Sam Salmon

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R. Sam Salmon died in 2008.


Sam Salmon was born Aug. 27, 1938, in Green Bay, to Alphonse and Beatrice (Norton) Salmon. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served his country in Japan for two years. Subsequently Sam enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in England for four years where he met his first wife, Jean Wallington. They married on Sept. 11, 1959 and together they had one daughter, Karen on Feb. 10, 1962, in Denver, Colo. Following his divorce Sam returned to Green Bay where he later met and married his current wife, LaVerne (Belongia) Peters on April 25, 1970.

Sam was employed at Larsen Canning for 23 years after which he worked as a drug and alcohol counselor in Chicago for five years. He was a dedicated member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 28 years, beginning his sobriety on Sept. 10, 1980. He was grateful for every day of sobriety, and for the many friends he made with whom he worked tirelessly to provide support for alcoholics ready to work the 12 Step Program. In addition to his work with AA, hewas a committed supporter of the Democratic party, and was actively involved in the electoral campaign for Dennis Kucinich and later for Barack Obama.[1]

Communist Party's May Day Salute

In 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Weekly World, published a "May Day salute" to the "heroes in the class war zone". More than 100 unionists/activists endorsed the call, mostly known affiliates, or members of the Communist Party.

R. Sam Salmon, Chicago, was one of those listed[2].

Friends of the PWW in Milwaukee

On September 4, 1999, the Peoples Weekly World published a Labor Day supplement. This included a list of Milwaukee Friends of the Peoples Weekly World members; Ardenne Bunde, Bernice Epstein, Herman Epstein, William Ferguson, Jr., John Gilman, Mike Glabere, Arnold Gudex, William Gudex, Joe Rody, Sam Salmon, Chris Wilkenson.

Communist Party MLK tribute

On January 19, 2002, the Communist Party USA newspaper, Peoples Weekly World published a signed tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr..

We salute Dr. King’s courage and vision. He saw and struggled for an America and world that can be. We pledge in his memory to work to reorder our nation’s priorities “so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war.”

Signatories included, Sam Salmon. Almost all signatories were confirmed members of the Communist Party USA[3].

CPUSA member

in 2006, Richard Sam Salmon, disabeled retired worker/comrade, Communist Party USA Wisconsin Section*, Green Bay, WI.[4]