A person from Samaria, a region and city of ancient Palestine. In one of His most widely known parables, Christ portrayed a "good Samaritan" as an example of helpful neighborliness.
Chaumont (AP-5) (q.v.) was renamed and reclassified Samaritan (AH-10) on 2 September 1943.
Samaritan (AH-10) off Iwo Jima in February 1945, with Mount Suribachi in the background. Beyond the hospital ship are LST-755 and LST-764 in weathered patterned camouflage. Samaritan is painted white with a green hull band and red crosses on sides and funnel. Compare her with Relief, on page 67, and Repose, on page 77.