NAS Barber’s Point, Hawaii

June 19, 2008


What a beauty Dave married!”  He had his own personal pin-up girl!

Sara says, “I was terrified of all those little rock crabs running around on the rock. I told Dave to hurry up and snap the picture because they were scaring me. That was why there was no smile for the camera!”   (Photo of Sara was taken on Ewe Beach in Hawaii)

Dave:  “In my ‘work attire’ in front of Chief Burdell Cobb’s house.”

 Chief Burdell & Melva Cobb


Chief Burdell Cobb is 89 years old –at date of this post:  July, 2008, and is a survivor ‘hero’ of Pearl Harbor. He said he actually used his pistol to shoot at the Japanese airplanes flying overhead on the day Pearl Harbor was attacked.  Chief Cobb said that he saw horrible, unspeakable things that day.  He was Dave’s Navy Chief on Oahu and was a handsome man of great integrity.  Melva, a jewel, had lovely red hair and was quite a looker herself.

When Sara joined Dave in Hawaii, they had no place to live because there was nothing available. The year was 1955 – Oahu was a less modern island and still a territory – not yet a state.  The Cobbs generously opened up their home to them.  Chief Cobb said, “…come on to our house – you can move in right now!” They moved their children out of their bed for them.  Dave and Sara were extremely grateful and relieved. They state that while staying with the Cobb family, they especially enjoyed their 3 fine sons.  The youngest boy had just learned to talk.  The two families had many fun beach parties, with lots of great food, good company and home-made ice cream.  One afternoon, while all gathered at the beach, Melva was caught up in a large wave that spun her around and around until she finally lost her bathing suit top.  They all had a big laugh over that one!

The women also enjoyed shopping together on the island.  Melva was a wonderful cook. The Cobbs and Dave and Sara quickly became close friends, and through the years have remained their wonderful friendship. Dave and Sara agree that there are no finer people on the face of this earth than these two dear people.

When Sara and Dave finally got housing, they moved into the home duplex directly behind the Cobbs – what luck!  One day, Sara – a young, jittery bride – went into a panic when Dave brought home a guest for dinner with no notice.  She went through the back yard to seek advise from Melva and without hesitation she gave Sara their “already prepared dinner” which fixed her dilemma.  What an angel she was that day and every day, as she extended such kindness to this young couple.

It was hard for them to say goodbye when Dave was transferred, but luckily the Cobbs eventually moved to Gentry, Arkansas which allowed them to keep in closer contact with each other.  Eventually, Burdell, with Dave’s help, was able to hire on at Douglas Aircraft and they were together once again.  The Cobbs traveled quite a distance, just a few years ago, to attended Dave & Sara’s 50th Anniversary celebration.  It made the event extra special that they were there, just as they were in the beginning!


Dave was stationed at  NAS Barber’s Point, Hawaii as part of the Air Bourne Early Warning VW-1 Squadron One from March, 1955 to September, 1956.  Sara flew from Memphis on American Airlines (Flight 657) to LAX (Flight 655) to Honolulu, Hawaii for $86.68 on July 1, 1955 to join him.

Dave Wilson as a young sailor


 The mile marker for the Post VW-1 Squadron On


This is the Official VW-1 patch for Barbers Point. The original one did not have the writing or “VW-1 on it (that was added later).  The Squadron name was the “Vanguards.” When the Squadron moved to Guam, its mission was changed and it became the “Typhoon Trackers.

Postcards & Pictures of Barber’s Point:

VW-1 Squadron One (Photo from the internet)


This was the VW-1 Squadron One area.  The Navy housing was across the street.

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David Wilson



  1. I regret to inform you that Burdell O. Cobb has passed away. He passed away 12/2/15. Please pray for our community and church.

    • We are so saddened to hear the news. Burdell was a great man and meant the world to Dave & Sara. They loved him with all their hearts. Burdell and Melva were so good to them. From the moment they met Burdell, he opened his heart and his family’s home to them and their friendship was a long one. Our love, our prayers and thoughts are with you all. I am sure he is rejoicing to finally be reunited with Melva. It was quite obvious that she was the love of his life and he missed her so. What a beautiful, loving person she was. May they rest in eternal peace.

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