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

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

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 TransDiv One flagship 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  

  • While assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) came under the command of:
    TransRon Seventeen, COMO. T.B. Brittan USN (20);
    TransDiv Fifty, CAPT. R.W. Abbot USN (20)
  • 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
  • USS Samuel Chase earned five battle stars for her World War II service
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 11 February 1959
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, to Consolidated Steel Corp, Brownsville TX., 9 May 1973, (PD-X-958 dated 4 April 1973) for $116,000.00, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 10 August 1973
    Displacement 9,000 t.(lt) 18,000 t.(fl)
    Length 489'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 27' 4"
    Speed 18.4 kts.
    Officers 33
    Enlisted 448
    Troop Accommodations
    Officers 98
    Enlisted 1,348
    Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
    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
    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, 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.
    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, courtesy
    Mike Green
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    61k USS Samuel Chase (AP-56) underway for sea departing Halifax, Nova Scotia harbor anchorage, 29 September 1942. From there her force became convoy AT23, cruising a long path of ocean miles and port stops before arriving at the Casablanca-Algiers assaults in early November.
    Photo by HB Jefferson, Nova Scotia Archives. Used for educational and non-commercial purpose.
    John Chiquoine
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    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.
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    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
    David Upton
    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 Navy History and Heritage Command
    Samuel Chase
    117k USS Samuel Chase (APA-26) loading LCT(6)-601 off Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944. Filmed from the flagship USS Augusta (CA-31).
    Frames from the short film " 'D' Day Off Coast of France. Sinking LCI, Bombardment of Coast and Various Unloading Scenes." U.S. National Archives and Records Administration Identifier 77008. Local Identifier 428-NPC-4239. NAIL Control Number NWDNM(m)-428-NPC-4239.
    David Upton
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    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
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    APA 26 1001-46
    Samuel Chase 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 Europe-Africa-Middle East campaigns, two Bronze Stars for the Asiatic-Pacific campaigns and a Purple Heart.
    Image courtesy of Life Magazine.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Samuel Chase (AP-56 / APA-26)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Heimer, Roger Clarence, USCG :RADM13 June 1942 - 29 January 1944AP-56 / APA-26
    02CAPT. Fritzsche, Edward Henry, USCG29 January 1944 - 19 March 1945APA-26
    03CAPT. Perry, Paul Kelly, USCG19 March 1945 - May 1946APA-26
    04CDR. Conner, Terrill Hoyt Wilhelm USN, (USNA 1937)May 1946 - 21 July 1946APA-26
    05CDR. Chipman, Briscoe USN, (USNA 1935)21 July 1946 - 9 December 1946APA-26
    06CDR. Kendall, James Edward, USNR9 December 1946 - 26 February 1947APA-26
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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