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Hubert Paul Chatelain

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Hubert Paul Chatelain, born in Mansura, Louisiana, February 11, 1917, enlisted in the United States Navy July 10, 1935. As gunner's mate first class serving in USS South Dakota (BB-57), Chatelain was killed in action October 26, 1942 during the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands. For his great bravery as captain of a 40-millimetre (1.6 in) gun mount during the battle, he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal. The USS Chatelain (DE-149) was named in his honor. The ship was launched April 21, 1943 by Consolidated Steel Corp. of Texas, Orange, Texas; sponsored by Mrs. L. T. Chatelain; commissioned September 22, 1943, Lieutenant Commander J. L. Foley in command; and reported to the Atlantic Fleet.[1]


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