USS SAMPLE (FF-1048)
Sample (DE-1048) was laid down on 19 July 1963 by the Puget Sound Bridge and Dry Dock Co., Lockheed Aircraft Corp.,
Seattle, Wash.; launched on 28 April 1964; sponsored by Mrs. David M. Abshire,
daughter of Rear Admiral Sample; and commissioned on 23 March 1968, Comdr.
Ronald T. Kelly in command.
completion of shakedown, Sample, initially assigned to Destroyer
Squadron 29 (DesRon 29) at Long Beach, was ordered to Pearl Harbor and duty in DesDiv 252, DesRon 25.
She arrived at her homeport for the first time on 18 October 1968, but was damaged by O'Bannon the
following day. Repairs to her sonar dome forced her return to the Puget Sound area;
and, on 21
January 1969, she departed Bangor to return to Hawaii.
the remainder of the winter and into the spring, Sample remained in Hawaiian waters.
she sailed west on her first deployment to the western Pacific and duty with the 7th Fleet. Toward the end of the month, she
arrived at Yokosuka, thence continued on to Okinawa and the Philippines. In early May, she arrived in Subic
Bay, whence she proceeded to Tonkin Gulf for patrol and escort duty with the carriers supporting
operations in South Vietnam. In June, she departed Subic for Taiwan; and, during July, she operated with
the Taiwan Strait Patrol. At the end of the month, she returned to Japan; but, in early August, she was
back in the South China Sea. At mid-month, she resumed Taiwan Strait patrol duties and, on the 22d, again
steamed for Japan.
mid-September, Sample departed Yokosuka and sailed south again; operated
briefly on patrol off Taiwan; then continued on to the Philippines. At the end of the month, she
conducted special operations in the northeastern South China Sea; and, after a call at Hong Kong, headed back to
Taiwan and Japan. On 18 October, she departed the latter for Pearl Harbor and a return to duty with the
Sample remained in the eastern Pacific into the summer of 1970. On 14 July, she departed Hawaii for her second WestPac
deployment. Eight days later, she joined the 7th Fleet; and, on the 28th, she arrived in Subic Bay. On 1 August,
she got underway for duty as escort for Oriskany (CVA-34) on Yankee
Station. She operated with TG 77.5 in Tonkin Gulf until 25 August, then steamed for Taiwan,
arriving at Kaohsiung on the 27th. By 5 September, she was back at Subic; and on the 15th, she resumed
duty with TG 77.5. On the 29th, she returned to Subic; underwent boiler repairs; and
sailed for Okinawa on 3 October. Arriving on the 6th, she continued on to Japan; where, from 19 to 27
participated in joint United States-Japan exercises in the Sea of Japan. A call at Hong Kong
followed her departure from Japan; and, on 13 November, she arrived at Keelung, Taiwan. Two days later, she continued on to
Sasebo, whence she conducted exercises in the Sea of Japan, then steamed for Yokosuka. On 6 December,
she departed the latter port and headed for home.
Sample returned to Pearl Harbor on 12 December. A post-deployment period of
leave and liberty took her into the new year, 1971. Sample spent the entire
Hawaii, either in port at Pearl Harbor or cruising in the local operating
area. During the latter part of January, she began a period of availability, including a drydock period, which
lasted until June. From June to December, she operated in Hawaiian waters; first, undergoing trials; then,
refresher training; and, finally, participating in ASW exercises. The end of 1971 and the beginning of 1972
brought preparations for overseas movement. On 27 January 1972, Sample got underway for an extended
deployment to the western Pacific. During the major portion of 1972, she alternated between SAR, PIRAZ,
and naval gunfire support duties off the coast of Vietnam. She departed Vietnamese waters on 10 August
and re-entered Pearl Harbor on the 25th.
remained in port for the remainder of the year, engaged in post-deployment stand down and in restricted availability, the
only exception being her participation in COMTUEX 4-72 between 4 and 8 December. Sample remained
in Hawaii until 14 May 1973, when she redeployed to the western Pacific. After another seven months
plying the waters of the Far East, she re-entered Pearl Harbor on 8 December. As of May 1974, Sample is
still in port at Pearl Harbor.
Sample has received five campaign stars for service off Vietnam.
[Note: The above USS SAMPLE (FF-1048) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS SAMPLE (FF-1048), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]