WELCOME! This is the Home Page of the Sampson AFB Veterans Fellowhip, Inc. We are engaged in a great search for all the men and women who trained, or were stationed, at Sampson AFB, near Geneva, NY.
Originally built in 1942 as a Naval Training Station, closed at the end of WWII, Sampson was reactivated as a USAF Training Base in 1951, and for six years, until 1956, was alive with young Air Force Men and Women training to serve their country. During the period we believe over 300,000 men received their basic training and another 50,000 men and women were stationed here as permanent party.
Over fourteen years ago we created a database and are trying to locate all 350,000. An impossible task to say the least. At this time we have over 64,000 names in the database and have located over 5600.
Your help is needed to find other that were stationed at Sampson. Send us an email at "SamAFBvet@aol.com" and we will add you to the list to receive our free newsletter, The Sampsonite. In each issue you will find our information form, information on reunions and other special group travel events and many "memory" letters from men and women who were at Sampson. There are no "dues" and we rely totally on donations to support the printing and postage costs for The Sampsonite.
You are welcome to sign our guest book and leave a comment for others to read.
The 14th reunion will in South Burlington, Vermont, September 21st-24th at the Travelodge sold out; additional room block at the EconoLodge (resv: 1-800-825-1882). Sunday (21st) registration and hospitality and a mystry tour including dinner at a historic location. Monday (22nd) tour to Stowe Mountain Resort, Ben & Jerry's, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, and the Camp Meade Victory Museum. In the evening we have chartered the Ethan Allen III for a dinner cruise on Champlain Lake. Tuesday (23nd) the guys will hang at the Travelodge for memorabilia and hospitality while the gals have a special "day out" including Champlain Chocolate Factory, Vermont Wildflower Farm, luncheon, and Shelburne Farms. In the evening we have a dinner-dance at the Sunset Ballroom overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in New York State. Wednesday (24th) our tour includes Rock of Ages in Barre, lunch at Norwich University, the nation's oldest private military college, and ending the day with a group photo on the capitol steps in Montpelier followed by a reception and tour of the building. <
The Summer Sampsonite will be mailed August 11th to over 6200 Sampson AFB Vets. Sixteen pages of information and stories for those who were at Sampson AFB.
If you are not on the list to receive The Sampsonite, email us now at "SamAFBvet@aol.com" and we will get you the full details. We will need your full postal address (street or PO Box, city, zip). If you provide your basic training flight number or other information about your time at Sampson, we will check the database and see if we can connect you with others that you served with.
Walt & Mary Steesy, Reunion Hosts
PS: Our next cruise group will be to the Western Caribbean, January 10th sailing from Tampa aboard the Holland America Veendam. Drop us a note if you want the details. We have a video that you can borrow. Our group price is still below those special promotional rates that you see in the local newspapers. Contact us for more details at "WaltSteesy@aol.com"
2989 State Route 96A
PO Box 299
Interlaken, NY 14847-0299