For today’s “What Happened on June 19th” I am reblogging a post from my other blog. A major part of this story of June 1944 was the Battle of the Philippine Sea otherwise known as the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot which was June 18 – 20 1944. If you have never read my other blog, I encourage you to read it from by beginning. There is a link on the left of the screen.

USS Hornet (CV-12)-A Father's Untold War Story

In my last post, I wrote that the USS Hornet (CV-12) was in the port of Majuro for change in command 29 May 1944.  It departed Majuro on June 6, 1944.

Good bow shot of Hornet in original form tied up at Majuro, May 29, 1944. National Archives photo # 80-G-242616. Good bow shot of Hornet in original form tied up at Majuro, May 29, 1944. National Archives photo # 80-G-242616.

The Second Captain

Source:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sample

William Dodge Sample (9 March 1898–2 October 1945)

Captain William Dodge Sample Captain William Dodge Sample

He ultimately was a Rear Admiral in the United States Navy and an Escort Carrier Division commander in World War II. He was the youngest rear admiral in the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II.  Sample was born in Buffalo, New York and graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in June 1918.

During World War I, Sample served aboard the transport Henderson. For meritorious service during a fire onboard Henderson, he received a letter…

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2 responses

  1. Birgit says:

    What a shame that he died so quickly after the war. Great story and pictures especially of the plane crash

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