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
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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Silver Star - 1945



Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded
1945

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Oct 9, 2010
 
 
 
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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star to Commander Wreford Goss Chapple (NSN: 0-63394), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BREAM (SS-243), during the THIRD War Patrol of that Submarine off the West Coast of Luzon, from 2 October to 22 November 1944. Despite vigorous enemy air and surface anti-submarine measures, Commander Chapple pressed attacks upon two enemy cruisers, damaging them severely. In addition, skillful attacks were made which resulted in the BREAM's receiving half credit for sinking a large AP and for damaging another. Commander Chapple also displayed exceptional ability as Officer in Tactical Command of a successful coordinated Search and Attack Group consisting of U.S.S. BREAM, U.S.S. BATON, and U.S.S. GUITARRO. In three well-planned coordinated attacks these submarines sank three large enemy cargo ships, a large transport and a heavy cruiser. His service and conduct were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 03504 (June 3, 1945)
Action Date: October 2 - November 22, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Bream (SS-243)
   
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