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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)


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:

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

Air operations for NAS Alameda was conducted in Air Operations Terminal – Building 77 – located adjacent to the taxi runway which borders the sea plane lagoon (Ferry Point Road).

The Air Operations Terminal acted much like a commercial air terminal in conjunction with its military role. The facility ncluded a Ready Room where pilots were briefed on their operation and flight conditions; a lounge were passengers and crew could get some rest, meals and refreshments; and an observation deck.

Today: Building 77 is home to the Alameda Naval Air Museum.

Cold War Era

Air Operations Terminal circa 1960


(Photo credit: kmrobles@2005)

Memories of the Air Operations Terminal

“When I was the Cpl of the Guard checking posts in the middle of the night we always used to go to the Air Terminal building for our hot coffee and snacks pick up. The  Cpl of the Guard would take orders from the guards on post, then go pick up the stuff and take it to the Marines on duty at all the base gates. Having these available 24/7 at the Air Terminal helped keep MANY a Marine guard warm on a cold damp night.”

Sgt. Kim Rodecker (USMC)

Connell, B.J.

Leighty, Dorman