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#1 Sal

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 10:25 AM

Finally got to putting away my containers from SOS. Recalling a good conversation at the show about focusing my Sampsons I took them out and had forgotten about this guy in a separate drawer. Impressed to Stephen J. Ahern, LDS.

A little background...New York departed Fort Monroe on 17 January 1898 for Key West. After the declaration of the SpanishAmerican War in April, she steamed to Cuba and bombarded the defenses at Matanzas before joining other American ships at San Juan in May, seeking the Spanish squadron. Not finding them, they bombarded Castillo San Felipe del Morro at San Juan (12 May) before withdrawing. New York then became flagship of Admiral William T. Sampson's squadron, as the American commander planned the campaign against Santiago. However, New York was taking Admiral Sampson to a meeting with Major General William Shafter when the Spanish fleet made its breakout attempt, some of her engines were disconnected which reduced her speed, and she was only able to participate in the closing phases of the battle.The Battle of Santiago de Cuba on 3 July resulted in complete destruction of the Spanish fleet.

An interesting, I think, 6 bar phase 3. The aesthetics of Sampsons is appealing to me but the multiple bar phase 3 medals are particularly attractive; maybe the appearance similar to British campaign medals gives a certain regality you them. I invite your opinion, comment and/or thoughts.

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#2 aerialbridge

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 04:36 PM

Nice Sampson.  Here's Ahern's pension card. 

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#3 Sal

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 07:10 PM

Thanks very much and for the details, every bit tells more of the story.

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 03:58 PM

Wonderful medal!



#5 Brian D

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Posted 25 March 2020 - 06:20 PM

Wow, A, that is a splendid medal.  Love these old Sampson's especially when they are "wearing" a lot of bars.  That is a real beauty for sure.  Congrats on the pick up and thanks for sharing it here with us!



#6 kanemono

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Posted 26 March 2020 - 12:32 PM

Beautiful medal!



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Posted 27 March 2020 - 07:12 PM

Thank you all for your kind input. These are my favorites

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 08:23 AM

Thank you all for your kind input. These are my favorites

 

Sal, do you prefer Sampsons to Deweys?



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Posted 28 March 2020 - 10:09 AM

Theyre tied but Im narrowing Sampsons to phase 1 and 2 right now then maybe only phase 1 in the future.

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 10:29 AM

Are you selling off your phase 3s or just not looking for more?



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Posted 28 March 2020 - 11:06 AM

Theyre tied but Im narrowing Sampsons to phase 1 and 2 right now then maybe only phase 1 in the future.

 

The only USS New York Sampson I have is a Phase 1, all original, in a NY father and son group that I posted here before.   I've wondered why he never sent his medal back for Phase III to add all the bars, since he served into the 1920s.  He also never changed the original first type gold and red ribbon on the Span Am. to the gold and blue ribbon that replaced it in 1913. 

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 11:08 AM

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#13 Sal

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 03:02 PM

Yes sadly weve had some tragic events generating high medical bills and done upcoming surgeries so Ill be moving the Phase 3 and possibly the Phase 2 items but I also am trying to narrow the focus, there are just too many to try to capture them all. Trying to stop the hoarding so to speak.
Yours is gorgeous, groupings are where I want to move into as well. So if theres a Ph 3 in the group Ill of course keep that.

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 03:41 PM

Reinhold F. Schulze Bandmaster on the USS New York.

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 03:41 PM

Rim

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 03:52 PM

THAT is great, bandmaster is so unique IMO. I was just reading a past thread about another bandmaster Sampson, under appreciated if you ask me, as opposed to a more general rate with a larger population like landsman

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 04:49 PM

Love it !

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Posted 28 March 2020 - 08:12 PM

Some amazing Sampson's here!  Great thread.  That bandsmate is a beauty Mustang!



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Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:49 AM

Here is my Sampson group to Lt. Karl Rundquist who served on the USS New York.

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 07:50 AM

Here is his GCM.

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 10:55 AM

Forgive my ignorance, but what is a phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 Sampson?
I'm confident somebody wrote it down in a topic on this site, but somehow I didn't pick it up.

Thanks and regards
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Posted 29 March 2020 - 01:10 PM

Anthony,

Im parroting everyone else when i say that Sampson is a gorgeous piece of history and equally beautifully preserved. My multi-bar Sampson is the exact same construction as yours; Im sure you know this but it looks to be a phase 1 upgraded to phase 3, as per the wire loop catch and the impressed name on the rim. Interestingly enough, your recipient was shipmates with the recipient of mine, a machinist on the New Yorker as well. Thank you for sharing!

Alex

Edited by Javelin4life, 29 March 2020 - 01:10 PM.


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Posted 29 March 2020 - 01:25 PM

Forgive my ignorance, but what is a phase 1, phase 2 and phase 3 Sampson?
I'm confident somebody wrote it down in a topic on this site, but somehow I didn't pick it up.

Thanks and regards
Herman

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 02:55 PM

Dick
Always a treat to see your wares, like a pop up museum. Thank you for adding to this

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Posted 29 March 2020 - 03:46 PM

The USS New York, flagship of RADM Sampson's North Atlantic Squadron, informal appreciation thread.

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