August 2000




The Chief says......................................................... 1

DUES     DUES     DUES............................................. 1

Membership.............................................................. 2

Association Officers.................................................. 2

Questions about the Sampson (DDG-10)................... 2

Future Reunion Ideas............................................... 2

2001 Reunion Details................................................ 3

USS Sampson DD-394............................................... 6

Ships and Shipmates Exhibit.................................... 6

Book Review - "The Yard"........................................ 7

Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees..................... 7

Sampson (DDG10) Ship’s Store................................. 8

Shipmates in Distress............................................... 8

From the Editor......................................................... 8

2001 Reunion Feedback........................................... 9

Life Membership Application.................................. 10


The Chief says

                Let’s start up a test of the ships siren and whistle with a hearty “V” to Marty Hanson for the outstanding job he has done so far in researching and preparing for our Reunion in Chicago August 2001.  Look for 2001 Reunion Details on page 3 of this edition. 


He is asking for feedback so he can make any necessary changes, while there is still time.  His program is quite comprehensive and well within reason for Chicago.  My last experience with a High School reunion was $155 /night hotel, $50 banquet in school cafeteria and $15 hotel breakfasts, so we are the beneficiaries of some fine negotiating.  His advance planning will allow you to budget for additional days if you care to take in more sights. 


The “EL”, run by the CTA, is an efficient, rapid, economical way to get around town and there is a station near the hotel entrance.  You can transfer from the EL to CTA buses.  The buses run on parallel routes about ½ mile apart, so you are within walking distance of most points of interest.


The city is divided into rectangular blocks with 16 North/South named streets to the mile and 8 numbered E/W streets to the mile.  The numbering system starts with One N/S & E/W at State and Madison Streets in the heart of the “Loop”.  Other bus routes follow boulevards on more direct routes between popular destinations and points of interest.


I have printed current versions of the bylaws and roster for each member but in the interest of postage economy, I will distribute them at the reunion.  I can also provide the Life and Regular Member roster or an e-mail roster as a word document attachment to anyone requesting a copy by e-mail. I can send the bylaws by e-mail too.  If you need a copy send your request to:


Please note the list of shipmates sick or in distress and remember them in your prayers.  Until we meet again a big  “BZ” to all of the executive board and a hearty “WELCOME ABOARD” to our eight LIFE Members: Hank Mauz, Len Moss,  Alan Mohr, Don Shirey, Greg Smith, Doug Stephens, Tom Suchocki and Fred Wright.   Thank you for your confidence in the association.

Don Shirey, President




Your dues are either:

       Paid for 2001  _____


       You owe       $ _____.00   


Note: The Sampson Association dues are the least expensive of any service organization that we are familiar with. We depend on prompt payment of your dues. (2 years advance accepted)




Make check payable to:

            USS Sampson DDG10 Association

Send to:

            Dave Brandt

            One Ridge Lake Dr

            Manning, SC   29102-9512


Help us increase the size of our membership.  Contact any old shipmates and see if they are interested in joining the association.  If you have access to the internet, use that to search for old shipmates.

Association Officers   


Don Shirey  (64-68)

4865 Glen Ivy Lane  #209

Roanoke, VA   24018-7711

( (580) 776-0808



Vice president

Jim Krech  (69-72)

9710 Robert Trail South

Inverness Gr. MN   55077

( (612) 686-5896




Dave Brandt  (65-70)

1 Ridge Lake Drive

Manning, SC   29102

( (803) 478-2617




Joe Tenzer  (61-62)

PO Box 1089

Darby, MT   59829

( (406) 821-1040




Marty Hanson (61-62)

1009 Troutilly Lane

Darien, IL   60561-8819 

( (630) 686-6406




Ted Unser  (64-67)

1941 Woodmont Court

Marietta, GA   30062

( (770) 977-3707


Questions about the Sampson (DDG-10)

(the following is from Don Shirey)

Can anyone verify the fact that Sampson is still in the Inactive Reserve Fleet in Philadelphia?  If so, who is the point of contact for salvaging material from her?  I am trying to acquire some modules from the MK 1118 and MK 47 Computers for a planned display on history of naval computers from the MK 1A Computer & the MK 2 Range keeper of the 1940’s to the AN/UYK -7 & -43 Computer of the 1980-‘90’s.  The displays are destined for the Naval Shipbuilding Museum, USS Salem in Quincy MA and the “Ships and Shipmates” Exhibit in the History Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke VA.

Future Reunion Ideas

Here is a list of possible sites for 2003 and 2005 reunions.  As you may recall, last year we tentatively set our goal for a resort area and mentioned the possibility of a West Coast reunion for ’05. 


Fill out your “dream sheet” now and we’ll see what the detailer (Reunion Committee) can come up with. We will select 3 for ’03, get details and let you select one of them for ’03 at the ’01 meeting. Then we will select 5 or 6 for ’05 long range planning and narrow it down to 3 for voting on in ’03.

2003 Reunion

Goal: An entertainment location

___ Nashville, TN

___ Branson, MO

___ Las Vegas, NV


___ (other, you name it) __________________

2005 Reunion

Goal: West Coast

___ San Diego, CA

___ Long Beach, CA

___ Los Angeles, CA

__ San Francisco, CA

___ Portland, OR

___ Bremerton, WA

___ Honolulu, HI

___ Las Vegas, NV

___ (other, you name it) __________________

Future Reunion

Are you interested in a cruise?


___ Yes                          ___ No


If so which cruise do you like


___ Bahamas from FL


___ Western Caribbean from FL


___ Eastern Caribbean from FL


___ Gulf of Mexico from LA or TX


___ Pacific coast from CA


___ Alaska from WA or Vancouver BC


___ Disney package tour



___ Caribbean and Disney World


___ Bahamas and Disney World

2001 Reunion Details


On a cold, brutally windy day in Chicago, when the temperature's sub-zero and strong gusts keep you from walking down the street, the first question that will come to mind is, 'Who the hell decided to build a city and settle here?' Well, nearly three million hardy souls now call this great city home, and they can thank the mettle and vision of their Irish, Italian, German, Polish, Russian, Mexican and Asian immigrant forebears and the folks that migrated here from the southern US for creating it. This diverse mix has built a city with an unrivaled tradition of jazz and blues, an astonishing architecture, an appetite for hearty food, award-winning newspapers, universities full of Nobel laureates and some of the most die-hard sports fans you'll ever meet.


The USS Sampson Association has chosen Chicago for the site of its 2001 Reunion.  However, realizing that many of its members are sun loving people from southern climes the reunion will be held August 16 to 21, 2001, when the sub-zero temperatures are long gone. 


August can get really hot in Chicago, with temperatures from 80-90°F (27-32°C) and humidity in high percentages. This is also the peak of the festival season, with major events taking place in the parks and neighborhoods every weekend.  The schedule for 2001 has not been publicly released yet, but the enormously popular Air & Water Show on the shores of Lake Michigan takes place on this same weekend in 2000.


The USS Sampson Association has chosen an outstanding hotel for the reunion headquarters.  In these days since Chicago has been discovered as a tourist destination, all the hotels are charging rates in the $200 and up range.  We have been able to find an outstanding hotel that is charging $89 (plus tax) per night per room.  It is the O’Hare Marriott, located at Interstate 90 and Cumberland Avenue inside the Chicago city limits.  (The hotel’s address is 8535 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, Il 60631.)  The Association has also been promised free parking at the hotel during our stay.  (Most Chicago and airport hotels charge for parking.) The hotel has many other advantages.  It is close to O’Hare Airport and offers a free shuttle bus to and from the airport.  It is within walking distance of a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) commuter train station.  The hotel is a huge full-service hotel with 681 guestrooms and five restaurants and bars. 


The USS Sampson Association is planning dinners both Friday and Saturday evenings at the Marriott.  The arrangements will be similar to the Jacksonville Beach reunion at the Sea Turtle with an informal buffet on Friday night and a waiter-served dinner on Saturday night.  A breakfast and business meeting is planned for Sunday morning.  Each of the dinners will cost about $35 per person.  The breakfast will cost about $20 per person.  Check-in will be on Thursday and a reunion registration fee of about $25 per person will be collected.


Since there is so much to see and do in Chicago you are encouraged to come earlier and/or stay later.  You could probably spend an additional week or more touring all the activities from the Marriott via CTA.  We will be contacting you later with additional information on the reunion.  Registration and deposits will be requested in May or June 2001.


The prices we are quoting in this and future narratives about Chicago are subject to change.  Most of these prices were obtained in 2000 and the reunion is in 2001.


Chicago is nearby the Great Lakes Naval Training Center where most of the USS Sampson Association members attended recruit training.  We plan to take advantage of this proximity to schedule a bus tour to Great Lakes on Friday.  The tour will have to leave early, about 0730, to arrive in time for the 0900 recruit graduation.  Lunch will be available for purchase at the lakefront Port-O-Call Officer’s Club.  In the afternoon we are planning a tour of the sparkling new recruit training facilities and some of the equally new technical training facilities.  You will be astonished at the wonderful new facilities designed and built by Illinois architects for the Navy.  The Friday tour will return to the hotel in time for the evening dinner.  How many people sign-up will determine the cost for this tour.  A tour for 10 people will cost $45 per person.  For 20 people it will be $22 per person and for 30 people it will be $18 per person. 


Chicago has great museums.  They include Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Art Institute, Chicago Historical Society and many others.  We are planning a tour for Saturday that will include the Museum Campus or the Museum of Science and Industry.  The Museum Campus includes the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Soldier Field.  It is located on a spectacular lakefront location southwest of the city center with a remarkable view of the city center and the lake.  The Museum of Science and Industry is located farther south on the lakefront at a separate site.  The Museum of Science and Industry includes exhibits that should be of great interest to Navy people.  For those who have not been there, the U-505, captured on the surface by ADM Dan Gallery in 1944 is installed in front of the Museum and you can walk through the sub via a tunnel from lower level of museum.  They have everything from a coalmine to a working farm, from preserved fetuses to cancers at all stages of development, numerous, operable antique cars to an immense O Gauge electric train layout that represents the southwestern states.  There is also a modern aircraft carrier exhibit.  We plan one bus to both locations.  The first stop will be at the Museum Campus and the second stop will be at the Museum of Science and Industry.  Everyone will have the option of getting off at either the Museum Campus or the Museum of Science and Industry.  There will not be enough time to offer a tour that includes both locations in one day.  The cost for the bus will be about $32 per person for 10 people,.  $16 per person or $14 per person for 20 or 30 people respectively.  There will be additional costs for admission to each museum.  Group rates that save $2 per person are available if we have a group of 20 or more for any one museum.  The current admission costs for each museum are Adler $5, Field $8, Shedd $15, and Science & Industry $7.  There are food service facilities in most of the museums for lunch and the cost depends on what you order.  Some of these museums have extra cost exhibits inside the museum.  Some of these exhibits are so popular that tickets must be purchased in advance.  As we approach the date of the reunion the newsletter will give you information about the museums’ web sites and the extra cost exhibits that will be available at that time.


There are innumerable other attractions and activities available in the Chicago area.  Some of them include: Wrigley Field, Comiskey Park, United Center, Merchandise Mart, Symphony Center, Civic Opera House, Sears Tower and its observation deck (Sears Tower with its new high definition TV antennas is again the tallest building in the world), John Hancock building and its observation deck, Grant Park, Lincoln Park, Jackson Park, Lake Michigan lakefront, Chicago River boat cruises, Lake Michigan boat and dinner cruises, Navy Pier, Magnificent Mile shopping area, State Street shopping area, Harold Washington Public Library, Chicago Cultural Center, Ravinia Music Festival, Marshall Field’s State Street store, Carson Pirie Scott’s State Street store, Water Tower Place, Morton Arboretum, and Chicago Botanical Gardens.


Many of you will travel to Chicago by air.  Chicago’s hometown airline is United Airlines.  The most spectacular air terminal at O’Hare Airport is used by United Airlines.  The terminal was designed by Helmut Jahn, a famous current-day Chicago architect.  I should warn you however, that United Airlines has one of the worst on-time and customer service records of all the major national airlines.   The other major airline at O’Hare Airport is American Airlines.  O’Hare is nearby the reunion headquarters hotel, the O’Hare Marriott.  Transportation to the O’Hare Marriott from O’Hare is free if you use the Marriott bus.  Remember your hotel is the O’Hare Marriott not the O’Hare Marriott Suites.


The other Chicago airport is Midway Airport.  Southwest Airlines is the largest and most successful airline at Midway Airport.  Midway Airport is about 20 miles from the O’Hare Marriott.  There are several ways to get to the O’Hare Marriott from Midway.  The most expensive way is by pre-arranged limousine.  Their charge from Midway to the O’Hare Marriott is $63. If you choose to use a limousine, we recommend you use A-1 Limousine not because they are giving us a cut, but because in our experience they are the best limousine company in the Chicago area.  A-1’s phone number is 630-833-3788.  A slightly less expensive way is by taxi.  Since both Midway Airport and the O’Hare Marriott are in Chicago, the city taxis, Yellow or Checker must be used. The charge for a taxi is about $48.  Midway Airport is currently under construction.  A new parking garage has been built.  A new CTA line has been built to the airport.  A new air terminal is under construction and may not be done by the summer of 2001.  The cheapest way to get to the O’Hare Marriott from Midway Airport is via CTA.  The fare is $1.50 per person.  You will have to carry your own bags and you will have to carry and keep your bags with you when you transfer from the Orange Line from Midway Airport to the Blue Line to O’Hare Airport in downtown Chicago.  On the Blue Line you will have to get off at the Cumberland stop which is two stops before O’Hare Airport.  You can see the O’Hare Marriott from the Cumberland stop.  It is across the Kennedy Expressway and you can get there via a pedestrian overpass over the highway.


Those of you who travel by vehicle will encounter Chicago highways. Chicago highways can be very confusing.  There are radial highways into the center of the city and there are beltways around the city.  Chicago highways are always called by their names not their numbers by the local people and the traffic reporters on the television and radio stations.  The best radio reporting of traffic conditions can be found on WBBM AM radio at 780 AM.  The highways inside the beltway include: Interstate 57 (an exception to the name rule), Dan Ryan (Interstate 90 &94 south of city center), Bishop Ford (Interstate 94 south of the city center after it separates from the Dan Ryan), Kennedy (Interstate 90 & 94 north of city center), Eisenhower (Interstate 290), Edens (Interstate 94 north of city center after it separates from the Kennedy), Stevenson (Interstate 55), and Lakeshore Drive (U.S. 41).  The beltways include Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294) and North-South Tollway (Interstate 355 and Illinois 53).  The Tri-State Tollway starts at the Indiana state line and ends at the Wisconsin state line.  The radial highways outside the beltways include:  O’Hare Airport Spur (Interstate 190), East-West Tollway (Interstate 88), Northwest Tollway (Interstate 90), Interstate 57, and Interstate 55.  Interstate 80 passes east-west south of Chicago without entering the city.  For a portion of its route in Indiana Interstates 80 and 94 share the same road.  It is a major access route to Chicago and it is one of the busiest highways in the area.  If you plan to approach Chicago from the east on Interstate 80 or 94 you better allow for delays.  A bypass to the Interstate 80-294 bottlenecks is the Toll Skyway (Interstate 90) (in the southeast corner of Chicago).  The Toll Skyway is a shortcut between the Indiana Toll Road (Interstate 80-90) in Indiana and the Dan Ryan in Chicago.  The Toll Skyway is not a good route if you are approaching the O’Hare Marriott from the east because it dumps you in the center of the city on the Dan Ryan and you must drive the Dan Ryan and the Kennedy out of the city and that traffic is usually very heavy.  There is no good route to the O’Hare Marriott by automobile from Indiana.  Both the southern end of 294 and the city portion of Interstate 90 are always full of traffic except in the middle of the night.  Another unnamed highway is Interstate 65.  It ends in Indiana at the Indiana toll road.  Interstate 65 is a major route from the southeast U.S. to Chicago but the journey must be completed on Interstate 294, Interstate 94, or Interstate 90.


A major caution when you drive to the O’Hare Marriott on any of these major routes into the city is that once you get within 100 miles of Chicago on any of these routes the traffic can begin to back up very seriously.  Once you are on 294 or any of the highways inside 294 the traffic will usually always be backed up except in the middle of the night.  So don’t plan to average 60 to 70 mph near Chicago.  You will arrive much later than you hope at the hotel.  If you drive any of the routes with tollway in their name please get lots of change before you start.  There are tollbooths every 10 miles or so and the tolls are usually $0.40 but they can be anything from $0.15 to $2.00 on the Skyway.  Most tollbooths are unmanned so you must have the change ahead of time.  Be prepared!  As, I hope you can understand after reading this, driving in and around Chicago is not easy.  It can be quite a challenge if you are not used to driving in a big city.


The CTA runs the bus and train system inside the city.  The CTA train system is an above-ground and subway system that runs to both airports, Midway and O’Hare.  It provides economical transportation to the city center, and to neighborhoods and sites north, south and west of the city center.  The fare is $1.50 for each rider.  The CTA train system is not equal to the spectacular Washington (D.C.) Metro or the San Francisco BART.  It does not cover the area like the New York Subway System.  However, the cars are remarkably clean and convenient compared to what it once was.  Chicagoans are flocking to the CTA because it is so much improved over its past.


Everyone who comes to Chicago should plan to do some walking.  Even though Chicago is much more automobile friendly than cities such as Boston and Washington, D.C., it can be extremely expensive whenever you park your car.  The city has plenty of above ground and below ground parking facilities in the Loop and River North, but they are all costly.  You will be charged to park at the museums.  The loop parking garages charge $8 or more on weekends and $16 or more during the week.  Magnificent Mile shopping areas charge almost $30 for parking.  Parking in the neighborhoods is another matter.  You may have to drive around endlessly to find a rare parking place.  Plan to use the CTA and walk.  You will see more.  You will avoid the crushing bumper-to-bumper traffic.


Chicago Transit Authority:


Chicago Architectural Foundation:


United Airlines:


Southwest Airlines:


Museum of Science and Industry:


Shedd Aquarium:


Field Museum:


Adler Planetarium:


Art Institute:


Chicago Historical Society:


Metromix, A guide to what is happening in Chicago:,1419,M-Metromix-Home-X!Front,00.html


Navy Pier:


City of Chicago Web Site:


Chicago Park District:


Naval Training Center, Great Lakes:


O’Hare Marriott Hotel:


Grant Park Music Festival:


Ravinia Music Festival:


Lake Michigan Dinner Cruises:


Opra Winfrey’s Web Site:


Chicago White Sox:


Chicago Cubs

USS Sampson DD-394

Our shipmates who served on the previous USS Sampson and now eligible to join our association.  If you know of any way to find these shipmates, please let them know about our organization.  If you have a name and address, send it to Don Shirey. Either he or Joe Tenzer will contact them and if they are interested, I will send them a newsletter.


This month's issue of Tin-Can Sailor has an article about the Sampson, DD-394 on page 11.

Ships and Shipmates Exhibit

(the following is from Don Shirey)

If you are traveling I-81 or I-77 in the Appalachian Mountains this year or next, take a break in Roanoke and see the “Ships and Shipmates Exhibit ”in the History Museum of Western VA. 


We have researched the 52 ships that have been named “Roanoke”, from sail powered frigate, steam and sail Bark, steam powered side wheeler and stern paddle wheelers, a three turreted monitor in USN and a steam tug converted to gunboat by CSN, a WWI Minelayer that survived to become a transport for Jewish survivors on Crete to use for surreptitious immigration to Israel in 1947, a WW II PF, A Korean war era CL and a Vietnam era AOR.


 We have large-scale models of the bark (full rigged) the monitor, tug and cruiser.   We also have a replenishment oilier model on order. 

The Navy has loaned us models of the S-A War USS Olympia C-6, a German U-boat from WW I, a WW II LCI(L) and the CVN-70 Carl Vinson. 


Come visit us, you won't be disappointed.  We honor the shipmates from the valley who served in the navy from the Civil War to 1999 by displaying their 250+ photos and bios. 


The display was built and setup by three old chiefs: DPC Rice, the originator and cumshaw artist who acquired things, MMCS Giles, the doer and builder, and FCCM Shirey, the bean counter and recorder.  Several shipmates from Branch 41 FRA assisted us.


Book Review - "The Yard"

The following is a book review by Martin Hanson, a member of the USS Sampson Association who served in the ship from its commissioning in 1961 to 1962. 

The book reviewed is about the shipyard that built the USS Sampson, (DDG-10).

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I have read a book that I think you would enjoy.  It is The Yard by Michael S. Sanders.  It is about Bath Iron Works and Bath, Maine, the town where the shipyard is located.  Like many U.S. Navy people I have had several personal experiences with the Bath Iron Works, the town and its people.  All were highly positive.  I just loved reading this book that reinforced so well all that is good about the shipyard, the town and most of all the people who make both what they are.  The ship I started my Navy career in was built in Bath and I had the glorious opportunity to be a member of the crew that put another Bath-built ship into commission when it was brand new.


Much later in my Navy career as a reservist I became the commanding officer of a reserve navy construction battalion based in Brunswick, Maine, just south of Bath on the “downeast” coast of Maine.  My reserve construction battalion had several Bath Iron Works employees as “weekend warrior” members.  My experience in the construction battalion gave me the opportunity to meet and work in detail with these wonderful people in Maine.  My tours in two Navy ships built by Bath Iron Works taught me from the very beginning to admire the marvelous workmanship of these Americans from Maine.


            This wonderful book is full of personal interviews with all kinds of people in Bath.  It includes interviews with many Bath employees including several workers at Hardings, a new metal fabrication facility south of Bath on the famous old Route 1.  It includes interviews with management and workers at the main facility on the Kennebec River in Bath.  It also includes interviews of several Navy people including a “newly minted” sailor who left the life of a street gang member and now revels in the attention the skipper gives him during the ship’s crew training for getting underway in a new Bath ship.  There is an interview with the senior Navy officer who holds the position of Supervisor of Shipbuilding and is the senior U.S. Navy (buyer) official on site.  He is on his last tour and describes his career and what is in his future after his upcoming retirement.  The author interviews citizens of Bath who do not work at the shipyard including a young family who lives on the hill overlooking the yard. 


The description of how a huge ship is launched by sliding down shipbuilding ways and all the manual work based on years of tradition that is involved in launching a ship is unique.  This alone would make a fascinating book.   The story of how John Wayne, an invited guest at a ship launching, saves the day and gets a ship stuck on the launching ways to start sliding into the river is priceless.


The book is intertwined with discussions of the economics of shipbuilding.  As you probably know, shipbuilding, once a huge industry in the United States from the earliest days of the country, has now essentially disappeared.  Bath, Maine, is one of the places where shipbuilding started in the United States and it is the only early shipbuilding area in the country where ships are still built.  The book shows how the town supports the shipyard economically and how the shipyard supports the town economically.  It is clearly shown how everyone makes sacrifices for the benefit of the economic success of the shipyard.


The book also explains how the shipyard takes care of its workers.  Shipbuilding is dangerous business and the book shows that in detail.  Workers are injured but this shipyard takes care of its injured workers.  The book shows how the shipyard finds work for all injured personnel and sees that they continue to have an opportunity to economically contribute for the rest of their lives.


The whole tone of this fun book is summed up by a quote from a Bath Iron Works weapons system electrician, “Don’t tell management this but I’d work here for free.”   

Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees

(the following is from Don Shirey)

There is a new organization attempting to bring pressure on the Legislature to change the present law forbidding concurrent receipt of retired pay and VA Compensation.  Last year a token 100 to 300 dollar allowance was given to a very small number of disabled retirees.  The Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees organization has been formed to persuade veterans groups like us to write to our Congressman and Senators to persuade them to support legislation to permit receipt of full-retired pay with disability compensation. 


Armed Forces retirees are the only ones subject to forfeiture of retired pay.  During the 29 year interval that I have been on disability since retirement I have personally forfeited $212,617.43 of my E-9 Retired pay for VA Comp, something I would not have had to do if I had elected to accept a discharge rather than retirement and applied my 22 years to civil service.


My disabilities were minor at first, 10%, 40%, 60%, 90% and eventually 100%.  I am grateful that I have had the longevity to enjoy those 29 years of retirement, but they would have been better if I had not forfeited the 213 thousand dollars.


I will try to keep you informed on progress of the necessary legislation so you can rattle your legislator’s chains on behalf of all the disabled retirees.  Please contact you Representative and Senators on behalf of this group of retirees who have long been discriminated against.

Sampson (DDG10) Ship’s Store

Sampson ballcaps, black

(one size fits all)


Tee Shirts, dark blue                   (large and extra large)


Color photo of Sampson, 31/2  X 5             ( no shipping charge)


Video of:

     Operations at Sea


     Desert Storm




Shipping for all items other than pictures



Make check payable to:

            USS Sampson DDG10 Association


            Dave Brandt

One Ridge Lake Dr

            Manning, SC   29102-9512

               (     (803) 478-2617

Shipmates in Distress

Jan Kokkila says Bill is still comatose.  The VA has moved him to another hospital further away south of Cape Cod; so now she can't visit him.


She requests prayers for his recovery and strength for her peace of mind.  She would

appreciate cards, but doesn't have the fortitude to talk about the case. 

 (the following is from Don Shirey)

Over the past eleven months, I have been corresponding with a shipmate who is trying to get VA Service Connected Disability for injuries he received while on the Sampson in the summer of 1966 after we returned from the Med cruise. 


He was a FA, mess cooking at the time some pranksters put him into a laundry locker and poured soap and caustic powder in the vent, which he ingested and which also burned his eye.  He subsequently lost vision in one eye and has had lung problems.  He was threatened at knifepoint not to reveal who the pranksters were and so suffered in silence.


Until he went to the VA for help a few years ago, he had never revealed to anyone the source of neither his injuries nor the reason for his Unsuitable Discharge. 


I recall the “rumble” in the mess cooks compartment one night while I was OOD, in Norfolk in Aug/Sept 1966, but cannot vouch for his presence there. The CDO does not recall the event.


If any one does recall seeing a mess cook either being put into a locker or being assisted out of one, please contact me and I will give you the name of a DAV/VA rep to contact to help substantiate this shipmates claim.  The statute of limitations has long since expired for the abuse he received so there is no fear of retribution or punishment for being involved or for not reporting the incident. 


Here is a chance to help undo the results of some thoughtless horseplay that turned into a criminal act.

From the Editor

I would like to thank Don Shirey and Marty Hanson for supplying the majority of the information in this newsletter


If there is information you would like included or excluded from the newsletter please let me know.  I will try to accommodate and balance everyone's requests. 


Ted Unser 

1941 Woodmont Court

Marietta, GA   30062

( (770) 977-3707  

2001 Reunion Feedback

We plan to do much more detailed planning and finalizing of arrangements for the Chicago reunion and there is still time for your input.

Please answer the following questions:








Will you attend the Chicago USS Sampson Reunion?





How many people will be in your group?





Will you stay at the O'Hare Marriott?





Will you attend the Friday dinner?





Will you attend the Saturday dinner?





Will you attend the Friday tour of Great Lakes?





Will you attend the Saturday tour of the museums?





Do you want to stop at the Museum of Science and Industry Campus?





Will you attend the Sunday breakfast?





Do you want the reunion to include different or additional tours?  ______________________________





What type of food do you want at the dinners?

   Friday     ___________________________________

   Saturday ___________________________________





Do you have any other comments on the reunion?










Please contact Martin Hanson with your comments and input at:



phone:  877-801-9086

mail:      1009 Troutlilly Lane,

  Darien, IL 60561-8819.


Your comments and contact with Marty are not a commitment.


This is only early input for planning purposes.


Membership Application - USS Sampson Association


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(Division)               (Rank/Rate)                   (Years on Board)                            (Plank Owner ?)

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(Service)                            (Retired)                         (Age)               (Date of Birth)                 (Highest Rank)




_____ ASSOCIATE    NO Dues:  NO Vote  NO Newsletter.You are on our mailing list for reunions.

_____ REGULAR        $10 Dues: Vote, Newsletter, Notices, Roster

_____ LIFE                  Var Dues: Certificate, Vote, Newsletter, Notices, Roster

                                     LIFE Membership is based on your age and is:


Age and Fees

29 and Younger    $295                       40 to 44         $210                              60 to 64               $120

30 to 34                 $265                      45 to 49         $180                              65 to 69               $105

35 to 39                 $235                      50 to 54         $160                              70 to 74                 $80

                                                            55 to 59         $140                              75 and older          $50


1.      You may pay the full life membership fee in one payment or in ten equal monthly installments.  If you prefer to pay monthly, you should send an initial installment of one tenth of the total fee for your age group with this application.  We will enter your life membership and send you your membership card.  You will be expected to forward balance of monthly payments in a timely manner.  Your certificate will be forwarded upon receipt of final payment.  In the event a member paying on the installment plan finds that he can not continue to make monthly payments, all monies previously paid will be credited to paid up annual dues, currently $10.00.


2.      Any dues currently paid in advance may be applied to reduce the fee for your age group


3.      Please return this form to:

Dave Brandt,



1 Ridge Lake Drive

Manning, SC    29102-9512







August 2000


USS Sampson

1 Ridge Lake Drive

Manning, SC   29102