Sample, William Dodge, RADM

Deceased
 
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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, 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
1898
 
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Home Town
Buffalo, NY
Last Address
Not Specified

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

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Last Known Activity

During the Leyte invasion, Rear Admiral Sample "desired a better view of operations" and decided to hitch a ride in a torpedo bomber. He lay in the "tunnel gun" position and observed through the window below the tail. The plane was hit by antiaircraft fire. Sample was severely cut on the head and shoulders. James C. Edinger, ARM3c, USNR, of Foxburg, Pennsylvania, came down from the "blister" where he was manning a .50 in (13 mm) machine gun, and applied first aid. Edinger said that it took them more than an hour to return to Marcus Island, during which he kept kicking Sample in the face with his foot to keep the Admiral from passing out. Sample was a big man: Edinger was afraid that if they ended up in the water, he wouldn't be able to get him out of the plane. Each time Sample would warn Edinger to make sure the .30 cal machine gun in the tail was empty. He was afraid that when they landed the gun would go off. Later, Sample explained to Edinger that he could see the headlines in the paper, "Admiral lands upon carrier: shoots hole in deck". According to the ship's surgeon, Commander Lee, "the excellence of Edinger's treatment helped prevent infection". Admiral Sample was awarded the Purple Heart, and at Sample's request, Edinger was promoted to Aviation Radio Man, Second Class.

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2 October 1945, shortly after the war ended, Sample was listed as missing after his Martin PBM Mariner aircraft failed to return from a familiarization flight near Wakayama, Japan. Rear Admiral Sample was officially declared dead on 3 October 1946.

The remains of Sample, Capt. Charles C. McDonald of
Suwannee (CVE-27), and the seven members of the flight crew were discovered in the wreckage of the aircraft on 19 November 1948, recovered, and returned to the United States to be interred together at Arlington National Cemetery on 17 May 1949.
   
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  1944-1944, USS Intrepid (CV-11)

Rear Admiral Upper Half

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USS INTREPID   (CV-11)

CLASS - ESSEX (Short Hull) 
Displacement 27,100 Tons, Dimensions, 872' (oa) x 93' x 28' 7" (Max) 
Armament 12 x 5"/38AA, 32 x 40mm, 46 x 20mm, 82 Aircraft. 
Armor, 4" Belt, 2 1/2" Hanger deck, 1 1/2" Deck, 1 1/2" Conning Tower. 
Machinery, 150,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 4 screws 
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 3448. 


Operational and Building Data 
Built by Newport News. Laid down 1 Dec 1941, launched 26 Apr 1943, commissioned 16 August 1943. SCB 27C reconstruction at Newport News started 9 April 1952, completed and recommissioned 20 June 1954. Redesignated as an attack carrier (CVA 11) 1 October 1952 while in overhaul. SCB 125 angled deck modernization at New York Navy 9/1956 to 2 May 1957. Redesignated as an ASW carrier (CVS 11) 31 Mar 1962. FRAM II life extension 3/1965 to 10/1965. Operated as light attack carrier with CVS designation off Vietnam.


FATE: Decommissioned to reserve, 15 March 1974; was last CVS in service. Donated as a Museum and Memorial, and ownership transferred to Sea*Air*Space Museum, 27 April 1981. Stricken upon transfer of custody to Museum, 23 March 1982. Preserved at Sea*Air*Space Museum in New York City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, ref. no. 86000082, and designated a National Historic Landmark, 14 January 1986.



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Parent Unit
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Strength
Aircraft Carrier

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Dudley, James, LT OFF 130X Lieutenant
Evans, Halbert Knapp, CDR, (1939-1952) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Vraciu, Alexander, CDR, (1941-1964) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Coleman, Thaddeus Thornton, CAPT, (1941-1973) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Darragh, Frank, LTJG, (1940-1945) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Somerville, Ronald, LT OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Davis, William, PO2, (1942-1945) CM CM-0000 [Other Service Rank]
HYLAND, John, ADM, (1934-1971) Commander
ROGERS, William, LCDR, (1942-1946) Lieutenant Commander
Van Antwerp, Lloyd, RADM, (1936-1966) Lieutenant Commander
Harris, Cecil, LCDR, (1941-1959) Lieutenant
WOLFE, Malcolm, CAPT, (1934-1965) Lieutenant
Toaspern, Edward, LTJG, (1942-1946) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Gannuscio, William, (1942-1950) AMM AMM-0000 Other Service Rank
Agee, Robert, PO1, (1943-1946) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Backstrom, Raymond, PO1, (1942-1945) FC FC-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Boone, Richard Allen, PO1, (1942-1945) AOM AOM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Phillips, Hugh, CPO, (1941-1962) PH PH-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Repass, Harry, PO2, (1942-1945) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Rybarczyk, Albert Peter, PO2, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Sharninghouse, Ora Henry, PO2, (1942-1944) AOM AOM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Hollinhead, Cecil, PO3 RM RM-8273 Petty Officer Third Class
Barnett, Ollie, SN, (1942-1965) GM GM-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Pennington, Milton, S1c, (1943-1945) PrT PrT-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Thomas, Edgar, S1c, (1944-1946) AOM AOM-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Smith, Jakie, S2c, (1943-1946) Seaman Second Class
Walker, Allen, S1c, (1944-1946) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Gant, Maurice, S2c, (1942-1946) AO Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class
PRESTON, Benjamin, CAPT, (1939-1969) Lieutenant
Spinelli, Domenick Anthony, CDR, (1944-1968) Ensign

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