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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: USS Hendry


Author:
Sherry Lindsey
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Date Posted: 12:17:47 06/08/17 Thu

I am looking for information on the "company" or group that my dad was in on the USS Hendry/Navy. Alfred Keisler, he is 91 and lives in Oklahoma. Any info or contacts would be appreciated. He fought at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Thank you

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Subject: Sampson company 170 1943


Author:
Lois robertson
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Date Posted: 17:08:17 03/12/12 Mon

My dad, Russell Dech, was in company 170 at Sampson fall 1943 & did his yeoman classes there. Wonder if there is anyone who remembers him?

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Subject: Farraget Company 484 & 485 11/44 thru 5/45


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Bernie Berman
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Date Posted: 11:22:42 10/03/07 Wed

Would like to hear from anyone out there who were in Sampson Farragut Barracks 11/44 thru 2/45 Company # 485
also stayed on as Ass. Company Commander Company # 484 3/45 thru 5/45 I Have company pictures of both 485 & 484 If anyone is interested. Spent my 18th birtday at Sampson thru coldest most snow on record winter 44/45 - Butts were at a premium as no supplys could get thru snow drifts were 10/15' high.

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Subject: USS Electra (AKA 4)


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Teresa
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Date Posted: 21:13:58 02/27/12 Mon

Hello, doing family history. Billy W. Hamilton from Texas was called back to the service in 1952 , would he have trained at this base? This is what it says in the papers I have. He was in Alaska, is there anyone that was on that ship and anyone who might have known him .

God Bless you all for all you have done for this country.

Teresa

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Subject: USS Ariel AF22


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Arthur Boyd
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Date Posted: 12:54:57 02/02/06 Thu

I 2was a crew member on the USS ariel. Would like to get in touch with any other crew members

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Subject: Tools for Researching WWII Military Service


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Geoff Gentilini
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Date Posted: 15:52:53 02/21/12 Tue

I wanted to share a site with the forum which specializes in tracing the steps of individual soldiers during WWII and the Korean War. This may come in handy for folks wanting to gain more in depth knowledge about a loved one's service. I've included the link below:

www.goldenarrowresearch.com

Take care,
Geoff

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Subject: Please help.. SERVED ON THE USS WAYNE


Author:
Claudine Purdue
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Date Posted: 13:15:29 03/20/05 Sun

Hello again....I'm trying to locate anyone that knew or has memories of my Grandfather Peter Anthony Salzarulo. He served aboard the USS WAYNE. So far I've spoken with Grady Willmon and Frank Coffey --these gentlemen have touched my family so deeply with their memories and their willingness to share, it's hard to describe.We will be forever grateful! If there is anyone else out there that would just be willing to share more of your experiences it would be wonderful... (even if you didn't know "Sal" GM 3rd Class) Just your time on the Wayne in general. So that I can pass everything down generation to generation.

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Subject: USS Okaloosa APA 219


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Robert Gibson
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Date Posted: 16:44:11 08/19/04 Thu

Served on the "Okie" in 1946-7 time frame. Have recently uncoverd a few pics taken on board. Anyone interested?

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Subject: SS HOWELL LYKES


Author:
DAVE EVANS
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Date Posted: 08:37:27 12/10/11 Sat

I SERVED ON SUBJECT SHIP FROM AUGUST 1944 TO MARCH 1945AS A ENGINE CADET....WOULD LIKE A PICTURE OF THE SHIP

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Subject: YMS 336


Author:
S Karper
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Date Posted: 07:26:32 02/23/09 Mon

I'm looking for anybody who may have served on the YMS (minesweeper) 336.

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Subject: name mix up


Author:
joedevine
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Date Posted: 06:28:09 02/02/12 Thu

RUSS SORRY ABOUT THE NAME MIX UP JOE DEVINE EX TIN CAN MAN.

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Subject: My Dad was trained there winter 1945


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Joseph Restino
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Date Posted: 21:09:51 01/30/12 Mon

I have enjoyed this site many times. The class photos are great. Many young men in service of their country when duty called. I would have loved to part of that. Born forty years too late. (1965)
I found my Dad's old service records and did some research. He served state side in Florida, Pensacola NAS Whiting Field. S2c Joseph Peter Restino from Hoosick Falls, NY. Entered service Feb. 14, 1945. Any old classmates from spring of '45 who remember my Dad please let me know. Dad is 84,but with alzheimer.
--Joe Restino(son)

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Subject: service record sf 180


Author:
joe devine
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Date Posted: 12:42:22 01/30/12 Mon

frank how do i get a copy of sf180 an where do i send it to get a copy of my service record . thanks joe

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Subject: Al Berry


Author:
Craig Berry
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Date Posted: 20:34:25 01/24/12 Tue

Hey, my dad Al Berry served on the Missoula in WWII. He was a watertender. Anyone remember him? I'd love to hear anything anyone would remember about him.

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Subject: Waylon (Chink) Manning


Author:
janice manning scarbrough
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Date Posted: 17:00:39 01/07/11 Fri

My Dad served from 42-45 at a naval facility in Rhode Island and at Sampson. My mom, Leora, drove up there from Texas when I was 4 months old. All I remember is brithdays and lots of snow, 4 to 6' high; we don't do snow like that here. After the war, they moved back to Texas where my dad was a football coach and taught history and economics. I have a ton of pictures of people he served with, some of a bunch of us at a waterfall probably around Watkins Glen.

Anybody out there remember. He also palyed semi-pro football and baseball.

thanks

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Subject: Trying to find my Dad's Company at Sampson Feb. 1944


Author:
Dan Piscopo
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Date Posted: 18:37:06 01/18/12 Wed

Dad passed away from cancer recently. Naval records show he entered in February of 1944. He was at Sampson NTS and then served aboard the USS-Amick and the USS-Wiltsie. Any one have any idea what C-unit(Co) he would have been in? Any pics or info is greatly appreciated.

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Subject: Just renewed website domain 5 yrs


Author:
Russ Padden - webmaster
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Date Posted: 16:33:37 12/27/11 Tue

I just renewed the website domain until February 2017.
The site went online in February 2002 with less than 100 images and about 5 megs.
It now has over 7,000 images and fills over 600 meg.
In my archives are over 120,000 files in over 60 gig. That's not counting bookshelves and filing cabinets full of material.
Who knew what this would turn into 10 years ago.

Thanks to all the people who contributed material (and funds during my lean years).

Russ

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Subject: A Hearty Navy WELL DONE ! !


Author:
J.H. "Hoot" Andrews, MCPO, USN, Ret.
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Date Posted: 06:34:36 02/24/02 Sun

An excellent memorial and showplace for the APA's of WW-II. Not much written about those old work-horses and their crews. I e-mailed a picture of the USS HINSDALE, APA-120, of which I was a member, 1944 - 46, and the damage a Kamikaze incurred on April 1, 1945, just as we approached the Island. Thaks for the endeavor, Shipmate, will visit it often. Resp. J.H. "Hoot" Andrews, Master Chief Petty Officer, USN, Ret.

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Subject: Company 537


Author:
Karen Eldredge
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Date Posted: 09:47:53 12/18/11 Sun

My dad, Frank R. Prautzsch, enlisted in the Navy in January 1944 and was assigned to NTC Sampson, NY. I'm looking for the group picture of, or any other information about, his Company 537.

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Subject: Searching for Information about my Grandfather


Author:
Landon
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Date Posted: 07:30:33 05/23/11 Mon

I was wondering if there is a searchable list of graduates and the date they graduated from training at NTC Sampson. I know from the notice of separation that I have that my grandfather was trained there, but I am not sure when.

His Name was Howard David Pulley from Tennessee

Also, how would I go about getting the dates he was attached to the units mentioned on his notice of separation? The units listed are 99th, 64th, and 29th Naval Construction Battalion.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Subject: Roster for company 233


Author:
Lois Dech Robertson
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Date Posted: 12:04:44 12/13/11 Tue

I am looking for a roster of company 233 . My father, Russell Dech, was a member of this company. Can anyone help?

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Subject: Company 374 of 1944


Author:
Brooks Minnick
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Date Posted: 09:02:37 01/21/09 Wed

I'm looking for a roster of company 374 of 1944, which my Dad, Richard Minnick, attended. Can anyone help?

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Subject: Anyone Remember?


Author:
Richard j Burmaster
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Date Posted: 08:49:51 12/13/11 Tue

Anyone remember a Charles Burmaster who apparently finished Boot Camp around f
February 1944.

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Subject: Looking for...


Author:
Timothy Behuniak
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Date Posted: 16:41:19 12/05/11 Mon

Hello, i'm searching for John Behuniak's history in the military. He is my grandfather and he died when he was 62. He went to the Sampson Naval station to train as a radarman during WWII. If anyone knows him or has any information about him, i would really appreciate it and it would mean so much if you could tell me anything you know. Thank you for reading this and your time.

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Subject: USNAAB DARTMOUTH


Author:
Chris Montagna
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Date Posted: 19:05:37 12/09/06 Sat

I am looking for any photographs of the USNAAB at Dartmouth. I am intereseted in photos depicting the base in the months leading up to D-Day.

Thanks,

Chris

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Subject: CO. 370 February 4, 1944


Author:
sharon levy
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Date Posted: 19:45:01 07/07/11 Thu

Found pic in my mom's papers. How do I find out the name of the ship my uncle died on or any info. Is there an archives that the U.S. Navy keeps?

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Subject: Looking 4anyone from company 233


Author:
Lois Dech Robertson
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Date Posted: 18:50:10 11/14/11 Mon

I am searching for anyone from company 233 who might remember my dad, Russell Dech. He died in 1973 and I am researching his service in World War two .

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Subject: U.S.S. Gunston Hall LSD5


Author:
Randy Hadley
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Date Posted: 08:44:49 11/12/11 Sat

Looking for anyone that new my grandfather. His name is Randall Mynor Hadley He served on the U.S.S. Gunston Hall (LSD5) from Aug 14 1944 till Apr.1 1945 He also was at Sampson N.Y. Feb. 1 1944 Company 122 Thank you Randy Hadley Imlouie66@aol.com

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Subject: Advanced Base Phillipines, E6-15


Author:
Raymond Stevens
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Date Posted: 13:13:42 03/26/11 Sat

I am looking for any and all info I can get on unit E6-15 advance base us navy. My father left San bruno Ca. in 1944, then shipped out to subic bay PI. He was a CM/1c. I have some pics and his records, which are difficult to translate, alot of navy jargen. Previous to this he was on duty on the USS Holland, AS-3, a sub tender.
He joined in 1940 at the age of 17.
Any help would be appreciated.
Ray Stevens

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Subject: WWII Cadet Nursing Program


Author:
Jeanne K Callen
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Date Posted: 22:36:43 10/26/11 Wed

My Mother, Hilda Atkins Kay, proudly served the last nine months of her education towards becoming an R.N. in Sampson N.Y. at the Navel base , in the Cadet Nursing Corp. She graduated in 1945, just after the war ended. Are there any reunions for the Cadet Nurses, or any interest in one? Also, my Mom has a few pictures she could share.

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Subject: Navy Ring


Author:
D. R. Davis
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Date Posted: 07:02:35 06/30/11 Thu

My Father took his basic training at Sampson (1945). While he was there he purchased a Navy Ring - solid sterling silver - Navy emblem on the top - American eagle on one side - navy anchor and USN on the other.
Does anyone have any idea who the manufacturer of this ring might be??

D.R. DAVIS
USN(Ret)

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Subject: Great Site !!!


Author:
James Davis
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Date Posted: 04:48:06 02/20/02 Wed

My stepdad, Roy Taylor served aboard the DADE APA-99. Last year was the first reunion he attended with his shipmates. They have been having reunions for ten years without Roy. They thought he was dead. I searched and found dozens of other shipmates who were unaware of the reunions. He is really impressed with the Internet now. I'm going to invite him over tomorrow to look at this site, he'll love it. He had a camera and took some pictures during the invasion of Okinawa. He also has "score cards" of enemy ships and planes,target/landing maps, newspapers from the DADE,and his diary of the Okinawa invasion. He will love to browse through the old photos you have posted!
Thank you for inviting us to this site.

Sincerely,
James Davis / Roy Taylor

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Subject: L.S.T. 783


Author:
Joey Kelly
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Date Posted: 14:27:54 10/11/11 Tue

Wow, I stumbled on this by accident, having forgotten I posted this. It's an old age thing. I would love to know who we're talking about, if you hve photos, letters and to read what info you have. Thank You for responding. The anticipation of finding another shipmate is exciting, I have personally met 8 of them and lost 2 thus far. Please contact me at LST783@yahoo.com. Thanks!

Good that you knew of you step-father's Navy career, impressive.

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Subject: Looking for my Grandpa


Author:
Eliza
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Date Posted: 06:12:27 09/25/11 Sun

Hi,

I am looking for a record or any information really of my grandfather, Lawrence Joseph Raymond from Michigan USA. He was in WWII and stationed mainly in Brisbane. He was a 'pharmacy mate' aboard a couple of ships, including one LST. I've been trying to find his ship, but if anyone has any information whatsoever, I'd really appreciate it!!

Thank you to all who have served.

Eliza

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Subject: service on the Pickens


Author:
Roy E Lowe
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Date Posted: 09:23:50 09/26/11 Mon

I would like to hear from any former shipmates on the Pickens and from family members of crew members. I write about the Pickens on my blog, Roy Lowe's blog. You might find some of my entries interesting. I have written about Iwo Jima and Okinawa and our visit to Japan.

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Subject: Navy reunion


Author:
Walt Young
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Date Posted: 12:27:21 09/09/11 Fri

I am inquiring about the Navy Reunion which is a luncheon at Abigal's in Waterloo .Wondering if the men are going to be going ouit to the museum at all as I would like to bring my WWII Jeep out and visit with some of the men.
Walt Young

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Subject: Basic training at Sampson Airforce Base 1956


Author:
Anthony Grossi
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Date Posted: 18:48:18 09/09/11 Fri

Want to locate fellow airmen that completed basic training at Sampson during 1956 prior to the base closing. The flight unit was 101A......Please contact me via my e-mail....looking forward to hearing from you.

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Subject: Looking for Walter Bielawski or any information of him


Author:
Walter C. Young
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Date Posted: 14:06:15 09/09/11 Fri

Looking for my Father Walter Bielawski who was at Sampson Naval Training Base in late November or December of 1945.Any info would be appreciated he was from Dearborn Michighan.
Thank You
walter C. Young

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Subject: 1945 PHOTO


Author:
SCOTT P KAUFFMAN
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Date Posted: 20:01:09 09/06/11 Tue

I HAVE A VERY NICE PHOTO AND FRAME OF THE MAY 18,1945 CLASS AT US NAVAL TRAINING CENTER SAMPSON NY.IF I COULD GET AN ADDRESS I WOULD LIKE TO DONATE THIS IF IT COULD BE DISPLAYED SOMEWHERE WHERE PEOPLE COULD ENJOY AND HONOR OUR VETERANS.I AM A RETIRED US ARMY DRILL SGT.1976-2000.MY NUMBER IS 716-432-4330.EMAIL IS RETIREDDRILL@YAHOO.COM
THANK YOU AND I WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU.

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Subject: Company 474 4/13/1944


Author:
Michelle
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Date Posted: 15:48:57 09/06/11 Tue

I am the Granddaughter of Leonard Hitt who was at the US Naval Training Station in Sampson Ny on 4/13/1944 I have his Company Photo which is company 474. Anyone with any information or other photos it would be great to hear from you

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Subject: LSM 101


Author:
Stanley Friedman
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Date Posted: 20:50:11 05/28/06 Sun

Did you serve on LST 101?
If so please respond.

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Subject: Passing of Another Sampson Veteran


Author:
David B. Appleton
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Date Posted: 09:32:19 08/29/11 Mon

George T. Appleton, who received his training at USNTS Sampson in 1944, passed away at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 17, 2011, at the age of 85.

I know that he often thought of his time spent at Sampson, and the visits he was able to make to the Station in his later years, with fondness. He had asked that I let the Sampson WWII Navy veterans know when he passed.

David B. Appleton

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Subject: Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery


Author:
Rick Connors
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Date Posted: 19:23:54 07/05/11 Tue

The opening date for the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery is set for July 30th 2011 at 11am at the old Hospital site, 2 miles South of the Sampson State Park and Old Navy training center. We have been waiting for almost 10 years for this to happen and it would be wonderful if some of the Navy Veterans from the Sampson glory days could attend. Given the years that have passed, I know it will be difficult for many Sampson Navy Veterans to attend, but please know, we will be thinking of all the Samson Navy Veterans on July 30th. And to all of the WW2 Navy Veterans from Sampson, Thank You.

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Subject: USS Ariel


Author:
Suzanne Hefner
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Date Posted: 06:48:52 08/17/11 Wed

My Grandfather was on that ship (I think) His name was William Wayford Dennison he was an electrician 1st class. I'd love to hear more about the ship and him if you would happen to know him.

Thanks,

Suzanne, granddaughter of William Wayford Dennison

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Subject: company 451 oct. 4,1943


Author:
Mary Jo Myers
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Date Posted: 18:46:00 08/14/11 Sun

Looking for information on this company. I'm guessing this is when they were graduating. My dad Gordon Dieterle was a member of this class. My father died in 2004. He never talked about the war.I only know that he was in Egypt at one time and the only other thing he said was about a torpedo going by his ship, and they sunk the sub. Any info would be wonderful.

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Subject: List of crew of USSHOWELL LYKES


Author:
Nellie (Swait) Hall
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Date Posted: 10:08:37 08/13/11 Sat

Would you have known of my father who was on the USS Howell Lykes. He was one of the injured when it was hit by a suicide Jap plane. Have a picture of several men, but no names. Thanks He passed away 8/9/47

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Subject: LSM34


Author:
Beverly Melton
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Date Posted: 01:04:37 07/15/08 Tue

Im looking for anyone who knew my dad.He served on the LSM34 in the pacific from 1944-1946. His name was Vesta.D Barfield.If you have any infomation .please contact me.He passed away December24 2003.My dad oftened talked about the dog named Gizmo. Thankyou,Mrs Beverly Melton

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Subject: newspaper article


Author:
Jim Rice
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Date Posted: 12:50:41 07/19/11 Tue

Have an article from either a Geneva or other paper on the building of the base. Looks to be #3 in a series that I would like to send to someone for inclusion in your history files. Need an address to forward it to.
Jim Rice
Rushville historian

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Subject: USS Montauk LSV6


Author:
Terry Kissinger
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Date Posted: 17:57:02 09/07/05 Wed

My Dad served on the USS Montauk LSV6 and he tells stories of the massive bombs that he worked on and the card games he use to play. My dad's name is Dale Kissinger and he is going strong today Sept. 7th 2005. Does anyone know my dad ? Did you guys play cards or do you have exciting stories to tell too.
Thanks to all of you. You are true hereos to me.
Terry

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Subject: LST-76 WWll 1943-44 and LCI-1019 WWll 1945-46


Author:
Valerie Altman
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Date Posted: 18:28:21 07/04/11 Mon

God Bless all of our Troops (past, present & future)... I am looking for a roster for both the LST 76 in 1944. My grandfather, John Hugh Taylor, Jr, was on the ship and I was wanting to to help him reconnect with any that may still be around. Also I was trying to find pictures, I have found 3 on web. ALSO my step- Grandfather, Eugene Love, was on the LCI 1019, in 1945. They went out once but mostly stayed in the States. I was looking for others who knew Gene and any photos. I found 1 of this ship. Thank you so much... Please email me- Valerie.

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Subject: Im looking for information on my father


Author:
Michael woodward
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Date Posted: 07:00:44 01/16/11 Sun

Hello everyone

My father trained at sampson recruit training center.
His name was albert woodward. I just lost him 3 years ago and all the time i was growing up he said he was on a fishing boat.In his last years he started to talk about the war and he told me he was on a pt boat. in the pacific and i found a sword that he told me about that he pulled off a jap soldier. I would love to build a shadowbox to honer him but i really do not have much info about him.
Thank you
And thanks to all the vets

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Subject: The LST Building in Fort Knox , Ark.


Author:
old sea dog
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Date Posted: 22:15:38 04/01/03 Tue

I am posting a link to "The LST Building" in Fort Knox , Ark. . This building was used to test the way to clear exhaust from the tanks and other on the tank deck . It duplicated beams , and other details of LST construction . Great pictures and the story of the building . just click on the red link for the <A rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.aths.com/LST.htm"> LST Building </A>

Old Sea Dog

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Subject: Boot camp photo


Author:
Harold P. Seeber
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Date Posted: 14:18:00 11/03/10 Wed

I was at Sampson N.Y. from Dec.1944 until late Feb.1945. I was in G UNIT 549. I have a photo of our unit take on Feb.10 1945, it still is in good shape. The Seamon First Class who was with us for ten weeks, in thephoto was wearing a tailered kerchief.We all were happy when the Chief gave him a tonguelassing.That made our day.

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Subject: passing of Sampson Trainee


Author:
Tex Seamon
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Date Posted: 07:24:37 06/10/11 Fri

William James Burnett passed May 27th, 2011, he pass through Sampson and was assigned to the USS LSM 396 and served as a EM3, stationed with the LSM 396 at San Diego, Ca; and was honorably discharge June 18th, 1946. Bill returned to Cooperstown, NY where he owned and operated the local Western Auto store until 1979 when he retired. His obit can be seen in the Oneonta, NY paper, thedailystar.com; Bill was very active in Cooperstown and is missed.

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Subject: Company 386


Author:
John N Kauten Jr.
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Date Posted: 17:46:05 03/20/11 Sun

Looking for the names of the following photo and ship name.

I believe that in this photo, that one of my two uncles may be it.

Nicholas Frank Kauten Jr. 826-55-57 T-3/43 B
Or
Alexander Jacob Kauten 826-56-78


Thank You

For any help you can give

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Subject: LSM 125


Author:
Aaron Fishman
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Date Posted: 14:53:08 05/11/11 Wed

Looking for anyone that may have served on LSM 125 with my Great Uncle Matthew Russo or knows any information about the ship in general.
He went through training at Sampson around March of 1944. During the time on LSM 125 he said they never saw any action and monitored mainly the Gulf of Mexico. Thank you.

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Subject: Sampson Vetrans Memorial Cemetery


Author:
Rick Connors Chairman SVMC
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Date Posted: 04:43:54 04/28/11 Thu

The Seneca County Board of Supervisors held there meeting on 4-26-2011 and voted on the opening day and dedication of the SVMC. The July 30th 2011 at 11am date was approved. The Board still hasn't set a date for burials. I will keep this web site up to date on the boards progress.

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Subject: Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery


Author:
Rick Connors, Chairman SVMC
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Date Posted: 18:41:37 04/24/11 Sun

I am sorry to write that the opening, dedication and first burials at the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery have been changed from May 21st 2011 to tentatively July 30th 2011. The July 30th date has to be voted on by the Public Works Committee and the full legislative board of Seneca County. This vote will take place on the 26th of Apr. I will update after the board meeting. I am very sorry that this date was changed.

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Subject: Frank Rogus


Author:
David Rogus
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Date Posted: 15:09:17 05/30/04 Sun

Please write if you knew my dad, Frank Rogus, who went through basic training at Sampson and then went on to serve onboard USS Sampson LSV-6. As a boy in the fifties, he used to take me to Sampson from time to time from nearby Syracuse where we lived. Later, I served in Navy from 1964 to 1978, including some time in the amphibs.

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Subject: CO. 352 from Naval Training Station , Great Lakes. IL


Author:
Judy Estep
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Date Posted: 09:55:30 04/20/11 Wed

I have a picture of a class of graduates from boot camp from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station near Chicago, Illinois. Here is the caption on the picture:
CO. 352 J. C. Cain--C. Sp. Co. Comd. May 4, 1943
U.S. Maval Training Station-Great Lakes, ILL.

Can anyone help me identify the young men in this picture? Is there a place I can write to perhaps get the names of the men in this picture?
My cousin is one of the young men in this picture, which I recognize. Any help appreciated. Thank you.

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Subject: cub 19


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Jay marshall
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Date Posted: 13:44:50 04/18/11 Mon

need to hear from anyone who was with CUB 19 Tsingtao china 1945 i was there

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Subject: Sampson pictures


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Michael Smith
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Date Posted: 17:56:14 12/02/08 Tue

I have A picture of My grand father form Sampson and the company he was in during training, Co 103; Jan 18 1944, is there some place to donate it. One thing curious about it is he put all of the names on the back and I have that scanned as well. I have retouched all of the pictures and they are good to go, is someone out there storing them??? michael.brian.smith1@us.army.mil or x5smitty@hotmail.com

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Subject: How to donate a picture to the Naval Museum.


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Hermione L. Porter
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Date Posted: 17:19:55 06/11/09 Thu

A friend's husband graduated from Sampson Naval Base on April 13, 1944. She has the picture of this class. It is signed by the men in the picture. Someone took the time to number the sailors' hats and list the numbers on the back of the photo - with the sailor's signature next to his number. She would like very much to donate this picture to the Sampson Naval Museum. She says it is a "big" picture. Could someone let us know. She was a fine sailor's wife and several of her sons served in the various branches of the military. She is proud of "her men" that they served their country - and wants to preserve this picture in someway.
Thank you.

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Subject: USS MENDOCINO Ship 100


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Nancy McConkey
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Date Posted: 18:43:10 04/11/11 Mon

I am doing my family's History. My father Jewell Odell Wilson from Tennessee served on the USS Mendocino. He was in Company G. Does anyone remember him? He passed away a couple of years ago. I have his records. I would like to hear some first had knowledge. I know he was at Okinawa. I would appreciate any help.

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Subject: USS LST-744, South Pacific, Admiralty Islands


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Steve Olivier
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Date Posted: 14:11:25 04/11/11 Mon

Anyone serve aboard LST-744? Was at Leyte, Morotai, Mindanao landings etc. My dad Lee Olivier was a Seabee from 1944-1946.

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Subject: Company 447


Author:
Aaron Fishman
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Date Posted: 17:56:11 04/09/11 Sat

I am searching for any information about my Great Uncle Matthew "Matty" Russo who was assigned to 447 co. He was a signalman and was assigned to Little Creek Amphibious base before or after Sampson if anyone else was. He says he patrolled mostly the gulf of Mexico and the panama canal during the war never seeing any action. I believe he was either on an LST or PT boat.

I do have a picture of his entire company that was taken March 21, 1944 if anyone would like a copy. He does have all the names of the people in the photo written on the back. However, he lives in Florida and I live in California. Next time I get out there, I will try and get a copy. Matty is 85 and doing great.

He was and is always confused as being Italian. His name, Russo is actually sephardic jew, so maybe that would spark someones memory. Next time I speak with him I will try and get more information.

Thank you to anyone for your help.

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Subject: uss mellette


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mark saunders
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Date Posted: 08:52:48 03/29/11 Tue

My father Otis Bo Saunders served on the uss mellette in WW II
looking for any pictures and information on this ship. Thanks

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Subject: CASU 66, 42 (F), 58 Det A


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Steve Miller
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Date Posted: 23:14:42 04/18/09 Sat

Can anyone give me any information or knows anyone who served in CASU (F) 42, CASU 66 or CASU 58 Det. A? My grandfather's name was AM3c Robert Kropinak.

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Subject: company 118 october 13,1943


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mario
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Date Posted: 16:21:00 12/23/10 Thu

my dad was in company 118.the picture is dated october 13,1943.he was an armed guard on the liberty ship ss grace abbott.anybody have or know if i could get a picture of the ship?thanks,mario

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Subject: Company 548 April 22, 1944


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Kevin O'Brien
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Date Posted: 21:26:10 12/27/08 Sat

My Father, Martin O'Brien was in Co. 548 April 22, 1944. I have the Co. photo. I don't know on what ship he served, but do know he crossed the equator and traveled to Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

Any help on the Ship and it's Commander? Thank you.

Kevin

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Subject: pictures


Author:
Kim Pollack
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Date Posted: 14:16:36 02/19/11 Sat

I am looking for pictures of my uncle who was in company 504 in 1945. His name is Grant L Coates. Does anyone have any pictures of him or know where I could get pictures of him, please email me. Thank you.

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Subject: I have a great quality company 188 photo i would like to add


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John B
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Date Posted: 20:49:12 02/15/11 Tue

I have a company 188 september 25th 1943 great quality photo i would like to add and or donate, i can scan it in at any quality needed, i tried to email russ, but i cannot open his link, can anyone help me, please email me anytime, or if requested i can give my cell number, i would also like to know, after my father went to his ship maybe i can find some pictures of that also, We thought he was on the USS Vincennes but the ship was sunk in 1942, I assume this sampson picture is navy bootcamp graduation?

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Subject: sampson G2upper 1944july to sept. co547


Author:
walter e. stroud
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Date Posted: 23:08:58 02/09/11 Wed

would like to hear fromany mates that i was with.
just before we finished boots iwas sent yo sampson hospital, where ispent about a month. there my heart was broken when they dischared me because of a spot on my lung.
ihave only seen one person i would like to know how the mates did thanks i look at your pictures oftn

WALT STROUD
CINCINNATI OH.

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Subject: A Ciongoli


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Andrew
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Date Posted: 13:34:15 02/05/11 Sat

Every one seems grateful for this site, Im sure Russ would appreciate a little donation.
A. Ciongoli

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Subject: USS Baxter APA-94


Author:
Jack Jones
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Date Posted: 14:11:03 09/14/08 Sun

I would like to take a moment to Thank Russ for providing this site. For those of us that our fathers spoke only little of there service in the Navy, this is fantastic!

Thanks so much! To see the ship he served on is something for me and his five grandsons.

For those searching for shipmates of the USS Baxter APA-94 my fathers name was Thomas Douglas Jones and served on her until it was decommissioned in Mobile.

Respectfully,
Jack Jones

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Subject: Anyone remember


Author:
Joe Rago
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Date Posted: 16:22:04 01/25/11 Tue

My father Joe Rago trained at Sampson in 1944. He graduated boot camp June 6th, 1944 Co. 109. He was then sent to Pensicola Fla. Anyone remember him. Thanks

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Subject: Sampson Co 157 photo


Author:
Debbie DiFulvio
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Date Posted: 17:26:06 01/23/11 Sun

Hi, I am looking for someone to share a photo from Sampson Naval Training Feb/Mar 1944 of Unit C Co 157; and anyone that might have been in Flotilla 22 and was on, or had connection to LCT 729. Would love to hear if you have stories or photos to share of the crew. Looking for anyone that served with Benjamin H Middleton. He was on LCT 729 at Corregidor in Feb 1945. You may email me at deb@bocabob.com
Thank you Russ for such a great job you are doing with this site! It is greatly appreciated, more than you know.
deb

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Subject: Company 215 / April 12,1944


Author:
Bob Markiewicz
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Date Posted: 12:41:59 11/30/04 Tue

My father Vince Markiewicz was at Sampson for boot training. Is there anyone out there that would remember him or was in same company as him? Was also assigned to ship called USS San Saba. Home town was Buffalo,NY.

Thank You
Bob Markiewicz (His Son)

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Subject: Company Photos


Author:
Rick Connors SVMC
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Date Posted: 19:41:12 01/17/11 Mon

For some of the Naval recruits or your families from Sampson training days that are looking for old Company Photos, try E-Bay (Sampson Naval Training Center)there are quite a few company photos on there. Also Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery is coming along and opening dedication is set for May 21 2011 at 11am (on the old Hospital site) First veterans burial is scheduled around 2:30-3pm on the 21st. We hope that many of the Sampson Naval Veterans can make to the dedication. Will update again end of March. If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to E-Mail me or Call (315-568-4155)

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Subject: info.on bases and ships i served on.


Author:
Louis DeAngelo
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Date Posted: 19:59:34 01/16/11 Sun

Great weeb site.my name is Louis DeAngelo.hit Sampson.N.T.C.sometime in feb.of 45.was in (D-11 lOWER)OUR px.was burned almost to the ground before i got there..so we used to sneak across to eithr F or E- unit to shoot pool and bowl.we gave them a fictious name and Barracks nr.also lost my Graduation foto.i was wondering if anyone was on the U.S.S.Sibley .we were at Treasure Island when the suvivors of the U.S.S. Indy were there,we had a chance to talk to a few of them.they went through hell, everyone should read the book.(IN HARMS WAY) about the Indy.and the court martial procedings was a disgrace to Captain McVey who later commited suicide, and the officers and men of the Indy. we left on the U.S.S Sibley July 9th.headed for Eniwetok,refueld and went to Ulithi.hit Sammar.on 1st of sept.here is a problem we went aboard a L.S.T.loaded with Army Medical unit.we were all eating c or k ratioins.and sleeping in the tank deck. no room for all of us, i wonder who the hell was responsable for that one.few days later landed on a island i cannot remember to this day.i would love to know where that island was.in a few days we left there on a L.C.I. FOR taclobin, in leyte.we were sleeping in army tents,and burried in mud.was monsoon season.another L.C.I. TO Cavite.then i volunteerd for boat pool duty in Manila. (BP15-1)i wonder if anyone served there?i became L.C.M.Coxswain later on.then i served on Vice Admiral Kauffmans Yacht. we had the honour of having Genera Eisenhower aboard for a cruise to Corrigidor.and the bay area.anyone one out there who served in the Boat pool or on Kauffmans Yacht?later we went to Subic Bay picked up the Winged Arrow transport back to sammar then back to Treasure Island.worked in the Records office for a while.also hate to report we had a Captains Mast for being 15 minutes late back to base.no wonder us navy guys do not get along with the Marines.he could have left me on base with out any problem but you know the Marines.troop train back to Bainbridge Md. naval base for HONOURABLE DISCHARGE.which i am proud of.and back home to good ole Reading,Pa.thanks to all of you guys and girls who served. all the best to each one of you. .man what an experience.ill be 84 feb.9th.not many of us left,but we had our time. Louis DeAngelo

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Subject: Sampson (Company 230) Picture Wanted from 1943


Author:
Andrew Ciongoli
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Date Posted: 16:36:08 01/12/11 Wed


Looking for a Sampson Graduation photo of Company 230 (Approx graduation date May 1943.)

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Subject: Company 561 - Unit G


Author:
John Graham
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Date Posted: 16:00:34 12/23/10 Thu

Hello. I am looking for any information concerning my Grandfather, Albert L. Yavorske, who was a member of Company 561 - Unit G in Sampson from March 1943 to May 1943. Either information concerning him or the unit would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you,
John Graham

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Subject: History on Angelo Charles Pergolito


Author:
Janet Pergolito Ryan Hosie
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Date Posted: 17:09:50 03/21/08 Fri

Hi! Looking for military history information on my father Angelo Charles Pergolito or my uncle Frank Fimano. Have a identification pin with picture on it and C-113 for C Unit? Does anyone have any information? Never really told anything on them as they both passed away early but interested in just knowing some of their history. Thank you!

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Subject: Wendell Humphrey


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Dean Humphrey
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Date Posted: 08:22:19 12/09/10 Thu

Does anyone remember Wendell Humphrey who would have been at Sampson Mar/Apr 1944? He went on to be radar operator for Machine Gun Boat PGM-21, with duty in the Pacific. I am his son and I'm looking for any fellow sailor who would remember him.

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Subject: medical care on submarines world war II


Author:
Dr. Paul Berman M.D.
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Date Posted: 11:50:16 12/07/10 Tue

I am a medical historian and retired physician looking for information on the medical manual used during WWII to help with surgery in particular on submarines. I am aware of atleast 2 situations where Coxswains did appendectomies in U.S. Navy and intereste in British Navy experience.

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Subject: Leo Feinstein Y2c (T) USN-ISA


Author:
Alison Wieland
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Date Posted: 05:38:13 12/06/10 Mon

My grandfather was Leo Feinstein and he was stationed Sampson in 1944. If there is anyone who knew him or knows where I can find pictures other than postcards of the base I would love to hear from you. Jwieland6572@comcast.net Please no spam just serious emails.

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Subject: VCub 19 Tsingtao CHINA 1945


Author:
JAY MARSHALL
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Date Posted: 18:39:39 08/23/10 Mon

I need information about Cub 19 s duty in Tsingtao China in November 1945 We were all issued army gear We were stationed at 29 palms naval air station Then known as Acorn 53. before we were sent to China

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Subject: Woprld War 11 Book


Author:
Claude Aldrich
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Date Posted: 13:12:40 12/05/10 Sun

My name is Claude Aldrich, and I was in Sampson in Jan. 1944. Left there , went to torpedo school, then to a new Destroyer the Van Valkenburg DD 656, then to the Pacific to Iwo Then Okinawa, many days on pickit duty.. I have wrote a book of my time in the Navy. Its "A Boy, A Ship & A War", it's in Amazon & Barnes & Noble. I live in Lake Wales, FL 33898
AS Ever
Claude Aldrich

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Subject: Looking for crew members of the USS Berrien


Author:
Jane Shirley
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Date Posted: 11:32:10 01/17/05 Mon

My dad, John Davidson, served aboard the USS Berrien, and was involved in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was a boatswain's mate. He was dischaged from the Navy on 4/26/46. He turns 80 this May 2005 and I am hoping to find some of the crew. Any assistance would be appreciated.

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Subject: reunions


Author:
gus thomaris
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Date Posted: 16:11:15 11/23/10 Tue

I for one, miss the reunions we attended for several years at Sampson. At 85 years old, and not in the best of health, I feel we should have continued the get-togethers, even if informally, once a year. I would be there in a flash if someonewould start the ball rolling again. I wouldn't be able to dance like the old days, or enjoy the drinks like in the past, but I would love seeing nice people and talking to them. Most of us are running out of time, but would like to enjoy what's left. Comments welcome. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

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Subject: Subject: Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery update


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Rick Conners
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Date Posted: 03:43:08 02/28/10 Sun

I wanted to let the Sampson Navy Veterans and the other military service veterans that the cemetery is moving along as planned on the hospital site south of the old base. There were (11) buildings still standing on the site and (6) were demolished, of the (5) that were left, (2) will be renovated; the guard shack at the entrance will be used as a grave locator site and information booth.
The second building to be renovated will be the 3 bay fire house, this building will house the offices, restrooms on both floors, changing rooms for the honor guards and the interment service area on the main floor, also a elevator will be installed in the old fire hose drying tower. The other (3) buildings, a (4) cell brig, a steam plant and a small laundry building behind the steam plant were boarded up for safety reasons and in the future will also be renovated.
New York State awarded grants totaling $3.9 million dollars for this place of honor for our deceased veterans and their spouses. Twenty eight acres were grubbed (cleared) and the original main flag pole area just south of the fire house was located and the New York State VFW Aux. and men donated over $14,000 for a new flag pole and memorial walk area.
About (50) yards south of the main flag pole will be the out side service area, to be used in the summer months or if two services are being conducted at the same time. The main gate area will have a new four lane drives in to cemetery, two lanes coming in, and two lanes going out, in the middle of the two lanes will be a monument showing the emblems of each of the five branches of the services, along with the Merchant Marine of WWII. There will be an avenue of flags, including the fifty states.
Our goal now is to bury our first veteran in the first week of Nov. of 2010; the committee wants a soft opening with local veterans groups and reserve units, National Guard units, local dignitaries, ROTC Students etc. We have around (25) cremations ready to be inured at Sampson Veterans Cemetery now. In May of 2011 we are planning our main opening of the Cemetery; this will be with dignitaries from Washington, Military leaders from Washington, persons from the VA National Cemeteries and as many of the old salts who trained at Sampson and their families and the Air Force Veterans who trained at Sampson in the early 50tes.
The Bath National Cemetery is about 60 miles from Sampson, will be closing in about 4-5 years, Sampson will be an ideal spot for a National Cemetery, and we have 162 acres and access to hundreds more, which is owned by the NYS Parks service. We have the support of the veterans from around 20 counties in central NY. We can go to Rochester, north towards Syracuse and Watertown, East towards Utica, South in to Binghamton, Ithaca and the Penn. boarder.
Veterans, this program has been going on for eight years, when Steve Bull got Sate Senator Nozzle involved in this project. What we are asking the Navy veterans of this site is for small, big, nickels and dimes and any kind of donation towards the Sampson cemetery. We have the money to build the first 10 year phase of the cemetery, and until the VA comes to get this for a National Cemetery, the nonprofit committee will have to run this Cemetery on Donations.
We will outsource the digging for the opening and closing of the graves, we will outsource the lawn maintenance and up keep of the graves sites, and snow plowing. We have to hire a full time cemetery Manager, at least 2 secretaries and a person to make sure the out sourcing work is done right. Also the cost of heating, water, lights, building upkeep etc... The $3.9 million we have now is for the building of the cemetery, we cannot use it for operating the cemetery. We are in touch with Congressman Acuri from Central N.Y. and trying to get stimulus funds or appropriation funds. Bottom line is we need donations, little, small medium or large to get the cemetery running on its own after itís built. We are asking the Navy veterans on this site for help.
The Sampson Naval Training site of the forties is a historical site and a proud site; also over 2,000 sailors that were trained at Sampson were killed in WWII. We are waiting for the NY State Assembly to vote to rename RTE 96A to the Sampson Veterans Memorial Highway, the State Senate has already approved the name change, along with Seneca County.
We want every veteran to know that we have a place for the Veteran and his spouse to rest in Honor and dignity. If the veterans or their families have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me at my home anytime.
Rick Connors (315-568-4155)
If any of the veterans or their familyís wish to make a donation to the cemetery, mail it to Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery Association PO Box 243 Seneca Falls, N.Y. 13148

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Subject: Update, Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery


Author:
Rick Connors (Chairman)
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Date Posted: 20:11:52 11/12/10 Fri

The new SAMPSON VETERANS MEMORIAL HIGHWAY signs were unveiled a couple of weeks ago and are in place at both ends of route 96A. One is just south of Routes 5 & 20 on 96A, the other is just North of the main 4 corners in Ovid N.Y. The cemetery is head of schedule and the opening date is set for May 21, 2011(Armed Forces Day) time to be announced at a later date. The burial areas (7) have been leveled and new grass seed has been planted, the curbs are in and the first layer of blacktop has been laid, and the side walks are in place. The main entrance has to be finished and the old Guard shack has to be rebuild, and the outdoor committal service shelter has to be put in place. Burials will begin on the 21st of May 2011 after the Opening services, all Veterans and their spouses and in certain cases a dependent child may be buried at Sampson. The Sampson Cemetery will bury any veteran from any where that is Honorably discharged from any branch of the military. The Cemetery will provide full Honor Guard, flag and the VA will provide the head stone(White marble, half moon shape and black lettering. If there are any questions, feel free to call me (315-568-4155) Rick Connors (Chairman SVMC)

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Subject: LST 213


Author:
Karl Schoenbaum
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Date Posted: 16:20:09 03/15/09 Sun

hi there,
my father was aboard 213 for the invasion of Leyte. (unfortunately, he passed away in 2001) i found your 3 year old post and thought id let you know that i have some photos that my dad took while on board the 213. i have shared them with Larry Massey. maybe he's already shared them. if not, email me and i will send you what i have.
My dad was in charge of things below deck as i understand it (he too did not like to talk about it ) and i have a great photo of him and the below deck crew.
any how, if you would like to see them let me know.
the journal that Larry sent me was incredible. i had no idea what my dad had gone through.

karl schoenbaum

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Subject: message about Ernest Lowe - email bounced


Author:
Russ Padden - webmaster
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Date Posted: 14:57:41 11/10/10 Wed

I tried to respond to your email, but Yahoo returned the message as undeliverable.

I am responding to your email regarding military records.

You will need to send in an SF180 form to the government - see this link: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/index.html
It used to take about 4 - 6 weeks, but with the cuts starting in 2002 it can take up to 3 months or more.
When you fill out the form, be sure to add the line "any information available."

The more information you can provide them, the easier it will be for them to find his records.

Good luck with your search.

Russ

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Subject: Patches


Author:
Brian Remington
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Date Posted: 15:11:12 09/30/10 Thu

My father in law passed away last Nov. 2009. Theron W. Kunzer, he trained at Sampson Navel Sta. year unknown. He became a Seabee and served in the South Pacfic. He left
some patches behind the family would like to donate to a collector or Sampson Museum. Can anyone help?

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Subject: Looking for Names of Company 118


Author:
Sam Butera
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Date Posted: 12:14:12 01/18/10 Mon

I recently found a photo of a company photo. I am doing some renovation on my home in tarentum pa. I found the company photo in the wall cavity it is from US NAVAL TRAINING CENTER SAMPSON, N.Y. APRIL 24 1945 CO 118. I would love to find out more information on it, who was in the company, etc.... I would be willing to send copy to any one who wanted it.

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Subject: co picture


Author:
stan b mazur
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Date Posted: 13:40:15 10/17/10 Sun

i have a pictre of co 178 (1945) available if any one is interested

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Subject: Looking for...


Author:
Sue
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Date Posted: 12:27:47 03/31/10 Wed

My Dad was in this training center. I am wondering if this is a resource online that would provide for me, the date he enlisted to the Navy.
His name is Richard E. Parker, who passed away in Jan. 2004.
Any help you can provide would be appreciate.
Sue
p.s. I'm wearing his navy "dog-tag" so I have that Number available if that is any help!

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Subject: Donate liberally to the USO, EMTs and Volunteer FD


Author:
Russ Padden - Webmaster
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Date Posted: 09:05:19 09/11/10 Sat

I've received a number of emails today from people asking me to fly "virtual flags" on my FaceBook page and the website and to say prayers for those who protect and serve us.
While those are nice ideas, I have always thought that words whisper and actions shout.
After I hoisted my 48 star "coffin flag" I wrote large checks to my local EMT's and Volunteer Fire Departments and hand deliver them this morning. The usual USO check went out last week.
After you say your prayers and fly your flags, pull out your checkbooks and donated liberally to these organizations.
They can use the funds and actions speak louder than words.

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Subject: Lusk Field House-SUNY Cortland


Author:
Phil Connery
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Date Posted: 11:03:44 09/09/10 Thu

Lusk Field House, originally constructed at Sampson, disassembled and rebuilt SUNY Cortland, is now being renovated. I would love to obtain any information or old photos of the structure as we are planning a grand re-opening and dedication of the building. Thank you.

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Subject: SUVIVORS USS WALKE (DD-723) 6 JAN 1945


Author:
DR. SHERWOOD SARLES
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Date Posted: 19:31:08 09/13/06 Wed

(corrected email address)I WAS BOW HOOK ON WHALEBOAT THAT RESCUED 3 MEN AT NIGHT AND TOOK THEM TO USS MINNEAPOLIS CA 36 ON 6 DEC 1945 WHEN WALKE WAS HIT BY SUICIDE PLANES IN LINGAYEN GULF. (SEAS WERE VERY HEAVY) I JUST RETURNED FROM REUNION SAMPSON NAVL BASE LOOKING FOR INFO REGARDS THESE 3 MEN OR ANYONE WHO WAS ABOARD WALKE ON THAT DATE. I SAW THEM IN SICK BAY FOLLOWING DAY. I ALSO WAS ON WORKING PARTY FOR BURIAL AT SEA FOLLOWING DAYS FOR WALKE SAILORS WHO DID NOT SURVIVE.I TOOK MY BOOTS AT SAMPSON JUNE, JULY 1943 AND SERVED ON USS MINNEAPOLIS 43- DEC45
GOT GED ON BOARD, CITY COLLEGE AND UB BUFFALO, MED SCHOOL NY CITY. RETIRED 1990. FOTUNATELY IN GOOD HEALTH. DOUNHILL SKIER EVERY WINTER

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Subject: Which Sampson Class graduated Feb/Mar 1944


Author:
Paul Lockwood
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Date Posted: 20:16:56 07/26/10 Mon

I have begun a genealogical history of my family. I have obtained all of my deceased Fathers' military papers from the National Personnel Records Center. His name was William Henry Lockwood. I have discovered he was in the USNR and trained at Sampson. His "summary of Service" record shows he was stationed at Sampson from 21 Dec 1943 to 1 March 1944 (graduation?).

I would like to find out what Class number he would have been in and if there is anyone with a class photo.

Thank you.

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Subject: Hello!


Author:
Thomas DeRentiis
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Date Posted: 19:19:18 08/29/10 Sun

Hello Russ,

M wife Julie and I met you and your family up at Minnewaska State Park this past Saturday on the way to Hamilton Point and I just wanted to drop you a message that your website is awesome. I'll definitely be spending some time going through all the great pics and stories you have collected here. Fascinating history.

Best regards,
Tommy

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Subject: SS Howeel Lykes


Author:
gene
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Date Posted: 17:27:29 08/29/10 Sun

Hi ALL !!! My Grandfather was a Seabee during the WWII and crossed the equator on the shipSS Howell Lykes. The ship was a commercial ship owned by the LYKES BROS shipping co . The ship is named for their father. It changed names about 5 times,the US bought a lot of ships to use as troop transports, this was one of them. .....I will try and load it now.8/29/2010.The photo is of the SS Howell Lykes many years after being out of the war.The certificate I have states that on April 14th 1945 My G-father was changed from a pollywog to a shellback. Man how I miss him........And love and thank every one of the men and women of that generation, what a blessing they are !!!!!!
OK the photo will not copy so go to the site . It describes the collision of the 2 ships.

www.teyurtseven.org

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* ss Howell Lykes : Built 1940 - C3 Class - Grt :7773 Lenght / Beam :469 / 70 ft.
1940 Howell Lykes / 1942 Empire Pintail / 1943 Howell Lykes Converted To Transport / 1946 Lykes Bros.Ss Co. / 1965 Kings Point / 1965 Flying Foam, American Export Isbrandtsen Lines. / 1970 Grand Yaling, Sea King Corp, New York. / 1971 Scrapped Taiwan --- Source of info : www.mariners-l.co.uk

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Subject: USS Pondera


Author:
Arnim Zellmer
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Date Posted: 19:39:34 07/15/07 Sun

I am looking for imformation about the Uss Pondera and the men that served on it with Ervin Heiling Aka Hatch. He was on board for much of the campaign in the South Pacific during W.W.II Any imfo would be appreciated. His health is starting to fail him but he talks about those days quite often.

His step son,
Arnim Zellmer

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Subject: Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery


Author:
Rick Connors, Chairman SVMC
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Date Posted: 15:03:12 08/19/10 Thu

I am happy to announce, that construction will resume on Aug. 30th, on the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The project has been on hold for the last five (5) months while New York State solved its budget problems and released our grant monies. Twenty eight acres have been cleared and six building have been demolished on the former hospital site. Due to the delay, the opening date and the burial of our first Veteran is now set for May or June of 2010, as the construction moves along we will continue to update this site. Also, New York State has renamed route 96A(which runs north and south) in front of the Cemetery and Naval and Air Force training site. From routes 5&20 south to the Ovid village line, this section of road, about 15 miles will be known as the Sampson Veterans Memorial Highway. A dedication ceremony will take place before Nov. 1st, I will post the date and time when it becomes available. This Veterans Cemetery is being build in memory and honor of the over 400,00 Navy and 300,00 Air Force veterans that went through Sampson Navy and Air Force training center, and all the men and women that honorably serve our great nation.

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Subject: Knowledge of my father


Author:
James Archambault
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Date Posted: 10:20:27 03/23/10 Tue

My father, Stewart Archambault, served on the USS Montrail APA 213.
He worked in the radio shack, and has told me many stories of his exploits, including the personl eyewitnesing of two of the Kamikazies shot down by the ship.
He was burnt when one crashed into the water in front of him.
He passed away about 5 years ago, and would appriciate it if anyone out there has anyknowledge or information about him.

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Subject: address change for a vet


Author:
karen brienzi
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Date Posted: 15:53:22 07/13/10 Tue

I am a caretaker for a vet of Sampson. I cannot find a place on this site for a change of address for him. His newsletter continues to go to his former residence and not to mine where he now lives and he would like to recieve the letter. any help would be appreciated.

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Subject: National Amphibious Veterans Assn. NAVAgator


Author:
John J. Walsh
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Date Posted: 16:16:36 04/22/07 Sun

Hi my name is John J. Walsh formerly President of the USS Randall APA-224 & APA Sailors Assn. and now President of the National Amphibious Veterans Assn. ( NAVAgator ). I formed NAVAgator two years ago because groups are getting smaller & smaller each passing year. Its time the Amphibs became one. Some Amphibious ships were down to 5 or less members and they now have joined NAVAgator. Presently our membership numbers 86 and we are growing. Our first reunion was in Colorado Springs, CO last Sept. Our next reunion will be in Sept. 5-10, 2007 in Branson, MO. If any one is interested in joining NAVAgator please contact me ap 732-367-6472 or apa224vp16@comcast.net.

Your NAVAgator Ship Mate John J. Walsh

Keep the Memories Alive

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Subject: 593rd JASCO, UDT 33.


Author:
paul Smith
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Date Posted: 20:49:12 04/30/10 Fri

Dear folks, My father in law doesn't do computers so he asked me. He was on Leyte with the UDT33. He was wounded in a kamikaze attack and sent home. He would really like to speak to other survivors. He's in the Chicagoland area. Thanks. Paul Smith April 30, 2010

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Subject: Looking for anyone who knew my father


Author:
Linda M. Besold
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Date Posted: 13:18:11 06/07/10 Mon

March 14, 1944...Sampson Naval Graduation Picture ...Company 175.. Looking for anyone who knew or has any information on my father (Andrew J. Besold Jr.), who served in World War 2...A.K.A.(Buddy)...

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