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


Author:
Ruby Everett
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Date Posted: 14:16:06 05/24/17 Wed

I am trying to find any pictures or information about my father's time aboard the USS McCracken. I know that he was stationed in the crows nest but sadly I know little else. Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. Ruby

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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


Author:
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


Author:
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


Author:
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


Author:
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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Subject: Boot Camp Farragut, Idaho Searved On Missoula 211


Author:
Richard Main
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Date Posted: 21:50:33 11/23/07 Fri

I AM LOOKING FOR ANY INFORMATION OR PICTURES FROM FARRAGUT OR THE MISSOULA 211 APA. MY FATHER (RICHARD MAIN) HAD BOOT CAMP AT FARRAGUT, IDAHO & THEN SERVED ON THE MISSOULA 211 THE WHOLE TIME IT WAS IN COMMISION. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WITH ANY INFO.

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Subject: 7th Amph Force Naval Beach Parties 3115 (NI-A Unit) LST 464


Author:
Brooks C. Woerner
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Date Posted: 19:00:52 05/16/08 Fri

Looking for information Reference George F. (Cookie) Woerner served in the 7th Amphibious Force Beach Parties doing underwater demolition. Wounded during aerial attach in the Philippines. (More information to work from)

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Subject: 7th Amphibious Force Naval Beach Parties Navy3115


Author:
Brooks C. Woerner
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Date Posted: 18:28:32 05/16/08 Fri

Looking for information Reference George F. (Cookie) Woerner served in the 7th Amphibious Force Beach Parties doing underwater demolition. In juried during aerial attach in the Philippines

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Subject: USS Pres. Hayes


Author:
Carol
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Date Posted: 03:38:45 04/08/08 Tue

Looking for info on crew of USS Pres. Hayes. Any info on crew served with Leo Baird - Gunner's mate. Any info on the ship or history for son's school report on his grandpa

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Subject: Annual Picnic - 2008


Author:
Constantine(Gus) Thomaris
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Date Posted: 13:23:31 09/27/07 Thu

Please try to keep our annual picnics going. The last 20 years have been fun and enjoyable. The sign up for next year's picnic was an excellent idea - just don't know how many people signed or knew about it. A newsletter will probably inform the people if any future plans will be made.

A lot of credit should be awarded to all involved in the Sampson accomplishments. The results are far beyond what anyone could have imagined. Hats off!!! Hope this will continue as long as possible.

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Subject: Background of Johnny Van Der Meer


Author:
Corey Bullard
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Date Posted: 20:27:36 04/07/08 Mon

Does anyone know the background of the baseball player Johnny Van Der Meer while he was at Sampson? He didn't play MLB baseball in 1944 and 1945 because he played at Sampson Naval Base. But this is all I know. Anybody have any more information?

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Subject: Bill Grower and Fred Stuebenrod


Author:
Russ Padden - Webmaster
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Date Posted: 05:25:16 01/18/08 Fri

I received this email on Friday January 18, 2008 from June and Steve Glover:
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Some sad news. Don't know if you have heard it,, but Bill Grower passed on last night. He had an operation, but did not recover. Also don't know if you heard that Fred Stuebenrod passed on at Christmas.

Two really good guys and Sampson Stalwart's.

June & Steve Glover
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Note from Russ: I didn't know Fred, but over the past 6 years I have gotten to know and appreciate Bill and Arlene Grower from the short periods of time I camped with them in Senior City. They were a major part of the efforts at Sampson and Bill will be missed by all who knew him.

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Subject: William McGee


Author:
jeff mcgee
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Date Posted: 08:20:20 03/24/08 Mon

i am looking for anyone that might have known my father, William "Bill" McGee. He was at Sampson Naval Station shortly before the end of World War II. He graduated as a Pharmacist's Mate 3-C. From what i understand, he then went to the South Pacific and saw service with Marine Service Squadron 24, 1ST Marine Air Wing, Niight Fighter Squadron 15, Fleet Marine Air Wing and HQ Squadron 24. After the war he spent 21 months in Peking, China at the Non Yuan Airfield with HQ Squadron 24.
If there is anyone who might have known him please reply to this post as i am trying to learn as much as i can about his days in the service. As my son is as interested as i am or even more. Thank you.

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Subject: Glenn Bowers - USS Harris


Author:
Ed Bowers
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Date Posted: 20:21:46 03/19/08 Wed

Hello;

Trying to find anyone who remembered my father, Glenn E. Bowers, who served on the Harris during the last 6 months of the war? Russ has posted his photo as number 58 under the Harris section.

Thanks,

Ed Bowers

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Subject: Crew at WAIPIO POINT Amphib. Oper. Base, Pearl Harbor


Author:
Harry Ehle, Jr
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Date Posted: 12:54:24 11/27/06 Mon

Would like to contact any sailor who was stationed at Waipio Point between August 1943 until Nov.1945. I was in ships company and worked on a floating dry dock for LCI's, also would like to contact anyone from company 351 at Sampson from may until early July, 1943

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Subject: Torpedo Testing at Ft Lauderdale Naval Base WW2


Author:
Joey Kelly
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Date Posted: 07:38:33 11/13/07 Tue

My father was stationed at a Naval Port in Ft Lauderdale, FL in 1942 before he was placed on an LST for the Pacific Theater. He stated that he was a guard for the base that was testing/upgrading torpedo guidance system.

Additionally, story goes that while on duty he properly confronted an officer who would not identify himself and was supposedly awarded an immediate promotion. What was the rank during basic training and after basic training. He ended his Naval service in 1945 as a Seaman 1c. Just curious if this is a tall tale? Any info regarding the port or their purpose would be most appreciated. The same area was supposedly an oil refinery after the war.

Thanks

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Subject: finding out about my father


Author:
elmer t. moyer
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Date Posted: 16:23:34 03/03/08 Mon

trying to find out anything about my dad, he was stationed at the US Naval Trainging Center in Sampson New York. He was in the navy in WWII March 12, 1945. His company number was CO313. i wasn't even born than he has died since and i miss him very much. Just trying to find out any info because when he went to was he left 5 babies behind and i don't understand why. My mother has since died and would never talk to m e about it. please contact me anytime.

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Subject: uss sevier/admialty islands 3205 looking for


Author:
jason fuller
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Date Posted: 09:19:44 03/03/08 Mon

i am looking for any info or people or pictures for my grandpa who was stationed in the admiralty islands in new gueny he was also on the john henry taylor he was very proud of his service and i would like to find anyone who might have known him to his name was abe u. nichelson and was in the navy from about 1944 til the end of the war.

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Subject: My father and his brothers


Author:
John Berto
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Date Posted: 14:45:05 03/01/08 Sat

I am looking for information on my father's service and his brothers,in WWII. What he did, humour stories, battles's, were he(they) were in the Pacific. Any information from anyone who may have served with them.
Gordon Berto (my father)
Alfred Berto
Fred Berto
Elmer Berto
Thank You,
John Berto

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Subject: searching for families of crew members


Author:
Judy Covert
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Date Posted: 19:27:39 02/27/08 Wed

I have been researching family history and was able to obtain copies of records of crew members of a plane which was shot down over Zwickau Czechoslvakia on 12 May 1944. The documents are copies of reports of death and burial or crew members, a picture of the crew as well as reports of the raids. The crew members names are: 1stLt Robert Lewis, Gustav Sonderland, Forest Corley, Alexander Klesha, Kenneth Elliott and Kenneth Foote.
The families of these people may be interested in these documents. The death and burial documents show when and where those Killed in Action were buried.

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Subject: Steve Bull


Author:
Russ Padden-Webmaster
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Date Posted: 17:41:07 10/08/06 Sun

Steve Bull passed away Friday, October 6. He was one of the driving forces of the Sampson WWII Navy Vets organization and under his leadership the organization grew and did wonderful things.

He will be missed.

Russ Padden - webmaster

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Subject: Newsletter for 2008


Author:
Gus Thomaris
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Date Posted: 13:23:40 02/19/08 Tue

Will there be a newsletter for this year? And how are the plans going for the picnic in September? Is there anything any of us can do to help with plans?

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Subject: Co 504 June 30th 1945


Author:
Arnold Wolfe
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Date Posted: 20:25:19 04/11/07 Wed

I was a member of G unit 504 from 6/30/45 thru September 1945...later transferred to USS Mission Bay CVE 59 in Norfolk. Anybody out there a member of my Boot Co?

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Subject: Company 203 - 6/43-9/43


Author:
Chris Montagna
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Date Posted: 18:58:06 02/13/08 Wed

Looking for a photograph of Company 203-D2 that trainied at Sampson from June 8 - August 13,1943. May father was in that training class.

Thanks,

Chris Montagna
Son of Adam Montagna, Cox - USN - 1943-1945

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Subject: sampson salt


Author:
al (chip) sosienski
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Date Posted: 12:01:22 01/08/05 Sat

Took my boots in March 1944 for 6 weeks than was sent to Camp Endicott , Davisville R.I. to become a seabee was there for about 6 weeks than sent to Port Hueneme ,CA than off to the Pacific
I am a life member of Sampson World War 2
if anyone remembers would appreciate to hear from them

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Subject: Seaman 1 Francis O'Neil


Author:
Francis O'Neil Jr
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Date Posted: 07:55:35 02/01/08 Fri

Greetings; My dad did his boot at Sampson in, I think 1944.
He sustained some sort of leg injury in a training accident, required hospitalization and had to recycle. He subsequently served on the USS Gen Callan, a troopship in the later part of WW2 as a shipfitter. I wish he had known about this website. He often spoke of his time at Sampson. Don't think it was the best time of his life. Thanks to all who are preserving the memory of those folks and those days. He passed away in December of 1987. When I happened across the site, I thought I may fine a pic of him in one of the Co Photos. Thanks again. A grateful son.

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Subject: Navy jacket?


Author:
Linda Park
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Date Posted: 08:26:10 01/25/08 Fri

I am currently the director of Lightner Library at Keuka College. Several years ago one of the staff gave the former director a well-worn blue jean jacket that belonged to his wife's father, whom we were told was in the Navy in WWII. There is no name on the jacket but the buttons say navy and have an anchor on them.

There is no Keuka connection here, but I would like to, at least attempt, to place this jacket, if it is genuine, somewhere it might be appreciated.

Can someone help me? Thank you.

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Subject: Marty Robbins (Martin David Robinson)


Author:
Diane Diekman
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Date Posted: 06:10:08 01/11/08 Fri

I am writing the biography of singer Marty Robbins and am looking for his shipmates. S2c Martin David Robinson was in Boat Pool #11 off USS Crescent City at the Torokina landing at Empress Augusta Bay on 1 Nov 1943.
CAPT Diane Diekman, USN (ret)

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Subject: USS Philadelphia - Diary & Album


Author:
Eileen Backofen
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Date Posted: 17:54:31 11/09/07 Fri

After my Dad's death I found his WWII diary and album. He served on the USS Philadelphia from 1943 to 1945.
I created a website in his memory and as a tribute to all who served and as therapy for myself. It contains photos, news articles and documents and I still have more to add.

www.brigs.us/Phila

One of the photos that I haven't scanned yet is of Company 519 - Sept. 13, 1943
U. S Naval Training Station
Sampson, N.Y.

The back of the photo has the signatures of all the men and their hometowns.

If you like, I will send you the file of both sides as soon as I return home and have access to my scanner. I see that you have a "Company" page of photos.

It's sad to be doing this project alone. However, when I discovered your website, I see that I'm not alone. There are many children and grandchildren seeking information about their sailors.

Sincerely,
Eileen Paukstis Backofen

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Subject: Amphibious Planes


Author:
Chris Waalkes
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Date Posted: 21:00:13 01/01/08 Tue

2008 will be great! Hopefully someone can point me to a picture of a J. R. S. style amphibious plane. Seems my grand Uncle hopped into one after the attack on Pearl Harbor, armed with a Springfield rifle, to hunt down the Japanese Task Force. His name was Ralph (Pete) Evans. Just tracking down History.

Appreciate any help

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Subject: G UNIT CO. 508 SEPT. 1943


Author:
George E Boddy
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Date Posted: 20:00:04 12/30/07 Sun

Just wondering if there just maybe someone out there that was in the same company.After boots I WENT THROUGH ELECTRICIANS SCHOOL IN ST LOUIS ,MO. THEN ON TROUP SHIPS TO THREE DIFFERENT RECEIVING STATIONS IN THE PACIFIC CHASING MY ASSIGNED SHIP AS IT WENT FROM ONE ILSAND TO ANOTHER. FINALLY CAUGHT UP TO IT AT GUADAL CANAL. IT WAS THE USS McCONNELL DE 163. A DESTROYER ESCORT. I SPENT 2YRS. ON IT. WE GOT 3 BATTLE STARS FOR OUT DUTY WE PERFORMED. ANY ONE WANT TO CHECK ON WHAT WE WERE CAN CHECK THIS WEBSITE OUT. desausa.org

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Subject: NICKNAMES


Author:
Gene Keller
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Date Posted: 15:08:17 12/14/07 Fri

I was asked what the name "hinge" meant when referring to a LCDR in the Navy. Does anyone know this?

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Subject: Sampson Boot 45


Author:
Brooksie Salyer
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Date Posted: 09:17:08 12/03/07 Mon

Would like to hear from some one who took Boot Training at Sampson Training Base July-Aug-Sept G4U CO. 505 1945.
B. Salyer

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Subject: Co.219, February 9, 1944


Author:
Mary Snow Burg
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Date Posted: 11:52:35 10/18/04 Mon

I have this picture of Co.219. I am trying to locate my father Ralph Snow in this picture. I believe he is standing in the 9th (last) row, second from the right end. He wrote the names of everyone on the back of the picture in columns starting with the 9th row. However a few of the names have been cut off. Looking for anyone with this picture to confirm my father's location.

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Subject: USS Darke APA 159


Author:
Dorothy A. Di Gann
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Date Posted: 17:16:38 11/18/07 Sun

Searching for information about experiences of Lt. John Di Girolamo while serving aboard U.S.S. Darke APA 159 from 1944-1946--battles, islands, etc. Departed San Diego 1944 and returned to Norfolk 1946. John was from Mishawaka,Indiana
We know that he had a shipmate who was from Puerto Rico, Emilio________ and another officer ______Hughes from Port Huron, Michigan. You may e-mail me if you have any information.

Thanks to the good people who started this.

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Subject: USS Darke (APA 159)


Author:
Rebecca Norton
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Date Posted: 17:59:39 10/13/06 Fri

My father served on the USS Darke in 1945 and he was on the beaches of iwo jima and okinawa. It looks like WSK Trapnell was his Commander. He also was authorized to wear the insignia of the Amphibious Froces. His name is Frank Vincen Norton, he went by Vince a lot. He was in the Beach Battalion D Amphibious Training Base in Oceanside California, anyone having information aoubt him or photos of the crews, it would be nice to see all his plaques and books where lost. Thank you
Becky Norton

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Subject: LST and Task Unit 94.4.1 Information Requested


Author:
Joey Kelly
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Date Posted: 07:11:44 11/13/07 Tue

My father, Emmett Kelly Jr, served on LST 783 in Leyte and Okinawa. I am looking for any information about Navy life on an LST during the war or any info on Task Unit 94.4.1 working out of DUVA or Apra Harbor, Guam. Thank you!

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Subject: USS HARRIS APA2


Author:
YNC David W Ronk , USN Ret.
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Date Posted: 19:34:47 10/24/07 Wed

Have a few original muster lists of HARRIS shipmates from commissioning August 1941 to my transfer in November 1943 - Also maintain data files for HARRIS ASSN., and its annual reunions past years. YNC David W. RONK, USN, Ret.

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Subject: TRAINING AT SAMPSON 1943, LCI(L)407


Author:
Kim B
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Date Posted: 07:40:37 05/29/07 Tue

I am looking for anyone who may have known my father at Camp Sampson in October, November 1943, or who served with him on the LCI(L)407 from 1944 to 1945. He was Carson Tipton from Virginia and he passed away in 1986. I do not know his company number but he entered active service October 14, 1943 and went through boot camp at Camp Sampson. If anyone out there remembers him I'd like to hear from you.

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Subject: co. 417


Author:
joe devine
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Date Posted: 08:18:45 06/27/07 Wed

any of you guys out there go to SAMPSON co.417 4/1/43to
6/1/43.or serve on the dd614 uss mackenzie 1943 to 1946
would like to hear from you.
south phila.
joe

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Subject: Sampson Vet Passes


Author:
Jody Jordan Lee
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Date Posted: 19:48:26 09/25/07 Tue

My father Joseph Arthur Jordan Fireman First Class USNR who began his naval service February 14th, 1944 at Sampson Naval Training Center, passed away September 13th, 2007 at the age of 81. He spent most of his tour on USS LCT 832 in the Pacific Theater from 1944 to February 1946. My Daddy had Parkinsons Disease the last 25 years of his life, and the last two years was bed ridden. I wish I would have been able to show him this wonderful website, I know he would have loved to look over all the great memories. I don't know for sure but I believe he might of been in Company 175. If anyone could clarify this I would appreciate it.

I would also like to know about any reunions that I could possibly attend or if you have a wall of honor. My father told me just before he passed he wanted his name on the wall at the base. I wasn't sure where he meant, but I believe he would of been honored to have it at Samson.

Thank you,
Jody Jordan Lee

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Subject: APA 193 USS Sanborn


Author:
Rebekah Atkins
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Date Posted: 18:29:40 09/26/07 Wed

My grandfather, David Truman Head, was a Communications Petty officer aboard the USS Sanborn. I am posting this because there seems to be a mix up in the picture order. Picture 36, which is labelled as the communications unit, is not. It has accidentally been switched with picture 48, labelled as E division. My grandfather is definitely in picture 48, in the correct position he's listed in for picture 36. Could you please switch the labels?? It would be nice to know that the men in his unit are labelled properly on such a great site. Thank you!

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Subject: U.S.S. Macon


Author:
Albert W. Yanni "ABE"
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Date Posted: 11:48:06 09/22/07 Sat

hey anyone on the U.S.S. Macon contact me at samyjo@brockwaytv.com

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Subject: i need some help


Author:
chris
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Date Posted: 23:57:44 09/15/07 Sat

i am looking for any information regarding my grandfather he went through boot camp here in the early part of 1944 his name was fredrick holtz if anyone has any info at please contact me at irishnavyman73@yahoo.com

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Subject: looking for information regarding my father's naval history


Author:
Lynn Reitz
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Date Posted: 06:05:45 09/03/07 Mon

I am looking for any information regarding my dads naval history. I know that he served in WWII and Karean War as a corpsman. Records through the government Naval Department have been lost. He displayed a number of metal honors with his ship which he was very proud of. All of this has been lost in the family home and research has been futile. His name was Michael Albert Costantino.

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Subject: USS LCI 1008


Author:
Angelo Caropelo
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Date Posted: 15:27:51 07/29/07 Sun

I am making inquires re a neighbor of mine. Angelo Caropelo was in the Battle Leyte Gulf.He was assigned to LCI #1002 /Feb 1945/ Task Force 38, 7th Amphibious Force. He was wounded and place on a Hospital Ship LST #464.FROM 2/27/45 TO 3/5/45. He is having a problem trying to get his Purple Heart. Would appreciate any help.

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Subject: John W. Brown - Boston Cruise


Author:
Russ Padden - Webmaster
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Date Posted: 17:32:10 08/26/07 Sun

8-26-2007 Irene and I just returned from Boston and a cruise on the John W. Brown. <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.liberty-ship.com/">http://www.liberty-ship.com/</a>

To call the experience incredible would be a vast understatement.

I used 3 different cameras to record the trip - including my old 35mm with the telephoto lens.

Took close to 150 pictures, will be posting some over the next week or two.

The Cruise was scheduled to coincide with the turnaround of the Constitution, another of my favorite ships.

There are only 2 more cruises - out of her home port of Baltimore this year.

The one thing that bothered me is that Boston did NOTHING to promote the visit. For a city that derives a great deal of tourism dollars living off the history and mythology of the Revolution, this really annoyed me. (I changed the wording of the last statement, my original comment was much harsher and not appropriate for the site, but appropriate...)

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Subject: USS Kenneth M Willett


Author:
Edward Zimolzak
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Date Posted: 07:34:18 08/21/07 Tue

Looking for anyone who may have served on this vessel early 1940's. Would like to hear from you.

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Subject: Troop transport ships


Author:
Chris Montagna
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Date Posted: 08:18:51 01/13/07 Sat

I anyone in interested - The following information is from my uncles service record. He served with Co B, 1st Bn, 17th Marine (Engeers), First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force (FMF)

Embarked aboard MS John Ericsson at San Fransisco, CA 19-June 1942. Sailed for Permanent Foreign Duty beyond the seas on 22 June 1942. Arrived at Wellington, New Zealand on 12 July 1942, Disembarked on 17 July 1942.

Embarked aboard the USS Barnett at Wellingford, NZ on 15 July 1942. Sailed there from 22 July 1942. Disembarked at Guadalcanal Tulagi area and participated in operations with the 1st Marine Division from 7 Aug 1942 to 15 Dec 1942.

Embarked aboard the USS Hunter Ligett at Guadalcanal on 13 December 1942. Sailed same date. Arrived at Brisbane 19 December 1942. Disembarked 26 Dec 1942

Embarked aboard USS West Point at Brisbane, Australia 8 January 1943. Sailed on 10 Jan 1943. Arrived and disembarked at Melbourne, Australia on 12 Jan 1943

Embarked aboard the USS President Jackson at Borgen Bay, Cape Gloucester, N.B on 24 April 1944. Arrived and disembarked at Pavuvu Peninsula, Pavuvu Island, Russell Group, BSI on 28 April 1944

Embarked aboard USS Cape San Martin at Peleliu Island, Palau Island Group, on 22 October 1944 and sailed same date. Arrived and disembarked at Pavavu Island, Russell Island Group, on 30 October 1944

3 Nov 1944, embarked aboard USS General William Mitchell at Pavuvu Island, Russell Isl;ands, British Solomon Islands; sailed 4 Nov 1944. Arrives and disembarked at San Diego, CA on 17 Nov. 1944

Chris Montagna
South China, Maine

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Subject: the unholy four ships


Author:
bill newbauer
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Date Posted: 18:16:31 09/22/02 Sun

Didn't get to know too many men on the Pres. Jackson, I was F1/C and an engineer on LCVP at Lingayen and Iwo Jima. Broached at Iwo and had to be towed to ship the next day. Can't find witnesses to those days. Also on salvage boat for several days at Iwo. Will answer all e-mails, thanks, Bill

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Subject: Reunion Lodgings


Author:
Kevin Mannella
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Date Posted: 17:44:17 08/14/07 Tue

My wife Michele and I run a B&B outside the village of Interlaken, about 12 miles south of Sampson. My father, who went through boot camp at Sampson, reminded me that the reunion was coming up and we just happen to have a room available that week. If anyone is interested, check out www.thehaywardhouse.com or call me or Michele at 607-532-4155. Thanks and enjoy the reunion!

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Subject: Company 405 March 1943


Author:
Phil Hessemer
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Date Posted: 13:01:20 08/06/07 Mon

I was in CO 405 starting in March 1943. I also attended Radio School at Sampson after Boots. I served aboard the USS INCH DE 146.I have been to 2 Sampson Reunions. If anyone remembers me please get in touch.

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Subject: Do you know or remember


Author:
S. Armstrong
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Date Posted: 15:10:48 07/29/07 Sun

My brother Frank L. Dunn was attached to an LSM during WWll. I don't know which one and he has since passed on. If anyone remembers him, I'd love to hear from you.

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Subject: USS Montrail


Author:
Susan (Krueger) Miles
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Date Posted: 09:57:43 03/23/07 Fri

My father, Melvin Krueger, was a crewman on the USS Montrail during WWII. He spoke very little of his Navy days, until after my mother passed away in 2003. He sat one night with me and my daughters and talked about it. He told us that, since he was slim-build, the "other guys" used to have him go through the ducts on the ship to the Captain's(?) cabin and get into his liquor cabinet and bring it back for the men. They never got caught.

Dad passed away in 2004. I think it might be him in pic no. 2 of the crew pics (of 3 crewman) on this site, the man on the left. Does anyone remember him and know if this is indeed him?

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Subject: Robert Morlock


Author:
Rebecca Pelley
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Date Posted: 12:05:55 07/18/07 Wed

I am looking for anyone who knew my grandfather, Robert Edwin Morlock, when he was at the USNTS Sampson. I believe he began his training there November 1942. I'm not sure what he was trained to do when he was there, but when he was discharged from the Navy his ranking was Pharmacist's Mate.

If anyone has any pictures, information, anything - pleae email me.

Thanks!

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Subject: Did anyone know my grandfather Ned Halen? USS Harris (APA-2)


Author:
Valerie Viera
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Date Posted: 02:50:13 06/08/07 Fri

I am trying to learn about my grandfather's service during WWII. His name was Ned Halen He was 17 when he joined the Navy in 1942. He was 5'11'' and had bright blue eyes.

Anyone that knows anything would be appreciated. He didn't ever want to talk about his experiences and sadly he passed away in 1999. I've only recently been able to discover some information about his service, and I am so proud of what he did. I am so thankful to all of our vets!

He was on the USS Sheridan for a short time, from Sept 1943 to Dec. 1943 and then he was on the Harris until Jan 1946.

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Subject: Joseph Panko


Author:
Anne Crozier
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Date Posted: 19:51:25 07/10/07 Tue

Hi, my name is Anne Crozier. I am trying to find old pictures and information on the time my grandfather served.. His name was Joseph Panko from Auburn, NY. Anyone that could help I would be forever grateful...
Thanks

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Subject: Naval Rating classification question


Author:
Cynthia Lawyer
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Date Posted: 11:22:29 06/27/07 Wed

I am trying to find out what "V-2" means. It appears at the end of all the rate classes my father attained while in the Navy. He entered as AS (Apprentice Seaman), V-2 and was discharged as EMc1, V-2. I know EM is Electrician's Mate First Class, but what does V-2 mean?
I found a site that lists Naval abbreviations and it says V-1, V-2 and V-3 are divisions aboard aircraft carriers. However, Dad didn't serve on an aircraft carrier. He was in Ship Repair Units and rode transport ships to his various over-seas stations. Can anyone help? Many thanks!! Cynthia

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Subject: U.S.S. Fallon logbook


Author:
lwilliams
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Date Posted: 12:49:42 05/31/07 Thu

My dad served aboard the U.S.S. Fallon from approx. 1940 - 1945. If anyone knows where I can find the ship's logbook, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks !

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Subject: APA 232


Author:
Babs Robinson
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Date Posted: 15:22:51 09/23/06 Sat

I found 20 5 X 7 photos of PA 232 in my father's things. My father was in the Navy; 1943-1946. He was stationed at Navy Repair Base #3256, Baten KO, from July 26, 1945 to April 17, 1946. He was in San Diego March - June of 1945. There are no names with the pictures just different views and lots of troops. The dates for my father's service don't exactly correspond with the dates from the ship's history. Can you tell me if it were possible that he was transported on this vessel at some point? He did not talk much about his Naval service so I know very little. Thank you. Babs

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Subject: Sampson USNTS Company 168 group photo


Author:
Raymond F. Roberts
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Date Posted: 14:02:29 09/02/06 Sat

I was in 'C' unit at Sampson USNTS from June 1945 to September 1945. Over the years since that time I have lost the company, Co. 168, photo. I would like to hear from anyone who served with me and who might still have a copy of our company photo. I remember the name of the CPO in charge of Co. 168, his last name was Cohn.

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Subject: arthur marion hicks


Author:
angel rogers
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Date Posted: 19:02:01 06/26/07 Tue

PLEASE IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFO ON WHERE MY GRANDPA IS BURIED LET ME KNOW.

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Subject: WAVES storekeepers


Author:
Christine Miller
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Date Posted: 10:32:34 06/19/07 Tue

I am looking for anyone who served with my mother Wanda J. Writer from 1943-1946. She was a storekeeper first class. She passed away in January of this year and I want to write her story. Since I was a kid, I grew up listening to her stories of Sampson. I want to honor her memory.

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Subject: USS Mission Bay CVE59


Author:
Arnold Wolfe
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Date Posted: 20:42:29 06/09/07 Sat

I have a picture of several guys including our boss, Lt(jg) Edwin Tishman, taken on the flight deck of the Mission Bay in Dec of 1945, we were all members of A Division (Machine Shop). I know its along time ago, but if you remember it, let me know and I will send along the picture.

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Subject: Sampson March 8th 1944 co 246


Author:
Janice Hamlin
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Date Posted: 06:15:43 05/25/07 Fri

My father trained & graduated from Sampson March 8th 1944 co246 looking for any one who knew him his name was Anthony J. Sferruzza. He was Italian stood only 5'5 & had a great smile. I only have the one photo of him & his class,would like more info please.

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Subject: Anthony Margavage-Sampson Naval Training /USS Antietam CV-36


Author:
Mark Margavage
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Date Posted: 19:08:50 03/21/06 Tue

I happened onto this web site, and wondered if anyone out there knew or remembered my father (who passed away in 1986). I know he served 1944-1945? I also have a picture of the graduating class from Sampson, and some WW2 pics. with him and and a fellow sailor. Would look forward to hear from one of his peers.

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Subject: info on pete kadusky


Author:
don kadusky
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Date Posted: 16:07:03 10/12/05 Wed

looking for any info on my great uncle pete all we know is that he was a barber on a ship that was hit by a kamikazze plane and died

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Subject: Do you want to build a LCVP


Author:
LCVP operator Ed Dyar
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Date Posted: 02:05:31 08/23/06 Wed

I have a set of original plans (1943) which will
provide you the steps in building a LCVP. If you or your organization has any interest please write to
or EMail to Edward Dyar
6075 Darramoor Rd
Bloomfield, Mich 48301

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Subject: Hullnumber.com


Author:
Russ Padden - Webmaster
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Date Posted: 08:46:17 04/22/07 Sun

After being offline for over a year and partially "up" for about 6 months, Hullnumber.com is back up and running.
When I started my search for information 5 1/2 years ago,Hullnumber and NavSource were my best sources of information and contacts.

NavSource is a site that lists all of the ships, links to their histories and posts images of the ships. I think it is the best site on the web related to Navy Ships.
Link to NavSource: <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.navsource.org/">http://www.navsource.org/</a>
Hullnumber is the best site on the web for posting contact information.

Through that site I found most of my early contacts, including Glen Ayer who provided half of the material I started the site with in February 2002-back when the site went live with 5 megs of information. (it has over 500 megs of information as of last night).
Link to Hullnumber: <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.hullnumber.com/.">http://www.hullnumber.com/.</a>

Dave, the webmaster is not ready to post pictures yet, but you can post your contact information so that you can be found. What he has done it make it secure so that spammers can't pick up you address, people have to register to be able to contact you. A GREAT feature in these days of spam and untrue multi-forwarded emails.

Check out the site...like I said, it's one of the two best sites on the web for information.

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Subject: Dartmouth Advanced Amphib Base


Author:
chris Montagna
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Date Posted: 19:10:18 07/23/06 Sun

Looking to make contact with anyone who served at the USNAAB stationed at the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth. My father was assigned there from 12/43-1/44. I would like to discuss what life was like at USNAAB during that time.

Thanks,

Chris Montagna
cpm163@yahoo.com

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Subject: Any Info....? Roy Elbert Dunn


Author:
Denzil Austin
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Date Posted: 16:04:44 04/11/07 Wed

"Any" Info. about Roy Elbert Dunn...born 25 Oct. 1918, Baxter, Tn. died 4 Apr. 2001, Morgantown,Wv. Camp Shelby Miss. 103 Infantry/43rd Division, "D" Co. 1940 - 1945. Russell Islands, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Okinawa, Rabaul, Munda Islands, Pavavu ? Mentioned "Cowboys of the South Pacific"...? butchering cattle...? Thank You.

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Subject: U S Naval Station Bremerton Washington


Author:
David Orr
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Date Posted: 20:18:06 04/08/07 Sun

I attended the cooks Bakers School April 1944 - August 1944
are there any others that were here at that time?

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Subject: APA 134 USS BLAND


Author:
DON GULAU
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Date Posted: 13:01:59 12/15/06 Fri

Looking for any one from A div., especially Mike Seigner (Siegner)

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Subject: chester j. bijak


Author:
robert j. bijak
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Date Posted: 16:00:24 03/20/07 Tue

Please help direct me to any information about my father Chester J. Bijak from Buffalo, New York. All I know is that he served at Sampson NavaL BASE, SENECA LAKE NEW YORK SOME TIME BEFORE or up to 1945,the year I was born. How do you find records of time served, discharge etc. Any infomation, pictures etc greatly appreciated. I do appreciate the web site for Sampson, preserving that history was a great favor to all US citizens. Thank you Robert j. Bijak

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Subject: Sampson Naval Hospital


Author:
Martha Miller
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Date Posted: 03:27:22 03/15/07 Thu

My Dad, Paul K. Perkins, M.D. served at Sampson, Fall of 1946. My brother was born there in October. Thanks for the great website. Love the old pictures.

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Subject: USS Kenneth M. Willett DE 354


Author:
Edward Zimolzak
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Date Posted: 12:18:30 03/03/07 Sat

We are looking for anyone who may have served on the USS Kenneth m. Willett the early 1940's.

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Subject: History of Frank Hurley


Author:
Francis Hurley
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Date Posted: 13:23:58 03/02/07 Fri

Does any one rember Frank? What was his physical condition?

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Subject: LST266


Author:
Shirley H. Isbill
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Date Posted: 13:39:41 02/27/07 Tue

Old email: sisbill@comcast.net
new email: sisbill1@verizon.net

I am doing research on Co G 175th Infantry which went to Omaha Beach on LST 266

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Subject: Wall of Honor


Author:
Kevin McShane
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Date Posted: 18:33:39 02/20/07 Tue

My father is turning 80 and served the Navy in WWII. He went through Sampson for his training. My wife and I want to purchase a brick in his name for a birthday present. Does anyone know if they are still accepting donations for the bricks/memorial????
Thanks

Kevin McShane

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Subject: USS HINSDALE APA 120


Author:
J.H. Andrews, USN-SEAL, Ret.
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Date Posted: 00:20:12 03/24/06 Fri

Any old salts out there that served aboard the HINSDALE ?
Participated in the Iwo Jim and Okinawa assualts. Was hit by a Kamikazi at Okinawa but survived. Towed down to Ulithi for repair. Great Crew. Hope there's some of the old crew I can get in touch with.
J.H. Andrews, MCPO, USN. Retired
Port Charlotte, FL

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Subject: USS Darke 1944-194?


Author:
Herman Dean Self
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Date Posted: 17:30:22 01/29/07 Mon

My father, Herman Dean Self, was a Naval Cockswain aboard the USS Darke in 1944-1945. I have recently acquired a log book with autographs and pictures but no identification with the pictures. I'm looking for anyone who knew him.
Thank You
Fonda Self Nicholls

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Subject: COMBAT LOADED - Across the Pacific on the USS Tate


Author:
Russ Padden - Webmaster
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Date Posted: 13:39:52 12/23/06 Sat

This book by Tom Crew is a carefully researched, well documented history of a Gator in the Pacific and the men who served on her. I had read an early version of the manuscript and had the honor of meeting Tom and his Father a couple of years ago when he was still researching the book.

The Author sent me a signed copy from the pre-release- it arrived yesterday (12-22-06).

This is not just the story of one Gator, it is the story of all the Gators who served in the war.

Tom interviewed over 60 men from the Tate and did unbelievable research. The book is not only full of information, it is extremely well written. I am pleased to have been a small part of this project, providing scans of Cruise Books and other material that Tom used in his research.

The narratives are priceless. Some of them had me laughing my a$$ off, other brought tears to my eyes. I also had a lot of "OH WOW" moments when it cleared up things that I had pondered, but not found the answer to before. What separates this book from all others is the combination of documentation AND readability. These two things are not often found in the same book.

BUY THIS BOOK. It is a MUST read or anyone wanting to know what life was like on the Gators in WWII.

Available January-February 2007 but it can be pre-ordered now.

Publisher's page for more detailed information and to order the book.: <a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.tamu.edu/upress/BOOKS/2007/crew.htm">http://www.tamu.edu/upress/BOOKS/2007/crew.htm</a>

Russ

BTW-I told Tom that I would be shamelessly pushing this book because I thought it was an important book for those interested in the Gators and live aboard ship during WWII...I have been waiting for it to be published for over 2 years...some of you have been waiting over 60 years for this story to be told.

BUY THIS BOOK. Yes, I AM biased, I've spent thousands of hours putting together the website and related activities and consider this book to be a window into the lives of the men who served on these ships.

Tom's research and efforts to get this book published dwarf my work on the website. Tom has waived royalties on this book - like my website it was done with NO profit motive-only to preserve the history of these men and to honor those who served.

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Subject: Genealogy Tip


Author:
Christopher Montagna
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Date Posted: 08:47:58 01/05/07 Fri

For those who are looking for information on military service, check the Veterans' Service Department in the city or state in which the individual lived after returning from service. It was a common practice for returning veterans to file a copy of their military discharge paper with the city in order to receive benefits. The discharge paper may include the following information: Date entered service, ranks, duty stations, specialized schools, date of discharge, awards, etc.

Good Luck,

Chris

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Subject: USS Marathon APA 200


Author:
Kennth W. Adkins
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Date Posted: 07:49:48 12/09/03 Tue

I was on the USS Marathon I was part of the plank owners crew on the ship, the first time it sailed . My name is Kennth W. Adkins my ships mates. called me Smokey Remember Jim Basye he was a Deck Hand.Roy Duvall he was a ships cook . Herb Holcomb he was a Motor mac.and Oville Carson he was a ships baker on the Marathon.I do have some sea stories to tell about the young years. My address is Kennth W. Adkins 1209 Hickman Rd NW Calabash,N.C. 28467-1702 I would like to hear from some of my shipmates. god bless youall for bring back memories.

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Subject: Navy terminology for service on APA


Author:
Steve
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Date Posted: 09:56:46 12/01/06 Fri

My father served on the USS Menifee APA 202. I had a general question. He was transferred from duty in the boat grays to duty in the basic ships company. What does duty in boat grays mean? Anyone know?

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Subject: USS Neshoba APA 216


Author:
Russ Padden
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Date Posted: 17:38:49 05/08/04 Sat

To date (May 8, 2004) we have found 20 members of the Neshoba crew.
We have also found a large number of the surviving children, grand children and great grandchildren of the crew. (looks like those sailors were busy when they got home)
This website started with the input from one man from the Neshoba, and a group of other men from other Kaiser Koffins sharing their pictures and memories with me.
It has grown from 5 meg to over 200 meg as more and more people share their memories.
Thanks,
Russ

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Subject: Sampson - Co. 133 February 15 1944


Author:
T. Schumann
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Date Posted: 04:25:39 11/17/06 Fri

Very interesting website - my father was in Company 133 - February 15 1944 - He never said much about his training at Sampson - except that he took a train from Chicago to New York. After Sampson - he was assigned to the Naval Air Station in Key West, FL. I still have the training group photo and most of his uniforms, seabag, etc. - probably all issued to him while at Sampson.

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Subject: USS GAGE


Author:
ROXANNE (SHANK)LAUFMANN
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Date Posted: 16:39:41 11/16/06 Thu

i have been looking for an RR SHEPARD or his family since my dad (Leroy K. Shank/Mitchell SD)passed away in 1993...i have a painting of him on Japanese silk...i have no idea why my dad had it in his possesion?? i do know that dad had one made of my mother as well...

hope to hear from anyone that may know my dad or his best buddy...thanks

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Subject: WWII US Army Guards over Japanese upon Surrender


Author:
Richard Garner /Denver Garner
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Date Posted: 21:11:34 11/14/06 Tue

He was with Gen.MacArthur in the Pacific, from Australia to Japan. He guarded the Japanese on the Japan Mainland from surrender until his discharge. He was anti- aircraft with the 25th on Leyte, Luzon, Saipan, New Guinei and others.

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Subject: Invasion of Leyte


Author:
Lawrence B Massey
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Date Posted: 07:39:46 11/13/05 Sun

Looking for Calvin Murphy of Lst 213 also anyone who witnessed the Japs blowing up ammo & gasoline dump directly in front of us.We had unloaded gasoline into the dump on the beach.Invasion of Leyte Oct.26,1944. I was blown off conning tower.I was unconscious for some time.

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Subject: Sampson Company 514 May - Aug 1945


Author:
Peg Casey
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Date Posted: 11:29:51 10/26/06 Thu

My Dad (Bill Casey) was at Sampson May - Aug 1945 in Company 514. Dad never spoke of his WWII experiences. Wondering if anyone has any info on Company 514, Navy 3149 or Advanced Base Unit #4. Thanks very much. Peg Casey

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Subject: Thanks from Navy civilian


Author:
Paul Davis
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Date Posted: 04:34:40 10/20/06 Fri

Just thought I'd say thanks for helping pass down this great history. I first discovered Sampson NTS a few years ago, and I try to get back to the park to explore more each time I'm in the area. As a Navy civilian working for NAVAIRSYSCOM and an Air Force brat (father and grandfather both officers, grandfather served in North Africa during WWII), I'm proud of every one who serves this great nation. Each time I'm out working on the NUWC Seneca Lake barge, I take a moment to look out toward the Northeast to see the shore of Sampson. Thanks to every sailor, Marine, airman, and soldier out there.

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Subject: My friend was on the Neshoba


Author:
Bon
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Date Posted: 11:55:29 10/16/06 Mon

a good friend of mine served on the Neshoba in WW2. I just finished interviewing him for the Veterans History Project. He has many photos from the war, Philippines, Iwo Jima, Japan, I really enjoyed his photos of the Equator...Shellback party, initiation. I would like to share those photos with you. The sailors name is Antonio Tanori. He talked about the hole that was blown in the ship at Iwo Jima.

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Subject: USS Jerauld APA-174


Author:
Robert Boyd
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Date Posted: 08:22:55 05/18/04 Tue

Looking for anyone from the USS Jerauld, APA-174 1944-1946.
My Dad, John Boyd, was an RM2 aboard the Jerauld during WW II.

Thank you,

RC Boyd

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Subject: 1950s Sampson...


Author:
Jennie
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Date Posted: 10:25:09 04/16/04 Fri

hello. Im wondering what Sampson was used for in 1950s(spef. 1954)? I'm trying to locate a nurse who possibly could've worked there at the time. If anyone knew or was a nurse in the 1950s at Sampson, I'd like to ask you a few questions. Thanks!

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


Author:
DR. SHERWOOD SARLES
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Date Posted: 19:25:52 09/13/06 Wed

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,LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE AND UB BUFFALO, MED SCHOOL NY CITY. RETIRED 1990. FOTUNATELY IN GOOD HEALTH. DOUNHILL SKIER EVERY WINTER.ACTIVE IN NAVY AND MARINE VET ASSOCIATION WESTERN NY. PATIENT BUFFALO VETERANS HOSPITAL (WHEN I NEED IT )RATED BEST VET HOSPPITAL IN USA.I AM YOUNGEST OF 4 BROTHERS ALL RETIRED PHYSICIANS (DPM)

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Subject: Co 538 April 1944 & Section HH of Class G-49 Pictures


Author:
Laurie L Thornley
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Date Posted: 18:35:37 09/13/06 Wed

Came across some of my Fathers pictures. His name is Raymond Anderson-Co. 538. Please e-mail if you remember
him.

God Bless you all for your bravery!!!

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Subject: any information on my grandfather john william foutz


Author:
leslie clayton
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Date Posted: 04:42:12 09/05/06 Tue

my grandfather served on the uss sanborn between the years of1951- 1953. i am trying to find any information i can on him. or any pictures of him. he was a cook in the navy. he is now deceased and that is why i am trying to find out all i can. please feel free to write me with any information. thank you so much and god bless you.

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Subject: Robert McCathy


Author:
Christopher Montagna
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Date Posted: 06:32:59 08/25/06 Fri

Dear Mr. McCarthy,

Thank you for your kind reply to my post on the Sampson/Amphibious Base website. You provided some very good information regarding the base. I was wondering if you served at Dartmouth? Also, I was told that NARO 114 was my father mailing address while at Dartmouth. Can you confirm this? If you were at Dartmouth, would you be willing to make contact to discuss what life was like at the Naval War College. I understand fully if you do not wish to talk. My father enjoyed his privacy and I will respect yours.

Thanks again for the help,

Christopher Montagna
South China, Maine
foren-tech@pivot.net

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Subject: Obituary


Author:
Jerry Allston
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Date Posted: 12:00:36 08/21/06 Mon

My father, Harry J Allston passed away August 16, 2006. He was a BM2 on LCT-1019 and LCT-647. He helped with the Sampson database. He was very proud of his Amphib service.
Sailor, Rest your oars. Thank You,
Jerry Allston IC1(SS)1967-1973

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Subject: company number


Author:
gene kalet
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Date Posted: 13:54:13 08/20/06 Sun

looking for company number and unit name ifyou can recall me serving at Sampson 11June 1945 and then shipping out to West coast and then to Saipan.(originally from N.Y.)

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Subject: APA 193 Sanborn Third Division


Author:
Jessica Shaw
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Date Posted: 12:38:40 08/12/06 Sat

There I was one day searching for WWII photo's and I find this site. I never thought in a million years I would find a picture of my own grandfather. I new he had served in the navy, but I didn't know any information beyond that. The picture I found of my grandfather, James Rufus Strittman, is of the Third Division of the APA 193 Sanborn. In the picture, Under Third Division it reads "The Fighting Third". I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me what that means. Thank you!

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Subject: Sampson boots


Author:
Harold E. Eaton, Jr.
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Date Posted: 12:50:59 08/09/06 Wed

My son and I just returned from visiting Sampson, where my father, Hal Eaton, was in boots from June 1944 until early September 1944. He was in Company 528. Unfortunately, Sampson had no copy of his company's picture and no roster of his company on file there.
Does anyone have any information on this company?

Thank you,

Harold Eaton, Jr.

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Subject: ARMED GAURDS AT SAMPSON


Author:
DIANA ZIELINSKI
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Date Posted: 13:56:31 06/27/06 Tue

HI, I WAS VISITNG SAMPSON RECENTLY AS MY GRANDFATHER TRAINED THERE. WHILE VISITINFG, WE CAME ACROSS AN AREA WHERE THERE ARE STILL ARMED GUARDS PROTECTING SOMETHING IN THE WATER. WHAT IS IT???

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Subject: USCG APA 13 Joeseph T. Dickman


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Glenn Whelan
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Date Posted: 14:27:53 11/25/03 Tue

I was USCG S1/c helmsman on APA 13 Joeseph T. Dickman. Went aboard in Boston, Mass in '44 through Panama Canal to San Francisco. Made trips to New Heberdes in the south pacific, and Phillipines carrying Navy, Marines, and Army before going to stagging area for April 1, 1945 invasion in Okinawa.
Like to hear from anyone else that was aboard.

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Subject: Naval Units


Author:
C.Edward Hall
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Date Posted: 11:49:51 07/27/06 Thu

With the aid of my mothers information my father C.Edward Hall was at Sampson in 1944 for training and for a sickness also:

Company 541 Unit G-21 U
as well as:

OGU H52 Lower 102

and for sickness in 1944:
Area Q Ward C7

I love to see pictures if possible of the company or hospital area, if possible. Anything pertaining would help to help me understand what he might of seen or did.
JIM

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Subject: How long at Sampson


Author:
christopher Montagna
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Date Posted: 19:49:06 07/12/06 Wed

I am trying to track my father's military service. I know he enlisted June 2, 1943 and trained at USNTS, Sampson with Training Company 203-D2. My questions are:

How long was the basic training program at Sampson in June 1943?

Does anyone know when Training Company 203-D2 began training?

Also, my dad's discharge papers have the following abreviations:

ABATU, Lido Beach, LI, NY
NARO, 114 USNAAB Dartmoth, Devon
USNH, Sampson, NY

Could someone please translate these abbreviations?

Thanks,

Chris Montagna
South China, ME

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Subject: Dartmouth - Correction


Author:
chris Montagna
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Date Posted: 19:17:56 07/23/06 Sun

Correction - my dad was at USNAAB from 12/43-1/45.
Thanks,

Chris Montagna
cpm163@yahoo.com

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Subject: USS MONROVIA REUNION


Author:
Tom Crowe
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Date Posted: 02:04:50 07/20/06 Thu

Austin, TX Oct 18-22

http://www.uss-monrovia.com

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Subject: Sampson training site in NC?


Author:
Cheryl Henderson-Brill
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Date Posted: 10:40:18 06/20/06 Tue

Hello, my father was a Sampson WWII vet and went through training I believe in NC or SC as a radio operator. I found your site from a Finger Lakes book I was reading. I will be up in the area in a few weeks and will visit your museum. My sister and I have a group picture somewhere of his group. My father, Neil J. Henderson passed in January of 1999. My sister and I were recently in Washington DC and saw the WWII memorial there as well. I have his history listed on their website under his name with NY as his home state. I have at home a listing of the ships he was on, which are listed in his story on the WWII memorial site. This is exciting to have found your site and to learn more about what he was involved with. If anyone would like to post or email back that may have known my father, that would be great.

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Subject: My dad


Author:
Marty Maayan (Sprung)
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Date Posted: 20:38:30 06/14/06 Wed

My dad was at Sampson in about 1946 I believe and was I believe trained as a Storekeeper. His name was Max Sprung We lived in Canandaigua. I'd love to hear from anyone who was there then or maybe remember me or my dad or family. Feel free to use my email address. My dad died several years ago very peacefully. His sailor years were some of my favorite. I believe one person in his unit was Morton Bleckman but am not sure.

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Subject: Company 203-D2


Author:
Christopher Montagna
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Date Posted: 18:15:43 05/29/06 Mon

My father, Adam Montagna passed away this past February. He trained at the USNTS in Sampson, NY with Company 203-D2 in May 1943. I am looking for anyone who may have served with my dad or may have a photograph of that training company.

Also, he served as a Petty Officer 3rd Class Coxswain with the United States Navy, as a Mater at Arms with the Naval Amphibious Unit, stationed at Dartmouth, Devonshire, England.

Looking for anyone who may have seerved with this unit as well.

Thanks,

Christopher Montagna
So. China, Maine

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Subject: CO 107


Author:
Ann S. Forster
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Date Posted: 11:35:51 08/11/05 Thu

I stumbled across your site, while looking for some information on my Dad, Joseph J. Forster's naval training in at Sampson in 1944, in Co 107. Just wanted to thank you for creating such a wonderful and informative web site!
Best Regards,
Ann S. Forster

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Subject: Information on Anna M Barbieri


Author:
Mary Bojko
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Date Posted: 08:30:53 05/10/06 Wed

I am looking for information about a civilian that worked at Sampson through most of WW2. As a child my mother (Anna - who has since passed away) often spoke about her time working at Sampson. Does anyone remember her?

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Subject: USS COD


Author:
Bill
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Date Posted: 18:18:48 04/29/06 Sat

Saw your page about your visit to the USS COD. I am a radio crewman on her for the last five years or so.

Thought you might like these...

http://ka8vit.com/codvids

http://ka8vit.com/subqso

http://ka8vit.com

73

Bill KA8VIT

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Subject: Company 434


Author:
Megan Greene
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Date Posted: 18:48:47 04/24/06 Mon

I'm looking for anyone who served or knows of someone who served in 1943-? with Marvin E Gobles in Company 434. My grandfather has beginning stages of alzheimers and does not remember much, and i'm looking to find out more information or contacts with whom he served with. Thank yOU!

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Subject: Naval Training Center Veteran


Author:
John Wilson, SKCS, USN(Ret)
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Date Posted: 17:28:39 04/24/06 Mon

Great site. Looks a lot like Bainbridge, MD. In my 34 years, I booted at Bainbridge and did one tour of shoreduty outfitting 'boots', with $178.00 seabags. I served three tours in Orlando, two outfitting 'boots', with seabags of approximately five times that much. HE only knows what they are going for now. I will visit Samson this summer, always wondered where it was.
Again, BZ to all who had a hand in and are still at it!

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Subject: Naval Gunfire Teams


Author:
John Ratomski
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Date Posted: 13:14:13 04/16/06 Sun

Looking for any info on the "Naval Gunfire Teams" who went in with the Marines to provide "Fire Support" coordination communications between the Marines and Naval forces.I was told they were also aboard the APA's. Any info?

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Subject: Great web site


Author:
Thomas Muir
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Date Posted: 08:33:30 01/29/05 Sat

What a great job, this is one of the best web sites I have visited. I am a Plank member and a honorary life member of the Sampson WW-2 Navy Vets. Ihad my boot training at Sampson,Iwasin Unit d12,company 223 inJuly 1944 I was an em3/c on the AKA 87 USS Duplin. Would like to hear from anyone who was in my boot co., or the AKA 87.

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Subject: Edward Charles Hall S 2/c


Author:
Jim Hall
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Date Posted: 11:24:45 04/12/06 Wed

I am researching my fathers naval history and like to know if someone out there could help me. He might of been in class 20 Section 3? or Area Q Ward C7 he was a dental corpman. or even while he was training OGU H52 Lower 102??
I know all of this is odd, but please enlighten me, he use to talk alot about his time there.

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Subject: USS BUTTE APA 68


Author:
Bill Mettler
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Date Posted: 12:20:18 10/10/05 Mon

I served aboard the Butte from 1944 to 1946. First in the Amphibs in LCVP's and then after Okinawa as QM 3/C. Anybody else out there?

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Subject: USS Natrona APA #214


Author:
Donald Bates
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Date Posted: 20:28:15 07/19/05 Tue

I am looking for shipmates who served aboard the USS Natrona APA # 214.

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Subject: Robert O. Holley


Author:
Brad Holley
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Date Posted: 04:57:59 03/10/06 Fri

Looking for anyone that might remember my grandfather, Robert O. Holley who went to bootcamp at Sampson and then to Storekeeper School in the 1944-45 timeframe. He then was attached to LSM-230 for a period of time. I don't have many details. I'm just trying to piece together his time in the Navy. Any help would be appreciated.

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Subject: Company F-480 or LST 491


Author:
Pat Young
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Date Posted: 07:36:06 03/04/06 Sat

Trying to locate anyone who was in boot camp at Sampson in Company F-480 from 2/24/43 to 4/28/43, who may have known my father, John R. Konopa. According to his discharge papers he was on the LST 491 and then LST 332. Does anyone also have information on either of these boats, journals, etc.? Thank you.

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Subject: SAMPSON--NAVY BRAT


Author:
CLARENCE R BUCHWALD JR (BUCKY)
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Date Posted: 10:43:47 02/25/06 Sat

I WAS BORN AT SAMPSON ON JUNE 10 1944. WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FORM OTHERS BORN THERE. MY MOTHER LIVED IN SENECA FALLS (HELEN HADLEY) AND MY FATHER WAS IN THE NAVY STATIONED ON GUAM. I RETIRED FROM THE ARMY IN 1989 AFTER A 23 YEAR CAREER. NOW LIVING IN JUPITER FLORIDA.

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Subject: USS Sarasota APA 204


Author:
Randy Tucker
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Date Posted: 21:36:12 06/06/04 Sun

Would love to talk with anyone who served on this ship during the war in the pacific. Any info or pictures would be great.

Thanks,
Randy Tucker
Son of Charles "Dick" Tucker Coxswain

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Subject: USS Newberry


Author:
John Holman
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Date Posted: 14:22:03 01/31/06 Tue

My father was a corpsman with the 28th Regiment, 5th Marine Division. He landed on the 6th wave at Iwo Jima. After the war he became a veterinarian and moved to South Dakota where practiced for more than 50 years.

I have been researching the corpsmen who served on Iwo Jima. I ran across this site about Isaac Kenton Allum, who was apparently a member of a Navy beach party from the USS Newberry, and who lost his life on blue beach on D-day:

http://www.state.sd.us/military/VetAffairs/sdwwiimemorial/SubPages/profiles/Display.asp?P=24

A link to that site would be a nice addition for the USS Newberry page.

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Subject: Sampson USNTS Company 247 D-2


Author:
Ann DeFontes
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Date Posted: 11:16:32 01/28/06 Sat

I would appreciate a photo of the above subject company. My husband, Arthur DeFontes and his brother Jesse DeFontes both served in WWII from July 1943 and were discharged February 1946. They served on the USS General W. A. Mann AP 112 and the USS Montauk LS V 6. Both are deceased. I would like to hear from anyone who may have served with them. Thank you.

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Subject: Looking for information on LST 597


Author:
Steve Harden
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Date Posted: 20:03:03 01/26/06 Thu

My dad Herman H. Harden FC2C served on LST 597 during WWII. I'm looking for ship mates who knew him and also would like to put together a time line of the ships travels during the war. My dad like a lot of others never talked much about that time in his life.

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Subject: USS San Saba


Author:
Forrest M. Slemp aka Frosty
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Date Posted: 06:09:20 01/26/06 Thu

I am trying to find out if anyone knew my dad aboard USS San Saba in WW2 his name was Forrest M. Slemp his nickname was Frosty. I think that he was a gunners mate,he was caught giving a haircut and was made ships barber from what I was told. My dad died in March 1976 he was 56 years old. Any help would be appreciated.

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Subject: Normandy 6/26/44 Sword beach


Author:
Ed Dyar LST 266
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Date Posted: 16:13:03 01/24/06 Tue

LST 266 was sitting high & dry on this British
Beach, along side of two other U.S. LST and then we begin to get shelled and all LST had to abandom ship until a Distroyer came and knock out the German 88 that was hitting us. what I remember about this wile we were

eminded them that the War was in the other direction, there reply to us was, they were taking a break and it was TEA Time Ed Dyar

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Subject: Sampson Information


Author:
Dell Arthur Rice
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Date Posted: 16:39:01 11/17/05 Thu

I have a photograph of my father and his company,from information in his Blue Jacket Bldg G 11, CO 519 his papers say December of 1942. I also have a picure of him by himself in uniform.Is there anyone at the museum who would like copies? I would like to here from someone who knows about my Dads service,as he died in 72 . His full name was Arthur William Rice born in Hinsdale New Hampshire 1925, all I know is he served in Breat Btritain.

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Subject: CO. 53-43 USNTS Picture of crew


Author:
Cindy Durden
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Date Posted: 14:50:54 12/26/05 Mon

My father served on this boat in WWII. Have his complete uniform,military ID, discharge papers and just found a picture of the crew of the USNTS CO 53-43. Know he was discharged due to a misfire(gun backfired) on the boat that killed the guy beside him and my father was severely injured. He never spoke about the incident and unfortunately he is gone now. Would love to get any information on the ship and any if anyone remembers my father....He name was George Edward Waters from Gainesville, Ga.
Thank you,
Cindy Durden

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Subject: C Company 37th Engineer Combat Battalion


Author:
John38
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Date Posted: 12:44:30 12/15/05 Thu

I am trying to identify the LST that transported my wife's grandfather on D-Day. He was a bulldozer driver with C Company of the 37th Engineers. Thank you.

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Subject: USS Virgo-Lt Al Jones


Author:
Eric Jones
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Date Posted: 15:07:11 12/13/05 Tue

Looking for anyone who knew my grandfather, Lt. Al Jones. He seved on the USS Virgo during WWII and was roommates with Thomas Heggan (Author of Mr. Roberts).

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Subject: lst 285


Author:
mike blanks
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Date Posted: 13:47:04 10/21/05 Fri

first off i must say well done on the site and god bless all vetrans past present and future. i am looking for any info on my father ,he was stationed at sampson in sept.43 and was placed on lst 285 his name is william d. blanks from jamestown ny. i know his vessel went through the panama canal on april 1st 1944 ,and was involved in shafters feild (?) in england i got this input from my father if it is incorrect ,i would greatly appreciate anything i can find out. thank you and god bless america!!!

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Subject: Wife's Father


Author:
William Ray
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Date Posted: 12:03:54 11/08/05 Tue

My wife's father joined the Navy in Dec.1941 in Pittsburg and took his Basic at Sampson. His name was Everett L. Dinger, now deceased. Would there by any chance anyone out there who might have known him?
A note, I also took my Basic at Sampson but, in 1955 with the Air Force.
Bill

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Subject: LCT555


Author:
edward dyar
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Date Posted: 06:08:19 11/03/05 Thu

I am trying to locate any one that served on LCT555 on Normandy or from North Africa to Normandy

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Subject: your awsome


Author:
shannon
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Date Posted: 07:59:14 10/26/05 Wed

im doing a social studies project on the d-day invasion because history intrest me ecpecially the allied people!!!

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Subject: Any Info on Ivor Henry Faucher, USS Marathon or USS Cogswell


Author:
Patrice Chandler
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Date Posted: 17:30:46 01/18/04 Sun

Hi all,
I came across my grandfathers meridian cards and it appears that he was on the USS Marathon on 29 Jan 1945 and the USS Cogswell in Jan of 1944. If anyone remembers him or has info on where to get pictures of these ships and people who served on them please let me know. Thanks.

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Subject: pete kadusky


Author:
don kadusky
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Date Posted: 16:08:33 10/12/05 Wed

info on pete kadusky from ellsworth pa.

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Subject: training


Author:
George F Blanche
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Date Posted: 02:23:53 10/10/05 Mon

any body out ther that was in co 553 may june 1945.
like to hear from you .

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Subject: Coxswain Amin Isbir, Mckeesport Pa... Anyone know him?


Author:
Eric Montgomery
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Date Posted: 15:23:17 08/17/04 Tue

As a kid I was told that my Great Uncle Amin Isbir was killed in an explosion off of the Anzio Beachhead. However, I discovered recently that he is buried in the US Military Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach at Colleville-sur-Mer. He trained at the Sampson Naval Training Center in New York. Further details from a surviving Sister in Law finds that Amin was on the beach when a nearby jeep exploded. The jeep was most likely hit by German artillery, which was still in range of the beach. After the explosion, nothing was found of Amin. Although unconfirmed, his boat could also have been ferrying members of the 5th Engineers Special Brigade to Omaha Beach and got hit with a shell. His name appears on a plaque memorializing the 5ths dead that over looks Omaha indicating that he died on June 6th during the assault. As a Coxswain, he would have been steering a landing craft of some sort. His boat more than likely brought in supplies onto the beach, or members of the 5th.

Does anyone know what really happened that day to Amin?

Your kind reply would be greatly appreciated. I have a photo of Amin at my reenactment units yahoo site... Please visit it at http://photos.groups.yahoo.com/group/thebloodybucket/

Thanks so much!

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Subject: Co 501 9-22-43,


Author:
Bob Edwards
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Date Posted: 16:08:23 09/10/05 Sat

Anyone out there that was in Co501 Sampson on9-22-43 and remebers my uncle Walt Edwards he was later aboard the USS Virgo on which he was killed on 9-30-44, Also had another uncle go thru boots in Nov 1943 William Edwards, so if there is anyone that took boots with either or was on the USS Virgo please contact me at above e-mai;l address

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Subject: Earl Baum


Author:
Earl Baum
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Date Posted: 08:23:36 08/26/05 Fri

Earl Baum, 800 15 47

Earl's phone is 315 458 1580

My name is Tommy Thompson, tommy_thompson@yahoo.com, I am just doing the internet search for him to find the renuion dates which I will pass on to him.

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Subject: Sampson boots


Author:
A.J. Rose
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Date Posted: 20:26:52 08/24/05 Wed

I went thru Sampson boot camp in 1944. I'm looking for information from anyone who remembers the layout and construction of a typical recruit barracks such as interior walls, heating system, floor plan, etc. Appreciate any info.

A.J. Rose
rangepal@cox.net

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Subject: APA 232 - USS San Saba


Author:
Tim De Groot
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Date Posted: 09:31:09 08/23/05 Tue

My father, Florian "Chubby" De Groot served aboard the APA 232-USS San Saba during WWII. I'm looking for information about him and his time aboard ship. If anyone served with my father, please contact me, I'd like to talk to you . . .Thanks, Tim

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Subject: USS ALGORAB


Author:
Frank T. Ferreira
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Date Posted: 22:11:19 08/22/05 Mon

My Dad FRANK T. FERREIRA DOB July 25, 1919 served in the Navy in WWll for 4 years. His nickname is "F.T." He would love to be in touch with anyone who remembers him from the time he spent in the Navy. Thank You Fran Jackson
FFJ54@aol.com

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Subject: USS DEUEL APA 160


Author:
Sue Duncan Morelock
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Date Posted: 03:50:25 08/20/05 Sat

I am looking for anyone who may of known my dad. His name is Charlie Duncan. He served on the USS Deuel APA160, and the USS Bracken 64. Any information would be very much appreciated.

Sue Duncan Morelock

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Subject: Looking for info on: Spec. 1st Class Charles Fresher


Author:
Charles
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Date Posted: 16:26:30 08/19/05 Fri

I am looking for information anyone might have regarding Navy Specialist 1st Class Charles Norbert Fresher (may have been a Petty Officer, possibly 'A' Company Commander) who was stationed at Sampson about 1945. He was about 30 years old at that time. Any information, stories, or photos would be greatly appreciated.

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Subject: LCT 555


Author:
Edard Dyar
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Date Posted: 17:48:59 03/12/05 Sat

I would like to speak any Sailor that served on LCT555 on Omaha beach Dday.

Thanks, Ed Dyar LST 266

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Subject: APA 32- Goldsborough/DD 188 USS Goldsborough


Author:
JA Musso
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Date Posted: 10:58:12 05/02/05 Mon

I am seeking information from gents who may have served on above ship, Goldsborough, during the Pacific Theater from 1943-1945, and seen battle at Leyte Gulf, and the downing of a kimakzee, by this ship into the sea before it hit the, Seusens. My father, Ray was aboard this ship and I have very little info because he died when I was teen, 32 years ago.

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Subject: Cornelius J. Flaesch


Author:
Lee Whitehead
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Date Posted: 23:50:59 07/27/05 Wed

I saw the subject name in your database. I had a 9th-grade teacher of the same name who was a WWII tanker. Could it be the same man? Any info on him?

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Subject: USS Henrico


Author:
Kathy Hart Forehand
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Date Posted: 14:41:56 06/21/05 Tue

My father got his basic training in Sampson, NY in 1945. He graduated in April 1945 from company 180 Unit C. His name was William Leonard Hart from Montrose, PA. He was assigned to the USS Henrico in California but got sick and was never shipped out. He was medically discharged. I am his daughter looking for anyone who may remember my dad from basic training or in California.

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