Sample, William Dodge, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1945, 131X, USS Suwanee (CVE-27)
Service Years
1918 - 1945
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Buffalo, New York

Date of Passing
Oct 02, 1945
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Sec. 15 Plot 78 SH

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United States Navy Memorial
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I created this profile of Admiral Sample as part of my research of the Battle Off Samar.  Sample was the Commander of Carrier Division 27 assigned to Task Unit 77.4.2 (Taffy II).  The little escort carriers (CVEs) he commanded were an intergal part of winning the war in the Pacific.

Please add ADM Sample to your list of shipmates and visit often.

Please visit my Battle Off Samar famous Naval officer profiles:

  • VADM Clifton Sprague
  • VADM Thomas Sprague
  • ADM Felix Stump
  • VADM Ralph Ofstie
  • RADM Robert Copeland
  • RADM Leon Kintberger
  • CDR Ernest Evans
  • See my website for more insight:

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  • William Dodge Sample was born in Buffalo, New York, on 9 March 1898.

  • He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1918.  

  • During World War 1 he served aboard  duty in USS HENDERSON (AP-1). For meritorious service during a fire on board that ship he received a letter of commendation from the Secretary of the Navy. Detached in August 1918,he served on several destroyers based at Queenstown, Ireland. 

  • He remained in the European Waters Detachment after the end of World War 1.

  • In December 1921 he was transferred to the gunboat PAMPANGA (PG-39), on the Asiatic Station.

  • Attended flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator on 23 June 1923.

  • Saw duty in several observation squadrons in the mid to late 1920s.

  • Served on board the carriers SARATOGA (CV-3) and LEXINGTON (CV-2), commanding VF-5 on the latter.

  • During 1938 and 1939, he served in RANGER (CV-4).

  • After the outbreak of World War II, he assisted in the conversion of SANTEE (CVE-29). Assuming command of that escort carrier on its commissioning, he was awarded a letter of commendation for service during Operation Torch; the invasion of North Africa.

  • On 19 April 1944, he assumed command of INTREPID (CV-11).

  • In May 1944 he was transferred to the command of HORNET (CV-12) and in the ensuing months participated in operations in the Marianas and in strikes against the Volcano Islands.

  • Promoted to Rear Admiral and successively commanded Carrier Divisions 22 and 27.

  • Listed as missing on 2 October 1945 after his plane failed to return from a familiarization flight near Wakayama, Japan. Rear Admiral Sample was officially declared dead on 3 October 1946.

  • William Dodge Sample was the youngest rear admiral in the Pacific theater.

  • USS SAMPLE (FF-1048) was commissioned on March 23, 1968.

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     Duty Stations
    US NavyNaval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLNAS PensacolaSchool Assignments - Staff
    USS Raleigh (CL-7)USS Arizona (BB-39)USS Saratoga (CV-3)USS Lexington (CV-2)
    VF-5 Fighting Hell CatsUSS Ranger (CV-4)USS Yorktown (CV-5)USS Intrepid (CV-11)
    USS Hornet (CV-12)
      1918-1918, 000X, USS Henderson (AP-1)
      1921-1922, 111X, USS Pampanga (PG-39)
      1922-1922, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
      1922-1923, 139X, NAS Pensacola
      1922-1923, 139X, Naval Flight Training
      1923-1923, 131X, VS-1
      1924-1924, 131X, USS Raleigh (CL-7)
      1925-1926, 131X, USS Richmond (CL-9)
      1926-1927, 131X, USS Arizona (BB-39)
      1928-1929, 131X, USS New York (BB-34)
      1930-1931, 131X, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
      1932-1934, 131X, USS Lexington (CV-2)
      1932-1934, 131X, VF-5 Fighting Hell Cats
      1935-1937, 131X, Bureau of Aeronautics
      1938-1938, 131X, USS Ranger (CV-4)
      1939-1939, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
      1940-1940, 131X, NAS Pensacola
      1941-1942, 131X, USS Santee (CVE-29)
      1944-1944, 131X, USS Intrepid (CV-11)
      1944-1944, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-12)
      1944-1944, 131X, Carrier Division 27 (COMCARDIV 27)
      1944-1944, 131X, Carrier Division 27 (COMCARDIV 27)
      1944-1945, 131X, USS Marcus Island (CVE-77)
      1945-1945, 131X, Carrier Division 22 (COMCARDIV 22)
      1945-1945, 131X, Carrier Division 27 (COMCARDIV 27)
      1945-1945, 131X, USS Suwanee (CVE-27)
     Combat and Non-Combat Operations
      1918-1918 World War I/Convoy Duty
      1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
      1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
      1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)
      1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
      1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
     Colleges Attended 
    United States Naval Academy
      1916-1918, United States Naval Academy
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