Samson Memorial Museum - Ovid, New York
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N 42° 43.703 W 076° 54.330
18T E 344001 N 4732413
Quick Description: The Samson Memorial Museum is operated by veterans of the Samson Naval and Air Force Base which was located here beginning in 1942.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 8/16/2008 8:18:34 PM
Waymark Code: WM4FBV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
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Long Description:
At the onset of World War II, new naval stations were needed to train the large numbers of new recruits that were enlisting. This area was highly desirable as a new base location bacause of its flat and level ground, easy access to water for small crafts, close enough to a city to serve as a liberty port and railroad and highway access to move large amounts of people. The approval to build a base here was approved by President Roosevelt in May of 1942. Upon completion, the first recruit walked through the door on October 17th, 1942. The Navy stopped using this base after World War II in late 1946. Four years passed before Samson again became militarily important, as the Air Force needed an inland base to train recruits at the onset of the Korean Conflict. On June 25th, 1950, the Air Force began training recruits here as there was only one other training base in the U.S., located in San Antonio, Texas. In 1956, the base again closed as the Korean Conflict was over and the military no longer needed this facility for training recruits. Eventually, the property was turned over to the State of New York and renamed Samson State Park. Almost all buildings relating to the base no longer exist, however, this building, (the brig), was saved and is now used as a military museum, showcasing the history behind this once very active and interesting location.
I have included an extensive gallery of pictures of the displays that are both inside and outside the museum.
Opening hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day, 5 days a week, Wednesday through Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM and weekends only from Labor Day until Columbus Day

Open all year: No

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