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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: USS Missoula shipmates


Author:
Harvey Rasmussen
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Date Posted: 14:33:32 04/01/06 Sat

I served on the USS Missoula, first division, from its commissioning to its decommissioning. I woul love to hear from any shipmates.

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Subject: My grandfather


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Randy Hadley
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Date Posted: 08:20:09 06/06/10 Sun

My grandfather Randall Minor Hadley was at Sampson in Feburary 1944 with CO.122 I would love to here from someone that knew him. I have the CO. 122 picture,letters to his mom. and much more. Whould realy like to talk to someone that knew him Thank you Randy Hadley Email imlouie66@aol.com Phone 610-921-8669

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Subject: Reunions


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Gus Thomaris
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Date Posted: 08:51:11 05/31/10 Mon


Having spent many enjoyable times at Sampson Reunions, I must say I miss the fun. Does anyone know the nationality of Xifo, the attractive young lady who entertained us with her dancing? Thanks

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Subject: USS Leary (DD879)


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Bill_McMahon
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Date Posted: 13:23:54 05/09/10 Sun

Looking for the early years after commissioning in May 1945 thru Jan 1946 regarding crew roster, ship logs, etc.

Am searching for anyone who may remember my Dad, William J. McMahon who served on her till he was discharged from active duty Jan 7, 1946.

He 'booted' from Sampson, NY, Co.251 in May 1944.

Thanks,
Bill McMahon

May 31,2010 - I should have mentioned that I have a 'good' copy of Sampson photo of Company 251, dated May 10, 1944, and would gladly send it to anyone as a .jpg file.

Bill McMahon

Last edited by author: Mon May 31, 2010 06:12:13   Edited 1 time.
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Subject: Iwo Jima survivors


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Courtney
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Date Posted: 19:55:12 10/20/04 Wed

I am trying to find survivors of the battle of Iwo Jima. I have questions about your experiences at the battle at Iwo Jima.

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Subject: pictures


Author:
Albert W. Yanni
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Date Posted: 11:42:59 09/22/07 Sat

want to send a pic of father's company, at sampson, please email us as how we go about this to have it posted on website thanks enjoyed looking at the website, my father's name was Albert W. Yanni from Brockway, PA if anyone knew him please contact me at the above email.

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Subject: Russ Padden, Thank you


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Ray Purcell
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Date Posted: 16:27:38 05/17/10 Mon

Just a note to thank you again for your efforts, each time I visit your sites, I am impressed. I appreciate your efforts in our beholf. Ray

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Subject: History paper


Author:
Jaimee Schweigert
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Date Posted: 08:27:50 04/20/10 Tue

Hi, My name is Jaimee Schweigert and I am a freshman at Niagara University
in Niagara Falls, NY. I am currently working on history paper for one of
my classes. The paper topic is on Sampson and I need to use some primary
sources. My grandfather was at Sampson near the end of the war. I have
gotten some information out of him as far as life as a soldier at Sampson,
but I would love some more information. I was just wondering if you had
the name, email and/or phone number of some veterans which would be
interested in helping me. I would like to conduct a short, informal
interview with them via phone or email in the next few days. Please let me
know if you have anyone who could help me. I really appreciate it.
Thank you,
Jaimee Schweigert

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Subject: LST 922 - Sampson CO 313 - Richmond Diesel School


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Bill Sukaly
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Date Posted: 12:18:58 11/28/09 Sat

My dad, William Sukaly, served on the LST922 and was in company 313 (8-24-43) at Sampson Naval Training Station. I am looking for any pictures from either. I have the company 313 picture which I can share with anyone interested. I also have a company picture from the Diesel School at Richmond Virginia Company 75 Sec 2, 12-4-46. If any one knew my dad I would love to hear from you.

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Subject: Mavy, Army, Marine rations from WWll


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Linda Doyle
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Date Posted: 20:58:12 03/16/10 Tue

My husband says he he buy WWll rations and eat them- and they would taste the same as they did then. I disagree! I think they have some type expiration date on them.I know the newer rations have a date, but I'm looking for the WWLL ones. Please help. If you have any of these, sell them to me...My husband wants to eat it- to proove his point (LOL)So just send me the bill... Thank You. Linda Doyle PS. I'll let you know what happens after he eats it...LOL.heehee!!!

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Subject: APA 174 USS JERAULD 1944 to 1946


Author:
Grant W.Nelson Sr.
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Date Posted: 12:17:01 08/10/04 Tue

Time is passing by,I was one of the young crew members on board the APA 174 USS Jerauld, From start to finish 1944 to 1946. Now Iam 78 years young,makeing the time 60 years ago.
And I have been looking for a crew member of the Jerauld,
that was in the 2nd division, or any one that was aboard that can remember me. My picture is in this web site for the APA 174 USS Jerauld. Please E-Mail me at

gnels1@hickorytech.net

Grant W.Nelson Sr
144 Coolidge St
Owatonna Mn. 55060

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Subject: Richard J Brady - Radioman - 1944 - 1945


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kathleen loughlin
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Date Posted: 17:00:04 12/04/08 Thu

i am trying to locate people who were in boot camp with my Dad at Sampson in Sept thru December 1944. I would love to get pictures, info, etc. from that time. I am the youngest of his "9" children and would love to surprise him with various info and pics. He is the Director of Sampson in Massachusetts and is now a very healthy 83 years old.

thank you!!
Kathleen

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Subject: Company 449 Class Photo Jan. 20,1944


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Robert G, Luskin
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Date Posted: 12:44:47 04/23/10 Fri

I have recently come across a company photo of my Father's graduation class. I have seen where people are trying to sell similar photos on ebay. I have scanned this photo and will gladly forward it to anyone who would like it. I don't believe that I should profit from it, this is history and should be shared.

Robert G. Luskin

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Subject: co 417 sampson april to june 1943


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joe devine
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Date Posted: 07:39:24 04/10/10 Sat

does any one out there have a ROSTER COPY OF CO. 417 FROM APRIL 1 TILL MAY 31 1943 WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU THANKS JOE DEVINE

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Subject: LSM-255 Crew


Author:
Denah Thompson
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Date Posted: 12:21:18 08/06/07 Mon

Hello. I was just wondering if anyone here new anything about the LSM-255. I know what kind of ship it is and pretty much where it was thanks to the Navsource pages. My granfather, Madison D. Davis, served on that ship from it's inception to it's demise. He was in battle in the pacific and he was also in the Phillipines. We don't really know much about his service. He never talked about it. I know that he enlisted in 1942 as active duty but was listed as USNR, and that he went to Great Lakes for basic and was in the Rooster Company. If anyone knows anything about the ship's or my grandfather's service, it would be greatly appreciated. Grandpa passed away 10-14-2002. He was 79.

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Subject: Sampson USNTC May 10, 1944 Co 251 - WJ McMahon


Author:
Bill McMahon
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Date Posted: 11:53:33 03/13/10 Sat

My Dad, William J. McMahon served his boot training at Sampson USNTC Co 251
He was from Everett/Somerville,Ma - Married w/2 sons.
The date on the group photo is May 10th 1944. What does this date signify (graduating date? etc.).
Does anyone remember 'Bill' or 'Lefty', as some called him.
Would really appreciate hearing from any of his mates.

His son,
Bill McMahon

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Subject: USS BOWIE APA 137


Author:
Joseph H Leeh MoMM3/c
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Date Posted: 17:56:44 03/29/10 Mon

I served aboard the Bowie during WW2 in te So. Pacific Would like to hear from any shipmates that might run across this. Thanks Joe Leeah

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Subject: USS Trego


Author:
Sherry Reiter Dice
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Date Posted: 20:08:40 11/19/07 Mon

My father, Clifton Joseph Reiter served during WWII on the USS Trego. If there are any remaining who served from around 1944 - 1946 on the USS Trego, or relatives of anyone who served during that time I would like to hear from you. My father was very proud of his service. He was probably 31 or 32 at the time and one of the oldest enlisted aboard ship so they called him Doc. I was 4 when he left home and 6 when he returned.

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Subject: Sampson August 45 to Oct. 45 Unit G co. 518


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Walter E Bromley
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Date Posted: 21:07:19 03/28/10 Sun

I took basic training in Co. 518 unit G from Aug.15 1945 to October 1945. Our company commander was chief Murphy.After basic I was sent to Bremerton,Wash.and then to portland,Oregon where i went aboard the USS Fieberling DE640 on Dec.8 1945 and stayed unti it was decomissioned in March 1948 at Long Beach,Calif.Our first deployment was to Shanghi,China where we served as flag ship for a group of LST's ans also as air sea rescue at air base on Whangpoo river near Shanghi.Also sailed with cientist on ship mtaking soundings off Calif. coast and in Hawiaan islands.Would like to hear f5om anyone fron boot camp or ship.

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Subject: USS ATTALA APA-130


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Mike Vesel
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Date Posted: 13:25:58 12/24/09 Thu

Hi all! My dad, George "Jeep" Vesel was a machinist mate on APA-130 USS ATTALA 1944-45 in the Pacific. Any information or photos of the ship and crew would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Subject: Harvey Smith, Radarman U.S.S Auburn


Author:
Harvey Smith
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Date Posted: 15:01:07 03/22/10 Mon

My Grandfather, Harvey Smith was a radarman on the U.S.S. Aubern. His station was in the CIC, the combat intelligence center. He is still around and if anyone recognizes his name or would like to contact him, he would love to hear from you. His e-mail is included. Thanks a lot.

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Subject: USS MOUNTRAIL APA-213


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RAYMOND WILSON
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Date Posted: 17:19:43 11/07/09 Sat

LOOKING FOR SEAMEN OR ANY INFORMATION ON REUNIONS

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Subject: Samar


Author:
Steve
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Date Posted: 09:05:22 11/13/09 Fri

Anyone serve on Naval Base 3149 on Samar, Philippines? Looking for anyone (Army, Marines, Navy) that was there in late 1945.

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Subject: Looking for My Father's Old Mates


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Anthony Piti
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Date Posted: 19:32:21 03/12/10 Fri

I know this is a longshot, but my dad, Ted Piti, was an Aviation Machinist's Mate, 3rd class with Navy 3149, Samar Island, in early 1945. Just wondering if anyone out there knew him, as he never really discussed his wartime history with me. Thnx in adv.

Tony Piti

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Subject: boot camp & radio school 1943 & 1944


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Ivan Parsons Fulton N..Y.
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Date Posted: 10:58:13 02/24/10 Wed

When I wetto Sampson it was likegoingdown town. We did not have flush toliets and sowers at home. We had an outhouse and a washtub for a bath.We didnt have a radio until I was12 years and they made me a Radioman at Sampson.My ship was the USS Alaska C.B. 1.

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Subject: Looking for information about my Grandfather


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Christine Fiengo
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Date Posted: 16:56:35 03/08/10 Mon

My Grandfather Carl E Anderson is in a picture dated May 27 1944 Co 585. My son would like to know more about his Great Grandfather. The only other information I have is that two ships were blown out from under him and was somewhere in Hawaii and the South Pacific. I would also love to share the photo for your website. If you have any information please e-mail me at candersonfiengo@msn.com

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Subject: Celebrities at Sampson


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Susan Porter
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Date Posted: 07:13:02 01/19/10 Tue

Recently read George Carlin's book and learned he was at Sampson. I write a weekly newspaper column (Finger Lakes Times) and am looking to do one on other celebs who went through Sampson. Anybody know of any? Firsthand stories? If so, please email me.

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Subject: My Uncle


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Barry Kazmer
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Date Posted: 01:01:36 02/10/10 Wed

After serving on the USS Nevada, the USS Louisville and then Naval Guard on the SS Wind Rush my uncle SM1C Mel Kazmer served at Sampson teaching signaling. Are there any records or photos of him there? It would have been late 1943 to maybe up to 1945.
Thanks very much,
Barry Kazmer

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Subject: CBMU 517 ship


Author:
Kathy Iverson
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Date Posted: 03:16:45 07/20/08 Sun

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

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Subject: Dupont Co. Plant


Author:
Robert K. Efaw
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Date Posted: 11:34:02 01/11/10 Mon

Served my Boots at Sampson in February 1945. Also CIC at Fargo Bldg. and Radar School Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
In June 1945 I worked for the Dupont Plant for I believe 16 hrs.I have my pay stub, I have been wracking my brains for years try to remember what work I did there. I think I remember going across the Lake to the plant with other Sailors. I just would like to know what it was I did there. I had no special talent so must have been some sort of manual labor I suppose. At age 82 years my memory not that good anymore but I do know I have that pay stub. Also I am a Plank Owner of the USS Oregon City CA 122.

bob efaw
Seaman 2nd, Radar Striker

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Subject: Cecil N. Bean - Who Sailed JW 62/RA63 & JW66/RA67


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Philip T. Dooley
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Date Posted: 10:38:30 01/27/08 Sun

I'm the son(the youngest of 9 children) of Philip R. Dooley who sailed on the Cecil N. Bean covoys JW 62/RA 63 and JW 66/Ra 67. Loch Ewe to Kola Inlet and Kola Inlet to Loch Ewe. He trained at USNTC Sampson NY Co. 131 July 18 1944. I was just looking for any fellow shipmates/family that may have any memories or stories to share? My dad passed too early in 1973 after a career in Education and Politics in Massachusetts and I was looking for information about this part of his life...Thanks. Special thanks for this site and others that help find information about our WWII Veterans dad, moms and family/friends.

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Subject: Tours of Iwo and Oki


Author:
Dale Glasscock
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Date Posted: 18:20:26 01/02/09 Fri

My father was on board USS Hendry APA-118, keel laid in Portland, Ore. Guess she wasn't that fast on the oceans, but fast constructed and launched as per the war effort. My question is about tours for those in the Navy that took part in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Although a good part of these sailors and the marines assigned to ship didn't go ashore they still were there. My father (84 years) only ever tells about the one Kamikazee that decided to go vertical after flying between the ships off Iwo, or Oki. Anyway, my Dad, and mother are still plying the earth on the coast of Oregon, and I would bet he would rather take his last breath on a tour of the places he fought if he could if that is what it came down to. Let me know of any tours available please. Thank you, Dale Glasscock

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Subject: Frank Guariglia CO 435


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Charles Guariglia
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Date Posted: 15:24:22 12/20/09 Sun

My Dad , Fran Guariglia of Brooklyn NY, was in CO 435 which graduated on March 8 1945.
He was 29 at the time and was nicknamed Pappy by the rest of the fellows. He always spoke fondly of his days as a Sampson Boot.
After Sampson he was assigned to the USS Kearsarge in Brooklyn but wsa released from active service just before its shakedown cruise.
Dad died in June of 2001. A Navy honor guard was at his gravesite service.

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Subject: USS Slater DE 766 (Destroyer Escort Hist, Museum) - donate


Author:
Russ Padden - webmaster
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Date Posted: 17:58:07 12/18/09 Fri

It's time to dig in and donate to the Slater winter fund to help them continue the great work they have done restoring this fine Destroyer Escort.
They now have a paypal option on their website at the bottom of this link: <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.ussslater.org/">http://www.ussslater.org/</a>
My work with the Slater is limited to buying 48 Star Flags, manuals and related materials as well as shamelessly begging for money for them. I also donate to them...
The real work is done by a fine crew of volunteers - led by Executive Director, Tim Rizzuto
As I always say - no donation is too large, but everything helps.
Thanks,
Russ
BTW - the button works fine, I just sent in my donation...

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Subject: Newspaper notice or photo


Author:
Joseph Stangler
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Date Posted: 06:59:53 12/12/09 Sat

My mother trained at USNTS Sampson during WW II. She was the 35,000th Wave to enlist and her picture was taken with Kate Smith. Wonder if this can be found anywhere. Helen Kensil was her maiden name. Thanks Joe Stangler 215 275 2294

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Subject: USS MIFFLIN


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T.Kern
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Date Posted: 07:04:43 07/07/05 Thu

My brother served on the USS Mifflin. I have some pictures that I can share. Theresa Kern

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Subject: looking for shipmates- uss darke apa159


Author:
BILL DEJARNATT RM 3rd CLASS
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Date Posted: 22:54:50 05/24/07 Thu

served on darke fromm commission to decomission. saw the first flag raised on mt. suribachi from bow of the ship.
would like to hear from anyone who served on her.

bill de jarnatt. little rock, ar.

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Subject: sampson vet


Author:
Russell Merritt
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Date Posted: 13:13:30 11/04/09 Wed

I was in D unit co 205 Nov. 1944 to Jan. 1945 our cc was speicalest 2 class last name was Shaw. I ended up on the USS DORAN DMS41. Any one out there remember me?

Russ Merritt

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Subject: USS MARCUS ISLAND


Author:
Steve Miller
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Date Posted: 13:34:11 10/22/09 Thu

Looking for anyone who served aboard the MARCUS ISLAND from 1943-Late 1944.

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Subject: USS Dickman


Author:
Kevin Davis
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Date Posted: 23:08:30 10/14/09 Wed

My Father, Russell Davis, was a coxswain on a Higgins boat off the USS Dickman during all invasion in the European Theater. I just wonder if anyone might remember him?

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Subject: motor machnists mate,2nd class raymond banks jr.


Author:
rebecca banks sherwood
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Date Posted: 20:40:18 09/24/09 Thu

trying to find out what ship my father was on during world war 11.have some info but not sure what it all means. she took his training at sampson,n.y. then, went to phib tra, base, solomons, md. I have rec.sta,nyk LCI(L) 588;R/S boston,mass.uss,lcs(l)(b)#12;R/S Navy 128;PSC, Lido Beach, L.I., n.y. Entry is jan.5, 1944. I have a photo of his company but, not names or date. Any info would be of great importance as the ship he was on.
Thank you very much.

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Subject: AVIATION ELECTRONICS IN PACIFIC


Author:
FRANK CREASER
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Date Posted: 20:30:17 09/22/09 Tue

I DID BOOT AT SAMPSON IN LATE 1943-RTHEN TO MIC.CIT AND TEXAS A&N V-6. LATER TO PACIFIC IN AROU'S, CASU'S IN ADMIRALTYS, SAIPAN, TINIAN. STARTED IN NEW CALEDONIA. AART DUVAL IS ABOUOT HE ONLY ONE I KNOW TODAY WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE THAT WAS IN THOSE UNITS. I SPENT THE PAST 50 YEARS IN THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES BEGINNING AS A PH8LCO TECH REP I OWE MUCH TO THE NAVY AND THE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE I GAINED.
FRANK CREASER 8249736 [STULL RENENBER MY SERIAL NUMBER]SERUAK NUMBERY

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Subject: USS Macon


Author:
Ken Jones
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Date Posted: 16:38:36 09/20/09 Sun

My uncle Robert (Bob) Wells served on the USS Macon in 43 company 444 that completed training at Sampson in June of 1943. Is there anyone who served on the USS Macon that might have a picture of the crew on this ship or maybe was in the graduate class in that month and year?

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Subject: Memories of Sampson


Author:
Robert D. Hall, Jr.
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Date Posted: 14:09:30 03/08/09 Sun

I went to Boot Camp at Sampson, NY on November 23, 1944 for my 10 weeks (as I remember it) of training to become a sailor in the United States Navy. I enlisted in Providence, RI when I was 16 in September of 1944 and was activated in November. Put on a troop train out of the Providence RR Depot in the morning and arrived at Geneva, NY late at night or early in the morning and processed. Stripped naked (put all of our clothes and possessions in individual boxes that we addressed to our homes and were sealed and shipped). Then went through a line where we got shots in both arms (same needle was used over and over again as I remember) then went through a clothing line were our uniforms were thrown at us, we got dressed in Navy work clothes, put the rest in a duffle bag, along with a hammock, then were assigned to a barracks in one of the Units. I was assigned to G (Gilmore) Unit (don't remember my company number) and we were led off to begin life as a sailor. Got lots more to tell but suffice to say, I was sent to Ordnance School, became an Aviation Ordnance Man, was assigned to CASU 37 in Monterey, California, then to an Escort Carrier (CVE 55, USS Casablanca) then to San Diego Nval Air Station CASU 5 and discharged from the Fargo Building in Boston on July 26, 1946. Would love to hear from anyone who I might have served with in any of these units. Somewhere, I have photographs of my Sampson Unit and my CASU units. If I find them will be willing to share with old shipmates. I am now 81 and thank the Lord still in good health. Hope to hear from someone. Bob Hall

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Subject: Company #594, June 22, 1943


Author:
Terri Batt
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Date Posted: 14:04:24 09/04/09 Fri

I'm the curator for the Portville Historical & Preservation Society in Portville, NY. We have a picture of Company #594 from June 22, 1943 at our office. I'd love to know the names of the men in the company to see if any are from the Portville/Olean area. Any help in getting a list or assistance in this area will be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks in advance,
T

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Subject: Photo of Sampson Graduating Class August 7, 1944 Co. 367


Author:
Stanley Lotzkar
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Date Posted: 13:29:28 09/01/09 Tue

I took my boot training at Sampson and have a photograph of my graduating class Co. 367 graduating on August 7, 1944. Would you be interested in having a copy? I will be glad to send it. Am now living in Gainesville, Florida. My son sent me the website and it brought back fond memories.

Stan Lotzkar

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Subject: Matthew F Rennie


Author:
Matt Rennie
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Date Posted: 10:11:39 08/31/09 Mon

Hi,

My dad,Matthew F Rennie Jr, served in the pacific theatre in WWII and served on board the LCT 702 and LST 576. He also attended at Sampson NY..not sure of the date. He passed in Nov 07 and was 82 years old. Anyone who might have info or pictures of his ships or class, it would be appreciated if you contacted me or forwarded the info.

Thank -you

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Subject: Group picture of Army unit from Camp Kilmer


Author:
Tony
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Date Posted: 14:22:34 08/11/09 Tue

Hey 'folks. After my father passed, I found a great picture of his unit that left from Camp Kilmer, NJ aboard the USAT Gen'l Ballou, 22 October 1948. I was going to have the picture professionally reproduced to remove some roll marks and wanted to know if anyone was interested in a copy.

Also would love to communicate with any of those veterans who may have been in this group.

Thanks,

Tony

please send an email..

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Subject: Researching Irwin Fruchterman


Author:
Tony
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Date Posted: 12:28:26 08/06/09 Thu

I'm currently researching my grandfather's service during WW2.

Irwin "Irv" Fruchterman trained at Sampson NY, after enlisting in January of 1945. Any suggestions on how to track down which company he belonged to?

He then served on the following ships:
USS Cavallaro (dates unknown)
USS Howorth (?- until it's decommissioning)
USS Rooks (for 1 month until it's decommissiong)
USS McCord

Any info, or suggestions as to paths of research about his time at sea would be greatly appreciated.

Tony

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Subject: Looking for my Grandfather


Author:
Lana Reynolds Dumlao
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Date Posted: 04:51:39 08/07/09 Fri

A respect to your add,please help us to find my grandfather William P. Reynolds a us navy in smba year 1946.My mother Marilyn Reynolds want to meet his father since her childhood,until now she wish to see him.William was an address of Box-4 Port no gal New Mexico before.I hope for your consideration for this post. Thank you.

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Subject: recovery vessle/heavy tug


Author:
charles bjork
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Date Posted: 10:27:24 07/27/09 Mon

my uncle william bjork was ststioned on the uss whenatchee(sp) during wwII. he has passed on, but i as a navy vet will always remember the stories he would tell me. does anybody have any info on his vessle??

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Subject: picture


Author:
Randy Hadley
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Date Posted: 08:41:44 07/18/09 Sat

I found A company picture. February 1944, Co. 122. My grandfather is in it Randall minor Hadley. If anyone would like A copy. I will do my best. imlouie66@aol.com

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Subject: LST 886


Author:
kathy coppinger
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Date Posted: 16:31:50 03/04/07 Sun

my dad served on LST 886 during WW11, his name
was Matthew O'Loughlin, he passed away in 1999,
My boys miss him and his great stories. hoping
someone out their may have some pictures or more
great stories. God Bless the Vets.

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Subject: My Dad served aboard DE-354 in WW 11


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Tom Ellison
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Date Posted: 14:14:24 07/01/09 Wed

My father served aboard the USS Kenneth M. Willett DE-354commissioning Ceremonies Orange, TX 19 July 1944.
Ernest C. Ellison 1st Class Petty Officer.
Dad was born in NY, NY on 16 Sept. 1902 and he died on 18 Sept. 1985. I recently found his Navy Covers and his WW 11 dog tags along with his War Issue Bible. Daddy was a fine man and he lived a good life.
As a former US Marine Sgt. E-5 I am proud of his service to his country. My oldest Son Matt is an Ensin in the US Navy Reserve and a grad of the US Merchant Marine Academy keeping the service to our country going.
Anyone serving with Ernest C. Ellison or who knew him PLEASE e-mail me.
God Bless America...
Kindest regards,
Tom Ellison

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Subject: Paolino Sarti


Author:
Doug Sarti
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Date Posted: 12:08:28 07/16/08 Wed

Hello,

I'm looking for a photograph of my grandfather, Paolino Sarti, in his navy uniform. I looked through the photos on this site but was unable to find him. I'm not sure which training company he was in.

He trained at Sampson from 10/16/43 - 2/24/44. He went on to serve on the USS Alaska, CB-1 (plank owner).

Aside from photos, any other information anyone has would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you very much,

Doug Sarti

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Subject: LCI(L) 774


Author:
Kevin Morrall
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Date Posted: 18:59:38 06/22/09 Mon

Looking for anyone who remembers "Genata's Bastards", as the crew of LCI(L) 774 were known.

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Subject: Okaloosa


Author:
Eiene, Steinar
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Date Posted: 16:09:52 06/19/09 Fri

Steinar Eiene served with you, Your name is listed on "Plan of the day" Friday Feb 27th 1948 that I have, He died in 97

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Subject: Navy Training Station Sampson


Author:
Jeanne Munera
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Date Posted: 20:27:06 06/08/09 Mon

I was wondering if anyone had any information on a Victor Koski (Kwiatkowski, he changed his last name in the sevice)He was at Sampson Training Station 2/43-?. And he was aboard the USS SAVANAH.The only thing I can remember and its been 20 years since he passed away, was that his ship was hit,in Salerno Bay. I have some info,about the Savanah.But are there any pictures of the crew, during that time? If so how can I get a copy. My son who now serves is questioning me and I have no answers. Thank you in advance and God Bless You All.

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Subject: someone there in 1944?


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nicola iacovetti
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Date Posted: 21:48:02 06/06/09 Sat

I was in the navy and after normandy I spent from august 1944 to jan. 1945 in a naval port battallion in Antwerp belgium!

Thanks

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Subject: D-Day Normandy 65 years ago today


Author:
Russ Padden - Webmaster
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Date Posted: 14:45:01 06/06/09 Sat

The people of Normandy, France, Belgium, Holland and other countries are still grateful for the actions of the Brits, Canadians, Americans, Free French and so many others 65 years ago today.

I've received several emails today spewing the opposite - they disgust me an dishonor the brave men who fought and those who died.

Russ Padden webmaster for the Amphibs - descended from Normans

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Subject: APA-81 Fallon


Author:
Priscilla Rall
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Date Posted: 13:27:49 06/09/05 Thu

I am a volunteer for the Veterans History Project and I am interviewing Jim Butters who was on the USS Fallon as a radio operator. He is interested in locating anyone who served with him. He is also interested in any reunions. We are from Frederick, Maryland. He is not able to get on the net at this time, so I am making this request for him. Thanks for any help you can give us. This is a great web site.
Priscilla

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Subject: LSM 447


Author:
Richard Blalock
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Date Posted: 12:48:27 05/17/09 Sun

I am trying to find anyone who may have served on LSM 447 with my dad (deceased, 1988) William Talmadge "Tal" Blalock. Dad was the signalman.

Thank you!

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Subject: Information


Author:
Charles E, Bailey
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Date Posted: 14:37:27 05/15/09 Fri

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

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Subject: looking for info on my father


Author:
christine kelly
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Date Posted: 17:44:00 05/06/09 Wed

looking for any information about my father.He was at Sampson 1944-1945? His name was Douglas Culver.

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Subject: Wanted 1943 Sampson Company Photo Unit 230


Author:
Andrew Ciongoli
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Date Posted: 12:29:49 05/06/09 Wed

My father Andrew R. Ciongoli, from Turtle Creek, Pa. (now deceased) trained at Sampson from March 12 1943 untill approx May (?) 1943; Company 230 unit D ( Dont know the exact graduation date.) I am interested in finding a graduation photo of his Sampson Company unit. He served as Shore Patrol from 1943 to March 1946 Sp(s)1c . Was sent to Norfolk Va 5th Naval District to serve. I would appreciate any information on where I might locate a Company Photograph of his Unit.
Iam very proud that he served the Navy.

Andrew Ciongoli (son)

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Subject: Naval Term - Meaning


Author:
Chris Montagna
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Date Posted: 17:29:02 02/22/09 Sun

I have a naval report concerning my wife's uncle stating his name and the following:

S1c V-6 USNR

I would like to know what the "V-6" means.

Also, if he was a S1c and a "striker" (I assume this is a type of gunner?) what patches, if any, would he wear on his uniform?

Thanks,

Chris

PS Russ, Thanks for letting me know about the about the accidental deletion.

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Subject: Info on my father


Author:
Kay Scott
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Date Posted: 05:37:07 04/25/09 Sat

My father (Arthur W. Schroeder)enlisted in Rochester and then started boot camp at Sampson NTC from 10-3-44 to 12-21-44 and then went to Davisville Rhode Island. I would like to know what company he was in and if there are any pictures. I have a Standard Statement of Serving was shows all of his duty stations. He was in the in the Construction Battation. I was wondering if anyone has any info or pictures they could share. He never spoke much about his experiences and he has passed away and I am really interested.

Thanks.

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Subject: Sampson NY Naval Base


Author:
James Reagan
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Date Posted: 18:22:34 05/03/09 Sun

My father who is currently 83 years young did his basic traing at Sampson Ny and graduated on 12/2/43. His class number was #145 and the commander was names Bowman. He has the group picture and many other things from back then. He served on Sub Chaser #742 in the South Pacific. Anyone in this class or served on the same ship ? We still live near Pittsburgh Pa. Let us know. Would love to hear from anyone.

There is going to be a WWII airshow May 16th & 17th at the Virginia Beach VA airport. Check out the web site.

<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.militaryaviationmuseum.org/events_airshow.html">http://www.militaryaviationmuseum.org/events_airshow.html</a>

Hope to hear from someone.
Thanks

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Subject: Robert J. Kropinak - STAG ONE and USS MARCUS ISLAND


Author:
Steve Miller
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Date Posted: 20:49:48 04/17/09 Fri

Looking for anyone who may have served with my grandfather, Robert J. Kropinak. He went to basic at Sampson, and then went into the Navy's Special Task Air Group One (STAG ONE)program in Traverse City, Michigan and Clinton, Oklahoma. He then crossed the Pacific aboard the USS Marcus Island in 1944 and served on Banika, Russell Islands, Green Island and the Philippines. He was discharged in 1946. If anyone has any memories to share about my grandfather I would be most grateful. Thank you!

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Subject: Robert J Kropinak - Co 484 1943


Author:
Steve Miller
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Date Posted: 20:44:23 04/17/09 Fri

I am posting to see if anyone recalls my grandfather, Robert J. Kropinak. He attended boot in Co. 484 at Sampson around April 8, 1943. He was from Clymer, PA. If anyone can recall him or any memories about boot camp please let me know. Also, if anyone has a Company pciture, that would be amazing. Thank you!

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Subject: PC 621


Author:
Roger Myers
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Date Posted: 06:15:44 04/11/09 Sat

My father-in-law served on Patrol Craft 621. His name was Warren Posey. Looking for shipmates or info. Thanks.

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Subject: 69th Amphibian Tractor Battalion


Author:
Roger Myers
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Date Posted: 06:10:14 04/11/09 Sat

Continuing to search for information concerning the 69th Amphibian Tractor Battalion...WWII. My father served with this unit.

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Subject: USS Menifee


Author:
Amy Farrell
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Date Posted: 10:58:02 01/31/05 Mon

I am looking for crew members that may have served with my grandfather. His name was Clarence "Butch" Powell. He never really talked much about his service time, but I am very proud and would like to know more so that I can pass it on to his future great grandchildren.
Thank you.

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Subject: uss astoria cl90


Author:
patrick esford
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Date Posted: 10:49:44 04/16/08 Wed

would like to contact any plank owners of astoria cl90

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Subject: Sampson, NY Aug to Oct 43 LCI(L) 527 or LCI(L) 577


Author:
Bob Hutchison
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Date Posted: 13:34:17 03/22/08 Sat

I am looking for anyone who may have known my father at Camp Sampson in August, October 1943, or who served with him on the LCI(L)527 or LCI(L)577 from 1944 to 1945. He was Quintin Hutchison from Virginia. I do not know his company number but he entered active service August 3, 1943 and went through boot camp at Camp Sampson. If anyone out there remembers or has information about him I'd like to hear from you. Thanks, Bob

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Subject: LST 808


Author:
Barbara Kain
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Date Posted: 22:11:52 02/01/08 Fri

My father was aboard the LST 808 when it was torpedoed on May 18th, 1945. His name was Robert E Davis. Does anyone remember him? Do you have any pictures or stories that you would be willing to share? Thank you

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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: LST 1110


Author:
james turner
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Date Posted: 12:28:44 03/20/09 Fri

im looking for any one who could remember my grandfather clarence burnell bently he was a seaman on LST 1110 from 1947 1949 im a family historian and i would be very thankful for any info on him from his old shipmates he was also a world war two vetran

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Subject: uss jerauld


Author:
james turner
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Date Posted: 11:52:04 03/19/09 Thu

im looking for anyone who might have known my grandpa seaman clarence burnell bentley he was on the jerauld from 1944 till 1946 he was also a plank owner

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Subject: Locating WAVE personnel records


Author:
phil Schelinski
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Date Posted: 14:11:27 03/15/09 Sun

How do I research military records for a world war 11 WAVE born in Missouri. One picture shows Tresia in Washington DC around 1944-46

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Subject: finding friends for a dying friend


Author:
Richard Williams
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Date Posted: 11:38:50 03/13/09 Fri

I am a Navy veteran (Vietnam). I have a very good friend, whose name is Paul Sutton. He went to boot camp at Sampson in 1944 or 1945. Paul is dying of cancer and only has a few weeks left. He speaks often and shows photos of boot camp at Sampson and when he was stationed in Texas..It would mean a great deal to me and his family if we could find someone who remembered him. His name is Paul Sutton, from Penn Yan, New York.
You can contact me at drumset1948@yahoo.com.
Thanks
Richard Williams
USN

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Subject: Uss Munda Bay


Author:
F Schmidt
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Date Posted: 18:14:59 03/11/09 Wed

I took my Boots at Sampson then went on to F.P.O. duty for a short time in San Fransico the went aboard the U.S.S. Munda CVE-104 I'm now 82 yeras old and never regret a day of my Navy life as it made a man of me.If there ia anyone that served on the Munda Bay I'd be very Happy to hear from them.

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Subject: Help with Dad's service records


Author:
Sal Branciforte
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Date Posted: 11:11:26 03/10/09 Tue

My father was a boot at Sampson but I have no idea of what he did or where he served (no surprise !) All I know is he was a pharm. mate (Seabees)His name is James H Branciforte from Seneca Falls NY, where he still resides. Thanks for any help.

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Subject: Father's Boot Camp Company


Author:
Fred O'Brien
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Date Posted: 14:15:46 03/07/09 Sat

On July 11,1945, my father left my mother Dorothy, and four kids and left the Bronx,NY for boot camp at Sampson, NY. In three weeks he would be thirty and in four days I would be five. He was given an early birthday present when they bombed Heroshima, leading to the end of the war. With the invasion of Japan cancelled the Navy had no further use for him, so on October 16, 1945 he returned home, with great stories about Navy life, even though it was so short. These stories were very much a part as to why my brother Jerry and I went into the Navy in 1957. My father's name was Jeremiah J. O'Brien, and there was a guy in his company named William Bonner who came from Pittsberg. Dad died in 1964 and I was to young (24) to extract infomation from him about his days in Sampson. If anyone can give me any info about his company I would be very greatful.
Thank you,
Fred O'Brien (PH3 U S S Wasp CV-18) Veteran

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Subject: Help me help a Vet.


Author:
Al Craver
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Date Posted: 10:33:38 03/06/09 Fri

Hi all,

I'm an engraver and have been asked to make a plaque for a veteran that contains an image of an LST. Specifically this is #24 so you know which version.

What I am looking for and not able to find is a clip art image in either bmp. or wmf. format that I can import into my application.

Can anyone help me with this? I have already spent several hours on this job, we will lose money on this job but I don't want to give up and I do want this plaque done the way it was requested.

Any assistance will be greatly appreciated and for all you Vets that read this post, THANK YOU for your service to our country.

Al

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Subject: Yardcraft Duties at Torp. Sta.


Author:
Harold P. Seeber
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Date Posted: 10:46:28 03/03/09 Tue

March 1945 to july 1946 I was at Torp. Sta. at Newport R.I. Wasin the Boat House Div. Drove boats and retrieved Torpedos that were fired from Torp. tubes located on docks or from planes. Then transfered to Cutter #105054 that we carried torps. from one location to another. I have 2 photos of the Cutter. Two names I have on the photo are Pringle and Gilbert. I lost a Buddy fron the Torp. Sta. last year. Joe Morley from Pa.

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Subject: LST 783 Pacific Theater


Author:
joey kelly
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Date Posted: 07:35:34 03/12/08 Wed

I would love to communicate with anyone with knowledge of the following: Great Lakes Training Camp - Camp Buford LST training - Naval Ordinance testing of torpedos at Ft Lauderdale - Task force 94.4.1 - Task force 51 and any comments about life aboard an LST in Okinawa, Iwo Jima or Leyte. Finally anyone with relatives of LST 783 shipmates, please help me continue their story. I am dedicating a web page to them and fellow sailors. Thank you forever!

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Subject: USS ONEIDA APA 221


Author:
David Orr
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Date Posted: 22:23:00 02/28/09 Sat

I served on Oneida from Nov 1944 to June 1946. Most of the seamen aboard went to boot cam at sampson

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Subject: Looking for photos of my dads Co.434 F 17


Author:
Joe Fair
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Date Posted: 10:06:15 02/10/09 Tue

My Dad was at Sampson from Jan.1944-April 1944 Then off to gunnery school Norfolk Virginia in April. Ships were SS Samuel Livermore June 2,1944-Dec. 1944. SS james Ackerson May 1945- aug1945, Salamua cve96 March1946, Uss Bluegill ss 242 1946. My dad died 1989 and I found all the letters he wrote to his folks during these times. I would like to talk to anyone who has anthing helpful to tell me about my dad. Please respond by e-mail thanks Joanie Fair

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Subject: LCT 1076,WW11, crew.


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Fernanda Hensley
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Date Posted: 19:57:08 02/03/09 Tue

My father, Cas Cordle was on LCT 1076,during WW11 in the Pacific.He is now 83 with lung cancer. I'm trying to find some of the crew,pictures and any information connected. Some of the men's names he remembers are:Leroy Fraley,Johnny Vagus,McKinley,Loyd,Pieso,Anderson, names may not be spelled right.He remmembers a monkey stealing the jelly from the kitchen on the ship and it riding a dog around the ship.

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Subject: USS Sanborn APA 193


Author:
Lester Morris
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Date Posted: 18:09:26 04/15/08 Tue

I would like to hear from anyone who served aboard the Sanborn during WW 11.
I was aboard from October 1944 until April 1946.

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Subject: USS Virgo


Author:
Gretchen Fahl Alexander
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Date Posted: 19:04:19 01/11/09 Sun

My dad, Ed Fahl, served on the Virgo from 1943 to 1946. He passed away on November 21, 2008.

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Subject: g unit


Author:
mark scherer
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Date Posted: 16:55:28 03/22/07 Thu

i was in g unit early 1944...chiefs name was carroll...any body remember co number

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Subject: USS LTS 1000


Author:
Valerie (Marston) Edwards
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Date Posted: 22:22:46 01/05/09 Mon

My Father George Edwin Marston EM3c V-6USNR had his training at NTS Sampson, NY in 1945. He was sent to Shoemaker CA and was assigned duty on a ship USS LST 1000 from Dec 3, 1945 to April 12, 1946. He participated in the Occupation and Repatriation of China and Japan. I would like to know if there is anyone out there that recognizes his name, or may have been on this same ship during this period of time. I don't know what the name of the ship was, or what his company # was and I haven't been able to find out where to get that info. Any help would be appreciated, and thanks in advance for your assist!

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Subject: USS Missoula APA 211


Author:
Jennifer Ohanesian
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Date Posted: 19:06:14 01/05/08 Sat

I found your website back in March 2003 while duing research about my father Joseph Ohanesian who was on the USS Missoula we believe from 1944 - 1945. Unfortunately my father past away in 1988 - he never spoke about his experience and I was wondering if you can help me find a way to find accurate info. about his time in the Navy; i.e. when did he serve, what was his rank etc. Thank you for your help.

Jenny

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Subject: Looking for Photos of My Father - March 3rd 1945


Author:
Kuentz
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Date Posted: 14:22:57 01/04/09 Sun

My father was at Sampson back in the summer of 1945, His name was Joseph Kuentz. I have recently received a photograph of his class, however it is in very poor shape. The photo was taken March 3rd 1945, in the far right corner it says "CO569". I would be very happy to hear from anyone who might have any information on my father or have photographs to share.

Thank You So Much

David

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Subject: Anyone remember my dad, Pete Speranza


Author:
Carol Sefick
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Date Posted: 10:27:53 01/02/09 Fri

My dad, Peter Speranza, was a physical instructor in the Navy stationed in Sampson between 1943 and 1945. He prepared hundreds of new recruits for life aboard Navy ships. Does anyone remember going through training supervised by my dad? I have a number of company photos and would love to hear from anyone who might have some stories about training under my father. Carol Sefick

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Subject: USS Pondera


Author:
Gerry Lewellen
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Date Posted: 12:07:51 12/29/08 Mon

I have published a newsletter for the men from the USS Pondera for the last eight years. Arnim Zellner is trying to find people from the Pondera. I have a list of names of the men on the Pondera.

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Subject: USS Maumee WWII


Author:
Don Hegstad
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Date Posted: 12:18:06 07/22/08 Tue

My father, Kenneth Hegstad, served aboard the USS Maumee
from 1942 till 1944. I think it was called AO-2 then.
please contact me if you would. I would like to know who the CO of the ship was in this era. He is now 83 and has several stories he still remembers. He was from Dickey North Dakota.
don- Columbia Missouri

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Subject: Sampson and my Pop-pop


Author:
Kiley Schaller
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Date Posted: 14:32:09 12/11/08 Thu

I am 29 year old woman who lives in PA! Every year i get on the computer and look up Sampson. I love looking at the old pictures. i am heartbroken to thing of the building that are falling apart...it is history.
As a little girl i used to go to my grandparents house in Clifton Springs, NY and stare at my pop pops navy picture. He sometimes would talk about the navy. he wasnt in that long, then there was the year that he and my grandmom took me and my two cousins camping on seneca lake. That was the first time i saw Sampson and i fell in love.
A couple of years ago my family starting going to WWII dances and the WWII airshow and reenactment in Reading, PA! I then, with the help of my mom, started searching the internet for Sampson items. With these items i have made a scrapbook for my Pop pop. i am in the process of updating it. I was wondering if anyone out there remembers Paul W. Appleton, Jr. I think he was at the base in 1943 before being on the Bonhomme richard. thanks
kiley

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Subject: Companies 336 and 553, in 1943 and 1944


Author:
Nancy Machuga
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Date Posted: 03:40:40 12/06/08 Sat

My cousin has photos of the men in these 2 companies and I would like to find out if any Aldrich men served with these companies. Photos state: U.S. Naval Training Station, Sampson, N.Y. Company 336 and Company 553
The 1943 photo is dated June 10 and the other is February 12, 1944.
I believe there are my cousins in the photos but cannot identify. Is there a roster for these companies?
Thank you for any help.

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Subject: SAMPSON (37TH SPECIAL COMPANY 272 CONSTRUCTION) SeaBees


Author:
Susan Hamilton
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Date Posted: 16:33:06 12/02/08 Tue

MY DAD ENTERED SAMPSON NAVAL BASE 3-2-1945 FOR TRAINING WHILE THERE HE STARTED WITH THE SEABEES. I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT ANY INFORMATION, PICTURES,OR PEOPLE THAT HAD SERVED WITH HIM HIS NAME IS JAMES EDWARD ELLIS HERE IS HIS RATE AND CLASS (SEAMAN 1/c V-6 USNR).HE HAS RECENTLY PASSED AWAY AND ALWAYS SPOKE HIGHLY ABOUT HIS TIME WITH THE SEABEES.FROM SAMPSON HE WENT TO PORT HUENEME, CALIFORNIA. TO GUAM THANK YOU FOR ANY INFORMATION YOU CAN SUPPLY.

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Subject: USS LST 213


Author:
Massey,L.B. Former SM2/c
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Date Posted: 08:07:24 07/29/05 Fri

Not Sampson,N.Y.My boot training was at N.A S Jacksonvlle,Fl. I was drafted into Amphibs & was sent to FT.Pierace FL. I caught LST 213 in Hawaii.after my advanced amphib training at San Bruno,Ca.I was in 2 Invasions on LST 213 Leyte & Lingayen Gulf in Philippines.Tansferred to USS Bairoko CVE 115 from San Diego we went to Manila to Hong Kong & to USA. I was discharged May 1946.

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Subject: USS Tabora


Author:
Thomas H McKernan
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Date Posted: 16:20:20 01/28/07 Sun

Looking for anyone that served with my Dad EM3 Tom McKernan. aboard the AKA 45 USS Tabora. Have a pic of him with Taylor, Herr and Rieland taken in San Francisco. About late 1945?

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Subject: Sampson Naval Hospital


Author:
Tom Snyder
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Date Posted: 16:41:50 08/25/08 Mon

Russ,

I am intrigued with your images from the Hospital.

You mentioned on the site that when you went to the archives, you were given free reign.

Two questions:

1. Other than images, what other material related to the hospital is in the archives you referred to

2. Where is this material located?

While I live on the west coast, I make frequent visits east to do research at the National Archives. I have family (I was born...) in upstate New york. it would be easy to pop up to God's Country to do some research re the Sampson Naval Hospital.

Thanks for information.

Tom Snyder
CAPT, MC, USNR, RET

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Subject: Sampson Veterans Cemetery


Author:
Richard F. Connors
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Date Posted: 13:37:59 11/20/08 Thu

The Sampson Veterans Cemetery is a reality and is moving ahead at full speed. Our web site is now up and running and we will be updating as soon as possible. (WWW.sampsonveteranscemetery.com). I will up date the Veterans of Sampson Training Center as new details are available. If there are question, I will check this site weekly, also my personal web site is available. May God bless American and our Veterans.

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Subject: John S Calderas YEOMAN 2 Class


Author:
Ronald S Calderas
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Date Posted: 02:52:20 11/09/08 Sun

I recently relocated to Central New York from So California.My father told me he was stationed at Sampson Naval Base in 1944. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday. I have heard through local people that a brick can be purchased in his honor/name and placed in a walk of duty. Do you have any information on this?
Thank You In Advance,
Ronald S Calderas

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Subject: photos and info


Author:
keith baxter
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Date Posted: 14:41:46 11/01/08 Sat

I am trying to find out what company my father, Robert T. Baxter,was in and if there are any photos of this company or otherwise.He was at sampson in february 1943 and shipped out on the U.S.S.Christopher in Phila.naval yard 12/25/1943.He was EM1C,if anyone has photos of this time period,ship,company,or otherwise I would appreciate it,or if you could direct me where to find this information.

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Subject: company number and unit request


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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: "Doc" Smith - Boy Scout Troop 1 Katonah, New York


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Russ Padden - Webmaster
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Date Posted: 04:39:29 10/25/08 Sat

This is not related to the website, but this message board has a fairly high ranking when searched in Google and I wanted to make this information available.
I delete all messages not related to the site that get posted, but since this is my website, I'm posting it.
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This is from the Boy Scout Troop 1 Katonah website:
A Dear Friend Passes - Posted on October 22, 2008
Dr. William H. Smith - "Doc"
It is with great sadness and deep regret that we inform you of the peaceful passing of Dr. William H. Smith, known to countless hundreds simply as "Doc." A valued friend to all, Doc continuously led Katonah Troop 1 since 1955.

Teacher, healer, brother Scout and friend, Doc touched countless many lives in fantastic and positive ways that will continue to live on through all of us. Words simply cannot express our emotions at this time of great loss. Arrangements will be announced as they are finalized, please check back for updates.
<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://ktny.blogspot.com/2008/10/dear-friend-passes.html">http://ktny.blogspot.com/2008/10/dear-friend-passes.html</a>

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Posted here by Russ:
Doc Smith was one of 3 men who had a major influence on my life and on the lives of thousands of boys. When I was in the troop there were over 100 boys in it (1964-1968) and I think we were about a third of the Washington Irving Council.
I was active in Scouts in one way or another for over 20 years as a way of saying Thank You for what he did for all of us. At one point I was a Scout Master in one Town and Assistant Cubmaster in another.
Plans for memorial service are being finalized, and they will be held on November 1, 2008. Check the link from the website for updates. I have been tracking down some of the men who were in the Troop when I was and letting them know. Each of them has commented on how great a man Doc was.

There are men who leave their mark and men who leave a stain. Doc Smith left his mark and the world is a better place because he was here.

Russ Padden - Patrol Leader - Head Hunter Patrol 1966-1967.

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Subject: Identifying People in Photographs (Arthur Birnie)


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Bryan
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Date Posted: 08:24:23 10/21/08 Tue

I recently received a few of my grandfathers things and it included his ID badge from "USNTS Sampson". I had no idea what that meant but I searched the web and found this web site. What a find!

I was going through the pictures and was able to identify my grandfather, PhM3c Arthur Birnie, in one of the photos. If it's possible to add his name to the photo caption, that would be great. It's Photo #2 in the Sampson Hospital photos. My grandfather is on the far right.

He was 38 when WWII started and had already served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in the 20's. He was from Belfast.

If anyone remembers him, I'd like to hear it. Thanks.

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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: Information on Lewis Bessey


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Mark Bessey
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Date Posted: 12:49:46 10/17/08 Fri

I am the son of Lewis Bessey. He and I were wondering if anyone had any information, photos etc. that would pertain to his time at Sampson? Where can I help him look for information like this?

Thank you,
Mark Bessey

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Subject: WW2 smapson maps


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john mcnamara
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Date Posted: 10:43:16 10/17/08 Fri

i enjoyed the 1 map ( hospital area), and was wondering if the complete map was around, and/or if anyone has any full maps of Sampson during it's WW2 heyday, i enjoyed learning what the buildings , areas and functions were as i toured the present day park, a good friend of my dads (Army WW2) trained there, and i heard many stories, and loved visiting the areas of the stories and memories passed on. Any help would be greatly appreciated
thank you
J McNamara

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Subject: picnic 2008


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Gus Thomaris
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Date Posted: 13:48:42 09/11/08 Thu

To all the Shipmates of the Sampson Veteran's Organization. I would like to thank Ray and Helen Purcell for all the time and effort they put in to make the last Sampson gettogether a grand success. Over 290 people attended, the food was good, and the 3-piece band played all the 40's music while we ate. The Memorial Service was very moving and it was very gratifying to hear what our group has accomplished in the 20 years of existance. We hate to see it come to an end, but time is no longer on our side. It has been a lot of fun and we loved every minute of it. God bless all of you and have smooth sailing. Wish you all the best.

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Subject: Company PIcture


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Don Griffin
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Date Posted: 11:12:34 09/09/08 Tue

I have aquired my fathers company pic from June of 1943 at Sampson, I would like to get a copy to the museum if someone could tell me who to send it to, I would appreciate it. I know the company"s pic is not one the website or at the museum.

Thanks

Don Griffin

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Subject: SS Howell Lykes


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Jack Paar, Jr
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Date Posted: 09:51:22 11/29/07 Thu

My father Jack Sr., served with an Acorn Unit In the Admiralty Islands during WWII. He arrived on a shipped named
SS Howell Lykes . I am looking for photo of the ship during that time. Any help?
Thanks
Jack Paar Jr.

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Subject: USS Mellette


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Annette
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Date Posted: 03:58:24 09/07/08 Sun

I recently had the great honor to be called upon to arrange the military funeral for a distant cousin whom I'd never met before, but only knew about through family discussions.

His name was Marvin Ravinsky and I know he was onboard the USS Mellette during his WW2 wartime service, because I found a card that mentioned it among his belongings after he died.

I have created an online memorial for him at <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.findagrave.com">http://www.findagrave.com</a> if anyone would like to visit it and leave memorial notes. <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mred&MSid=46507071&MREid=46507071">http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mred&MSid=46507071&MREid=46507071</a>


Marvin passed away on August 12, 2008. His funeral was on August 18th.

He lived a very sad, impoverished life after his wartime service, something I found out about after the hospital found me in the phone book as the only person locally still bearing his surname. I did my best to help make up for it by making sure he got the military honors he deserved, when he passed away (which happened only a week or so after I first met him!)

God bless you for what you are doing to keep alive the stories of these brave men who served. I am 48 years old and feel a duty to keep the memories alive of the Greatest Generation, of which my late parents were also a part.

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Subject: Frank Padden Photos


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Rory Hooper
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Date Posted: 13:27:20 08/18/08 Mon


I have some photos that were taken during WW2.
One of the photos is of a ship.
I found a photo of this ship on the Internet.
The USS General CC Ballou AP-157.
The photo was contributed by Russ Padden.
Taken by his father Frank Padden.
The two photos are Identical.
My photos all seem to be from same series of photos.
But I can not match any of my other photos,
to those on the Internet that Frank Padden took.
So I was wondering if Frank took these photos,
or if someone else did.

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Subject: Sampson Picnic


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Gus Thomaris
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Date Posted: 13:33:39 08/16/08 Sat

We will be at the picnic inSeptember. Just received the last Sampson newslwtter - if anyone has read it and not had tears by the end, it would be a miracle. Sorry to read it is the last one. It has been a fun ride. Gus Thomaris and Jean

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Subject: Looking for someone


Author:
Walter McIntyre
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Date Posted: 13:00:21 08/12/08 Tue

Samson Naval Training Station July-August 1943: Company 404 F-Unit Seeking Information on Angelo Falango.

Angie played baseball with 20th Century Baseball Team prior to going into the navy.

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Subject: company number for 3/4/44to 4/15/44


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patrick j. esford jr
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Date Posted: 09:52:03 08/01/08 Fri

boot camp 3/3/44 to 4/15/44 assigned USS ASTORIA CL 90cannot rember co.nu. had a house fire total lose

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Subject: Father


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Kurt Richter
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Date Posted: 09:01:55 08/09/08 Sat

I was going thru a bunch of old pictures and found one that showed US Naval Training Station company 444, Oct 9th 1943. We think my father had to be in the picture but can't pick him out. His name is John J. Richter and if anyone has any pictures or knows where he is in the picture mentioned above it would be great.

Thnaks,
Kurt

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Subject: company 404 july -august 1943


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walter mcintyre
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Date Posted: 10:48:04 08/08/08 Fri

is there an apprentice seaman McDonald from Pottsville, Pa?

...you were my lower bunk mate....

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Subject: Japanese navy combat judo / h2h manual?


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Florian Roessle
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Date Posted: 00:31:00 08/07/08 Thu


Hi everybody: :-)

I am a martial artist and book collector. (especially very rare h2h manuals)

Does anybody know something about unarmed combat manuals which had been used by japanese navy units?

Thank you very much in advance!!

Nice Greetings

Florian Roessle

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Subject: Coast Guard - Father


Author:
Audrey Yantz
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Date Posted: 12:08:38 07/31/08 Thu

My dad, Jerry Yantz, trained at Sampson while in the Coast Guard during WWII. He was eventually sent to the Florida coast near Miami. I so regret not taking better care to note what his company was or dates. We have now cleared out the house and so much history is lost. He passed away last year and I finally made it to the Sampson Museum last week, only to find a fire had closed it until they restore it. How disappointing! If anyone might remember this young man (back then) who farmed with my Grandfather in Brockport, NY before the war, I'd appreciate a note.

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Subject: Numbers


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Chris Montagna
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Date Posted: 16:23:08 07/27/08 Sun

Written on the inside cover of my father's BlueJackets' Manual is:

C0 203-D2

Does this mean he was with Company: 203; Unit: Dewey;
Squad 2? If not, what does it mean?

Thanks in advancefor yoru help,

Chris

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


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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: SHIPS AND SHIP MOVEMENTS DURING WWII


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IRVIN E. STOWELL
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Date Posted: 02:46:20 07/17/08 Thu

I WAS IN COMPANY 418 F 9 LOWER MAY, JUNE, JULY 1945.
I AM SEEKING THE FOLLOWING INFO AND HOPE TO GET TOM FORCINO CONNECTED UP WITH OUR "OPERATION SEABEE KNOWLEDGE" WEBSITE HOSTED BY NORMAND DUPIUS WHICH HAS A LARGE NUMBER OF MEMBERS AND DAILY HAS CONTACTS THROUGH EMAIL. HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS NORMANDCHF@AOL.COM. THERE ARE PEOPLE SEEKING INFO ABOUT THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WERE SEABEES AND THEIR ACTION AND WHEREABOUTS DURING WWII. I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY INFO OR CONNECTION POSSILBE WITH TOM, OR FOR HIM TO MAKE CONTACT WITH OUR SEABEE WEBSITE.
ENDEAVORING TO MAKE CONTACT WITH TOM FORCINO RELATIVE TO SHIPS AND THEIR MOVEMENTS OF TROOPS, ETC. DURING WWII ESPECIALLY IN THE PACIFIC THEATRE. THIS IS TO HELP FAMILY MEMBERS WANTING TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR LOVED ONES ACTIONS AND CAREER DURING WWII.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP AND CONSIDERATION IN THIS MATTER.

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Subject: Looking for help with Sampson Vet LST 1299 R&SMan


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Daniel Myers
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Date Posted: 16:35:05 07/16/08 Wed

Looking for anyone that knew my grandfather and a story he told me of his Radio and Signal Man Class. I do not know if he went to Radio and Signal School at Sampson but I know he did do boot camp there. His name was Gilbert Grant Warren from Liberty, NY. Unfortunately he passed away April 9, 2006 in Largo Fl and I have no place to go to get answers about some of the stories he told. He told us when he was at Sampson that he was "in Company D". From the listings it seems to me that the Companies are listed in numbers rather than letters.
Now, the story he told me. He said after he finished his radio training that his entire class was called onto a ship in Norfolk to be addressed by an Admiral. He said that Admiral asked for some small number of volunteers, and about 100 men stepped forward including Grandpa. He said the Admiral then qualified his request with a disclaimer that they were volunteering for a very dangerous mission and probably would not return alive. Grandpa said all 100 men stepped back including himself, and the Admiral was forced to choose the men needed. Grandpa later found out that the mission they were being chosen for was for each one of them to sneak onto the beaches at Normandy the night before the invasion alone, with nothing but a radio to call the ships in around the barriers and a side arm for protection (he said the Admiral told them the Germans would be looking for them as soon as they picked up the radio transmissions, which I don't doubt). Grandpa was not chosen, nor did he know the fate of the men that were, but I was hoping to find out if the story is true, if any of them made it, and why their story is not being told? Why is it still being held a secret? Where can I go to find out if the story is true? Where can I go to find out what men were on this mission?
Also, I was hoping that maybe I could find some of them men Grandpa served with. He served as the signal man on LST 1299, I think it was floatilla 9. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Daniel Myers

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Subject: Dad's Training in 1944-1945


Author:
Bruce Godwin
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Date Posted: 17:17:37 04/21/08 Mon

I'm searching for photographs and even names of training mates for my Dad who was at Sampson in December 1944 and into 1945. His name was Arthur Ralph Godwin and I believe that his training company was: 548 G-2-L.

Also, he apparently was in the U S Naval Hospital in March 1945; the further designation there was: 925-51-64.

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Subject: TRAINING AT SAMPSON


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RICHARD ANDERSON
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Date Posted: 17:04:27 07/13/08 Sun

MY DAD TRAINED AT SAMPSON FEB 1944, CLASS 144. L HAVE PIC. OF HIS CLASS. WOULD BE GLAD TO SHARE.

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Subject: In Search of info on my father ww 2


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Joseph A Matheny
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Date Posted: 15:15:14 12/20/07 Thu

my dad was capt. of the uss talladaga APA 208 during ww 2 his name was James Douglas Matheny, his rank at the time was LT. Comander. carried lots of marines,army personal. he told me a tale, that the {large flag} that the marines raised at Iwo, came off the talladaga. I pray someone out there can give me some info. By the way, when he made capt. he swore me in to the navy. I served aboard the USS Remey DD 688. my rank, when discharged was MM3.

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Subject: contact corpman who servered in dental lab at Sampson


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Samuel Pomerantz
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Date Posted: 20:58:34 06/27/08 Fri

My dad is 97 and has fond memories of his service at Sampson.....1943-1946....If anyone who served at that time remembers him it would be great to talk.....He worked in the dental department.....and remembers eating tons of beans.....he aquired a great love of beans and speaks of beans in the morning at least once a week....please email me and I will get you in touch with my father.....he still has his navy uniform.....

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Subject: DE 642 Paul G Baker Sampson Co. 116 Ed Sikora


Author:
Ed Sikora
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Date Posted: 05:47:14 09/16/07 Sun

My father served on DE 642, the Paul G Baker during WW II. I'd like to hear from anyone that might have known him either from his company at Sampson or otherwise. My mother has his company picture.

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Subject: CUB 19 Tsingtao China 1945


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Jay Marshall
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Date Posted: 14:04:43 05/15/08 Thu

arPLEASE I was with a navy unit called CUB 19. We were originally Acorn 53 , stationed at 29 Palms Naval Air Base. We were originally called Acorn 53. We were all issued army uniforms and all army gear and sent to Tsingtao China. We arrived there in November of 1945 and was disbandedmin January 1946. I have contacted every naval archive, but can find NO record of our duties there If anyone was there or know of anyone who was with CUB 19 Please ldt me know. I am 81 and time is gettinmg short. Thank you

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Subject: APA 200 MARATHON


Author:
Michael Camara
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Date Posted: 17:49:35 06/17/08 Tue

On 22 July, 1945 apa 200 was struck by a Japanese suicide sub.
while at anchor in Buckner Bay, Okinawa.
My great uncle,BM2C Anthony Andrew Camara was killed in the attack.
I am trying to find any info. out there on the ship, the night of the attack, or see if anyone remembers anything about
my Father's Uncle.

To all who served, THANK YOU.

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Subject: Memorial Day 2008


Author:
Becky
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Date Posted: 18:56:55 04/27/08 Sun

I was hoping someone could tell me if there is any type of Memorial Day weekend services or festivities planned at Sampson for this year; and if so what are the dates/times? I had emailed the museum twice but have not received a reply. Thank you to anyone who can help!

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Subject: Lester Lee Whitley USN SK2


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Leslie Smith
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Date Posted: 03:55:17 06/11/08 Wed

I am Lester Lee Whitley daughter. I am looking for information about his service in the Navy. He served on the USS General W.A. Mann 1952-1956. His rank SK2. Anyone with information please contact me at my email desertfox422003@yahoo,com Thank you all for any help.
Ms Leslie

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Subject: Chilton shipmate transfered--Edward Ritterhoff BM2/c 43/45


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Russ Padden - Webmaster
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Date Posted: 04:11:14 06/07/08 Sat

This was sent to me by John Bottone:

I am sorry to report that the USS Chilton has another one of its crew transferred to another duty station. Yesterday I got word that Ed Ritterhoff received his papers. Ed has had a few years of battling health problems and managed to beat them until now. He sure was a fighter and his wife Jan was a great help to him during his illness battle.

Ed Ritterhoff was a Chilton Plankie and served aboard in WW-II from 1943 to 1945 as a BM2/c in the 1st Div. Ed also was The Chilton Association Secretary/Treasurer for a number of years and had to relinquish that Job to Bill Shields at the onset of his Illness. Despite having to battle his health problems Ed took on the job of sending out cards to our sick and departed shipmates and families. The Association will surely miss him as will I. Ed and his wife Jan where a great help to build up the Chilton Association and to help keep it going. The Association was very fortunate to have Bill Shields and his wife Joyce take over Ed and Jan's duty's.
John Bottone MoMM 1/c 44/46 BP

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Subject: LCT'S


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Peter
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Date Posted: 16:05:07 05/23/08 Fri

I like to know if anyone served on the LCT-680 between 43'-46'?

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Subject: Chilton Crew Members get Transfers


Author:
Russ Padden
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Date Posted: 05:40:36 05/22/08 Thu

Messages about John Carpenter and Dick Fisher were sent by John Bottone:
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This is a message that I received from Bill Hotchkiss informing me that John/Jack Carpenter got his transfer papers to his new duty station.
He was the proverbial Officer and a Gentleman---Great guy---
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Jack has not been really well for some time, but he was able to get about and enjoyed many things. He had recently complained of fatigue. Mary Lou was awakened by irregular breathing and was able to get him to the hospital by ambulance in a very few minutes , but it was too late.

We have been the best of friends for more than sixty years and have always kept up with each other and gotten together whenever we could. Along with John Larew and Roy Dye, we have had many wonderful experiences. When they, along with their wives were spending a long week-end with us, my son-in-law remarked, "I never heard of men having so much fun while they were in the middle of participating in a really terrible war." I shall miss him.
Most sincerely,
Bill Hotchkiss
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Got e-mail from Grace Fisher wife of The Chilton Beach Party Chief. She informed me that he got transferred on May 6th 2008 at 4:44 AM very peaceful and at home. He was 88 years young and one of my very beloved friends since we we first met in 1944. Click on the link below for his Obituary. His Prostate Cancer returned and he did not want to treat it again and that got him transferred to his new duty station. I will miss him.

www.woodlawngroup.com click on his name in box of names to the right

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