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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Contact Info
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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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 7 Patrols

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavySubmarine School Officers Basic CourseCOMSUBRON 5, COMSUBPAC
USS Canopus (AS-9)USS S-38 (SS-143)USS PIKE (SS-173)USS Perch (SS-176)
Electric Boat Company (submarine pre-commission)USS Bream (SS-243)Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1926-1930, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1930-1932, USS Milwaukee (CL-5)
  1932-1932, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1932-1932, 117X, Submarine School Officers Basic Course
  1932-1933, 117X, 16th Naval District
  1933-1933, 117X, COMSUBRON 5, COMSUBPAC
  1933-1933, 117X, USS Canopus (AS-9)
  1933-1934, 117X, USS S-38 (SS-143)
  1934-1935, 112X, USS S-38 (SS-143)
  1935-1937, 112X, USS PIKE (SS-173)
  1937-1938, 112X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1938-1940, 112X, USS Perch (SS-176)
  1940-1942, 112X, USS S-38 (SS-143)
  1943-1944, 112X, Electric Boat Company (submarine pre-commission)
  1944-1944, 112X, USS Bream (SS-243)
  1953-1954, 112X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1954-1955, 112X, USS Pittsburgh (CA-72)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/By USS PERMIT (SS-178) from Corregidor PI
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval AcademyUnited States Naval Academy
  1926-1930, United States Naval Academy
  1932-1932, United States Naval Academy
  1937-1938, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 08, 1941, USS S-38 (SS-143) 1st War Patrol
  Dec 22, 1941, USS S-38 (SS-143) 2nd War patrol
  Dec 22, 1941, USS S-38 (SS-143) sinks Hayo Maru
  Feb 22, 1942, USS Permit (SS-178) 4th War Patrol
  Mar 13, 1942, USS Permit (SS-178) sinks disabled US PT boat PT-32
  May 05, 1942, USS Permit (SS-178) 5th War Patrol
  Jul 12, 1942, USS Permit (SS-178) 6th War Patrol
  Feb 05, 1943, USS Permit (SS-178) 7th War Patrol
  Mar 08, 1943, USS Permit (SS-178) sinks Hisashima Maru
  Apr 06, 1943, USS Permit (SS-178) 8th War Patrol
  Jun 20, 1943, USS Permit (SS-178) 9th War Patrol
  Jul 06, 1943, USS Permit (SS-178) sinks Banshu Maru 33
  Jul 07, 1943, USS Permit (SS-178) sinks Showa Maru
  Jul 09, 1943, USS Permit (SS-178) mistakenly sinks Soviet research ship Seiner 20
  Jun 01, 1944, USS Bream (SS-243) 1st War Patrol
  Jun 16, 1944, USS Bream (SS-243 sinks Yuki Maru
  Jun 16, 1944, USS Bream (SS-243) sinks Hinode Maru
  Jul 21, 1944, USS Bream (SS-243) 2nd War Patrol
  Oct 02, 1944, USS Bream (SS-243) 3rd War Patrol
  Nov 04, 1944, USS Bream (SS-243) sinks Kagu Maru
  May 25, 1991, Obituary - New York Times
  May 27, 1991, Obituary - LA Times
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