Allied Warships

USS Chevalier (i) (DD 451)

Destroyer of the Fletcher class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 451 
Built byBath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.) 
Ordered1 Jul 1940 
Laid down30 Apr 1941 
Launched11 Apr 1942 
Commissioned20 Jul 1942 
Lost7 Oct 1943 
Loss position7° 30'S, 156° 14'E

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USS Chevalier (Lt.Cdr. George Rees Wilson, USN) was heavily damaged by a torpedo from the Japanese destroyer Yugumo (offsite link) off Vella Lavella, Solomons Islands on 6 October 1943.
Scuttled by USS La Vallette on 7 October 1943 in position 07º30'S, 156º14'E.
54 of her crew were killed and 58 wounded and the survivors which include the wounded Commanding Officer were rescued by the USS O'Bannon which had rammed the wreck of Chevalier following her torpedo damage inflicting even more damage.


Commands listed for USS Chevalier (i) (DD 451)

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1Ephraim Rankin McLean, Jr., USN20 Jul 19426 Jun 1943
2Lt.Cdr. George Rees Wilson, USN6 Jun 19437 Oct 1943

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