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Amphibious Forces of WWII/USNTS Sampson
AMPHIBIOUS FORCES OF WWII/USNTS SAMPSON
Welcome to the Amphibs/Sampson Website Message Board. Due to spammers posting, it is moderated. Posts will not be visible until I mark them approved. They can also be out of sequence due to spam being deleted, but the message chain being marked as updated. I also delete partisan political commentary. Russ
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Subject: 1944-45 Wedderburn yearbook


Author:
Tamra Chase
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Date Posted: 14:59:16 09/25/16 Sun

I HAVE INHERITED MY LATE GRANDFATHER'S SHIP'S YEARBOOK PLUS SOME VERY DEAR MEMORABILIA FROM HIS TOUR ON THE u.s.s. wEDDERBURN FROM WHEN HE JOINED IN 43-44 TO 46 AND THE SHIP'S TOUR IN THE PACIFIC DURING ww2, HE WAS VERY PROUD OF HIS SHIP AND SHIPMATES, AND TOLD ME MANY STORIES.i AM WILLING TO SHARE THESE IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN COPIES? pLEASE LET ME KNOW.MY GRANDFATHER'S NAME WAS RUSSELL E.CHASE WATER TENDER THIRD CLASS.THANKS TAMRA CHASE

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Subject: USS AUBURN AGC-10 593rd JASCO


Author:
Marilyn Mauldin
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Date Posted: 11:25:43 06/10/06 Sat

Hi: My husband, Carl, served as Radioman in the 593rd JASCO unit aboard the Auburn which was a flagship & was at Iwo Jima, Okinawa etc. I thought it would be interesting to contact other JASCO shipmates. He has the origibal "Souvenir Album" with a photo of each unit aboard.Someone may like a copy.
He took boots at San Diego & radio training school at Boulder, CO.
He isn't into computers quite yet, so I'm acting as secretary. MY personal comment : THANKS TO EACH OF YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE !

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Subject: USS Newberry


Author:
Frank
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Date Posted: 06:57:17 04/26/06 Wed


I am seeking any info on William Childers, M.O.M.M. KIA February 19, 1945. He was on the USS Newberry.

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Subject: David E Dingley


Author:
Chris Dingley
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Date Posted: 19:15:23 08/02/16 Tue

I am the grandson of David Dingley

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Subject: USNTS Sampson


Author:
Brandon
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Date Posted: 14:28:21 07/03/16 Sun

Hello, everyone.
I do a bit of genealogy, but was also fortunate enough to grow up enjoying frequent visits with my grandfather, and hearing some tales firsthand. To my regret, I lost him several years ago, and he is sorely missed. If anyone served with Joe Cottrell, either while in boot as a trainee or as a fellow shipmate on the USS Casco, I'd love to hear from you.
For anyone that is interested, I have a very nice photo of the US Naval Training center class of 23 May 1945, Company 228. Also, I have a muster roll from the USS Casco, AVP-12 listing most of his fellow mates. Just email me, I look forward to your messages.

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Subject: Link to the Sampson Website


Author:
Gerald Manriquez
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Date Posted: 09:21:50 07/03/16 Sun

I am the web master for the USS Des Moines CA-134 (www.ussdesmoines.com). I am going through some of the memorabilia an unknown shipmate sent to our Secretary years ago. I have a number of your Sampson WW-2 Navy Veterans, Inc. publications. I assume that shipmate went through Boot Camp at Sampson and served on the Des Moines. I am trying to put one Boot Camp book on our site for which my shipmates were trained. I just wanted to let you know that I am going to link to your website.

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Subject: USNTS Sampson, NY - USS Cactoctin


Author:
Theresa Wilson
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Date Posted: 18:02:22 12/09/09 Wed

My dad left school at age 17 and entered the Navy on Aug 21, 1943 USNTS Sampson, NY he then served on the USS Cactoctin. Does anyone have any pictures of his shipmates or members of his graduating class? Not sure of his class number. Would love to surprise him. He lights up when talking about his time in the navy he said he couldn't wait to get back aboard ship to be with his buddies.

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Subject: SS Young America


Author:
Wm. E. Zade
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Date Posted: 18:57:49 06/24/16 Fri

I have my father's "Shellback" papers he received as he with other troops on board the SS Young America crossed the equator Nov 21 1943
SS Young America was the first troop support ship to pull into the still smoking Pearl Harbor after the Japanese attack there

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Subject: My Dad also on LST783


Author:
Jack.Minnich
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Date Posted: 11:57:49 05/20/16 Fri

My Dad was also on LST 783. The pictures you mention along with others I have as well. His name is Darwin S. Minnich, Machinist Mate.

If you have not read Joey's book, read it.

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Subject: USS Botetourt APA 136


Author:
John Robison
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Date Posted: 11:43:05 03/11/03 Tue

Looking for anyone who served on the USS Botetourt APA 136 during WWII. My dad served on the ship in '45-'46. Was in Tokyo Bay for unconditional surrender.


Thank you,
John Robison

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Subject: Was on Okinawa co' 146 det. 1081 Seabees WW2


Author:
Roscoe Easter
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Date Posted: 12:36:23 02/08/15 Sun

I would to hear from any one that was there (Herb Williams Or Joe Spots )

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Subject: Information


Author:
Charles E, Bailey
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Date Posted: 13:37:27 05/15/09 Fri

My name is Charles Edward Bailey .I received my Navy boot Training at Sampson Navel Training Center in August,September and October 1944.
I cannot remember The Company I was in,I do remember my Company Commander It was Chief Ray Miller Famous light weight Boxer from the
1920 and 1930.And the assistant company commander was from Portland Maine.The company joaker was from Quincy Mass,A chubby fellow we
called Tiny.
I would be greatfull for any information

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Subject: Company 106 in 1943


Author:
George Litynski
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Date Posted: 03:07:03 04/29/16 Fri

I am looking for any info or pictures of Company 106 from Sampson in late 1943. My father Raymond was there and I am gathering info for my son who also served in the Navy.

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Subject: Sampson Naval Training July 1943 CO 369


Author:
Dolly Hillier Martinez
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Date Posted: 21:03:20 04/25/16 Mon

I have a picture of this class. Does anyone know anything about the class. My dad would have been 33 in 1943. Seems kind of old for basic.

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Subject: Navy pictures


Author:
Sandra Bourgeault-Pudim
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Date Posted: 17:32:51 02/23/14 Sun

My Dad served with men named Mike Lipanovich, George Roscovich, John Scanlon and Jos. Acardi, George Powell, Leonard Pirro, Leo Zumberger and Lionel Caron. Have some pictures if you would like a copy. Just email me.

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Subject: Life Aboard LST 550 - Dec.'44 thru Oct.'45


Author:
Howard Guidry
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Date Posted: 18:55:45 08/05/10 Thu

My dad, Ernest "EJ" Guidry, was member of the Black Gang on LST 550 while she was in the Pacific during WW2. Seeking personal journal info, deck log info and experiences from anyone on board her especially fellow Black Gang members. Have Dad's journal, numerous pictures of ship, shipmates and places she went during his time on her. Also interested in what life was like at Camp Bradford, Virginia, from Oct thru Dec of '44. Would be most happy to communicate and share info with fellow shipmates or their kin folks. Hoping to honor him and those who served aboard LST 550 during mentioned time frame by setting up web site. Sincerest thanks for any info that can help make this possible.

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Subject: Picture Gilmore Unit


Author:
Brooksie Salyer
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Date Posted: 13:46:15 03/27/16 Sun

would like a picture of Gilmore unit G4u barracks or total unit if possible- thanks

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Subject: USS Darke APA 159


Author:
Joann Victor
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Date Posted: 06:33:45 10/01/15 Thu

My brother, Jimmy Victor, joined the Navy at 17. He was assigned to the USS Darke from the time it was commissioned until the end of WWII. I'm looking for any information about him or what life was like on the Darke. I would appreciate any information or suggestions on sources for further research.
Joann

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Subject: Looking for muster roll for my father's Sampson company


Author:
Melissa Ruzicka
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Date Posted: 13:40:03 03/08/16 Tue

I am trying to learn more about my father, Edward Simmons, who passed away in 2001. I have an old photo of his Sampson Training Center "graduating class". On the photo are the words: US Navy Training Center, Sampson, NY, Co. 259, October 25, 1944.

I would like to see how I might get a hold of the names of all of the men in Company 259.

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Subject: CBMU 517 ship


Author:
Kathy Iverson
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Date Posted: 02:16:45 07/20/08 Sun

I am trying to find out the name of my Dad's ship during WWII. He was in the CBMU 517 unit from 4-5-43 to 9-20-45. His name was Francis "Butch" Becvar. He was a cook on the ship.

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Subject: LCT855 Ship WWII


Author:
Mike Gruttadauria
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Date Posted: 12:29:16 12/25/14 Thu

I was wonder if there are any living crew left beside myself. I was The Cook on the LCT855. We left from Halifax Nova Scotia. I would like to get in touch with them.

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Subject: U S Naval Training Center, Sampson, NY


Author:
Terry Karns
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Date Posted: 09:31:53 12/20/15 Sun

My father, Earl R. Karns went through training at Sampson in April of 1945. He was part of Company 213. If anyone has pictures of company 213 I would love to hear from you. He passed in 2000 and I am putting together a scrapbook of his military service. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Subject: USS Bland


Author:
Walter Smith
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Date Posted: 07:40:39 10/15/15 Thu

My father, Barney Smith, also served on the USS Bland as a signalman. Like you, I am also trying to retrieve pictures and other information about his ship and shipmates.

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Subject: Co 423 Sampson NY 1944


Author:
Diane Gibbons
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Date Posted: 16:25:58 10/12/15 Mon

I found in my parents old photos a picture of the 9/7/1944 Co. 423 graduating class. This was at US Naval Training Center in Sampson, NY. My Dad was in army and trying to find out list of candidates to see if any relative of our family. Both my parents are deceased and trying to sort out photos for other family members. Any help would be appreciated.

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Subject: Civilian guard Chief of Police Charles F. Sloane


Author:
Charles F. Sloane, Jr.
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Date Posted: 12:36:01 09/19/15 Sat

My husband and I are looking for any information about Charles F. Sloane, who was Chief of Police (Civilian Guard) at Sampson Naval Training Station sometime during 1942 - 1945.

Any information would be appreciated. Please send to our e-mail. Thank you...

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Subject: Company 259, Oct 25 1944


Author:
Melissa Ruzicka
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Date Posted: 15:44:34 09/18/15 Fri

This may sound like an odd request, but does anyone by any chance have a list of the men in the Sampson Training Center, Company 259 in October 25, 1944?

My father, Edward Donald Leahy, who died in 2001, served in the Navy during WW2. I have been trying to research his side of the family, who he had been estranged from by the time I was born. So far, I’ve come up with nothing. There seem to be no records of him before the 1950s. However, a genealogist found records of another man, Edward Donald Simmons who had the same birthdate, birthplace, as well as the same names for his father, mother, sister and brother. I am trying to find out if Simmons and Leahy are one in the same, which might prove that my father changed his name after the war.

One old photo I have from him shows him in a group photo from the Sampson Training Center. The caption includes the date “October 25, 1944” and “Co. 259”..

If I could get a hold of the names of the men in Company 259, I could see if it includes Edward Donald Leahy or Edward Donald Simmons!

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Subject: Boat Pool 15-1, Manila PI


Author:
Douglas Spencer
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Date Posted: 06:05:54 09/14/15 Mon

I reported to Boat pool 15-1, Manila late august 1945. We lived in tent city until wooden barkets were built several months later. it was a short hike to the Yacht base were the LCVP and LCM landing craft were moored. The unit moved to Caviotte in Feb. 1946. I left for discharge in May 1946.
The duty was great foe a MOMMFN snipe,

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Subject: USS Lavaca


Author:
Pam Freas
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Date Posted: 17:00:17 09/13/15 Sun

My father, Charles O. Mutchler from Bloomsburg, PA is 89. He served aboard USS Lavaca out of Astoria, OR. I would love to be able to put him in touch with others he might remember. He has some wonderful memorabilia.

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Subject: Sampson and LST-56


Author:
Nancy Folsom
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Date Posted: 15:11:44 08/01/11 Mon

My dad, Albert Henry Folsom, did his navy training at Sampson from 8/20/43 thru 10/16/43. He was initially sent to Sabine Pass on the Texas coast and assigned to a minesweeper. Then he went to Pittsburgh to be one of the handful of sailors tasked with sailing USS LST 56 down the Ohio and Mississippi to New Orleans for fitting out. LST-56 convoyed across the North Atlantic from Halifax to England (with a cargo of citrus fruit on board) and took part in D-Day at Omaha Beach. Dad subsequently contracted tuberculosis and ended up back at Sampson at the Naval Hospital there (from 4/02/46 to 10/27/46) until his discharge to a private sanatorium... where he met his future wife, my mom, who was also being treated. I'm posting in remembrance of my father, and to see if there are any connections out there! God Bless the Greatest Generation.

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Subject: company 571 graduation


Author:
CHERYL GILLEY
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Date Posted: 07:59:52 09/02/15 Wed

My dad ROSCOE EASTER is trying to find any information concerning his Naval Training in Sampson New York. His graduation from their was October 7th, 1944. We have looked through your collection of company pictures, but his isn't listed. I have a picture I can send you, if you would like one. Thank you for your time CHERYL

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Subject: E Engeman


Author:
Brian Koppenhaver
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Date Posted: 01:27:32 09/01/15 Tue

Here at the processing plant in Charlotte NC, we have located several letters from P1/C E Engleman and on one letter (they have not been opened) I can read USNTS Sampson from 1944. If anyone has information on how I can get these letters "Home" please call 678 520-4518 or email. I am a Manager with the United States Postal Service in Charlotte NC.

Thanks
09/01/2015

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Subject: photo of company 327 Dec 10 1943


Author:
John R Sprague
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Date Posted: 13:21:11 11/18/12 Sun

Having recently discovered the museum at Sampson, I recalled my grandfather (Harold F Sprague) went there for bootcamp, and thought I had seen some of his military items in some old boxes i had looked through when he passed on.
So far I have come across his bootcamp photo of Company 327, taken on Dec 10 1943.
This Photo is still in the original envelope he used to mail the photo home to his wife (my grandmother), and is still in very good shape.
I was wondering if it would be possible to donate the photo (and possibly any other related items i can find) to the museum for display.
I would appreciate any information on how I would be able to go about doing this.

Thank you,
John R Sprague
Bath N.Y.

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Subject: Looking for Lou Iacona


Author:
Sue McLeish
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Date Posted: 19:27:32 12/07/12 Fri

I am trying to get in touch with Lou from LST 597. My grangfather served with him and was in contact for a bit but lost email. I hope there is a way to still reach him. any info would be grand!

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Subject: June 6, 1944 Co. 109


Author:
Larry Klingelsmith
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Date Posted: 16:40:36 08/24/15 Mon

I have a picture of the class of June 6, 1944 Co. 109, U.S. Naval T.C., Sampson, N. Y.. My father, Glendon H. Klingelsmith is supposed to be in this picture but family members can not identify him. I have searched online with no avail. Does anyone have a list of names for those in the picture? Thank you. Larry Klingelsmith

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Subject: USS Menifee


Author:
Steve
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Date Posted: 15:20:13 11/30/06 Thu

My father served aboard the USS Menifee 1944 -1945. I am trying to find more information about the ship, individuals who served at that time, and if there was a ship patch and if there is photograph or replica available. My father was Wesley D Jones (deceased).

Also just a view general questions. I would a individual rate to wear amphibious shoulder insignia?

What is 1-A Stations?

Would an individual have more that one duty aboard ship? My father was in laundry but he also talked of landing craft.

IS there a USS Menifee web site anymore and are there still reunions?

Thanks any info will be greatly appreciated.

Any information would be helpf

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Subject: My Dad was on the SS Howell Lykes in 1944


Author:
Rich Gruber
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Date Posted: 17:46:45 07/25/11 Mon

My Dad sailed across the ocean on the SS Howell Lykes and crossed the In. Date Line on 10-04-1944.I have the original Royal order of the dragon paper he received .

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Subject: TRAINED AT SAMPSON JULY AUGEST AND SEPENDER 1944


Author:
ROSCOE L EASTER
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Date Posted: 09:07:49 08/03/15 Mon

I have photo of graduation co.571 sept.7 1944 I was in this co.

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Subject: looking for my dad


Author:
Lorraine
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Date Posted: 20:44:02 08/01/15 Sat

I am looking for a picture of my father as I have none, he was in the Navy Sampson N.Y. between 12-13-1944- and 1-11-1947. His name was Roger K. Allard.

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Subject: USS Gage


Author:
Phil Dittbrenner
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Date Posted: 10:44:12 07/28/15 Tue

I am the County Veterans Service officer for Gage County Nebraska and I am looking for items from the USS Gage to put on display in our Courthouse as the ship was named after our county and very few people know the history.
If you or anyone else could help me out please let me know.
Thank you for your time.

Phil Dittbrenner

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Subject: company number and unit request


Author:
Gene Kalet
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Date Posted: 11:15:11 10/28/08 Tue

Thanks for info on company number and unit at Sampson June 45 to August 45.
Do you have a company photo I could copy?

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Subject: what company number & unit


Author:
gene kalet
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Date Posted: 11:21:10 07/23/08 Wed

trying to find my company number & unit at Sampson from
june 1945 to August 1945
I enlisted when I lived in Queens,NY.
Anyone recall & has a company picture?

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Subject: Photo and Company #


Author:
Maureen Aspromonte Esposito
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Date Posted: 10:59:28 07/12/15 Sun

MY father is celebrating his 90th birthday in August. He graduated from high school on January 31, 1944. He said just three days after high school graduation he went off for a four week training at Sampson. My sister and I are trying to figure out the month he graduated from the camp, and the company he was in...neither does he. I browsed through the photos and I can't determine which is his class photo. Can you please help me? His name is Andrew Anthony Aspromonte
and he lived in NYC
Sincerely,
-Maureen Aspromonte Esposito

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Subject: Vadenais Family


Author:
Denise Vadenais Berwind
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Date Posted: 09:34:00 11/15/10 Mon

Russ,

I just came across your website while doing my own research of the Vadenais Family. My father, Marcel Vadenais, and his brother, Roger, were both born and raised in Woonsocket, RI, and both served in WWII. My father was in the Navy and my uncle was a flyer in the Army and served in China. I see such a striking resemblance of Oscar Vadenais to both my father and my brother, Roger, (named after my uncle)that I am wondering if they could have possibly been cousins. My father was born in 1926 and my uncle in 1918. They both attended Mt. St. Charles Academy and their parents were Felix and Aldea Vadenais. My father passed away in 2004, so I can no longer ask him. If you can provide me with any clarification, I would be appreciative.

Very truly yours,

Denise Vadenais Berwind

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Subject: Personnel Information


Author:
Linda Hall
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Date Posted: 18:51:22 06/01/15 Mon

I am looking for any service related information regarding my dad Joseph Raymond "Ray" Dufour. He was a member of the 7th Naval Battalion, attached to the 149th Engineer Combat Unit during the assault on Omaha Beach, on June 6, 1944. He was a 2nd Lieutenant, Radioman Second Class. He never spoke of his service, however, I was recently told he was one of only 2 men on his ship who survived the invasion. I have no further info. If you have any information or suggestions where I could look, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Subject: Dad's service info


Author:
Dottie Claar
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Date Posted: 08:30:49 11/10/14 Mon

My Father, Leon G Freeman went to Bainbridge, MD Navel base in March 1944. He was a seabee in Okinawa early 1945. Looking for any information.

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Subject: Recruit Sirko at Sampson


Author:
Sam Sirko
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Date Posted: 18:39:51 05/25/15 Mon

I am planning to visit the Sampson Museum in the next month, both to see the exhibits and to try and locate a photo of my father's graduating class at NTC Sampson. Is there any way to determine my father's company and unit while at NTC Sampson? He was named Samuel Sirko, and he arrived at Sampson on 22 June 1945. He appears to have completed recruit training on 5 September 1945. Is there a chance that his information appears in the transcribed portions of the unindexed microfilmed Sampson files? He was inducted into Navy service at Naval Recruiting Station, Pittsburgh, PA on and 8 June 1945 and reported for active duty 21 June 1945. Any help or advice you can provide will be greatly appreciated! Great site by the way!

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Subject: USS Toland


Author:
John Manley
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Date Posted: 10:59:06 01/27/04 Tue

Looking for anyone that served on the USS Toland in 1944 & 1945 in the South Pacific. Please contact John Manley at 615-851-1576 or email me.

thanks

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Subject: USS MOUNTRAIL APA213


Author:
Stephen Simone
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Date Posted: 14:54:53 03/08/03 Sat

russ thank you for your time and patience on your site it showed me so much in detail what my grandfather told me when I was small.

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Subject: Great site.


Author:
BOB COLANTUONO
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Date Posted: 13:10:58 11/21/02 Thu

Hi Russ, An exeptional site. I entered Sampson on June 13, 1945, graduated at the end of Aug. Went by troop train to Camp Shoemacher in CA. Left San Francisco aboard the USS Admiral Benson on Sept. 29, 1945. We got to Okinawa just after typhoon Louise devastated the island and destroyed many ships. Went aboard the USS YMS 425, anchored in Hiro Wan, Japan, on Nov. 5. After sweeping operations, we left Japan in March, and ended up in Boston where the ship was decommissioned on July 19. I was discharged on July 21.
Looking for any one who was in Battalion G, Co. 573 during June to Aug. 1945. Also anyone who served on the 425.
Thanks for putting a link to my site on your site. There will be a link to your site on my site in a few days.
Keep up the good work.

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Subject: Boot Camp Co 565 1945 Sampson


Author:
Richard W. Price
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Date Posted: 11:26:19 12/25/11 Sun

I have fond memories of my days through Boots June through August, 1945. I have a Class picture of our CFO any.
Dick Price

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Subject: NTS Sampson


Author:
Steve Oliviwer
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Date Posted: 10:04:17 06/24/14 Tue

Where can I find what company my father was in at Sampson? His name is Lino Louis Olivier, from Brooklyn. He was active duty from April 13, 1944 until March 26, 1946. He served at ABCD Manus, Leyte, Mindanao etc. He was also on LST-744.

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Subject: Ship Mates and Radiomen aboard AKA 79 Trousdale


Author:
Victor Ruggiero RM3C
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Date Posted: 07:01:46 10/21/08 Tue

AKA 79 Trousdale commissioned Hoboken NJ Our song was " A beer onPari, a piss on Mog and then to okie and man made fog" Woul like to hear from formr shipmates or family members .Perhaps a reunion!

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Subject: July 4, 1945


Author:
Norman w. May
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Date Posted: 08:35:34 04/16/12 Mon

We were the late arrivals getting to lovely Sampson on
the 4th of July, 1945. I always tell everybody that when
the Japs heard we were coming, they surrended! Seriously
the 10 weeks we spent there were rememberable to say the
least but a good experience for cocky 18 year olds. My
18th and 19th birthdays were spent in the navy(July 19th)
I was discharged in August of 1946 when the navy had no
more need of us. Sad to say, the dropping of the atom
bombs probably saved us from taking part in the invasions
0f Japan scheduled for November of 1946.

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Subject: Name of Ship?


Author:
Esther
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Date Posted: 21:07:20 03/16/08 Sun

I am looking for the name of the ship my grandfather served on with Co 540, 1944 from the U.S. Naval Training Station, Sampson. NY. Does anyone know where I could find that information? Thanks in adavance!
Esther

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Subject: Co. 412 photo Aug. 1943


Author:
Linda Sgorbati
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Date Posted: 12:58:18 04/21/15 Tue

I have a photo of Sampson Co. 412 dated Aug. 18, 1943 that
I found tucked in a book that I recently purchased at a
flea market. I would be happy to send it to you for your
archives if you will provide me with a mailing address.
Sincerely,
Linda M. Sgorbati
Sudbury, VT

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Subject: One Member of Neshoba


Author:
Judy Bachle-Hood (Daughter)
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Date Posted: 18:28:52 04/16/15 Thu

My Father: Vernon Marvin Bachle worked on the U-Boat USS NESHOBA APA 216) HE took soldiers to the war sandy ground--beach fighting the Japanese. his job was to open the U-Boat hatch. He saw many soldiers (Marines) killed. My father could never talk about it.

Vernon passed-away this last Sunday April 12, 2015 at 12:22pm. One week from Easter Sunday.

I am his only daughter: Judy Louise Bachle (married name: Hood)He divorced my mother in 1988. He never remarried. He will be buried at Ft.Sam Houston Cemetery on April 27th, 2015 this month Monday at 1:00 pm. Full Military Honors. I am proud of him. open to anyone. would love to meet and talk to his commorades. Call me anytime I would even cherish talking to other soldiers the USS Neshoba a p a 216

God Bless
everyone. Thank you for serving our country to freedom.

We have little Navy soldiers left. He left this world in peace I took care of my dad.
Please feel free to call me:210-560-2650 San Antonio, Texas
Prayers and Blessings 6727 Shady Lake Dr.San Antonio,Texas 78244
US Navy Veteran of WWII

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Subject: MANUS ISLAND1944-45


Author:
S.Kapocius
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Date Posted: 11:04:02 04/07/15 Tue

Need Information on those who were on the Island of Manus between 1944-45. Naval or construction workers.

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Subject: Unit E-13 Company 325 Nick Stanich (Stanyc)


Author:
Andrea H.
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Date Posted: 11:47:11 04/28/08 Mon

Hello,
What a great site this is! My father (Nick Stanich) was stationed for training in Sampson. I believe he arrived there on 2-15-44 thru 4-13-44. He trained there as a Barber.(Ships Serviceman Barber 3/c(T) (Whatever that means!)Then was stationed at Camp Parera in Curacao. I beleive this was the unit and company he was in. Would love to hear from anyone in that Unit or company that would remember him. Pictures of that unit would be appreciated! Does anyone remember him? UNIT E-13 COMPANY 325 Thanks!

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Subject: Co. 571 @Sampson New York NTC


Author:
Roscoe Leroy Easter
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Date Posted: 12:17:06 01/29/15 Thu

I was in that Co. 571 would like to hear from any one who was in bootcamp with me leaster2@yahoo.com this was in Oct. 1944. Thanks!!!

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Subject: Construction of the base


Author:
John
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Date Posted: 15:54:41 06/13/13 Thu

I am trying to find out information related to the construction of the base. My grandfather apparently helped to build it, commuting from downstate (Mt. Kisco) to the base every weekend during some part of the early 1940s. Today the trip takes about 5 hours on major highways and at highway speeds; I can't imagine how long it would have taken on 1940s roads in a 1940s automobile. Does anyone know of a resource that might identify construction personnel from that time? Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Subject: Oct.7,1944 Sampson Naval Training Center CO 567


Author:
Kit Ryan/Mele
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Date Posted: 16:40:51 03/08/15 Sun

My dad was at the training center in 1944.I believe it was boot camp.I have a picture,but it has some damage.On the back is a list of names.I believe my dad was a mechanic.I know he went over sea's on a ship.In my mom's bible it says he recieved baptism and had his first communion on board ship in 1945.His name was George T. Ryan.I'm hoping for ANY info as to where they went,the Ships name and any stories of those who may have been ship mates with him.My dad passed in 1975 and i really feel like I don't know much about him. Thank You to ALL those who have served,I for one appreciate Your service.

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Subject: Lola Virginia Hewes


Author:
Kaye Holt
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Date Posted: 13:43:02 03/05/15 Thu

I am looking for anyone who might have served with Lola Virginia Hewes at Sampson. Lola was a nurse cadet there 1943-1945 or so and met her future husband, A.Z.Holt, there. Holt was being treated for Tuberculosis. Thanks for any help given!

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Subject: USS KEARSAGE


Author:
Cathy MacLeod
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Date Posted: 14:38:33 02/27/15 Fri

Looking for any info about USS Kearsage. My Dad served and always told us they were on the way to invade Japan when they dropped the bomb. They then turned around and came home. He also said they went through the Panama Canal. I can find no record of any of this and would be interested in any info. His name was Charles Gannon Murphy and was a Seaman Second Class. That's all I know as he passed in 1975. So he would have been at Samson in 1945/6 ... not sure.

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Subject: Sampson Company 230 Graduation Photo 1943


Author:
ANDREW CIONGOLI
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Date Posted: 21:10:08 02/15/15 Sun

WANTED SAMPSON NAVAL TRAINING CENTER COMPANY 230 GRADUATION PHOTO FROM 1943.

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Subject: CO4I7 3\31\43 TO6\1\43 OR DD614


Author:
JOE DEVINE
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Date Posted: 05:55:32 07/17/08 Thu

LOOKING FOR CO.417 SAMPSON OR ANY YOU GUYS WHO WERE ON THEUSSMACKENZIE DD614 84 43 2846 WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. JOE

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Subject: Co 344


Author:
Thomas Burroughs
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Date Posted: 19:57:36 01/20/11 Thu

After my father passed away several years ago my mother gave me his boot camp company picture, well I was going to put it in another frame and found that the names of the complete company roster were listed on the reverse side of the picture. I realize that many out there might be interested in having a copy of this photo and roster. I will be glad to upload a free copy to preserve this history to all who served, or are active in research of any of these men free of charge. the photo reads U.S Naval Training Center Sampson N.Y. April 16th 1945 CO 344. My dads name was Edwin Burroughs from Whitinsville Mass.

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Subject: Wallace C. Forrester


Author:
Kristen Lindberg
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Date Posted: 11:54:12 02/10/15 Tue

Hi there. I am the great niece of Wallace C. Forrester a radioman who trained at Sampson from Aug. 19th 1943 until May 24th 1945. He was in company 344. He served on board the USS Maloy during the invasion of France. If anyone knew my uncle or was in the same company during training I'd like to speak with you about your experiences. My email is kristinlynd@gmail.com.

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Subject: Roy Brown Service on USS pickens


Author:
Roy E Lowe
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Date Posted: 07:05:35 07/30/10 Fri

I served on the Pickens as a radarman. I sometimes write about the Pickens on my blog -- roy e lowe.blogspot. I would like to hear from you.

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Subject: USS Marathon


Author:
Yolanda Tullo
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Date Posted: 19:34:10 09/05/14 Fri

Hello. My Uncle Johnny was on this ship and died from the torpedo hit. We have two of his letters while he was on the ship. I would love to gather more information or communicate with anyone. My uncle's name was John (Johnny) Tullo. Thank you to all the men who served and gave their lives.

Sincerely, Yolanda

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Subject: Boot camp photo


Author:
Harold P. Seeber
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Date Posted: 09:37:40 03/05/09 Thu

I was at Sampson from Dec. 19 1944 until end of Feb. 1945-.Was in G unit. Company 549. I have a very good orig. photo of final photo taken at end of training. One may remember our unit leader was out of uniform for having a tailor made kerchief on in the photo.

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Subject: USS Marathon


Author:
Keith Brown
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Date Posted: 19:17:49 01/24/15 Sat

Greetings. I realize this page is over 10 years old now, and I'm not sure if it is active anymore.

My Grandfather, Charles A. Parkis, served aboard the USS Marathon in 1944 - 1946. He was a signalman and was on duty the night the ship was torpedoed.

Charlie is currently 93 years old, and is living in Rock Hill, SC.

If any of you have photos or documents from that time period, I'd appreciate hearing from you.

Thanks.

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Subject: co 571 at n.t.c.sampson n.y oct. 1944


Author:
Roscoe Leroy Easter
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Date Posted: 16:20:24 01/24/15 Sat

i was in that co 571 would like to hear from any one who was in bootcamp with me leaster2@coulumbus.rr.com this was in oct 1944 thanks

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Subject: Oct, 7th 1944, Sampson.,NY


Author:
Roscoe Leroy Easter
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Date Posted: 07:52:35 01/23/15 Fri

My dad is looking for anyone who was at Boot Camp, Sampson, NY, in October 7th, 1944, Comp. 571.. Graduation Photo. He was in the Navy.

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Subject: USS Lavaca APA180


Author:
James Mark Lovett
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Date Posted: 18:31:49 09/09/10 Thu

Hello,my name is mark lovett,i live in north alabama my father served on the lavaca and he has 2 pictures first picture is of her crew,and the second is a real photograph,of the lavaca at sea under cruise we have been trying to find other pictures of her crew and possibly their names my dad doesnt remember names that well anymore .he still has fond memories of the ship and his life at that time .he is 88 now but i am trying to get some info on the crew and if any are still with us. if anybody can help please let me know thankyou .mark lovett

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Subject: my great grandpa came here to train


Author:
Emily Jacqueline
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Date Posted: 09:25:50 07/07/14 Mon

my name is Emily and i 13 and every year i go camping here at sampson state park i 1st started going when i was 9 then the 2nd or 3rd time we came my grandma told us my great grandpa came here. all i know is what was on his group picture... "may 2 1944 co. 146" then in the picture there is a flag it says N.T.S SAMPSON co. 146" and his last name was Mcpeck (not sure of spelling) and i am pretty sure is name was john i need help on finding him because i want to know more about him. he his the main reason i want to be in the navy when im older! so could you help me with my research

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Subject: Sampson Naval Hospital


Author:
Haven Rich
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Date Posted: 07:03:00 09/28/13 Sat

I was born at the Sampson Naval Hospital 11/2/45 to Janet Kitchell Rich of Geneva and Capt. Stanley H. Rich USMCR of Chicago, IL who was stationed in San Diego at the time of my birth.

Any doctors or nurses remember or is there any info/pictures relative to the hospital available?

thanks, Haven

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Subject: 337 Infantry


Author:
Kathy Ross
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Date Posted: 14:01:21 12/04/14 Thu

I would like to talk to anyone who knew my father, PFC Joseph R. Cabral from Stoughton, MA. He served in Africa and Italy from 1/44 to 5/45. Al fought at Oran, Rome-Arno and Castelorata.
Thank you

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Subject: USS Monrovia


Author:
Kathy Ross
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Date Posted: 13:56:21 12/04/14 Thu

I am looking to talk to anyone who knew my uncle, Col Frank Roger Cabral from Stoughton, MA. He was KIA at Tarawa on 11/20/43 and buried at sea from the USS Monrovia on that same day. He was in Co A and B, Amphibian Trac. Bat and served in New Zealand prior to Tarawa.
Thank you

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Subject: My dad in WWII


Author:
Connie Lindsey
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Date Posted: 13:55:34 11/28/14 Fri

My father was in the amphibious forces in WWII. His name was Malvin Wiggins and served in the South Pacific. He would not talk much about WWII but did tell us he was a frog man. Just wondering if anyone may still be living that knew my father and could tell me about his service.

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Subject: USS MONTAUK LSV-6


Author:
TOM TAYLOR
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Date Posted: 19:32:58 11/27/14 Thu

Rick;
I will do my best to scan and send you the photos.

Tom Taylor

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Subject: re: boot camp at Sampson


Author:
colleen moyles wheeler
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Date Posted: 07:14:03 06/09/12 Sat

Greetings All,

have just located a newspaper clipping that states my Dad was home on leave for seven days after completing boot camp at US Naval Station Sampspn,NY. The article was dated July 3, 1943. From this, I was trying to determine his company .. and the closest I could come up with was Company 260, whose photo was as of the end of June. Were Company photos taken at the time of "graduation"? Was not sure how long boot camp lasted back in 1943. Many thanks!

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Subject: The USS Catoctin stories that MUST BE TOLD!`


Author:
Jeanette Henderson
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Date Posted: 14:11:28 11/17/14 Mon

I have been commissioned to write a book about the USS Catoctin, and would appreciate any and all stories, pictures and information that any of you would be willing to share. What I have learned so far has been an incredible journey, and I would love to try to include as many more stories as possible, as well as to confirm some of the wilder stories I've already heard :-). No doubt in the process, we can create a network of survivors, friends and family members to share. Please send any helpful information to me at jeanette.henderson@hotmail.com. Thanks!

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Subject: WWII Navy Amphibous training at San Bruno


Author:
Janet Harrill
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Date Posted: 20:50:55 11/11/14 Tue

My father was in the Navy in WWII. I know he trained at San Bruno. I remember seeing pictures of him with a group dressed like soldiers or marines. I always thought that was strange since he was in the Navy. He never talked much about the mission he was on at the end of the war. I found out after he died that he had been with the amphibious unit that was set to invade the coast of Japan. He used to joke that he rode a magic carpet one time, when we would see anything about the Arabian Knights. I didn't know the significance until I read about the operation to pick up service men throughout the South Pacific that was called Magic Carpet. From what I read the whole mission they were on to invade Japan was to be kept secret and I'm sure they told them that at the time. He never revealed much about that. He said that they were ready to leave on a mission and had been told that most of them would probably die, when they heard that Japan had been bombed. I would like to know if anyone remembers my father or could give me any information about his service. His name was John Baxter Harrill S1/C. He may have been called Shorty or J.B.

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Subject: Company 476


Author:
Marc Gingold
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Date Posted: 16:37:54 11/09/14 Sun

Where do I send the original picture if you don't have a copy?

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Subject: USS Oneida APA 221


Author:
David E.Orr
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Date Posted: 12:35:48 12/27/06 Wed

I served on the USS Oneida from Nov 1944 till June 1946. Are there any shipmates left please contact me

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Subject: SS Howell Lykes


Author:
David Evans
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Date Posted: 17:59:53 02/15/13 Fri

I served o the subject ship as a cadet in the engine room from. 8/44 to 3/45. I would treasure a picture of subject ship

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Subject: rate abreviations: cox V_6 (SV)


Author:
Alex Wisienski
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Date Posted: 14:58:17 10/18/12 Thu

Anyone know what the abreviated (SV) means in rate
cox V_6 (SV)
Searching for dads WWII journey
John 'the Pollock' Wisienski
Sampson- 1June43 - 21July43
Drew Four, Navy 913
Vicarage Barracks Unit L, Navy 248
Atlantic fleet P 16-3/MM
4/45 Vicarage CTG 126.1, Unit E 6a

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Subject: Company 518 G-Unit graduated 30 May 1945


Author:
Robert W. Baudoux, Sr.
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Date Posted: 20:05:50 09/17/14 Wed

Hello WebMaster,

I have a pic of company 518, G-Unit, 30 May 1945.

Three of us from Portage-PA enlisted together, and came to Sampson together about 20th March 1945.

May I send the picture to you, and how do I do it?

Kindly,

Bob Baudoux, Sr.
4704 Bert Drive
Monroeville, PA 15146

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Subject: Uniform


Author:
Sue Rossner
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Date Posted: 06:51:10 09/02/14 Tue

I have been trying to contact the Sampson Naval Museum to see if they would like my father's uniforms. He did his basic training at Sampson May, 1944, served in the Asiatic Pacific as a Motor Machinist's Mate Third Class (T) USN and was discharged January, 1946. I will be in the area September 12 and 13, 2014 and would like to schedule a time to meet with someone there. Does anyone have a contact name and number?

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Subject: USS Jerauld APA 174


Author:
barbara sessions
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Date Posted: 13:04:40 04/15/08 Tue

My father was on the USS Jerauld APA 174. His name is Lewe Max (Pete) Brown. He was on the boat crew. He has some wonderful stories to tell. He is almost 82 years old but his memory is as good as it ever was. I love to sit and talk to him about this time in his life. He was telling me about the initiations crossing the equator. He said all he had on was some jockey shorts. I have seen some of the pictures. They look kind of scary. ha ha
He lives in Enterprise, AL He would love to hear from you. If you get a chance, e-mail me and I will get you two together. I know it would be good for him to talk to someone that was actually there. Thanks Barbara Sessions

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Subject: LCT 555


Author:
Ronald Turner
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Date Posted: 00:19:27 07/29/07 Sun

My father Ronald Turner was a sailor on LCT555 on Dday and he was told they were on Juno beach, where they were sunk. He has since heard that they were on another beach and he is now looking for confirmation. Could you help?

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Subject: Alan Milne


Author:
Alan R Milne
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Date Posted: 14:04:43 11/22/11 Tue

I was the company commander
at Sampson Naval base (1943 to 1945)during this time. I was in charge of new recruits.At the time, I was the youngest Chief Petty Officer in the Navy. Anyone remember me? I turn 89 on November 25th!!!

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