Chapple, Wreford Goss, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1954-1955, 112X, USS Pittsburgh (CA-72)
Service Years
1930 - 1959
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Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home Town
Billings, MT
Last Address
Coronado, CA

Date of Passing
May 20, 1991
Location of Interment
U.S Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, Maryland
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US Navy Rear Admiral. Chapple graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1930. At the time of the Pearl Harbor attack Chapple was a Lt. Commander in the Submarine Service and was the Commanding Officer of the Submarine U.S.S. 38. Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor Chapple's command sunk the Japanese Transport Takatiho Maru, one of the first Japanese ships sunk in the Pacific theater. At the Battle of Leyte Gulf he was the Commanding Officer of the Submarine Bream which sunk four Japanese vessels. By February of 1942 Chapple was assigned as Commanding Officer of the Submarine U.S.S. Permit SS-178. He served as her Commanding Officer until August 4, 1943. During the year and a half Chapple was Commanding Officer of the Permit he sank 4 Japanese vessels. For his wartime services Chapple was awarded two Navy Cross Medals, three Silver Stars and a Bronze Star. His last assignment was as the Commanding Officer of the heavy Cruiser Pittsburgh. He retired as a Rear Admiral in 1959. Chapple was considered one of the hero's of World War II and his exploits are featured in naval history books and his achievements provided much of the material for the 1950's television series "The Silent Service".
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Flaherty, Michael F. D., RADM, (1928-1966) OFF 131X Rear Admiral Upper Half
Mack, William Paden, VADM, (1937-1975) OFF 111X Commander
POLLARD, Joseph, CAPT, (1940-1968) OFF 210X Commander
Fitz-Patrick, Edward, CAPT, (1941-1962) OFF 111X Lieutenant Commander
Finneran, John, VADM, (1947-1977) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Robinson, Rembrandt Cecil, RADM, (1944-1972) OFF 111X Lieutenant
Duacsek, Ada Lou Reed, LT, (1949-1957) OFF 110X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Coe, Robert Wood, CAPT, (1941-1970) OFF 410X Commander
Craven, John Harold, CAPT, (1942-1973) OFF 410X Lieutenant Commander
Pearce, Henry, CPO, (1943-1962) YN YN-2516 Chief Petty Officer
DuBose, Laurence Toombs, ADM, (1913-1955) OFF Vice Admiral
Holloway, James Lemuel, ADM, (1918-1959) OFF Vice Admiral
Kimmel, Thomas Kincaid, CAPT, (1936-1962) OFF Captain
Grenfell, Elton Watters, VADM, (1926-1964) Rear Admiral Upper Half
Duncan, Charles, ADM, (1933-1972) Captain
Fischer, Harry Frederick, CAPT, (1935-1970) Commander
Kinney, Sheldon, RADM, (1935-1972) Commander
MARCY, Lincoln, CDR, (1939-1959) Commander
Zumwalt, Elmo, ADM, (1942-1974) Commander
ENSEY, Lyttleton, CAPT, (1936-1961) Lieutenant Commander
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Logistics) OP-04

Low, Francis Stuart, ADM, (1915-1956) Vice Admiral
Wellings, Augustus Joseph, RADM, (1919-1954) Rear Admiral Upper Half

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