Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2003 10:25 AM

Subject: Jake Rilling

Hi Russ:  Just a line to inform you of the passing of Jake Rilling. Is there any way you can incorporate his web page into one Sampson official WEB?

Steve Bull


Jake started his site in 1999 and because of failing health did his last updates in 2001.  In 2002 I was asked to incorporate material from his site into mine to ensure that it was not lost. Most of his material and links were already on this website when Jake died. 

I have copied Jake's Message Board and other material to this directory. Other material was placed in the appropriate areas, such as newspaper articles.

Jake provided a wonderful service to his bootmates and he will be missed,  his work will live on within these pages.   

Russ 11-22-03


I had mixed feelings about "stealing" Jake's site, but this email changed that:

From: (email address removed)


Sent: Saturday, November 29, 2003 3:51 PM

Subject: Jake Rilling

Hi, I am Jake Rilling's granddaughter. I was just browsing though the site to catch a glimpse of my grandfather. It was really nice to see how his web site will be incorporated into the official site, that his work will go on and that his memory will live on. He was a great man and he is sorely missed by his family and friends. He left a great legacy and I'm glad to see that it will continue.

Thank you so very much,

Judy Wills


NOTE FROM RUSS: With the permission of Jake's Grandchildren, I tried to get access to Jake's site from Homestead.  They delayed until the payments were overdue and the site was shut down. THEN they were willing to let me BUY access.  Fortunately all of the material had already been transferred. 

I am NOT impressed with Homestead.



Sampson WW-2 Navy Veterans, Inc.

The "Official" Web Site

The Sampson WW-2 Navy Veterans, Inc is an organization of over 6000 men and women who went through the USNTS Sampson as a "Boot" (trainee), or went to one of the many Service Schools, or was a member of Ships Company during World War II. Over 411,000 people went through this facility. The Sampson WW-2 Navy Veterans Auxiliary consists of more than 600 wives and children of the veterans. Together, we have restored the original "Brig" at Sampson and turned it into a first class Naval Museum that features artifacts from Sampson and from the WW-2 Navy. Thanks to the wonderful people at Homestead, we are happy and proud to share our web site with you.Please feel free to return as often as you like. Jacob (Jake) Rilling