Navy Yard at Brooklyn, N.Y. After war began with Great Britain in mid-1812, Chauncey was ordered, on 12 September 1812, from New York City to Sackett’s (Sackets) Harbor, N.Y., near the Thousand Islands at the east end of Lake Ontario, to gain control of Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, and others, if necessary. Chauncey was designated Commander, Naval Forces on the Upper Lakes. As opposition, the British had a few small, armed merchant ships based at York [Toronto], Upper Canada [Ontario]. Chauncey subsequently engaged in an extensive program, building and buying vessels in order to improve the American position on the lake. On 8 November 1812, Chauncey, now Commodore, with the brigantine Oneida, armed with sixteen 24-pounders, and six armed schooners, got underway from Sackett’s Harbor. Finding the 22-gun British vessel, HMS Royal George, out at False Duck Islands on Lake Ontario, Chauncey chased her into Kingston Harbor, Upper Canada. At 3:00 p.m., he ran into the harbor to inspect the fort’s defenses. Two of his schooners were chasing merchantmen but the remaining four, each carrying a long 32-pounder, went in ahead of Oneida and kept up a brisk fire on the batteries while Oneida ranged beside Royal George. In 20 minutes, the British cut their rope cables and ran their ship ashore where troops could more easily defend her. Finding the shore batteries too heavy and the wind rising against his course out of the harbor, Chauncey retreated. Royal George was damaged and the schooner Simeo was sunk. Thereafter, four schooners sufficed to blockade Kingston Harbor until ice relieved them of the task.

Chauncey, in February 1813, petitioned the Navy Department to order Oliver Hazard Perry to Erie to command the Erie Squadron. Two months later, in April 1813, Chauncey, believing that his fleet was strong enough to co-operate offensively with the Army under General Winfield Scott, conducted an amphibious operation that captured York in May. He later engaged in a series of inconclusive actions against a British fleet, commanded by Sir James L. Yeo, on Lake Ontario (7–11 August 1813). Just over a month later, the two fleets fought another inconclusive, long-range engagement on Lake Ontario on 11 September 1813. The following spring, Yeo had Chauncey’s fleet blockaded at Sackett’s Harbor. Chauncey was able to turn the tables on Yeo in July 1814, blockading his force at York.

After hostilities ended early in 1815, Chauncey was placed in charge of the Portsmouth Navy Yard, at Kittery, Maine. He returned to the Mediterranean and commanded the Mediterranean Squadron (1816–1818) in the ship-of-the-line Washington. During his command of the squadron, Chauncey assisted in negotiation of a treaty with the Bey of Algiers. Returning to the United States, he later served on the Board of Navy Commissioners (1821–1824) and followed that with another tour as Commandant of the New York Navy Yard. During this tenure, in May 1829, Chauncey led a series of searches for the body of George Washington Adams, who committed suicide by jumping from the deck of the steamship Benjamin Franklin. He returned to the Board of Navy Commissioners in 1833 and became its President in 1837. Commodore Isaac Chauncey died in Washington, D.C., on 27 January 1840. He was interred at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.


Disposition:

Sold 01/02/1974 to Southern Scrap Material Co. LTD., New Orleans, LA. for $139,377.60. Scrapped.


USS CHAUNCEY DD-667 Ship History

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, September 2019

The third Chauncey (DD-667) was launched on 28 March 1943 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.; sponsored by Mrs. R. K. Anderson; and commissioned on 31 May 1943, Lieutenant Commander M. Van Metre in command.

Clearing Norfolk, Va., on 28 August 1943, Chauncey reached Pearl Harbor, T.H., on 19 September. She was assigned to the screen of a fast carrier task force for a punishing series of air strikes on Wake Island on 5 and 6 October 1943. While screening the carriers, Chauncey rescued three downed aviators from the water. After a brief return to Pearl Harbor, Chauncey sailed with another carrier task force for Espiritu Santo, arriving on 6 November 1943.

The destroyer sailed three days later for the air raids on Rabaul of 11 November, in coordination with the Bougainville landings. After the first successful strike launched by the carriers, enemy planes came swarming out to seek vengeance, and a furious 46-minute action, during which Chauncey’s guns blazed almost continuously, resulted in a large number of splashed Japanese aircraft. Chauncey, continuing to screen the same carrier force, now sailed north to begin the preassault air strikes on Tarawa, on 18, 19, and 20 November. As the landings began on 20 November, the carriers launched combat air patrol, antisubmarine searches, and close support strikes, which continued until the island was secured after furious fighting ashore. During this operation,Chauncey again helped drive a Japanese counterattack from the air above the ships she guarded.

With the Marshalls operation scheduled for the next month, Chauncey’s force was assigned a strike at Kwajalein, center of Japanese air power in the Marshalls, and the shipping in its harbor. Air strikes were launched on 4 December 1943 at Kwajalein and Wotje, but Japanese retaliation came in the evening, and Chauncey joined in the fire which splashed many enemy planes and drove them away just after midnight. Her task force sailed on to replenish and repair at Pearl Harbor. Bound for action once more, Chauncey sailed to Funafuti, where she made rendezvous with a seaplane tender whom she and another destroyer escorted up to Tarawa. After brief patrol duty there, she returned to Funafuti to prepare for the next operation, Majuro.

Chauncey sailed on 22 January 1944 to screen escort carriers north to Majuro, assaulted on 30 January. The destroyer screened and patrolled at Majuro and Kwajalein during the assault and occupation of the atolls, and in mid-March returned to the South Pacific. After ten days early in April on watchful patrol off newly occupied Emirau Island, Chauncey screened escort carriers into position to cover the Aitape landings on 22 April, and guarded them as they provided close air support, sailed north to replenish at Manus 28 April, and returned to their covering strikes off New Guinea until 12 May.

Now Chauncey was assigned to guard the escort carriers assembling and rehearsing for the Marianas operation, and on 8 June 1944, arrived at Kwajalein for final preparations. She got underway two days later to screen carriers supporting the landings on Saipan with preassault raids on 13 and 14 June, and air cover during the assault on 15 June. Next day Chauncey joined the group operating off Guam for bombardments and air strikes, and her guns aided in driving off enemy air attacks on the 16th and 17th. Returning to Saipan, she screened carriers there until the 25th, when she got underway to escort transports to Eniwetok. She returned to operate with the carriers off Saipan and Guam from early July, and on 9 July began her part in the continuous bombardment of Guam before the landings there 21 July.

Chauncey continued to screen carriers covering operations on Guam through July, aside from an escort voyage to Eniwetok with unladen transports, and on 10 August, left Guam astern bound for Eniwetok and repairs at Pearl Harbor. She returned to Manus to prepare for the massive Philippine operation, and on 14 October sailed for Leyte guarding the Southern Attack Force transports. She offered close-in protection during the landings on 20 October, and that night patrolled watchfully around the transports, which remained dangerously close to shore in order to speed their unloading. On 22 October, two days before the opening of the decisive Battle for Leyte Gulf, Chauncey cleared to escort unloaded ships to Manus, from which she made two voyages to escort ships to Leyte and Palau during November.

After overhaul and training off the west coast until late February 1945, the destroyer returned to Pearl Harbor. Here she was joined by a carrier, whom she escorted to Ulithi, where Chauncey was assigned to mighty Task Force 58 for the preliminaries to the Okinawa operation. The force got underway on 14 March for strikes on airfields on Kyushu and shipping in the Inland Sea and at Kure and Kobe, Chauncey and other destroyers providing the essential screening services. Japanese retaliation came in a bombing raid on 19 March, when carrier Franklin (CV-13) was badly damaged but kept afloat by her crew’s heroic work. Chauncey moved in to protect the stricken giant, and to guard her as she was towed and later steamed under her own power toward safety. Japanese air attacks were beaten off once more on the 20th and 21st, Chauncey firing with the others to splash many enemy planes.

Her force launched prelanding strikes at Okinawa and nearby islands, and after the landings on 1 April 1945, supported the ground forces and protected the transports. Chauncey continued her screening, and from 6 April, when the first great kamikaze attacks were hurled at American shipping off Okinawa, fired often to drive the would-be suicides off. She also served in shore bombardment and radar picket duty until 29 May, when she sailed for repairs and replenishment in San Pedro Bay, P.I. She then joined Task Force 38 for the final smashing air raids on Japan.

Following the war, Chauncey remained in the Far East on occupation duty until 11 November, when she cleared Tsingtao, China for the west coast. She wasplaced out of commission in reserve at San Diego on 19 December 1945.

Upon the outbreak of the Korean War, Chauncey was recommissioned on 18 July 1950, and on 1 November, sailed to join the Atlantic Fleet. Chauncey operated from her home port at Norfolk, Va., along the east coast, and in the Caribbean, until 10 January 1953, when she got underway for the west coast on the first leg of a round-the-world voyage. Reaching Sasebo, Japan, on 11 February, Chauncey screened the carriers of TF 77 off Korea during the final months preceding the Korean Armistice, and in June sailed on to call at Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo, Aden, Athens, Naples, Cannes, and Gibraltar before her return to Norfolk on 6 August.

Chauncey resumed her east coast and Caribbean operations until 14 May 1954, when she was again decommissioned and placed in reserve.

Chauncey received seven battle stars for World War II service, and two for Korean service.