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USS Samuel Gompers AD-37

USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37) was a destroyer tender, the first of her class, and designed to be a floating repair shop for ships of the U.S. Navy either in port or at sea. It was named for Samuel Gompers, a distinguished American labor leader during the late nineteenth century.

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Latest Activity: Jan 30

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Comment by Craig Lami on December 26, 2009 at 12:11am
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. Stay safe for the rest of the holidays.
Comment by David Bese on October 29, 2009 at 7:18pm
After spending 19 months on the ground in I Corps, RVN; I boardedd the Sammy G in San Diego; February, 1971 until EOAS Nov. 6, 1972. Served in 'R' Division; DCPO shack (right behind Chief's Mess, Starboard.)

The one WESPAC; 9 months long was where she became Fast Attack Tender (FatSam) while deployed to VietNam.
Comment by Marlon Leon Tett on October 20, 2009 at 8:41pm
Hey Robert,

Let me first say that I'm glad that you joined this site...the names and information is priceless.

You bring back the early 1970's in such memoriable fashion, with such cool-ass sailors as Steve-bo; who was married and lived off base, where I used to hang out and cop my trees from...the boys couldn't hang out there too long because of the Misses. I forgot about Battle Larry, and Artis; I am so impressed by that brain of yours!

A few things; one, are you still living in Cincinnati? Secondly, I sent you an e-mail in your "inbox" on this site. I prefer that you use my "yahoo" for personal dialog and we can use this site for the rest of the naval crew when we take a stroll down memory lane, so I need your personal e-mail address because I want to sent you some picture.

Speaking of picture, I appreciate you adding a photo, but I want to send you plus you send me a photo of our navy days. We are both older our our present photos doesn't give us justice when we were thirty-one or two years younger. My memory is not as sharp as yours...sorry:-( Next time I talk to my family, I want to make sure I represent you in the most proper and respectful way; so shoot me a naval pic to my yahoo account and I will do the same for you.

Anyway Robert, you have made my! I'm looking forward in continuing this wonderful conversation...oh, by the way, I see JB periodically, we hang out and talk; I told him to sign up on this site but he says that most the members was on Sammy way after he got off, and couldn't relate to his time...well, maybe he might reconsider this point of view after reading some of your comments...thanks for the thoughts! Let's keep in touch.
Comment by Robert Stewart on October 19, 2009 at 6:01pm
Hey Marlon/Aangel, I am from Cincinnati, Ohio, I knew chili Will from Baltimore, Curt from Chicago, Larry Wilcox, Steve Brown from L.A. and his cousin Artis, Petty Officer Owens, and Battle from Virginia.
Comment by Marlon Leon Tett on October 13, 2009 at 9:55pm
Where are you from Robert? Did you to school in Pasadena, or are you from some place else and we met on the Gompers? Do you know who "Chilly Willy" was...Curtis...Petty Officer 2nd Class Owens? Plus, are you living in California right now? You spent week-ends at my parents, you making my brain cells go crazy!!! I need pictures Robert...I need pictures :-)

By the way, what a great memory...Dee Dee and D'Artanyon will be father died last year, but he too would have gave you a high-five...job well done sailor :-)
Comment by Robert Stewart on October 13, 2009 at 8:22pm
You should remember me. You have a sister named DD, a brother named Dartanyan, you dad was a musician, I used to spend weekends at your home in Pasadena on Altadena Dr.
Comment by Robert Stewart on October 13, 2009 at 8:18pm
Yes I remember J B with the beard
Comment by Marlon Leon Tett on October 13, 2009 at 7:50pm
Hey Robert,

You must know me if you remember the "TD" mobile, do you remember JB? Where is your picture ID sailor? Now, I'm trying to remember who you are...hey, I will be in the chat room for a few minutes if you can make it's on this website.
Comment by Robert Stewart on October 13, 2009 at 7:11pm
I was on the Gompers from Jan. 73 til july 75
Comment by Craig Lami on October 1, 2009 at 12:16am
I made 2 WesPacs on the Fat Sam and didn't complete either one. The one in 75, I was in Hawaii, Okinawa, Sasebo, Yakuska, Hong Kong, and Olongapo. I had to leave ship in Olongapo because of a death in the family. I don't know where the ship went next. I caught it in San Diego when it got back. The nexty on in 77, I went as far as Olongapo and ended my tour there. I transfered to DATC/FMAGPAC for 2 years, then back to the Gompers for the duration of my enlistment.

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