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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|
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|6 to 12 September 1945||13 to 20 November 1945|
|10 to 20 October 1945||20 January to 5 February 1946|
|28 October to 12 November 1945|
|20 January to 5 February 1946|
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|USS Samuel Chase (AP-56)
|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, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|USS Samuel Chase (APA-26)
|44k||USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) at anchor, date and place unknown.
US Coast Guard photo
|US Coast Guard Historian's Office)|
|114k||USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Coast Guard photo
|CAPT. Jerry Mason, USN Ret.|
|396k||USS Samuel Chase (APA-26), moored astern of
USS LST-362, at Mole Des Passageurs, Vieux Port, Algiers, Algeria, 16 June 1943, takes an ambulance aboard while preparing for upcoming Operation Husky,
the Invasion of Sicily.
US National Archives Identifier 135907311 - USS Samuel Chase - War Diary, 7/1-31/43.
Photo - US National Archives Identifier 205579252, Local Identifier 26-G-2842, US Coast Guard Photo 1842
|56k||USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) recovering troops and vehicles after a landing exercise, late in 1943. A forward boom is lifting a 2½-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|
|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|
|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
|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
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.
APA 26 1001-46
|110k||Fireman Charles Tyner is holding his helmet which stopped shrapnel as he participated in landings in a Higgins boat on D-Day receiving only
a minor scratch. He served for a short time on the USCGC Alexander Hamilton (WPG-34), which was torpedoed off the coast of Iceland in 1941. From September 1943 to about
December 1945, he served on board USS Samuel Chase, flagship, Commander Transport Division One, 11th Amphibious Force while it went through Europe, the
Middle East, the northern coast of Africa, and eventually into the Pacific during the original occupation of the Japanese mainland. He participated in the initial
assault landing at Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, and the initial assault on the southern coast of France, in the area of the Bay of Pampalonne,
where he was wounded on 15 August 1944. He received three Bronze Stars for the European-African-Middle East campaigns, two Bronze Stars for the Asiatic-Pacific campaigns
and a Purple Heart.
Image courtesy of Life Magazine.
|01||CDR. Heimer, Roger Clarence, USCG :RADM||13 June 1942 - 29 January 1944||AP-56 / APA-26|
|02||CAPT. Fritzsche, Edward Henry, USCG||29 January 1944 - 19 March 1945||APA-26|
|03||CAPT. Perry, Paul Kelly, USCG||19 March 1945 - May 1946||APA-26|
|04||CDR. Conner, Terrill Hoyt Wilhelm USN, (USNA 1937)||May 1946 - 21 July 1946||APA-26|
|05||CDR. Chipman, Briscoe USN, (USNA 1935)||21 July 1946 - 9 December 1946||APA-26|
|06||CDR. Kendall, James Edward, USNR||9 December 1946 - 26 February 1947||APA-26|
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