Chandler, Theodore Edson, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
000X-Unknown Navy Officer Classification/ Designator
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, USS Louisville (CA-28)
Service Years
1915 - 1945
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Annapolis, MD
Last Address
2811 Albermarle St NW
Washington, D.C.

Casualty Date
Jan 17, 1945
Hostile, Died
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
ME-201 (memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

Late in the afternoon of January 5, 1945, a group of sixteen kamikazes swooped in on the force then about 100 miles (200 km) from Manila Bay. One of the four successful kamikazes crashed into Rear Admiral Chandler's flagship USS Louisville (CA-28) at her number No. 2 main battery 8-inch 55 caliber gun knocking it completely out of commission, but continued her bombarding mission and downed several planes. On January 6, 1945 the cruiser suffered more severely during a repeat performance. At 17:30, another kamikaze plunged into the cruiser's starboard side at the signal bridge where explosives wrought havoc. Rear Admiral Chandler jumped from the bridge to the signal bridge though horribly burned by gasoline flames, Chandler helped deploy fire hoses alongside enlisted men to stop the flames and then waited his turn for first aid with those same ratings. The admiral, his lungs scorched very severely, was beyond help. He died the next day January 7, 1945 in spite of the efforts of the medical department. He was buried at sea.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyUSS West Virginia (BB-48)USS Colorado (BB-45)NAVWPNSTA Yorktown
Bureau of OrdnanceNational Defense University (Faculty Staff)CNO - OPNAVCommander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
US Defense Attache Office  (USDAO), Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)CNO - OPNAV
  1915-1916, USS Florida (BB-30)
  1916-1917, USS New Hampshire (BB-25)
  1917-1917, USS Montana (ACR-13)
  1917-1918, USS Conner (DD-72)
  1920-1920, USS Chandler (DD-206)
  1923-1925, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1925-1926, USS Colorado (BB-45)
  1926-1928, NAVWPNSTA Yorktown
  1928-1929, USS Trenton (CL-11)
  1929-1929, USS General Alava (AG-5)
  1929-1930, USS Pope (DD-225)
  1930-1931, Bureau of Ordnance
  1931-1932, 111X, National Defense University (Faculty Staff)
  1932-1932, CNO - OPNAV
  1932-1934, Commander Destroyers, Battle Force
  1934-1935, USS Buchanan (DD-131)
  1935-1936, US Defense Attache Office (USDAO) Paris, France
  1936-1937, US Defense Attache Office (USDAO) Madrid, Spain
  1937-1938, US Defense Attache Office (USDAO) Lisbon, Portugal
  1938-1940, USS Nashville (CL-43)
  1940-1941, CNO - OPNAV
  1941-1943, USS Omaha (CL-4)
  1943-1944, Commander Naval Forces Caribbean (CNFC)
  1944-1945, Commander, Cruiser Division TWO
  1944-1945, USS Louisville (CA-28)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval Academy
  1911-1915, United States Naval Academy
  1921-1923, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jun 04, 1915, Commissioned as Ensign
  Oct 15, 1917, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Dec 06, 1925, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Oct 01, 1935, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 18, 1941, Promoted to Captain
  May 03, 1944, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Feb 23, 2019, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
WWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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