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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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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  USS Permit (SS-178) 9th War Patrol
Jun 20, 1943

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Oct 9, 2010

20 Jun 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) departs Midway for her 9th war patrol. She is ordered to patrol in the Sea of Japan.
6 Jul 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Banshu Maru No.33 (787 GRT) west of Hokkaido in position 43º35'N, 140º21'E.
7 Jul 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese merchant Showa Maru (2212 GRT) off Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan in position 43º14'N, 139º53'E.
9 Jul 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) mistakenly sinks the Soviet oceanographic vessel Seiner No.20 (55 GRT) about 27 nautical miles off Kaiba To. Once the mistake is realized, Permit comes alongside the blazing vessel and rescues the survivors before the Russian craft sinks. The Soviet sailors are taken to Akutan, Alaska.
27 Jul 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ends her 9th war patrol when she returned to Pearl Harbor.

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