RANGER AGAINST WAR: Easter Sunday, Pt. II <

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Easter Sunday, Pt. II

U-515 under attack by destroyer escorts and aircraft
from USS Guadalcanal, April 9, 1944
Hydrogen bottles on Platform I
after hits from U.S.S. Chatelain's 3"/50 guns


The USS Chatelain DE 149 had her first action on 9 Apr 44 (which also happens to have been my mother's 21st birthday.)
It also provided an intense Easter if one chooses that symbolism, making manifest the terrible destruction that often preceeds a rebirth.

In addition, the Chatelain participated in the sinking of the U 68 on 10 Apr 44. My father was present for duty aboard the Chatelain for both of those actions.

The Chatelain and her hunter-killer group were sailing from Casablanca to the U.S. when the U-515 was
detected when her radio transmissions were intercepted. Planes and ships from the Task Force launched into action and pressed the attack.

The Chatelain forced the enemy to the surface with depth charge attacks, then joined in the general slugfest at point blank range, sending the U-515 to the bottom at 34 degrees 35' N, 19 degrees 16' W. Sixteen U-515 crew members were killed; 44 captured. The survivors were picked up by the DE's and transferred to the USS Guadalcanal.

This encounter prompted the Chatelain's Capt. Gallery to draw up plans to board or capture the next sub encountered. Gallery's far-reaching plan facilitated the future capture of the famed U-505.

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Blogger Jim3rdOpsBN said...

Very interesting story!

My dad served on Canadian corvettes and had some harrowing tales as well.

Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 12:51:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

and remember, those old style DE's were about the size of a hockey rink. there wasn't all that much ship to sink.

Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 2:28:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

The DE's had fairly large crews for the size of the ship.
The ironic part is that most of the men were not sea dogs but rather at sea for the first time.
Capt Gallery mad note of this in his writings and speeches.

Monday, April 5, 2010 at 9:20:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Ghost Dansing said...

Barrett's Privateers

Monday, April 5, 2010 at 7:37:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


Wonderful, lusty tune -- thanks!

Monday, April 5, 2010 at 9:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Terrible said...

My dad welded on the ships at the Bath Ship Yard during the war. Not sure what kinds of ships but I know the welds were good.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 3:39:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

To all readers,
My Dad didn't board the DE149 until May 44.
When i wrote this article i did not have complete official records.

Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 7:38:00 AM GMT-5  

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