SAMPSON
Naval Training Center
New York

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Adair crew members acquired their boot training in many camps around U.S. At least one member received it here. He was Louis R. Helsel and he remembers it well. After boot he was assigned to Bainbridge Maryland for gunnery school and then to Fort Pierce, Florida in preparation for duty on PA91-15 in the Pacific.
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Sampson, in Seneca Co., W Central N.Y., on E shore of Seneca L., 12 mi/19 km S of Geneva; 42°44'N 76°55'W. had been built 1942 as a Naval Training Station, functioned for a time after 1946 as Sampson College, a state emergency college for veterans of World War II. View  World War II Images
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Great Lakes Boot Camp still exist:
Great Lakes Naval Training Center
Past Training Centers:
Naval Training Center, San Diego
Bainbridge Naval Training Center
Farragut Naval Training Center

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...................................................................................................................................Sampson in 1943, click for more views

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Louis Helsel Page