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Sample, William Dodge (1898-1945)


Photograph of William D. Sample

U.S. Navy. Via bosamar.com

Sample commanded carriers and carrier divisions in the Pacific, becoming the youngest American admiral in the Pacific Theater. He was badly wounded when he decided to observe the air support for the Leyte landings from a TBM Avenger, which was hit by antiaircraft fire. He was lost when his plane disappeared near Wakamiya shortly after the surrender.

Service record

1898-3-9     
  Born at Buffalo, New York
1918-6
Ensign     
Graduates from Naval Academy. Assigned to  AP Henderson
1921-12

PG Pampanga
1922
Lieutenant junior grade     

1923-6-23
Lieutenant
Completes flight training. Instructor, Naval Air Station, Pensacola.
1923

VS-1
1924

CL Raleigh
1925

CL Richmond
1926

BB Arizona
1928

BB New York
1930

CV Saratoga
1932

VF-5 (CV Lexington)
1935
Lieutenant commander     
Bureau of Aeronautics
1938

CV Ranger
1939
Commander
CV Yorktown
1940

Supervisor of aviation training, Naval Air Station, Pensacola
1942-8-24
Captain     
Commander, CVE Santee
1944-4-19     

Commander, CV Intrepid
1944-5-29

Commander, CV Hornet
1944-8-9
Rear admiral     
Commander, Carrier Division 27 and Task Unit 32.7.1
1944-12

Commander, Carrier Division 22
1945-10-2     

Declared missing
1946-10-3     

Declared dead

References

Arlington National Cemetary Website (accessed 2009-4-20)

Cox (accessed 2012-12-31)
Pettibone (2006)



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