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USS Samaritan (AH-10)
ex
USS Chaumont (AP-5) (1921 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Quebec - Juliet
NXQJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Chaumont Class Transport:
  • Built in 1920 at American International Shipbuilding Corp., Hog Island, PA.
  • Acquired by the Navy from the War Department, 3 November 1921
  • Commissioned USS Chaumont (AP-5), 22 November 1921, LCDR. G. H. Emmerson in temporary command, CDR. C. L. Arnold assumed command, 1 December 1921
  • Decommissioned, 28 August 1943, for conversion to a Hospital Ship
  • Recommissioned USS Samaritan (AH-10), 1 March 1944
  • During World War II USS Samaritan (AH-10) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Capture and occupation of Guam 15 to 18 August 1944
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan 24 June to 14 August 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 20 February to 7 March 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of Southern Palau Islands Peleliu - 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto 13 April to 25 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Samaritan was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 October 1945 to 15 March 194619 to 27 March 1946
    29 to 30 March 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 25 June 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Turned over to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 29 August, 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1948
  • USS Samaritan received four battle stars for WWII service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 12,275 t.(fl)
    Length 448'
    Beam 58' 3"
    Draft 26' (limiting)
    Speed 14.5 kts. (trial)
    (AH) Complement
    Officers 40
    Enlisted 366
    (AH) Patient capacity 394
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,000 Bbls
    Diesel 360 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    six Babcock and Wilcox boilers, 200psi Sat.
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three 200Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Chaumont (AP-5)
    Chaumont 1102k USS Chaumont (AP-5) moored pierside at Mare Island Navy Yard in June 1922. Darryl Baker
    Chaumont 961k
    Chaumont 119k USS Chaumont (AP-5) underway in the 1920s.
    Photo courtesy of CAPT. F. L. Oliver, USN, 1927.
    US Navy Photo #: NH 55089 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    Robert Hurst
    Chaumont 67k USS Chaumont (AP-5) at anchor in the 1920s or 1930s.
    US Navy Photo #: NH 1375 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Chaumont 144k USS Chaumont (AP-5) docked at Balboa, Canal Zone, 14 April 1931, with refugees, American women and children, from the quake-torn city of Managua, Nicaragua US Naval Historical Center
    Chaumont 640k Newspaper article and photo of USS Chaumont (AP-5) departing San Diego loaded with Marines bound for China. The photo is from 1927 although the article is in reference to a 1932 deployment. Ron Reeves
    Chaumont 94k USS Chaumont (AP-5) at anchor, probably in the late 1920s or early 1930s while dressed with flags.
    US Navy photo # NH 83456 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    Robert Hurst
    Chaumont 55k USS Chaumont (AP-5) moored to a landing with troops on deck in the 1920s or 1930s.
    US Navy Photo #: NH 55090 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Chaumont 72k USS Chaumont (AP-5) pierside at Corinto, Nicaragua, in the 1920s or 1930s.
    US Navy Photo #: NH 55091 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    Robert Hurst
    Chaumont 63k USS Chaumont (AP-5) in Chinese waters during the 1930s.
    Photo courtesy of Mrs. Ulrika Mikel, 1972.
    US Navy Photo #: NH 76474 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    Robert Hurst
    Chaumont 23k USS Chaumont (AP-5) departing San Diego, 29 August 1937, loaded with Marines bound for China James D. McGrew
    Chaumont 25k USS Chaumont (AP-5) departing San Diego, 29 August 1937, loaded with Marines bound for China James D. McGrew
    Chaumont 20k USS Chaumont (AP-5) departing San Diego, 29 August 1937, loaded with Marines bound for China James D. McGrew
    Chaumont 111k USS Chaumont (AP-5) arriving off the Bund at Shanghai, China, with the 6th Regiment, U. S. Marine Corps, on 19 September 1927. The Marines had been sent to reinforce the 4th Marine Regiment in guarding the U. S. sector of the International Settlement during the Sino-Japanese war. The tug is either St. Sampson or St. Dominic.
    Photo courtesy of Vice Admiral M. L. Deyo, USN (Ret.), 1973.
    US Navy Photo # NH 77810 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    Robert Hurst
    Chaumont 89k USS Chaumont (AP-5) arriving at Shanghai, China, with the 6th Regiment, U. S. Marine Corps, on 19 September 1937. Assisted by the tugs St. Sampson and St. Dominic, she is preparing to moor in "Man of War Row" in the Whangpoo (Huangpu) River off the Shanghai Bund. The ships moored in the row include the British cruiser HMS Danae and sloop HMS Falmouth, the French cruiser Dumont d'Urville and sloop Tahure, and the Italian cruiser Raimondo Montecuccoli. The Dutch destroyer Van Galen is astern of Chaumont. Photo courtesy of Rear Admiral J. P. Walker, USN (Ret.), 1973.
    US Navy Photo # NH 77893 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    Robert Hurst
    Chaumont 72k USS Chaumont (AP-5) mooring in the river at Shanghai, China, 19 September 1937, with men of the 6th Regiment, U. S. Marine Corps, on deck. Crewmen of the Italian cruiser Raimondo Montecuccoli, moored just astern, are observing the maneuver. Note the Italian cruiser's truncated conical tower forward superstructure and the jack on her bow.
    Photo courtesy of Rear Admiral J. P. Walker, USN (Ret.), 1973.
    US Navy Photo # NH 77892 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Chaumont 22k USS Chaumont (AP-5) departing Manila Bay, 12 October 1937 bound for Shanghai, China. Chuck White
    Chaumont 169k Photo of Albert Weigandt F1/c's Souvenir of USS Chaumont (AP-5)'s voyage to the Far East in 1937 James Card QMC USN for his grandfather Albert Weigandt F1/c USS Chaumont, 27 August 1937 to 8 January 1938
    Chaumont 87k Close-up view of the Weigandt Souvenir of USS Chaumont (AP-5)'s voyage to the Far East in 1937 James Card QMC USN for his grandfather Albert Weigandt F1/c USS Chaumont, 27 August 1937 to 8 January 1938
    Chaumont 20k USS Chaumont (AP-5) underway, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Chaumont 70k USS Chaumont (AP-5) "seen here in Man of War Row" in the Whangpoo (Huangpu) River, Shanghai, China. The photo was probably taken in late May or early June 1939. Chaumont is moored in the most distant row, ahead of the Italian cruiser Bartolomeo Colleoni and astern of the French cruiser Lamotte-Picquet. The merchantman moored in the nearer offshore row include the British SS Shantung (left) and the Italian SS Enderia (center). The British merchantman SS Yingchow is moored in the distance, beyond Chaumont's bow.
    US Navy photo # NH 81988, collection of Admiral Harry E. Yarnell, 1975, US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Chaumont 114k USS Chaumont (AP-5) at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 4 October 1941. USS Texas (BB-35) is in the background to the right with USS Dickerson (DD-157) and another four-piper. The British aircraft carrier in the foreground is probably HMS Illustrious under repair under "Aid Short of War."
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25845, a US Navy BUSHIPS photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Chaumont 95k USS Chaumont (AP-5) in harbor, circa 1942.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-28034, a US Navy BUSHIPS photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Chaumont 177k USS Chaumont (AP-5) at Kodiak, Alaska, 11 May 1943. Note the new radar mast over the bridge.
    US National Archives, RG-80-G, Photo No. 80-G-79719 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    USS Samaritan (AH-10)
    Samaritan 73k USS Samaritan (AH-10) at anchor, 13 March 1945, location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-48663 from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
    Robert Hurst
    Samaritan 48k USS Samaritan (AH-10), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII Web Site
    Samaritan 163k USS Samaritan (AH-10) drydocked at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, in October 1944. She had damaged her bottom running aground at Tanuu Reef. Note workmen hosing down the ships hull to remove marine life prior to repair work commencing.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-314193 from "Hospital Ships of World War 11: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
    Robert Hurst
    Samaritan 82k Wounded marines brought aboard USS Samaritan (AH-10) waiting on deck for transfer to the ship's wards. The men, picked up at Saipan, were taken to Kwajalein.
    U.S. National Archives photo # 80-G-288164, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Photo and text from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
    Robert Hurst
    Samaritan 58k USS Samaritan (AH-10) underway, date and location unknown. Photo by Lowell Reistad, USS Rudyerd Bay (CVE 81) Paul Neacsu
    Samaritan 42k USS Samaritan (AH-10) off Iwo Jima in February 1945. Mount Suribatchi is in the background. Beyond the hospital ship are USS LST-755 and USS LST-764 in weathered pattern camouflage. Samaritan was painted white with a green hull band and red crosses on sides and funnel.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Samaritan 68k USS Samaritan (AH-10) off Iwo Jima in February 1945. USS LSM-46 has just shoved off after delivering wounded Marines to the hospital ship and is returning to the beach to collect additional wounded Marines. Photo was taken from LSM-46 by Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. for his father in honor of his father Lawrence A. Miller QM2/c USS LSM-46
    Samaritan 183k USS Samaritan (AH-10) elevator in action. This elevator, designed and built by navy crew members, greatly eased loading procedures. The elevator was rigged over the side just aft of the after gangway. It provided easy and gentle handling of wounded from small boats to Samaritan's deck at Okinawa and other beaches.
    U.S. National Archives photo # 80-G-325518, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Photo and text from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
    Robert Hurst
    Samaritan 77k USS Samaritan (AH-10) underway in San Francisco Bay, CA., between August 1945 and June 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 98753, donation of Boatswain's Mate First Class Robert G. Tippins, USN, (Ret), 2003 to the collection of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Samaritan 97k A US Army Nurse and US Navy Hospital Corpsmen at work in the dietary kitchen of USS Samaritan (AH-10), date unknown.
    U.S. National Archives photo # 80-G-288162, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Photo from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
    Robert Hurst
    Samaritan 91k A wounded serviceman being x-rayed on board USS Samaritan (AH-10), date unknown.
    U.S. National Archives photo # 80-G-188177, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Photo from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
    Robert Hurst
    Samaritan 89k Ambulatory patients lounging on the fantail of USS Samaritan (AH-10) in good weather, date unknown.
    U.S. National Archives photo # 80-G-288166, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Photo from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
    Robert Hurst
    Samaritan 103k A navy nurse updates patients charts at her work station aboard USS Samaritan (AH-10). Considering the size of the ward, the number of patients, and the small desk, the nurse has her hands full.
    U.S. National Archives photo # 80-G-288169, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Photo and text from "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Chaumont (AP-5) / USS Samaritan (AH-10)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Arnold, Clarence Lamont1 December 1921 - ?AP-5
    02CDR. Enochs, John Matt16 May 1922 - 3 July 1924AP-5
    03CDR. Oliver, Frederick Lansing3 July 1924 - 23 November 1925AP-5
    04CDR. Blackburn, John Hall23 November 1925 - 2 September 1927AP-5
    05CAPT. Ghent, Daniel Throckmorton2 September 1927 - 1928AP-5
    06CAPT. Puleston, William Dillworth1928 - 1 June 1929AP-5
    07CAPT. Loomis, Sam Colby1 June 1929 - ?AP-5
    08CAPT. Reichmuth, Ferdinand Louis1932 -?AP-5
    09CAPT. Jacobs, Walter Frederick1934 -?AP-5
    10CAPT. White, Robert Arnold1935 -?AP-5
    11CAPT. Thibault, Louis Francis1936 - ?AP-5
    12CAPT. Chandler Jr., William Dwight1938 - 1938AP-5
    13CDR. Lindsay, Lemuel Earl1938 - 1939AP-5
    14CDR. Worth, Daniel Fisher Jr.1939 - 1940AP-5
    15CDR. Kessing, Oliver Owen, Jr.1940 - 1940AP-5
    16CDR. Tallman, Donald Rex1940 ?AP-5
     Decommissioned23 August 1943 - 1 March 1944 
    01CDR. Scribner, Charles W.1 March 1944 - ?AH-10
    02CDR. McCreery, Willaim A.WWIIAH-10
    03LCDR. Uber, Arthur E.WWIIAH-10
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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