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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:

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“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).”

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

Smedley reports to the First Sgt in 1960

The formal entrance to NAS Alameda was located on the Oakland Estuary side of the base where Main Street comes to an end. This entrance was known as the Main Gate. Marine Corps Guards stood round-the-clock watch at the concrete block house guarding entry to the base. Vehicle drivers were asked to turn off their headlights as they approached and proper ID was requested. Visitors could receive a base pass at the adjacent building that housed military police offices.

World War II

Marine guards at NAS Alameda's Main Gate in 1944.

Cold War Era

Today: The Main Gate guardhouse and adjacent military police office building remain. Sadly, this structure has been boarded up to prevent vandalism. Just a couple of years ago, one could still walk inside the guard house or look inside the windows.

Photo credit: kmrobles©2010

Photo credit: kmrobles©2010

View today as you exit base

Photo credit: kmrobles©2010

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:

“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.

Hayworth, Jack

Caldwell, Russell