Wreford Goss Chapple, USN

Born  19 Mar 1908Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana, USA
Died  20 May 1991(83)Coronado, San Diego County, California, USA


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Ranks

  Lt.
  Lt.Cdr.
  Cdr.
1 Jul 1949 T/Capt.

Retired: 1959


Decorations

Dec/Jan 42 Navy Cross (1)
1943 Navy Cross (1)

Warship Commands listed for Wreford Goss Chapple, USN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
USS S-38 (143)SubmarineNov 1940Jan 1942
USS Permit (178)Lt.Cdr.Submarine14 Feb 19424 Aug 1943
USS Bream (243)Cdr.Submarine24 Jan 19447 Dec 1944

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Submarine USS S-38 (143)


8 Dec 1941
USS S-38 (Lt. W.G. Chapple) departed from Manila Bay for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Mindoro. On the 20th she proceeded to the west coast of Luzon.

22 Dec 1941
USS S-38 (Lt. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport ship Hayo Maru (5446 GRT, built 1921) in Lingayen Gulf in position 16°00'N, 120°00'E.

14 Jan 1942
USS S-38 (Lt. W.G. Chapple) ended her 2nd war patrol at Surabaya.


Submarine USS Permit (178)


22 Feb 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. Wreford Goss Chapple) left Surabaya for her 4th war patrol.

13 Mar 1942 (position 10.58, 121.12)
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) sank the disabled US motor torpedo boat USS PT 32 with gunfire 1 nautical mile south-west of Taguayan Island, Philippines in position 10°58'N, 121°12'E.

16 Mar 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) delivers ammunition to Corregidor and evacuates some 40 officers and men.
Permit also had the 7 crewmen of the motor torpedo boat PT 32 on board.
Permit was so overcrowded the Commanding Officer was actually reprimanded upon arrival in Australia because of endangering his ship.

6 Apr 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her fourth war patrol at Fremantle, Australia

5 May 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. Wreford Goss Chapple) left Fremantle for her 5th war patrol, and was ordered to patrol in Strait Makassar.

11 Jun 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 5th war patrol when she returned to Fremantle.

12 Jul 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) left Fremantle for her 6th war patrol.

30 Aug 1942
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 6th war patrol when she returned to base at Pearl Harbor. She was ordered to the Mare Island Navy Yard for an overhaul.

5 Feb 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) left base for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the coast of Honshu, Japan.

8 Mar 1943 (position 41.16, 142.27)
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Hisashima Maru (2747 GRT) off the northern tip of Honshu in position 41°16'N, 142°27'E.

16 Mar 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 7th war patrol when she returned to base.

6 Apr 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) left Midway for her 8th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the shipping lanes between the Mariana Islands to Truk in the Caroline Islands.

6 Apr 1943 (position 13.27, 144.35)
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese transport ship Tokai Maru (8359 GRT) at Apra Harbor, Guam in position 13°27'N, 144°35'E.

25 May 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.

20 Jun 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) departed from Midway for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Sea of Japan.

6 Jul 1943 (position 43.35, 140.21)
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Banshu Maru No.33 (787 GRT) west of Hokkaido in position 43°35'N, 140°21'E.

7 Jul 1943 (position 43.14, 139.53)
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Showa Maru (2212 GRT) off Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan in position 43°14'N, 139°53'E.

9 Jul 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) mistakenly sank the Soviet oceanographic vessel Seiner No.20 (55 GRT) about 27 nautical miles off Kaiba To. Once the mistake is realized, Permit comes alongside the blazing vessel and rescues the survivors before the Russian craft sinks. The Soviet sailors are taken to Akutan, Alaska.

27 Jul 1943
USS Permit (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 9th war patrol when she returned to Pearl Harbor.


Submarine USS Bream (243)


10 Mar 1944
With her trials and initial training completed USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. Wreford Goss Chapple) departed from New London for the Pacific.

8 May 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) arrived at Brisbane, Australia.

10 May 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) departed from Brisbane.

14 May 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) arrived at Milne Bay.

29 May 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) arrived at Manus

1 Jun 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) departed from Manus for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Halmahera.

16 Jun 1944 (position 2.23, 128.43)
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and sank the Japanese army cargo ships Yuki Maru (5704 GRT) and Hinode Maru (1916 GRT) off Halmahera Island in position 02°23'N, 128°43'E.

29 Jun 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 1st war patrol at Manus.

21 Jul 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) departed from Manus for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol south of the Philippines.

6 Sep 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 2nd war patrol at Brisbane.

2 Oct 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) departed from Brisbane for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the central Philippines.

9 Oct 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. Wreford Goss Chapple) refuels at Darwin, Australia.

23 Oct 1944 (position 14.06, 119.37)
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese heavy cruiser Aoba (offsite link) off Manila Bay in position 14°06'N, 119°37'E.

4 Nov 1944 (position 15.55, 119.44)
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple), USS Guitarro and USS Ray shared the sinking of the Japanese transport ship Kagu Maru (6806 GRT, offsite link) off Dasol Bay, Philippines in position 15°55'N, 119°44'E.

6 Nov 1944 (position 16.11, 119.44)
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple), USS Guitarro and USS Raton torpedo and damage the Japanese heavy cruiser Kumano (offsite link) west of Lingayen, Philippines in position 16°11'N, 119°44'E.

22 Nov 1944
USS Bream (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Chapple) ended her 3rd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.


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