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My Time While Stationed at NAS Agana, Guam

June 17, 2008

MORE (Pictures & Stories) TO COME – PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN!

Dave, left, with a couple of his Guam buddies

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These are a couple of my buddies from Guam.  I’m on the left.   The one on the far right was _?_ Williams (Unfortunately, his first name, along with the name of the other friend, has slipped my memory.)  Williams was from Amarillo, TX, if I remember right, and took care of ship services (i.e. tools, parts, etc.).  Last I heard, he went home and became a football coach.

NOTE:   If anyone recognizes either of these guys, I would appreciate you dropping me an email -or notifying them- so I can get in contact with them.

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Photo taken in Guam.  Quite the view!

Photo taken of Guam Beach

Featured below is the Anchor Inn beer hall, which must have been a popular hang-out, considering that I sent a photo of it to my parents.

 

Dave Wilson in Guam

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MAP of GUAM (Agana, Guam is located Middle-Top)

  

Dave (right) with a buddy

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Dave, standing in front of barracks which were across the street from the VW-1 Squadron area.

Dave stayed in what they call ‘a quonset hut.’  

The following is an example of Quam living quarters and a picture of the VW-3 Squadron Office Buildings (which were quonset huts) found on the internet.

Areal Photo:  Air Station-Brewer Field, Guam

Dave’s Guam Automobile Operator’s License

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Agana Guam “Gateway to the Orient” Patch

 

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“Not my usual means of transportation”

A Beautiful Guam Sunset

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Other Links:

Guam History and Culture

http://www.guam-online.com/history/history.htm

The island of Guam, Guahan in native Chamorro, is a true cosmopolitan community that reflects the cultures of its original Chamorro inhabitants as early as 2,000 B.C., influenced by countless European, American, Asian, Micronesian, and other people who have occupied, visited and immigrated to Guam since the 16th Century.

The Ancient Chamorro

The original inhabitants of Guam are believed to have been of Indo-Malaya descent originating from Southeast Asia as early as 2,000 B.C., and having linguistic and cultural similarities to Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The Chamorro flourished as an advanced fishing, horticultural, and hunting society. They were expert seamen and skilled craftsmen familiar with intricate weaving and detailed pottery making who built unique houses and canoes suited to this region of the world. The Chamorro possessed a strong matriarchal society and it was through the power and prestige of the women, and the failure of the Spanish overlords to recognize this fact, that much of the Chamorro culture, including the language, music, dance, and traditions have survived to this day.

Latte Stones

Latte Stones are the stone pillars of ancient Chamorro houses. Found nowhere else in the world, theLatte Stone has become a symbol and the signature, of Guam and the Marianas Islands. Original Latte Stones were comprised of two pieces, a supporting column (halagi), made from coral limestone topped with a capstone (tasa), made from coral heads, which were usually carried several miles from the quarry site or reef to the location of the house. Customarily, bones of the ancient Chamorro’s, their possessions, such as jewelry or canoes, were buried below the stones. Latte Stones are respected and are untouched. A human interloper at Latte sites may encounter Taotaomoa, or ancestral Chamorro spirits.

Archaeological milestones of ancient Guam are tied to the Latte Stones as: Transitional Pre-Latte (AD 1 to AD 1000), the larger Latte Period (AD 1000 to AD 1521), and Early Historic Period (AD 1521 to 1700). The eight Latte Stones shown here can be seen in Hagatna’s Latte Stone Park where they were transferred from their original location in Me’pu in Guam ‘s Southern interior. Today, many Latte sites can be found in Northern Guam and replicas and images of Latte Stones can also be seen all around the Marianas, such as the “Welcome to Guam” monument at the International Airport , carvings, jewelry, in print or the logo at the top of this paragraph. Read more about Latte Stones at the Official Government of Guam WEB site and Science Frontiers.Com.

The Spanish Era  1565 – 1898

The first known contact between Guam and the West occurred when Ferdinand Magellan anchored his small 3-ship fleet in Umatac Bay on March 6, 1521. Hungry and weakened from their long voyage, the crew hastily prepared to go ashore and restore provisions. However, the excited native Chamorro’s, who did not share the Spaniards concept of ownership, canoed out first and began helping themselves to everything that was not nailed down. The weakened sailors had trouble fending off the tall and robust natives until a few shots from the Trinidad’s big guns frightened them off the ship and they retreated into the surrounding jungle. Magellan was eventually able to obtain rations and offered iron, a commodity highly prized by Neolithic peoples, in exchange for fresh fruits, vegetables and water. Details of Magellan’s visit, and the first known Western documentation of Guam and the Chamorro, come from the journal of Antonio Pigafetta, Magellan’s chronicler and one of only 18 original crew members to survive Ferdinand Magellan’s ill-fated circumnavigation of the globe.

Guam and the other Mariana Islands were formally claimed by the Spanish Crown in 1565 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. In 1668, Jesuit missionaries led by Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores, arrived on Guam to establish their brand of European civilization, Christianity and trade. The Spanish taught the Chamorro’s to cultivate maize (corn), raise introduced cattle and tan hides, as well as to adopt western-style clothing. Once Christianity was firmly established, the Catholic Church became the focal point for village activities and Guam became a regular port-of-call for the Spanish treasure galleons that crisscrossed the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to the Philippines.

Chief Quipuha was the maga’lahi, or high ranking male, in the area of Hagatna when the Spanish landed off its shores in 1668. Quipuha welcomed the missionaries and allowed himself to be baptized by San Vitores as Juan Quipuha. Quipuha granted the lands on which the first Catholic Church in Guam, the Dulce Nombre de Maria {Sweet Name of Mary} Cathedral Basilica, was constructed in 1669. The original cathedral was destroyed during World War II and the present Cathedral, depicted here, was constructed on the original site in 1955. Chief Quipuha was depicted as having stood tall and robust. As the maga’lahi, in the Chamorro matriarchal society, Quipuha had the authority to hand down important decisions made with the advise and consent of the highest ranking woman in his clan, the maga’haga. During the period of the original cathedral construction, land was owned by clans and only women could ‘inherit’ land, suggesting that the maga’haga of his clan must have agreed or at least acquiesced to the decision on the granting of land. Chief Quipuha died in 1669 but his legacy had a tremendous impact by allowing the Spanish to successfully establish a strong foothold and base on Guam for the Manila Galleon trade. His statue today stands in Chief Quipuha Park in present day Hagatna

In April of 1672, Jesuit Priest Padre Diego Louis de San Vitores and his Filipino assistant were killed by Chief Mata’pang of Tomhom (Tumon) for baptizing the Chief’s baby girl without the Chief’s consent. It is theorized that Mata’pang may have acted out of frustration from being subjugated to the harsh rule of a foreign Spanish King. Whereas Padre San Vitores tried to carry out his mission in a peaceful manner, the Spanish military ruthlessly governed the local populace to protect their Galleon Routes. Regardless of Mata’pang’s motive, the death of Padre San Vitores lead to all-out war that nearly resulted in extinction of the Chamorro race. During the course of the Spanish occupation of Guam, sources have estimated Chamorro casualties to the fighting and disease reduced the population from 200,000 to roughly 5,000 by 1741, mostly women and children. After 1695 Chamorro’s were forced to settle in five villages: Hagatna, Agat, Umatac, Pago, and Fena, were monitored by the priests and military garrison, forced to attend Church daily and to learn Spanish language and customs. The Spaniards imported Spanish soldiers and Filipino’s to restock the population, marking the end of the pure Chamorro bloodline. In 1740, Chamorro’s of the Northern Mariana Islands, except Rota, were removed from their home islands and exiled to Guam . Mata’pang himself was killed in a final battle on the Island of Rota in 1680. Having been vilified for the incident that sparked the decimation of the pure Chamorro race, the name Mata’pang has evolved to mean silly.

During the 18th century, the Spanish Galleons were preyed upon by English pirates who visited Guam to take on supplies and provisions. The Galleon Era ended in 1815 following the Mexican Revolution. Guam was host to a number of scientists, voyagers, and whalers from Russia, France and England some of whom provided detailed accounts of the daily life on Guam under Spanish rule. Evidence of Spanish influence can still be seen across the island today. Early Spanish buildings, bridges, churches and forts can still be seen across the island, especially in the Southern areas. Spanish cannon still overlook Hagatna and Umatac Bays from Forts Agueda and Soledad, the Plaza de Espana, once the Spanish Governor’s Palace, still stands in central Haganta, and sunken Spanish galleons still lie under Guam ‘s crystal clear waters. The architecture and design of structures built long after the Spanish era, such as this bridge in Umatac, still have a distinctively Spanish quality.

The American Period (1898 – 1941)

Guam was ceded to the United States by the Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish American War in 1898 and formally purchased from Spain for $20 million in 1899. At the time of the turnover, the local population of Guam has grown to about 10,000 inhabitants. U.S. President William McKinley issued an executive order placing Guam within the administration of the Department of Navy. CAPT R. P. Leary was appointed the island’s first U.S. Governor. Under Navy administration, Guam experienced many improvements in the areas of agriculture, public health, sanitation, education, land management, taxes, and public works. Orders issued by CAPT Leary on August 16,1899: regulated the importation and sale of intoxicating liquors; prohibited the transfer of land without the consent of the government; regulated the celebration of church and other holidays; prohibited concubine and required that marriage rites be performed between persons that were co-habitating; prohibited exportation of certain articles in common use among the people; required persons without a trade or regular employment to plant specified commodities and keep certain live stock; regulated the keeping of dogs and other animals running at large; abrogated the Spanish system of taxation and provided a new one; established a public system of nonsectarian education; and required each adult to learn to write his or her own name within a specified time. In 1927, the people of Guam, including schoolchildren who donated a penny each, collected $703.92 to have a ship’s bell and commemorative plaque manufactured in Shanghai, China. The bell was presented to the Navy and has served distinctively on each of the three USS Guam Naval vessels. The U.S. Navy continued to use Guam as a refueling and communication station until 1941, when it fell to invading Japanese forces shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Japanese Occupation (1941 – 1944)

On December 10, 1941, Guam surrendered to the Japanese South Seas detachment forces after a valiant defensive struggle by the island’s Insular Force Guard and a limited number of U.S. marines. Guam became the only populated U.S. soil to be occupied by another country in World War II. Guam was renamed “Omiya Jima” and for 31 months, the people of Guam were forcibly subjected to intolerable hardships administered by the Japanese military. Although some measure of religious practice and business activities were permitted, atrocities, grenade slaughters and rapes were common. Concentration camps were established by the 29th Division of Japan’s Kwantung Army and approximately 600 Chamorro’s were executed. Some Chamorro’s were beheaded when the Japanese learned of the 3-year humanitarian effort by Chamorro’s to successfully feed and hide U.S. Navy radioman George Tweed who escaped in the initial invasion. Tweed’s cave is a popular “boonie stomping” destination on Guam today. Many landmarks of the Japanese occupation, including gun emplacements and tunnels can still be seen around the island of Guam today.

Liberation and U.S. Territorial Status (1944 – Present)

The campaign for the liberation of Guam was marked by record tonnage of naval bombardment in which thousands of Japanese and Chamorro’s lost their lives and the city of Hagatna was nearly destroyed. American forces landed on July 21, 1944 at Asan and Agat beaches. In honor the bravery and sacrifices of all those who participated in the Pacific Theater of World War II, including soldiers, sailors and marines of the United States, Japan, Australia, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the Soviet Union the landing area has been designated as the “War in the Pacific National Historic Park“. During the following bitter three-week campaign, 7,000 U.S. and 11,000 Japanese lives were lost before Guam was reclaimed and once again under American administration. Today, July 21st , Guam Liberation Day, is a major Guam holiday. All Government offices and most businesses are closed as the island celebrates with day long fiestas and a parade down Marine Corps Drive in Hatagna.

Due to its strategic position, Guam was used as a command post for U.S. Western Pacific operations until the War concluded in 1945. On May 30, 1946, the U.S. Naval Government was re-established. Although concluded over 50 years ago, Word War II still exerts a major influence on Guam . Relics and evidence of the War are still evident all across the island and divers can survey wrecks of Japanese, American, German and other ships and airplanes under Guam ‘s warm clear waters. On January 24, 1972, the last Japanese World War II holdout, Sergeant Shoichi Yokoi, was discovered in the cave in which he been hiding since his unit was scattered by the advancing Americans in July 1944. Sergeant Yokoi’s cave at Talafofo falls has been preserved as a popular attraction for visitors.

As the Westernmost U.S. soil in the Pacific, Guam today remains a strategic outpost for the U.S. military. In 1949, U.S. President Harry S. Truman signed the Organic Act making Guam an unincorporated territory of the United States with limited self-governing authority and granting American Citizenship to the people of Guam. In 1962, security clearance requirement for travel to Guam, which had been in place since World War II, were lifted permitting Guam’s economy to flourish and opening and influx of new residents of diverse nationalities and races such as Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indian, Pacific Islanders and Caucasian.

People and Culture

Guam of today is a truly cosmopolitan community with a unique culture, the core of which is the ancient Chamorro heavily influenced by the Spanish occupation and the Catholic Church. Strong American influence is also evident in the celebration of many public holidays, the form of Government and the pride in being U.S. that is displayed by the populace. Guam ‘s culture has also been influenced and enriched by the Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Micronesian immigrants each group of whom have added their unique contributions. The present population of Guam, 2006, is approximately 171,000 of whom roughly 37% are Chamorro, 26% Filipino, 11% other Pacific Islander with the remaining 26% primarily Caucasian, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, all of whom bring their cultural heritage and customs and contribute to Guam ‘s unique culture and appeal.

The core of Guam culture, the Chamorro, is characterized by a complex social protocol centered upon respect, caring, accepting and helping one another. Inafa’maolek, or interdependence, is a central value in Chamorro culture which depends on a spirit of cooperation. Historian Lawrence Cunningham in 1992 wrote, “In a Chamorro sense, the land and its produce belong to everyone. This is thearmature, or core, that everything in Chamorro culture revolves around. It is a powerful concern for mutuality rather than individualism and private property rights.” The culture is visibly manifested in the kissing of the hands of elders, passing of legends, music, dance, chants, courtship rituals, handicrafts, burial rituals, preparation of herbal medicines, and requesting forgiveness from spiritual ancestors when entering a jungle. Glimpses of Guam culture are evident in local legends and folklore such as the taotaomona (ancient spirits), doomed lovers leaping to their death off Two Lovers’ Point (Puntan Dos Amantes), and Sirena, a beautiful young girl who became a mermaid.

Spanish Influence

The Spanish occupation was based on conquest and conversion to “save the heathen souls”, implemented by force, which nearly resulted in the total extermination of the pure Chamorro race. However, the Spanish failed to recognize that the Chamorro culture was matrilineal and largely ignored the influence of the Chamorro women, which likely accounts for the fact that the Chamorro culture has endured to this day. The greatest influence of the Spanish over Guam ‘s culture was through the Catholic Church which has, since the 17th century, been the center of village activity. Today, every village has its patron saint whose feast day is celebrated with an elaborate fiesta, to which the entire island is invited. These fiestas, whereupon by duty, extended families contribute food and work to cook for the village guests remain a key attribute of the culture of Guam to this day. Spanish influence is also evident much of Guam’s present day architecture, especially in the Southern Villages such as this Spanish bridge in the village of Umatic.

Historical and Cultural Landmarks

Guam has an abundance of historical and cultural landmarks and points of interest that cover all perioed of Guam’s history to include the ancient Chamorro, Spanish era, Japanese occupation and Liberation.

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45 comments

  1. Hello! Very interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!

    Yours, Raiul B.

    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language.


  2. Hi,
    I am Piter Kokoniz. Only want to tell, that your blog is really cool
    And want to ask you: what was the reason for you to start this blog?
    Sorry for my bad english:)

    Thank you:)
    Piter Kokoniz, from Latvia

    NOTE: Piter, this blog has been set up to honor my father for his lifetime
    of service to our nation and for being a wonderful dad, along with wanting
    to share all his wonderful stories and information.


  3. I was just telling my children about riding a water buffalo at school during Chamorro days. This brings back so many memories, we lived on Guam for 6 years while my dad was stationed there.

    I think I still have a few booklets from school over there, may just have to dig those up to show the children also.

    Again, thanks for bringing back all those great memories!!

    Deana


  4. I was in Guam in 1980 and here was an explosion at the fuel farm and a buddy of mine was killed. Do you know of this incident? I’m having rouble locating the exact date. Any info would be appreciated. You did an exxcelent job at putting this together


    • From information I received there was an explosion @ the diesel loading rack there in the main compound and one man was killed. I was there from 1962 until 1967 with a break in 1965.


  5. Nice Post.

    I look forward to more similar postings like this one. Does this site have a newsletter I can subscribe to for new postings?

    Response: No, sorry. We do not have a newsletter.


  6. awesome to see pictures of the past… wish you had more to post. I enjoyed every picture. Thank you..


  7. I lived on Guam during Typhoon Karen. My father was XO aboard the USS Wandank ATA 204 based at Naval Station. We lived in Lochwood Terrace. My father LTJG J.B.Clark lost his life in a shipboard accident on Oct., 19 1963.
    I attented Piti Elementary School. I’ve remember a a Captain Clark on the island and his daughter, Abby, was in my 5th grade class under Miss Loots. Lots of memories of the tank battle ground, Gab Gag Beach, fried wild bananas, Fiestas and fresh coconuts. Also spent hour upon hours snorkeling at Gab Gab and exploring and diving in caves.

    Steve Clark
    League City, Texas


    • Greetings Mr. Clark,
      Your mentioning Typhoon Karen is interesting. Do you recall any experiences during and after the typhoon that you wish to share? I am researching this time period in reference to a crash that occurred in December 1962 at Nimitz Hill. From the information I gathered, many Naval and Air Force dependents were evacuated from the island after the typhoon.

      My condolences on the loss of your dad at a young age.

      Thank you for sharing some of your enjoyable moments while stationed on Guam. I wonder if the Piti Elementary School you referenced was a concrete built structure which across from the Veteran’s Cemetery? Guam has been visited by many typhoons and has undergone drastic changes to both infrastructure and landscape. Once again, thank you for sharing your experiences while living on-island.

      Edward Mendiola Jr.
      Dededo, Guam


  8. I was on Guam in 1958 and 1959 in VW3. I found this site very interesting. I enjoyed my time on Guam.


    • Tom,

      My grandfather was CO of VW-3 from 1955 through 1958. CDR L.M Madden…. do you remember him there while you were stationed with VW-3?


    • I was on guam from 1958-1969, in VW-3 , ATN3, with tom harpering – joe gleydura


  9. My husband Lt. Jim Livsey was stationed on Guam 1948 1950 along with our three children He was with AACS We lived in a quanset hut I loved the weather and the beaches. I’m 90 now and will always have fond memories while living there. Anita Livsey


  10. MY NAME IS MICHAEL ( MIKE ) FELTES..I WAS STATIONED AT NAS AGANA FROM DEC 7, 1960 TO JUNE 1962. I WAS IN MESS COOKING 4 MONTHS AND THEN SPECIAL SERVICES 14 MONTHS…I HAVE PHOTOS FROM THAT PERIOD OF TIME WHILE STATIONED THERE…WHEN I FIND THE PICS, I WILL TRY TO POST SOME…


  11. I was stationed at Andersen AFB, 1958-58 with the 1958Th AACS.
    I returned in 1960-1962 with the 27th Comm Sq and Lived off base in Yigo and then on base. I was stationed again in the 27th Comm Sq. I landed at the NAS, I Have also a lot of great memories of Guam. Would like to hear from anyone that was stationed there during that time . Also pictures. exirman61@aol.com


  12. My dad, Robt. D. McDuffee, was stationed at Agana in 1958. I went to Mong Mong elementary school. He flew on an AJ2P, and was returrning from the PI when his plane was lost at sea on October 18, 1958. No one survived the crash. They searched for 10 days.


    • Nancy, do you have the tail # of the plane your dad was on, by chance? So sorry for your loss. That is so sad. I thank and honor them all for their service and great sacrifice.


  13. I was stationed at NAS Agana in 1965 and 66 we used to hang out in Talafafo a lot. In the bay there was a half submerged mini submarine on the beach. Anyone know anything about this?


  14. I served on Guam from jan 1970 to jun 1971 and worked in the galley for the 1st 3 months then worked 10 days a month on the fuel farm. that was the best duty I ever had. 24 hours on and 48 hours off. it was literally fabulous place. my favorite was the f4 fantoms, P3’s, c130, seaplanes, hu heli, A4’s, A6’s, C141, C5 galaxy, wow, those were the days. great memories, great duty.


  15. I was there with VW-1 from August 1966 until March 1968, alternating weather flights with night surveillance flights over 7th fleet out of Chu Lai, RVN.


    • I was with VW-1 from 3/67 – 6/68 when I transferred out to attend Sub School. I worked in the COMM Shack with Pat Bonnani and Harry Lind… also hung out with Michael Angelo..

      Larry Bittner


  16. I lived on Guam twice – once from July 1969 to June 1972, as a kid. My father was in the Navy and worked on Nimitz Hill. We lived on NAS. THen again from June 1983 to June 1986 when I was active duty in the Navy. I as an NFO and was an EA-3B navigator.

    I have very memories of the place. As a kid, it was wonderful seeing all the new cool airplanes – the 747s from PaNam and JAL would fly in the a few times a week. ANd I’d occasionally see the C-5s, also new at the time, fly into Anderson AFB. I recall the Blue Angels coming out once – that’s when the flew F-4s.

    When I was there the last Japanese straggler on Guam was found. I forget his name but he’d been hiding out in the jungle for 28 years.

    I have lots of great memories of the place.


  17. I was stationed at nas agana from 74-76 in VQ-1


    • LeRoy, You visited my dad’s website and left a comment. Your email was attached to the comment. I am trying to catch up with reviewing the comments and copying them for my dad.


  18. What year(s) were you in Guam? I was there in 1958


  19. I was AK3 with VW-3 from 1957-59. I have a few photos somewhere. I will try to locate them.


  20. After leaving Radioman Class “A” School in San Diego, my first duty
    station was NAS Guam until my security clearance was final, then on
    to NavComSta to the crypto center. Was a boonie stomper on my days off and loved to snorkle beyond the reef spear fishing. Lost all my photos in a flood so unable to post any. Was there from 1961 to
    1963. Many beautiful memories of the sunrises and sunsets. Lived
    off base for a while in a quonset hut and was almost a civilian again.
    Left there to make Sasebo, Japan my home port while on the USS
    Cacapon AO52. “Duva Devine” was painted on one of the cliffs and you could see it from the transport ship we arrived on. USNS Daniel
    I. Sultan. I too rode a water buffalo up to the Tarzan river where I would go fresh water swimming. Drowned there but was revived to
    tell the story.


  21. I was stationed at NAS in 64-65 and at that time two survivor were seen by some of the village people. Search parties of Marines and a few of us who had been “boon dogeling” joined in on the search. We were briefed by a previous survivor from Japan and pamphlets were dropped over the jungles telling them the War was over and no harm would come to them. We did locate a cave they had lived in and found an old billfold of one survivor. I believe they were able to identify the survivor however after a couple of week the search was called off. The last survivor finally came out in 1969 6 months after his partner had died.
    Phil Dieckhoff


  22. Hafa adai! I have found memories of the 26 by 8 mile Island. I was stationed on Guam from 1969 through 1971 at the Naval Air Station, Agana, Guam assigned to Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 3 (VQ-3). 1st 3 month in the Mess Hall, then next 3 months making airplane parts supply runs and the remaining time as a Yeoman with VQ-3. We flew C-130s. I hear that the squadron relocated back to Barber Point in 1981. I retired in 1994 from the Naval Reserves as a 1st class Yeoman Joseph E. Evans.


  23. I lived at NAS Agana while serving with AirBorne Early Warning Squadron 1 ala: VW-1 (Typhoon Trackers ). I noted several interesting comments, Many of these items are mentioned in more detail on our web-site at http://vw1assoc.org/


  24. Mr. Wilson, thank you for sharing your memories while stationed on our island. It has certainly been a great many years since and much of NAS Guam has truly changed. If you are able to reply, I am seeking information about a crash which occurred on December 4, 1962. Would you know something about the incident or perhaps forward my inquiry to a veteran who would share a personal account.


    • Dear Ed, Thank you for visiting my dad’s website. I print all the comments for him. He is now 89 and doing quite well. I am working on a book about his life and hope to be done soon. I will post the information on the site when done. Please follow the website if you are interested in seeing future posts.

      As far as the accident you inquired about. I suggest that you contact Craig Fuller @ aair@aviationarchaeology.com. They will probably have it or be able to find it for a fee. Best wishes to you.


      • IN REFERENCE TO THE PLANE CRASH..I ARRIVED ON GUAM ON DECEMBER 07, 1960..THERE WAS A PLANE CRASH AROUND DECEMBER 4 1960..IT HAD TAKEN OFF AND SLAMMED INTO THE MOUNTAIN…I LEFT ON JUNE 15, 1962..IT IS THE ONLY PLANE CRASH I KNOW OF EXCEPT THE MISSING FLYING TIGER PLANE LOST AROUND THE MARINAS TRENCH IN ABOUT 1962..I REMEMBER THAT ONE BECAUSE I WAS PART OF THE SEARCH PARTY..


      • This was after the time my dad was in Guam. He witnessed a crash into the Officer’s Quarters (which killed and injured quite a few on the ground and on the plane) while he was there. He was also there when a search plane (searching for another downed aircraft w/crew) crashed into the inside of a volcano. His bunk mate was on that flight. Everyone was killed. So tragic.

        I looked at my old emails and Craig Fuller wrote: “My reports only go up through 1955 as that is as far as the reports are fully declassified. You can get reports from the USAF Safety Center after 1955, but they will be edited. To request the report, you will need to know the exact date.”


  25. WAS STATION AT NAS BETWEEN 1970 AND 1973, WOULD LIKE TO FROM OTHERS WHO WERE THERE THEN. I WAS A FLT ENG. ON THE STATION C121 AIRPLANE..


    • Was on Guam from July 69 to July 71. Maintained the Radar simulator for the EC-121, it was located on the housing side of the runway on NAS


  26. Hi, this Wayne Isham here. I was stationed at N.A.S Guam Feb 1962 – June 1963, Worked as on the old R2000 engines and A.G..E equipment. Left Guam for VR 7, Moffett Field CA, then onto to VA 127 NAS Lemoore CA.


  27. At NAVCOMMSTA GUAM (Finegayen) 67 thru 69 – met some others at the Aero Club and got my first ride in a C-170 (ultimately got my PP, Inst, & multi). Saw many C-121s going & coming. Seems strange to read that NAS Agana is closed; then again, so is NCS. Fair Winds & Following Seas, Shipmates. Tom D. RMC USN



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