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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Contact Info
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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 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial In the Line of Duty
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  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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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAS Pensacola11th Naval DistrictUSS Raleigh (CL-7)
USS Arizona (BB-39)USS Saratoga (CV-3)USS Lexington (CV-2)USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Yorktown (CV-5)USS Intrepid (CV-11)USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1918-1918, USS Henderson (AP-1)
  1918-1918, USS Trippe (DD-33)
  1919-1920, USS Olympia (C-6)
  1920-1921, USS Southard (DD-207)
  1921-1922, USS Pampanga (PG-39)
  1922-1923, NAS Pensacola
  1922-1923, 11th Naval District
  1923-1923, VS-1
  1923-1925, USS Richmond (CL-9)
  1925-1925, USS Raleigh (CL-7)
  1926-1928, NAS Pensacola
  1928-1929, USS Arizona (BB-39)
  1929-1929, USS New York (BB-34)
  1930-1931, USS Saratoga (CV-3)
  1932-1935, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1935-1938, Bureau of Aeronautics
  1938-1939, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1939-1939, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1940-1940, NAS Pensacola
  1942-1943, USS Santee (ACV-29)
  1944-1944, USS Intrepid (CV-11)
  1944-1944, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1944-1945, USS Marcus Island (CVE-77)
  1944-1945, Carrier Division 27 (COMCARDIV 27)
  1945-1945, Carrier Division 22 (COMCARDIV 22)
  1945-1945, USS Suwanee (CVE-27)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/Convoy Duty
  1942-1942 Algeria-French Morocco Campaign (1942)/Operation Torch
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Asiatic-Pacific Specified Raids (1944)/Formosa Air Battle
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Ormoc Bay
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1916-1918, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Short biography of Rear Admiral William Dodge Sample, U.S. Navy
  Jun 28, 1918, Commissioned as Ensign
  Sep 21, 1918, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jan 05, 1933, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jan 01, 1939, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 17, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Aug 13, 1943, Promoted to Rear Admiral
  Mar 23, 1968, USS Sample (DE 1048)
  Mar 23, 2019, General Photos
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