I didn't know that my Uncle Sam had died. I will miss him. he was a wonderful photographer, artist and uncle. Elizabeth Claire (Libby) Sturgis
Yesterday I drove over to see you. As I approached your home, I could sense you were gone. I had last seen you at the VA hospital early this year. I wanted to come see you earlier this year but time didn't permit me to. I wish I didn't listen to time now.
We had many great time at the Towers where your business was. They are forever etched in my memory. Many great time at your home also....while painting the place.
You taught me so much when I was a younger man and will be forever greatful. I still use my film cameras ..thanks to you.
Right now I know you are in your plane guarding the heavens above....
As my health is failing rapidly now, I will join you one day.....Mike Carpenter
Sam was a great mentor and inspiration to me. We shared a love of photography and he was always kind and generous. I will miss you Sam,
I loved Sam as he shared a lot of his war experience stories with me when he would visit the Yankee Air Museum on Saturdays. In later years I would wheel him around in the wheel chair in Hangar 2 at Willow Run Airport. It was really too much to ask him to walk all the way to view the World War One airplane being built from scratch. He shared a lot of photos with me, also.
In early April after reading the book "Flyboys" I tried telephoning him a couple of times to tell him the book had a lot of stories about fliers from aircraft carrier Bennington in the attacks on Chi Chi Jima.
He was one of the heroes of WW 2.
In my brief time of knowing Sam, he has left a very special feeling in my heart. Always had a cheerful smile and good morning greeting, for me everyday, no matter how he was feeling.
Had a sense of humor that always made me laugh. I feel he helped me as much as I helped him. So glad I had the time with him. May peace and love fill your hearts in his absence.