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. A name in keeping with the mission of hospital ships.
Chaumont (AP-5) (q.v.) was renamed and reclassified Samaritan (AH-10) on 2 September 1943.
For full history see Chaumont (AP-5).