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USS Sample (DE 1048)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign:
N - J - O - M
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Edgarville"

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Third Row: Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 stars - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Specifications:
Class: Garcia
Type: SCB No. 199A / 1961 - 1963
Number in Class: 10
Displacement: 2,620 tons (std), 3,400 tons (full)
Length: 390' 0" (wl), 414' 6" (oa)
Beam: 44' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 13 / 234
Guns: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (2x1) (350 rounds)
ASW Weapons: 1 - Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (16 missiles), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos (18)
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AXR in DE 1040 - 1045, AN/SQS-26BX in DE 1047 - 1051
Fire Control Systems: Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, Mk114 Mod 8/11 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Sample (DE 1048) Building and Operational Data:
  • 20 March 1963: Building contract awarded to the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co.
  • 19 July 1963: Keel laid at the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Co., Seattle, Wa.
  • 28 April 1964: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. David M. Abshire, daughter of Rear Admiral Sample
  • 23 March 1968: Commissioned at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Cmdr. Ronald T. Kelly in command, assigned to DesRon 29 at Long Beach, Cal.
  • October 1968: Reassigned to DesRon 25 (DesDiv 252) at Pearl Harbor, Hi.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1048)
  • 23 September 1988: Decommissioned after 20.5 years of service
  • 15 April 1989: Leased to Brazil, renamed NAe Parana (D-29)
  • 24 January 2001: Struck from the NVR, sold to Brazil
  • November 2004: Auctioned for scrap to Arusha Shipping, Ltd. of Monrovia, Liberia. Towed to Alang, India and scrapped.
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    Sample 163k William Dodge Sample was born in Buffalo, N.Y., on 9 March 1898. Graduating from the Naval Academy in June 1918, he reported to USS 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.

    USS Sample (DE 1048) (1968 - 1988) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo courtesy of the National Aviation Museum)
    Bill Gonyo
    Sample 101k date / location unknown -
    Sample 101k date / location unknown Bill Gonyo
    Sample 66k 1972 Tom Sparkman
    Sample 244k 16 March 1978: the Pacific Ocean - USS Sample (FF 1048) is seen replenishing from USS Sacramento (AOE 1) while underway in the Pacific Ocean. Sacramento is also simultaneously replenishing USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63). (U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum / Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.488.104.052 Mike Green
    Sample 307k 1 June 1980: At sea - An aerial bow view of the oiler USS Mispillion (AO 105), center, providing underway replenishment to the guided missile cruiser USS Leahy (CG 16), right, and Sample. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-02668 from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Sample 199k 1 June 1980: At sea - An aerial starboard view of, from front to back: Sample, the oiler USS Mispillion (AO 105) and the guided missile cruiser USS Leahy (CG 16) underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-02652 from the DVIC)
    Sample 169k 1 June 1980: At sea - An aerial starboard view of, from front to back: Sample, the oiler USS Mispillion (AO 105) and the guided missile cruiser USS Leahy (CG 16) underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-02659 from the DVIC)
    Sample 139k 1 October 1981: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - A starboard beam view of Sample underway during Fleet Week activities. Visible in the background are the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the San Francisco skyline. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-01915 by PH3 Curt Fargo from the DVIC)
    Sample 155k 1 October 1981: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - A starboard beam view of Sample underway during Fleet Week activities. Visible in the background are the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the San Francisco skyline. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-01916 by PH3 Curt Fargo from the DVIC)
    Sample 197k 14 April 1983: At sea - Aerial port bow view of Sample underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-04683 by PH2 D. Smith from DVIC) Jerry Hays
    Sample 98k 15 April 1983: At sea - Aerial bow view of the battleship USS New Jersey (BB 62) (right) and Sample. The ships are part of a task group underway off the coast of California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-08976 by PH1 S. Smith from the DVIC) Navsource
    Sample 111k 15 April 1983: At sea - Aerial starboard bow view of the battleship USS New Jersey (BB 62) (right) and Sample. The ships are part of a task group underway off the coast of California. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-08983 by PH1 S. Smith from the DVIC)
    Sample 148k 15 April 1983: At sea - Aerial port bow view of Sample underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-08996 by PH1 S. Smith from the DVIC)
    Sample 157k 15 April 1983: At sea - Aerial port beam view of Sample underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-83-08997 by PH1 S. Smith from the DVIC)
    Sample 142k 1 July 1986: At sea - Aerial port beam view of Sample underway during a midshipman’s summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03034 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Sample 409k 1 July 1986: At sea - Aerial port bow view of Sample underway during a midshipman’s summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03037 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Sample 147k 1 July 1986: at sea - A port bow view of Sample underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03036 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Sample 195k 1 July 1986: at sea - A port beam view of Sample underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03035 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    **Davidson/Sample** 62k 1 July 1986: At sea - A starboard view of USS Davidson (FF 1045) and Sample underway during a midshipmen's summer training cruise. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-03057 by PH2 Michael D.P. Flynn from the DVIC)
    Sample 98k 1987: at Pearl Harbor (Photo © Russell Crosby) Russell Crosby
    Sample 129k July 1987: Pearl Harbor, Hi. - A nice port bow view taken by Bob Cieri at Pearl Harbor. Robert M. Cieri
    Sample 483k 1987: off Vancouver, B.C. - Sample inbound for a port visit to Vancouver, British Columbia. (Both photos by Rick Garcia, from the collection of  Chris Howell) Chris Howell
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    Port of Bluff, New Zealand
    Sample 510k
    Sample 73k 1997: location unknown - Brazilian Navy photo Artemio B. Rosa Jr
    Sample 61k date / location unknown - Brazilian Navy photo Robert Hurst
    Sample 169k 25 November 2005: Alang, India - Parana (ex-USS Sample FF 1048), lying off the shipbreakers area at Alang (Photo ©Zahan) -

    View the USS Sample (DE 1048) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Sample's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   23 Mar. 1968 - 21 Aug. 1969Cmdr. Ronald Thomas Kelly
    2.)   21 Aug.t 1969 - 16 Jul. 1971Cmdr. William Thomas Marin (New York City, N.Y.)
    3.)   16 Jul. 1971 - 29 Jan. 1973Cmdr. Clarence Edwin Fend Jr.
    4.)   29 Jan. 1973 - 24 Jul. 1974Cmdr. William Clifford Carlson (later became Radm.)
    5.)   24 Jul. 1974 - 23 Jul. 1976Cmdr. Ronald Lloyd Johnson
    6.)   23 Jul. 1976 - 29 Sep. 1978Cmdr. Michael David Bickel
    7.)   29 Sep. 1978 - 13 Oct. 1980Cmdr. James L. Boydston
    8.)   13 Oct. 1980 - 08 Oct. 1982Cmdr. Thomas Lee Taylor
    9.)   08 Oct. 1982 - 11 Jan. 1985Capt. Walter Richard Heinecke
    10.) 11 Jan. 1985 - 25 Feb. 1987 Cmdr. Bo Gottfrid Lindfors
    11.) 25 Feb. 1987 - 23 Sep. 1988Cmdr. Carl Clifton Hill III

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    September 2013 at Norfolk, Va.

    Contact: Donald Moore
    Address: 1681 Sweet Pea Avenue / Las Vegas NV 89183
    Phone: (702) 771-0606
    E-mail: nachomoms at yahoo.com

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    Additional Resources
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Sample
    USS Sample Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Sample Page on Military.Com
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