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USS Chandler (DD-206)

USS Chandler (DD-206)

USS Chandler (DD-206) was a Clemson-class destroyer with the US Navy. She was the only ship to be named in honor of William Eaton Chandler, who was the Secretary of the Navy from 1882 through 1886. Chandler was also a lawyer who served as a US Senator from New Hampshire.


Sponsored by Mrs. L.H. Chander, Chandler was launched by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company on March 19, 1919. Lieutenant Commander F. Cogswell took command of Chandler on September 5 of the same year.

Naval History

Following commissioning, Chandler was assigned to Destroyer Squadron 3 of the US Atlantic Fleet, after which she sailed to Turkey. Shortly after, she carried out a diplomatic mission to the Crimea, where she assisted the American Red Cross with providing relief to Russian refugees. Chandler then joined the US Naval Detachment, Adriatic, before serving as station ship at Venice. Here, she provided relief duty throughout the Adriatic until January 1921. In February, Chandler began serving with the Asiatic Fleet, where she provided protection to the Far East until August of the following year. Chandler was decommissioned on October 20, 1922 and then placed in reserve at Mare Island Navy Yard.

On March 31, 1930, Chandler was recommissioned for operations off the west coast as well as in the Panama Canal Zone, Hawaii and the Caribbean. She underwent Presidential Fleet Review in New York on May 31, 1934 and took part in radio sound tests two years later. In 1940, Chandler served as a plane guard as the Secretary of the Navy traveled to Hawaii.

In November 1940, Chandler was reclassified DMS-9, after which she was converted to a high-speed minesweeper. She then served at Pearl Harbor, where she performed operational training and patrol duties. As such, Chandler was at sea when the attacks on Pearl Harbor occurred. After returning to base two days after the attacks, Chandler escorted convoys to Palmyra, San Francisco Midway and Christmas Islands while also patrolling in Hawaiian waters.

While traveling in the Aleutians, Chandler collided with Lamberton on July 27 due to heavy fog. After undergoing repair, she reported at Dutch Harbor and began patrolling and escorting convoys. Chandler returned to Pearl Harbor on January 1, 1943 before making numerous landings as she swept mines and screened assault shipping. On June 22, she joined with Newcomb to sink I-185.

After completing additional minesweeping duties, including in Leyte Gulf, Chandler was called to duty in the Lingayen operations. While there, she joined Hovey in shooting down a Japanese aircraft. Before the aircraft was shot down, however, it had successfully launched a torpedo and sunk Hovey. Chandler managed to rescue 229 officers and crew members following the attack. She then sailed to Iwo Jima, after which she returned to the west coast to undergo an overhaul.

Chandler was reclassified AG-108 and began towing targets in gunnery exercises while based out of Pearl Harbor and San Diego. She was ultimately decommissioned on November 21, 1945 and was sold nearly one year later. Chandler earned eight battle stars for her service during World War II.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Chandler (DD-206)

Installing asbestos in the design of naval vessels was required by the US Congress in the early 1930s, after a deadly fire on a luxury liner resulted in great loss of life. Chandler, like most Navy ships of the time, deployed asbestos frequently in ship's boilers and engine compartments, as well as to insulate steam pipes all through the ship. If asbestos insulation is worn or damaged it becomes friable, meaning that fibers can break off and escape into the atmosphere, allowing them to be breathed in by ship's crew or repair workers, increasing the odds of developing mesothelioma.

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Chandler. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Department of the Navy – Naval Historical Center. ( Retrieved 24 December 2010

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