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
Rear Admiral Upper Half
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Home State
Montana
Montana
Year of Birth
1908
 
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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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Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
1942

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Oct 9, 2010
 
 
 
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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Wreford Goss Chapple (NSN: 0-63394), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. S-38 (SS-143), on the First War Patrol of that submarine during the period 8 December 1941 to 14 January 1942. Engaged in operations against enemy forces making landings in the Philippine Islands, Lieutenant Chapple conducted several attacks. Operating in shallow waters with treacherous currents he succeeded in closing with transports and supply vessels of the enemy. Despite active, numerous and determined countermeasures employed by enemy patrols he closed with the enemy and sank by torpedo fire two loaded vessels. Although frequently detected and under attack, he evaded the escorts and withdrew without sustaining serious damage.
Action Date: December 12 - 22, 1941
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. S-38 (SS-143)
   
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