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USS Samuel Chase (APA-26)
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USS Samuel Chase (AP-56) (1942 - 1943)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Golf - Juliet
NIGJ

USS Samuel Chase was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, North Africa, Okinawa)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe, Africa, Middle East Campaign Medal (5)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Arthur Middleton Class Transport:
  • Laid down, 31 August 1940, as SS African Meteor, a Maritime Commission type (C3-P&C) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 107) at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 23 August 1941
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 5 February 1942
  • Commissioned USS Samuel Chase (AP-56), 13 June 1942, CDR. Roger C. Heimer, USCG, in command
  • Redesignated Attack Transport (APA-26), 1 February 1943
  • During World War II USS Samuel Chase was first assigned to the European-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Seventeen, COMO. T.B. Brittan USN (20);
    TransDiv Fifty, CAPT. R.W. Abbot USN (20) and participated in the following campaigns;

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operations, 8 to 9 July 1943
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    Sicilian occupation, 9 to 15 July 1943 Invasion of Southern France, 18 August to 25 September 1944
    Salerno landings, 9 to 21 September 1943  

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    6 to 12 September 194513 to 20 November 1945
    10 to 20 October 194520 January to 5 February 1946
    28 October to 12 November 1945 
    20 January to 5 February 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1947, at Norfolk. VA.
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1958
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 11 February 1959
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD to Consolidated Steel Corp, Brownsville TX. in 1973 for scrapping
  • USS Samuel Chase earned 5 battle stars for her World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,000 t.(lt) 18,000 t.(fl)
    Length 489'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 27' 4"
    Speed 18.4 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 33
    Enlisted 448
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 98
    Enlisted 1,348
    Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
    Armament
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    four single .50 cal AA machine gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 2,700 DWT
    non-refrigerated 200,000 Cu. ft.
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,685 Bbls
    Diesel 1,120 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Foster Wheeler "D"-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Samuel Chase 24k
    Namesake

    Samuel Chase, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born on 17 April 1741 in Princess Anne, Somerset County, Md. He was admitted to the bar in 1761 and was a member of the Maryland Assembly from 1764 to 1784. In 1774, he became a member of the Maryland Committee of Correspondence and a delegate to the first Continental Congress, and served Congress intermittently until 1788 during which time he was a member of many important committees. After several years in private business, he became a judge in Maryland in 1788 and was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1796. Justice Chase died on 19 June 1811.
    Photo: Constitution.org
    Bill Gonyo
    USS Samuel Chase (AP-56)
    Samuel Chase 96k USS Samuel Chase (AP-56) underway in Hampton Roads, 14 September 1942.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-35228 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    USS Samuel Chase (APA-26)
    Samuel Chase 44k USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) at anchor, date and place unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office)
    Samuel Chase 114k USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    CAPT. Jerry Mason, USN Ret.
    Samuel Chase 56k USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) recovering troops and vehicles after a landing exercise, late in 1943. A forward boom is lifting a 2-ton truck from an LCM, while troops climb a cargo net from another LCM abaft the superstructure. Other troops have an easier ascent from an LCVP near the stern, boarding by an accommodation ladder. The LCVP is marked as one of USS Samuel Chase's boat complement, the PA26-24 on her bow identifying her as Boat 24 from APA-26. USS Samuel Chase is painted in what was called a graded pattern, dark blue below a hypothetical horizon line and haze gray above. One or more radar antennas have been carefully airbrushed out by a censor.
    US Navy photo
    US Naval Historical Center
    Samuel Chase 392k "The Jaws of Death." A photo by CPHOM Robert F. Sargent, USCG. A Coast Guard-manned LCVP from USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) disembarks troops of the First Division on the morning of 6 June 1944 at Omaha Beach. Official U.S. Coast Guard photograph. Bill Gonyo
    Samuel Chase 93k USS Samuel Chase (APA-26)'s LCVP-16 approaches "Omaha" Beach on "D-Day", 6 June 1944. The boat is smoking from a fire that resulted when a German machine gun bullet hit a hand grenade. After discharging his load of troops the boat's coxwain, Coastguardsman Delba L. Nivens of Amarillo, Texas, assisted by his engineman and bowman, put out the fire and returned to their transport. Note the beach obstacles just ahead of the boat.
    US Coast Guard Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 26-G-2342
    Robert Hurst
    Samuel Chase 130k LCVP landing craft put troops ashore on "Omaha" Beach on "D-Day", 6 June 1944. The LCVP at far left is from USS Samuel Chase (APA-26).
    US Coast Guard Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 26-G-2337
    Robert Hurst
    Samuel Chase
    APA 26 998-46
    435k Views of USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) while berthed at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 8 March 1946. YD-33 and stern of the USS Trego (AKA-78) are in the background to the left.
    US Navy photo #'s File name: APA 26 998-46, Navy Photo, 3/8/46 and File name: APA 26 1001-46, Navy Photo, 3/8/46 from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and History Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Samuel Chase
    APA 26 1001-46
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    USS Samuel Chase (APA-26)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Heimer, Robert Clarence USCG :RADM13 June 1942 - 29 January 1944AP-56
    02CAPT. Fritzsche, Edward H. USCG :RADM29 January 1944 - 19 March 1945APA-26
    03CAPT. Perry, Paul K. USCG19 March 1945 - May 1946APA-26
    04CDR. Conner, Terrill Hoyt Wilhelm USNMay 1946 - 1946APA-26
    05CDR. Chipman, Briscoe USN1946 - December 1946APA-26
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Samuel Chase, AP-56 / APA-26
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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