USS Sampson (DD 394)
Destroyer of the Somers class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||Bath Iron Works (Bath, Maine, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||8 Apr 1936|
|Launched||16 Apr 1938|
|Commissioned||19 Aug 1938|
|End service||8 Nov 1945|
Decommissioned 8 November 1945.
Commands listed for USS Sampson (DD 394)
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|1||Cdr. William Granat, USN||19 Aug 1938||29 Jun 1940|
|2||Cdr. William Kearney Phillips, USN||29 Jun 1940||21 Dec 1940|
|3||Cdr. Lunsford Yandell Mason, Jr., USN||21 Dec 1940||5 Dec 1941|
|4||Lt.Cdr. Harman Brown Bell, Jr., USN||6 Dec 1941||4 Sep 1943|
|5||T/Cdr. Thomas Martin Fleck, USN||4 Sep 1943||9 Dec 1944|
|6||Samuel Oliver Rush, Jr., USN||9 Dec 1944||8 Nov 1945|
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Notable events involving Sampson include:
12 Jan 1944
Convoy US 23A.
This convoy departed Wellington on 12 January 1944.
It was made up of the troop transport Mooltan (British, 20952 GRT, built 1923).
On departure from Wellington the convoy was escorted by the destroyer USS Sampson (T/Cdr. T.M. Fleck, USN).
Around 0600L/15, the light cruiser HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) took over the escort duties from the USS Sampson (T/Cdr. T.M. Fleck, USN) which then parted company.
Around 1650H/23 the convoy arrived at Fremantle.
The convoy departed Fremantle for Bombay around 1000H/26. It was now escorted by the heavy cruiser HMS Sussex (A/Capt. M. Everard, RN).
Around 1230FG/4, in approximate position 02°00'S, 73°00'W the convoy was turned over to the destroyer HMS Redoubt (Lt.Cdr. N.E.G. Ropner, DSO, RN). HMS Sussex then parted company to proceed to Colombo.
The convoy arrived at Bombay on 9 February 1944.
13 Jan 1944
Around 1100L/13, HMAS Adelaide (A/Capt. J.C.D. Esdaile, OBE, RAN) departed Port Melbourne to make rendezvous with convoy US 23A.
[For more info on this convoy see the event ' Convoy US 23A ' for 12 January 1944.] (1)
- Report of proceedings of HMAS Adelaide for January 1944
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