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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: 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


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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 Darke APA 159


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Joann Victor
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Date Posted: 07:33:45 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: USNTS Sampson, NY - USS Cactoctin


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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: USS AUBURN AGC-10 593rd JASCO


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Marilyn Mauldin
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Date Posted: 12:25:43 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 Bland


Author:
Walter Smith
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Date Posted: 08:40:39 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


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Diane Gibbons
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Date Posted: 17:25:58 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: 13:36:01 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: 16:44:34 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


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Douglas Spencer
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Date Posted: 07:05:54 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: 18:00:17 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: 16:11:44 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: 08:59:52 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


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Brian Koppenhaver
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Date Posted: 02:27:32 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: 17:40:36 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: 18:46:45 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: 10:07:49 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: 21:44:02 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: 11:44:12 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: 12:15:11 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: 12:21:10 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: 11:59:28 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: 19:51:22 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: 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: Recruit Sirko at Sampson


Author:
Sam Sirko
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Date Posted: 19:39:51 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: 11:04:17 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: 08:01:46 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: 09:35:34 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: 22:07:20 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: 13:58:18 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: 19:28:52 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: 12:04:02 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: 12:47:11 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: 16:54:41 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: 17:40:51 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: 06:55:32 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: 08:05:35 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: 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: USS Marathon


Author:
Yolanda Tullo
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Date Posted: 20:34:10 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: 19:31:49 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: 10:25:50 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: 08:03:00 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: 08:14:03 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: 15:58:17 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: 21:05:50 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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  • G 518 photo -- Russ Padden - webmaster, 03:06:51 09/18/14 Thu
Subject: Uniform


Author:
Sue Rossner
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Date Posted: 07:51:10 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: 14:04:40 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: 01:19:27 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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Subject: Looking for info from First Naval Construction Battalion


Author:
Darrell Monroe
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Date Posted: 00:31:39 11/24/06 Fri

I am trying to find information about my Grandfather. His name was Verne Patmore (BM 1/c) and he was a Seabee during WWII serving in the South Pacific. One thing that he had in a scrap book is a list of names. Does anyone recognize anyone listed?
Bryant, Steward S2c
Grossweiler, Richard S1c
Fishman, Ansul RT2c
George, Leslie S2c
Handley, Walter S2c
Miller, Francis S2c
Savell, Clyde S2c
Sanders, Joseph S2c
Sanford, James S2c
Schere, Jack S2c
Shaffer, Stuart S2c
Singleton, Burr S2c
Sipe, Carl S2c
Skovgard, Robert S2c
Spires, Mont S2c
Steece, Parke S2c
Strachan, Donald S2c
Tingey, Gayle S2c
Thorington, Gene S2c
Troope, Paul S2c
Turney, Paul S2c
Voss, Ervin S2c
Waltz, George S2c
Weitzel, William S2c
Wilcox, Eugene S2c
Wolfgram, Eldred S2c
Also, I have quite a few pictures from the Tonga and Solomon Islands.

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Subject: bp 15-1


Author:
Jon Lacy
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Date Posted: 08:19:07 05/27/14 Tue

My dad Bobbie Lacy was in bp 15-1 near end of war....he was a momm3

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Subject: Info about my Father USS HAVEN


Author:
Sharon
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Date Posted: 09:54:26 05/26/14 Mon

Hi, I was wondering if anyone has any information about my father, William
(Bill) Smith. Co. 522 June 17, 1944. He was on the USS Haven.. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Subject: USS Catoctin


Author:
Kathy Raubertas
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Date Posted: 10:48:24 05/14/14 Wed

That is awesome that my Dad is in your Pop Pop's book.

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Subject: information on George Macaulay 1946


Author:
Stacey macaulay
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Date Posted: 08:47:30 04/29/14 Tue

I am looking for anyone who can help me find out more about my grandfathers service in wwII I know he was injured in a japaneese suicide attack on his ship, and he was honorably discharged from the us naval hospital in Sampson NY.
Any help would be greatly appreciate

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Subject: Marine troop berthing


Author:
Michael Newberry
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Date Posted: 09:12:36 04/16/14 Wed

Answer to this question is probably lost in time however, I am trying to determine the "loading/berthing" plan for Marine forces on Haskell class APA's. For example, I know that 2nd Battalion 25th Marines transported to Iwo Jima on USS Napa APA-157. I'm trying to determine either berthing area assigned to different companies OR their debarkation stations assigned when loading. Knowledge of berthing area assigned should show which debarkation station used (???) which should show LCVP number they were transported to the beach in. This would aid in trying to identify men heading to the beach by the LCVP number normally visible in the picture.

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Subject: Blue Jackets' Manual Found From 1943


Author:
Tracy Parker
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Date Posted: 12:41:38 04/12/14 Sat

I found a BlueJackets' Manual from 1943 with the name of Robert Allen Co 578 G-21-2 U.S.N.T.S Sampson, NY at the Corning, NY Salvation Army Thrift Store. I would love to have any info on the company that he was in, what class he graduated from, and where what ship he served on. Any help would be appreciated.

I hope to give this book as a gift to a Vietnam Navy Vet whose Father served in the Navy during WWII

Thank you for any help you can provide.

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Subject: USNTS SAMPSON Class of April 1943


Author:
Michael Savoy
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Date Posted: 12:58:08 04/07/14 Mon

Hey all, I'm looking for a photo of my fathers graduating class/company. I only know that he arrived at Sampson on Feb 23 1943 and was let on leave for seven days on April 27 1943. I'm assuming that is when he graduated.

His name is James Joseph Savoy born and raised in Boston.

If anyone has any insight and/or a photo I sure would appreciate it.

Thanks

Mike

191 Hixville Rd
Dartmouth, MA 02747
617-335-3678

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Subject: Sampson Microfilm set of 32 (5 missing) for sale on eBay


Author:
Donna
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Date Posted: 09:19:17 03/30/14 Sun

There is a set of microfilm Sampson Training film for sale on eBay. The original set had 32 films but 6 are missing so the set for sale has 26 films. eBay #271439324954.

If you choose not to post this listing because it is something for sale, I will understand. In researching these microfilms, I have learned a lot about the Sampson Base in New York which has been very, very interesting since I love history. Thanks for looking at this item.

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Subject: Company 301 July 16 1943


Author:
Grace Lawlor
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Date Posted: 05:18:29 03/12/14 Wed

My Father in Law Robert N Stetter Passed away April 13 2008. He was at Fort Sampson Navel training station and I have his original group photo of Company 301 July 16 1943, plus copies. I was wondering If you would like me to email you a copy to add to the site, or send an original. Bob Served on the USS Alabama from 1943 to 1945.

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Subject: USS Trego AKA 78


Author:
Jay Patric Homan
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Date Posted: 07:45:10 03/05/14 Wed

USS TREGO AKA 78, for crew and family of crew members. This post is to inform you of a new Facebook site dedicated to the men who served on the Trego during WWII. It is a closed site but open to former crew members and their families who contact us on FB. It is "USS Trego AKA 78 World War II History" on FB. There is pictures of the ship and crew for viewing. We are looking for more photo contributions to the FB site. You can also contact "Pat Homan" on FB for more info.

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Subject: G Unit Graduation photo (Dec. 1944) Sampson, NY


Author:
John Gurzinski
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Date Posted: 15:13:04 02/28/14 Fri

Completed basic training at Sampson naval training center, from 21 Sept to Dec 1944. Lost graduation photo of "G" Unit personnel. If any one has a photo of that graduation, I would appreciate letting me know.

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Subject: LST 808 and Okinawa


Author:
Tanney Edward Oberg
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Date Posted: 13:50:55 03/13/04 Sat

Seeking LST 808 vet's comments for my book on W.W.II at Okinawa;I was there..Have included two chapters on the history of the 808 and its action at Okie where it was essentially destroyed by the enemy.
Tanney Edward Oberg
8319 Overmont Rd.
Baltimore,MD 21234
Tel. (410) 661-9439
Email: tanbet@comcast.net

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Subject: Another Sampsonite


Author:
Louis DeAngelo
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Date Posted: 19:02:25 08/25/05 Thu

I JUST STUMBLED ON THIS GREAT WEB SITE.TOOK BOOTS AT SAMPSOM,02-45 D UNIT 11-L.OUR PX.BURNED DOWN.LEFT ON A TROOP TRAIN TO CAMP SHOEMAKER,THEN TO TREASURE ISLAND.WE
MET THE SURVIVORS OF THE U.S.S.INDIANOPLIS.BOARDED A.P.A.
U.S.S. SIBLEY OFF TO ULITHI, REFULED,THEN TO ENIWETOWK ON TO SAMMAR.LST?LOADED WITH ARMY MASH UNIT.ATE (C)RATIONS FOR THREE DAYS.LANDED ON A ISLAND I CANNOY REMEMBER THE NAME.LCI TO TACLOBIN,ON LEYETE.SLEPT IN ARMY TENTS IN MONSOON.WHAT A MESS.WEEK LATER ANOTHER LCI.TO CAVITE.THEY ASKED FOR VOLUNTEERS,FOR A BOAT POOL IN MANILA,WHICH I STEPPED FOWARD.ENDED UP IN (BP-15-1)BECAME AN (LCM COX.)YR
LATER WENT ABOARD VICE ADMIRAL KAUFFMANS YACHT,GREAT DUTY.WE HAD THE HONOR OF TAKING GEN.EISENHOWER AND HIS STAFF TO CORRIGIDOR AND A CRUISE OF MANILA BAY.WE HELPED TO TRAIN THE FIRST PHILIPPINO NAVY CADETS ON RUNNING LCVP AND LCM.AND LATER WENT TO THEIR GRADUATION AT CLARK FIELD.APRIL (46)TO SUBIC BAY PICKED UP THE A.P.A.WINGED ARROW FOR T.I.CA.MEMBER SHIPS CO.WENT THROUGH A CAPTAINS MAST FOR BEING 15MINS.LATE GETTING BACK TO BASE.MY PUNISHMENT WAS RESTRICTION TO THE BASE FOR A WEEK AND MUSTER 3 TIMES A DAY BUT THE OFFICER NEVER TOLD ME WHERE I HAD TO REPORT FOR MUSTER.HE GAVE ME A BREAK.MAYBE HE ALSO DISLIKED THE MARINES,HA,HA.ANOTHER TROOP TRAIN BACK TO BAINBRIDGE,MD.JULY,14,DISCHARGED.GREATEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE.MY BROTHER ROCCO WAS AGUNNER IN THE ARMED GUARD ALSO A SAMPSON ALUMNI.HOPE I DID NOT BORE ANYONE.I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO WAS ATTACHED TO (BP-15-1)MANILA,PI.
THANKS FOR LISTENING.
lOU DeAngelo

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Subject: USS Jerauld (APA 174)


Author:
Mike Dinger
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Date Posted: 08:37:47 01/27/14 Mon

My dad (Walt Dinger)served as a Radio Operator aboard the USS Jerauld. He passed in 2012. I was just looking thru the pages and remembering some of his stories. Would be great if anyone had some pictures. Thanks to all of you!

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Subject: Sampson News, Vol. 2, No. 39


Author:
Louis "Skip" Sander
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Date Posted: 15:23:09 01/14/14 Tue

I have a copy of the Sampson News from 1 September 1944. I'd be pleased to scan all four pages and send it to you. Let me know if you'd like to have it.

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Subject: USS Auburn - Radioman


Author:
Albert Lassiter
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Date Posted: 09:47:20 01/10/14 Fri

Albert Lassiter Air Support Control Group (SAC-10) RM2C from 1/1945 to 10/1946. Just located this website. 88 years old and still kicking in Illinois!

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Subject: Looking for Pic of Co. 376 Apr-Sept 1944


Author:
Linda Higgins
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Date Posted: 19:14:39 03/18/12 Sun

I am the family historian and am currently working on the life of my Great Uncle Paul Joseph Huber. My mother (his niece) gave me several letters she received from him from dates: April 5, 1944 to Sept. 18, 1944. He later went on to serve on the USS Alaska in the South Pacific. He was in Co. 376, mail address: CO 376 E-16-L, USNTS, Sampson, NY. I would like to know if anyone has a picture of Co 376 during this time frame; when would he have graduated and placed on the USS Alaska (out of New Jersey, I believe). My great-uncle was drafted into the Navy at the old age of 33 in 1943...how unusual was that? Can I find out what bldg. he lived in? Thank you.

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Subject: Photo of co.551 September 2, 1944


Author:
Rosemary Duran
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Date Posted: 11:07:29 12/29/13 Sun

I have a photo of Co. 551 taken on Sept. 2, 1944, if anyone is interested.

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Subject: looking for amphibs WWII Navy, Hawaii


Author:
Casandra Larson
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Date Posted: 02:43:12 12/29/13 Sun

Did you serve with my Dad, Raymond Odell Arp?

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Subject: APA RUTLAND (APA 192)


Author:
John A Davidson
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Date Posted: 12:17:16 11/29/13 Fri

Anyone on Pre-Com. detail Aug/Sept 1944 that remembers Fireman 1st class John A Davidson who had orders to USS RUTLAND (APA 192)?

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Subject: Picture of Unit E-17 Company 378


Author:
Sandra Bourgeault Pudim
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Date Posted: 05:43:32 11/25/13 Mon

I recently acquired my father's navy memories( his name was Arthur Joseph Bourgeault. Have many pictures of him with his friends . Is there anyone out theres still alive that served with my father. Please contact me! Would love to hear what you know of my father. He passed away in 2011. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Subject: APA-198, USS McCracken--David E. Dingley


Author:
Michael Kirby
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Date Posted: 13:51:39 03/30/03 Sun

I'm looking to hear from anyone who served aboard either the APA-198, USS McCracken or the AM-225, USS Elusive.
Also would like to hear from anyone who knew A Coxswain by the name of David E. Dingley who served aboard both of these vessels.

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Subject: Passing of Donald C Heimall


Author:
John Heimall
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Date Posted: 11:33:47 09/14/13 Sat

I regret to inform you that Donald C Heimall, a lifetime member of the Sampson WWII Navy Vets, passed away Wed. Sept 11, 2013. He will be waked at Barney Smith and Smith Funeral Home in Springfield, NJ on Sunday 9/15 from 2 to 6 pm. He will be interred at Graceland Memorial Cemetary in Kenelworth, NJ following a Mass of Christian Burial on 9/16 at 11:00 am at St James in Springfield, NJ.



John Heimall

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Subject: looking for pics or info on grandfather


Author:
tyler
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Date Posted: 20:07:26 02/13/11 Sun

does anybody have any info on the us navy members from 1942-1946 he was a electricians mate 2nd class usn.

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