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
Rear Admiral Upper Half
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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  2019, 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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From Neil Kilanski posted by Short, Diane (TWS Chief Admin, Ruth, Harding), SA 4631 
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  USS Sample (DE 1048)
Mar 23, 1968

Last Updated:
Jul 25, 2007

CLASS: Garcia (As Built) FY / SCB No.: 61-63/199A
Displacement:2620 tons (std), 3400 tons (full) Dimensions:414' 6"(oa), 390" (wl) x 44 x 24'
Armament: 2 x 5"/38 Mk 30, 1 ASROC Mk16 (16 missiles), 4-324mm Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos
Machinery: 2 FW 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 knots Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots Crew: 13 / 234
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AXR in FF-1040 - 1045, AN/SQS-26BX in FF-1046 - 1051

Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging, Seattle WA on 19 July 1963
Launched 28 April 1964, Commissioned 23 March 1968
Reclassified Frigate (FF-1048) on 30 June 1975
Decommissioned 23 September 1988,

Fate: Leased to Brazil 15 April 1989, renamed Parana (D-29), Sold to Brazil 24 January 2001
Auctioned for scrap in November 2004 to Arusha Shipping, Ltd. of
Monrovia, Liberia. Towed to Alang, India and scrapped.

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