USS Sampson
"Through Courage and Arms"


SHIELD: Dark Blue and Gold colors are traditionally associated with the Navy, and represent the sea and excellence.  The Red Shield symbolizes valor and the RADM’s wartime service.  Two Silver Stars are to honor the highest rank awarded to RADM Sampson, upon his retirement.   Five Gold Stars represent the ships commanded by RADM Sampson; Alert, Mayflower, Swatara, San Francisco and Iowa.  Three Lightning Flashes denote the science and technology of USS Sampson, and also highlights the former ships named Sampson.  The Smaller Inner Shield displaying the embattled portion on top and lion recalls the Spanish ensign of 1898, during the Spanish-American War.  The Lion represents the courage of RADM Sampson commanding the vessels that defeated the Spanish fleet.


CREST: The Demi-Doubled Bladed Battle Axe suggests USS Sampson’s execution of military duties at sea.  The Bronze Star represents the battle star earned by the second vessel named for RADM Sampson, during World War II.  The Laurel Wreath is a symbol of honor and achievement, and commemorates RADM Sampson’s distinguished naval career.  The Heraldic Roses allude to the state flower of New York, the birthplace of RADM Sampson. The number of roses recall the various naval positions held by the RADM throughout his career, including Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance and Commandant of the Boston Navy Yard.


SEAL: The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white field enclosed by a blue oval border edged on the outside with gold rope and bearing the name 'USS SAMPSON’ at top and ‘DDG 102’ in base all in gold.

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