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By the end of the Korean War, Patrol Squadron VP-47 had made three deployments in support of United Nations forces in Korea and made a home port change to Alameda, California. Here the squadron acquired the new P5M-2 seaplane. Adopting as their motto, “The Best in the West,” VP-47 flew the Navy’s most modern seaplanes on four deployments to Iwakuni, Japan.

The next five years VP-47 won the Dual Pilot Aircraft Safety Award in 1955, the Commander Naval Air Pacific Forces “Fleet Battle Efficiency” Award in 1956 and the Chief of Naval Operations Safety Award for seaplanes in 1957 with over 7,000 accident-free hours flown.

P5M-2 Marlin aircraft on the line at NAS Alameda – circa 1955 (Photo courtesy of David Putnam)


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Sherwood Z. Jeffries

Tour of Duty: 1955-1957

Unit: VP-47

Top Classification: Unknown

“We flew P5M-2 seaplanes.”

B.J. Connell – Commander

Tour of Duty: December 24, 1942 – July 22, 1944

Unit: Assembly and Repair (A&R)

A&R Commanding Officer

Commander Connell was the second commanding officer of Assembly &     Repair – NAS Alameda.

L.M. Grant – Captain

Tour of Duty: September 4, 1940 – November 20, 1942

Unit: Assembly and Repair (A&R)

A&R Commanding Officer

Captain Grant was the first commanding officer of Assembly & Repair  NAS Alameda.

Russell Rodgers Caldwell – USMC (Dates of enlistment unknown)

Tour of Duty: 1980 to 1983

Top classification: Unknown

Unit: Marine Barracks

“I was at NAS Alameda from 1980 to 1983 at Marine Barracks. We guarded the nukes, (base entry) gates, and policed on base. What a pretty place to have lived for three years.”

Jack Hayworth – USMC (Dates of enlistment unknown)

Tour of Duty: 1966 -1967

Top Classification: Unknown

Unit: Marine Barracks

Contact Information: firecapt42@sbcglobal.net

No photo available

“I was in the Marines on this base in 1966 – 1967.”

“I’m looking for Rodney Fisher who was also stationed at NAS Alameda in that timeframe, or anyone else who served in the Marine Barracks at that time. Please contact me (e-mail shown above).”

Richard M. Nixon – Lt. Commander

Tour of Duty: 1944-45

Unit: Executive

Administrative Officer

Raymond S. Watson – Commander

Tour of Duty: 1960

Unit: Overhaul & Repair Department

Production Planning Officer

“Smedley” was the Marine Barracks mascot in the late 1950’s and early 60’s.

Smedley reports to the First Sgt in 1960

Kim P. Rodecker – USMC (7/20/78 to 11/26/86)

Top classification: Sergeant

Tour of Duty @ NAS Alameda: 12/78 to 7/81

Contact info: krodecker@aol.com

“I served as a U.S. Marine with the Marine Barracks, N.A.S. Alameda from December 1978 to July 1981 and have never regretted it. I worked my way up from Private (E-1) to Corporal (E-4) in the time that I was there. I even earned a Base recommendation for Marine of the Month in July 1979.

I started my posting as a basic Marine security guard standing gate duty. Once I received my secret clearance, I was given duty inside the high-security area on the base where weapons were stored. This bunker was nicknamed The Hole by marines who served their.

I eventually became a Cpl of the Guard, and N.C.O.I.C. (non-commissioned officer in charge) of the high-security area. I even became the main instructor for the guard school that all new incoming marines had to go through before they could do duty at NAS Alameda. Normally, the guard school was 3-4 weeks long.”

1979 - Cpl Rodecker stands adjacent to the Marine barracks ready for Base Reactionary Force duty

1980 – Graduates from Marine Barracks Guard School. Shown here are: 1) Gunnery Sgt. Joy; 2) Cpl. Rodecker; 3) SSgt. Lopez; 4) Capt. Craig.