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, USS Suwanee (CVE-27)
Service Years
1918 - 1945
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Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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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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United States Navy Memorial In the Line of Duty
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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.

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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Service number: 34596

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Blackburn, John Thomas, CAPT, (1933-1962) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Brewer, Charles Walter, CDR, (1934-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Denniston Jr., Radcliffe R., LCDR, (1938-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Campbell, Clarence George, LT, (1939-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Vogel, Raymond W., CDR, (1936-1950) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Avery, John Elton, LTJG, (1943-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Carmichael, Daniel Archibald, CAPT, (1942-1965) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Crellin, Conrad Wesley, LTJG, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Foote, John Storrs, LTJG OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Turner, Raymond Lloyd, LTJG OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
ZIEGLER, Donald Russell, LT, (1943-1946) OFF 131X Lieutenant Junior Grade
Flinn, Kenneth Ashton, LTJG, (1942-1945) OFF 131X Ensign
Livesay, Melvin Grey, ENS, (1942-1944) OFF 131X Ensign
Browning, Miles, RADM, (1917-1947) Captain
Arnold, Jackson D., ADM, (1934-1971) Lieutenant Commander
Pross, William, CAPT, (1940-1977) Lieutenant Commander
Coats, Robert, CAPT, (1940-1971) Lieutenant
Fidel, John, CAPT Lieutenant
Savage, Jimmie, CAPT Lieutenant
Schuler, Elwood, LT, (1940-1950) OFF 6302 Lieutenant
SKON, Warren Andrew, CAPT, (1942-1973) Lieutenant
Stimpson, Charles, LT, (1937-1956) Lieutenant
Sliva, Gilbert, (1940-1946) RD RD-0000 Other Service Rank
Keyes, Thomas, CPO, (1936-1955) Chief Petty Officer
Cash, John, CWO4, (1939-1969) RM Chief Petty Officer
Brock, Kenneth, PO1, (1943-1945) MM MM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Mishler, Eugene, PO1, (1944-1964) HM HM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Booth, Robert Douglas, PO2, (1943-1945) AD Petty Officer Second Class
Fehneman, Warren, PO2, (1943-1945) AD AMMF-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Finn, James, PO2, (1942-1946) AL AL-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Sikes, Michael, PO2, (1942-1946) Petty Officer Second Class
Taylor, Jesse Junior, CDR, (1942-1965) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Whitby, Stanley Nelson, PO2, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Guttman, Paul, PO2, (1942-1945) Petty Officer Third Class
Mazzeo, Anthony, PO3, (1943-1945) DT DT-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Millen, Gene, PO3, (1940-1945) FTG FTG-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Shetler, Carl Edward, PO3, (1942-1944) ARM ARM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Riemenschneider, Gerdon Charles, Cox, (1943-1946) BM Cox-0000 Coxswain
Harrison, Roy Floyd, HA2c, (1943-1944) HA HA-0000 Hospital Apprentice 2nd Class

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