March 2000




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

From the Editor......................................................... 1

DUES†††† DUES†††† DUES............................................. 2

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

Treasurerís Report.................................................... 2

Sampson Shipís Store.............................................. 2

1999 Reunion Pictures.............................................. 3

Previous Sampsons.................................................. 6

USS Sampson website............................................. 6

Other Organizations................................................. 6

Looking for information............................................ 7

Membership.............................................................. 7

Shipmates Lost or in Distress.................................... 8


The Chief says

It was indeed a pleasure to see so many of you at the Sea Turtle in October.We were blessed with good weather, good food, and an abundance of memories, old and new.For those of you who were not able to make it, I hope to see you in Chicago in September 2001.Marty Hanson, our 2001 Reunion Coordinator has already started looking for locations in two different categories.

The first are hotels with banquet facilities, meeting rooms, and the usual amenities, in the $100 a night range.The second is medium priced motels that do not have dining facilities and all the amenities of the larger facilities, but which are adjacent to a restaurant that can provide the dining facilities and meeting rooms needed.

At the suggestion of the ladies present this year, I have asked him to investigate the possibility of a day tour to a TV show production (like Oprah) and a shopping tour to the Loop.For the men, he is investigating a RTC graduation ceremony, lunch, and a tour of some school.An old "bb stacker" like me would enjoy the "Greenhouse" most (GM School).We will keep you informed and let you voice your sentiments regarding costs, programs, facilities, etc. through the coming year.

Now is the hour for a few Kudos.The first goes to Dan Smith and Dave & Bonnie for all of their individual and collective hard work to ensure that the 1999 Reunion ran smoothly.The second goes to Joe Tenzer for all his knowledge and patience in helping us to communicate effectively.The third one goes to Jim Carr for finally fulfilling our dream of a website dedicated to Sampson.I would be remiss if I didnít thank Jim Justice for his newsletters and Jim Krech for editing the By Laws which we adopted this year.We are well on our way to creating a lasting and fitting tribute to our shipmates and to those who have preceded us in the previous two Sampsons.

A new category of membership has been created in the By Laws for LIFE Membership.Please look the attached application and dues rates and give it your serious consideration.

We welcome our first Life Member, Henry H. Mauz, JR.ADM, USN Ret.He served aboard the Sampson as Executive Officer from 1970 to 1972.†† Welcome aboard Admiral, your certificate will available as soon as the design is approved and printed.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who expressed your confidence in my leadership for the next biennium, and for each and every one of you who support the programs of the Sampson Association by paying your dues in a timely manner. I will strive to produce paper copies of the Roster and the By Laws printed up during the first of the year to be distributed to Regular Members in good standing, dues paid up to date.In closing, I hope that our Eternal Father will protect and guide all of the officers and members in fulfilling their mission in the association and in their daily interface with family, community, and country that you all have so proudly served.

Don Shirey, President

From the Editor

This is my first attempt at the 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




Your dues are either:

†††††† Paid for 2001_____

††††††††††††††††††††††††† or

†††††† 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

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

IGH 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

Treasurerís Report

Report for Sampson Reunion 1999 in Atlantic Beach, October 21-24 1999



†††† Donations††††††††††††††††††††††††††


†††† Received from Shipmates


††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Total






†††† Lunch Friday††††††††††††††††††††† ††


†††† Bus Driver Tip††††††††††††††††††† ††††


†††† Hotel††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


†††† Transportation†††††††††††††††††††

†† 965.00

†††† Snacks††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††† 112.35

†††† Flowers†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†††† 31.95

†††† Cards††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††† 2.15

†††† Postage†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

††††† 35.13

†††† Video Tapes††††††††††††††††††††††

†††† 10.15

†††† Pictures††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††

†† 10.50

†††† Refunds††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


†††† Refunds Trans. Cruise†††††

†† 180.00

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† Total


†††† TOTAL (loss)

- 217.26


Respectfully submitted by Dave Brandt, Secretary/Treasurer.

Sampson Shipís 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

†††† Homecoming

†††† Desert Storm

†††† Decommissioning

†††† Ceremonies


Shipping for all items other than pictures



Make check payable to:

††††††††††† USS Sampson DDG10 Association

Send to:

††††††††††† Dave Brandt

One Ridge Lake Dr

††††††††††† Manning, SC†† 29102-9512


††††††††††† Dave Brandt

††††††††††† †† ( ††† (803) 478-2617

††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††

1999 Reunion Pictures



Rear (l-r)


Bonnie Brandt, Dave Brandt, Dan Smith, Don Richards, Greg Couture, Steven Carter, Jim Krech

Front (l-r)

Greg Krawczyk, Pat Richards, Mary Jane Couture, Trudy Carter, Renee Krech



Rear (l-r)

Don Shirey, Buddy Cox, Art McCauley, Bill Wilson, Ken Ponthier, Gil Porter, Wayne Dennis, Glenn Eckert

Front (l-r)

Jane Cox, Juanita McCauley, Cindy Wilson, Vanessa Ponthier, Nanette Anderson, Phyllis Dennis


1999 Reunion - Banquet


Rear (l-r)

George Neville, Jack Oles, Ron Larsen, Marty Hanson, Bob Jones

Center (l-r)

Lowell Rayborn, Jack Suarez, Frank Valenza, Bill Crawford, Joe Tenzer, Stan Snyder, Don Stevenson

Front (l-r)

Frank Millette, Cathrine Millette, Gabe Suarez, Cookie Crawford, Carol Jones, Teresa Stevenson





Our speaker Capt. Marty Hanson

Vanessa Ponthier, Juanita McCauley, Bonnie Brandt

1999 Reunion - Luau



(left-right) Trudy Carter, Steven Carter, Dan Smith, Greg Couture

(rear left-right) Stan Snyder, Gil Porter, Don Shirey

(front left-right) Ted Unser, Darlene Unser, Don Stevenson



(left-right) Bonnie Brandt, Frank Millette, Catherine Millette, Frank Valenza, Jack Suarez, Gabe Suarez

(left-right) Stan Snyder, Don Shirey, Marty Hanson, Trudy Carter, Steven Carter, Dan Smith, Greg Couture


1999 Reunion - St Augustine Tour



St Augustine tour

(front to rear, left-right) Don Shirey, Stan Snyder, Ted Unser, Darlene Unser, Bob Jones, Carol Jones, Teresa Stevenson, Ron Larsen, Dan Smith



Previous Sampsons

There were three ships in the U.S Navy named Sampson in honor of Rear Admiral William Thomas

Sampson, hero in the Spanish American War.


U.S.S. Sampson - DD 63

DD 63 June 27, 1916 -June 15, 1921



1110 tons (1125 full)


310 (wl) X 295/6 X 91/3 feet


29.5 kts


122 - 136 (war)


4 - 4"/50

2 - 3" AA

12 - 21" torpedo tubes

DD 63 was one of six Allen class destroyers.


U.S.S. Sampson - DD 394

August 19, 1938 - November 1, 1945



1850 tons (1125 full)


371 (wl) X 361/6 X 101/4 feet


37.5 kts


7,500 miles


200 - 230


8 - 5"/38

8 - 1.57"

12 - 21" torpedo tubes

DD 394 was one of four Somers class destroyers.These ships were considered heavy destroyers or squadron leaders and when completed they had the most powerful torpedo broadside in the U.S. Navy.

USS Sampson website

The official website of the U.S.S Sampson Association is:


Other Organizations


Tin Can Sailors

Tin Can Sailors, Inc.

P.O .Box 100

Somerset, MA†† 02726-0100

(508) 677-0515


Gunner's Mates - 1st GUNS of the Fleet

Association of Gunner's Mates

P.O. Box 247

Hammond, Indiana†† 46325


US Navy Cruiser Sailors Association

Treasurer USNCSA

Vernner F. Milewski, Jr.

P.O. Box 611

Niantic, CT†† 06357-0611


Navy League o the United States

Navy League of the United States.

2300 Wilson Boulevard

Arlington, VA†† 22201-3308

(703) 528-2333


Destroyers Online


Sampson WW-2 Navy Veterans, Inc.


Destroyer Escort Sailors Association


Historic Naval Ships Association



If there are other related organization that you think the would be of interest to the members send the information to:

Ted Unser

1941 Woodmont Court

Marietta, GA†† 30062

( (770) 977-3707

Looking for information

Dear Shipmates,


I received the following sea story and query from a friend of mine, Jerry Grunwald.


When you discussed Sampson it brought back a memory of the ship when it was home-ported in Athens.I had to take a team over to inspect all ships home-ported there.The Sampson was going through an overhaul and her sides were all red leaded.They took the ship out on sea trials before they painted her sides and I thought that would never happen back in the states.I wonder if any of your future shipmates took a picture of the ship at sea . . . painted in red lead.


At the head of the pier where the ship was moored in Greece was a cement plant.The cement dust used to coat the antennas and did wonders to the ship's ventilation screens.They had to put up with a lot.


If anyone remembers this, or has pictures, let us know.


Marty Hanson

1009 Troutilly Lane

Darien, IL†† 60561-8819

( (630) 686-6406




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.


The following information is taken for the USS Sampson Association By-Laws.


Membership of the Association shall consist of the following classes:




Non Members






Regular Members ( R )

Former officers and crewmembers of all ships named USS Sampson who desire to receive all mailings of the Association and to exercise their right to vote on Association business and have paid full dues for the current fiscal biennium are Regular Members.


Associate Members ( A )

Former officers and crewmembers of all ships named USS Sampson who do not desire to receive the newsletter of the Association or to exercise their right to vote on Association business and have paid reduced dues for the current fiscal biennium are Associate Members.


Honorary Members ( H )

Spouses or families of deceased or incapacitated former officers and crewmembers of all ships named USS Sampson who desire to receive the newsletter of the Association are Honorary Members.

The Executive Board may, from time to time, award honorary membership to distinguished individuals to further the objectives of the Association.Dues will not be levied upon this class.


Inactive Members ( I)

Former officers and crewmembers of all ships named USS Sampson who do not desire to receive any mailings of the Association or to exercise their right to vote on Association business and have not paid their dues for the current fiscal biennium are Inactive Members.


Life Members ( L )

Regular and Associate Members who elect to pay a one-time fee based upon Regular dues multiplied by a factor of actuarial tables based on the applicants age at the time of application are Life Members


Non Members ( X )

Persons who served on any ship named USS Sampson at some time, as authenticated by muster roll, cruise book lists, and other quasi-official documents are Non Members

Their names will not be included in the Crew's Roster, but will be distributed occasionally for recruiting purposes.


Deceased Members ( D )

Shipmates of all ships named USS Sampson who have answered their last muster will be listed separately in an Honor Roll.

Date of death will be inscribed along with deceased's name and rate.





Shipmates Lost or in Distress


Jim Auten (SM3, 65-67) sent us the following news on the death of one of our shipmates, Roger Grissom (ETR3, 64-67).Roger died of non-Hodgkinís lymphoma after having a bone marrow transplant.In the last couple weeks of Rogerís life, Jim was with Roger and his family.They both talked a lot about the Sampson and how much they enjoyed those days.Roger was buried with a Sampson hat that Jim bought him.


Linda Gilbert reported the loss of her husband Arthur on October 2, 1999 at 10:20 AM from complications arising from muscular dystrophy.Art died peacefully with Linda by his side.He was a Master Chief Machinists Mate aboard the Sampson from 1964 to 1968.Art was a devote Catholic and will be missed by all that knew him.


Jan Kokkila reports that her husband Bill remains comatose since he suffered a massive stroke while driving his car in August 1999.He remains in VA Hospital, White Plains, Boston MA.Bill was a FTG1 in 2nd Division on the Sampson from 1966 to 1969.He made FTGC while on shore duty at Bainbridge before retiring on a medical disability.