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USS Sample (FF 1048)

- formerly DE 1048 -
- decommissioned -

USS SAMPLE was the seventh ship in the GARCIA - class of frigates. Commissioned as a destroyer escort, the SAMPLE was redesignated as FF 1048 on June 30, 1975. Decommissioned on September 23, 1988, the SAMPLE was leased to Brazil on April 15, 1989, where she was recommissioned as PARANÁ. Brazil officially purchased the SAMPLE on January 24, 2001, and she was stricken from the Navy list the same day.

General Characteristics:Awarded: March 21, 1963
Keel laid: July 19, 1963
Launched: April 28, 1964
Commissioned: March 23, 1968
Decommissioned: September 23, 1988
Builder: Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging, Seattle, Wash.
Propulsion system: 2 Foster-Wheeler boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000shp; 1 shaft
Length: 414.4 feet (126.3 meters)
Beam: 44.3 feet (13.5 meters)
Draft: 25.9 feet (7.9 meters)
Displacement: approx. 3,500 tons full load
Speed: 27 knots
Armament: one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC missiles, two Mk-30 5-inch/38 caliber guns, Mk-46 torpedoes from two Mk-32 triple tube mounts
Aircraft: none
Crew: 16 officers, 231 enlisted

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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS SAMPLE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.

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About the Ship's Name:

William Dodge Sample was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on 9 March 1898. Following graduation from the Naval Academy in June 1918, he reported for duty in HENDERSON. For meritorious service during a fire on board that ship, he received a letter of commendation from the Secretary of the Navy. Detached in August, he served on several destroyers based at Queenstown, Ireland, during the remainder of World War I. He remained in the European Waters Detachment after the end of the war; and, in December 1921, was transferred to the gunboat, PAMPANGA, on the Asiatic Station. A year later, he returned to the United States for flight training and was designated a Naval Aviator on 23 June 1923.

After duty in several observation squadrons, he served on board the carriers SARATOGA and LEXINGTON, commanding VF-5 on the latter. During 1938 and 1939, he served in RANGER; and, after the outbreak of World War II, assisted in the conversion of SANTEE. Assuming command of that escort carrier on its commissioning, he was awarded a letter of commendation for service during Operation “Torch,” the invasion of North Africa. On 19 April 1944, he assumed command of INTREPID. In May, he was transferred to the command of HORNET; and, in the ensuing months, participated in operations in the Marianas and in strikes against the Volcano Islands. Detached in August, he was promoted to Rear Admiral and successively commanded Carrier Divisions 24, 27, and 22. With the latter from February 1945, he was listed as missing on 2 October 1945 after his plane failed to return from a familiarization flight near Wakayama, Japan. Rear Admiral Sample was officially declared dead on 3 October 1946.

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