PORTLAND, Ore. - USS Sampson (DDG 102) namesake family members visited the ship in Portland, Ore., June 6.
Rear Adm. William T. Sampson's great grandson Thomas Sampson and his wife Martha visited their family namesake ship during Navy Week and the Portland Rose Festival.
Ensign Kareem Washington, USS Sampson's administration officer, had the opportunity to give the Sampson family a personal tour.
"It's an overwhelming experience to get to meet the ship's namesake family member," said Washington. "The magnitude of this means a lot to me and getting to meet him is wonderful."
The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer was authorized in 2002 and is the fourth U.S. Navy ship named to honor Rear Adm. William T. Sampson who was known for his victory in the Battle of Santiago de Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
During the ship tour, the Sampson family met with Cmdr. Tripp Hardy, Sampson's commanding officer and received a command ball cap, command coin and keepsakes from the ship.
"It is always an honor to host a family of our namesake," said Hardy. "Their loyalty and continual following of USS Sampson and our accomplishments are greatly appreciated."
"This is my second time visiting the ship, and we are happy the Navy ships are in town," said Thomas Sampson, a Tigard, Ore., native. "The tour is wonderful, and I am glad we had a chance to visit. My great grandfather left a lot of history behind and I love sharing our history with others."