Shea Naval Aviation Museum

Shea Naval Aviation Museum closed and waiting for new quarters The museum serves as a repository of photographs and artifacts pertaining to the military history of NAS South Weymouth and NAS Squantum.

Guest speakers are hosted at least three times per year. Admission is free and the museum is tended by veterans and historians who know the history of both bases. For more details about the ANA Patriot Squadron’s Shea Naval Aviation Museum go to http://www.anapatriotsquadron.org.

Michael Mac's dad was a member of HSL-74 and he recently finished an impressive build of a HSL-74 SH-2F.
08/08/2020

Michael Mac's dad was a member of HSL-74 and he recently finished an impressive build of a HSL-74 SH-2F.

Commemorative Air Force
07/18/2020

Commemorative Air Force

#OTD in 1943, the US Navy airship K-74 was shot down by the German submarine U-134 over the Straits of Florida, becoming the only airship lost to enemy fire during World War II. The crew was picked up eight hours later, except for one crew member who was lost to a shark attack.

K-class blimps built by Goodyear were used extensively for patrol and anti-submarine warfare during WWII. Their ability to operate at low altitudes and slow speeds for as long as 24 hours at a time resulted in the detection of numerous enemy submarines.

After the war, Goodyear obtained one K-ship, K-28, from the Navy as a test of its commercial blimp program. Named Puritan, it was the largest ever Goodyear blimp. Used mostly to experiment with copy signs attached to the envelope, she was costly to operate and maintain, and was was retired in 1948 after only one year in the Goodyear fleet.

06/03/2020

Members and friends of the Museum. We sent out and email to let you know that one of our members Dan Haff has passed away. Dan was a common sight at the monthly Museum meeting and at other ANA Patriot Squadrons functions. Many of you probably remember hearing Dan when he talked about military time pieces at a meeting. He supplied a clock for the A-4 Skyhawk instrument panel that was on display at the museum. I considered Dan a good friend and he will be missed.William Sargent , Commanding Officer ANA Patriot Squad

Shea Naval Aviation Museum
05/24/2020

Shea Naval Aviation Museum

Patriot squadron members Marc Frattasio, Bill Sargent, and Frank Ward repainted the signage at the Shea Memorial Grove o...
05/24/2020

Patriot squadron members Marc Frattasio, Bill Sargent, and Frank Ward repainted the signage at the Shea Memorial Grove on old NAS South Weymouth and set out small American flags at each memorial marker plaque in preparation for Memorial Day Weekend.

Here's an old squadron plaque that arrived in the mail today for the Shea Naval Aviation Museum. Former VP-92 NFO Leo Mu...
04/22/2020

Here's an old squadron plaque that arrived in the mail today for the Shea Naval Aviation Museum. Former VP-92 NFO Leo Murphy said that his wife has him cleaning up around the house, since they can't go anywhere, and she told him throw it away! If you have anything of this nature lying around the house that you don't want anymore, please consider donating it to the Shea Naval Aviation Museum. Please note that although the museum is presently closed, the museum's collection remains in storage and the ANA Patriot Squadron will engage the new master developer at Union Point regarding a plan to reopen as soon as possible after things get back to normal regarding this ChiCom virus situation.

Planes_Trains_Ships
03/30/2020

Planes_Trains_Ships

8/18 & 8/19/73, NAS South Weymouth. "VP-92 Neptune"

During the 1973 NAS S. Weymouth open house VP-92 (a reserve squadron based at S. Weymouth) had one of their Lockheed P-2H Neptune (LY-6, Bu. No. 147958, c/n 7208) on static display. The Neptune was an anti-submarine and maritime patrol airplane.

Delivered to the USN as a P2V-7 on 4/22/60, 147958 served with VP-92 from July 1973 to February 1975. She was then assigned to NAS Whidbey Island-based VP-69 (Feb-75 to Nov-75) and retired to the "boneyard" at Davis-Monthan AFB on 11/4/75. She was struck-off-charge (i.e., removed from the USN's inventory of aircraft) on 4/1/82.

Photos 1 & 2: 8/18/73
Photos 3 - 6: 8/19/73
Photo 7: by my dad , 8/18/73

PS There are some excellent photos & histories of VP-92 Neptunes at https://www.verslo.is/baldur/p2/vp92.htm

Thank you
03/29/2020

Thank you

For those who served in Southeast Asia, for those who were drafted or volunteered for military service, and for all those who served in the military during the Vietnam War time period:

We salute and honor you everyday

03/27/2020
95.9 WATD FM

Bye, bye BOQ

Numerous towns are at the scene of a two-alarm fire at Union Point in Weymouth. Updates will be posted on 959WATD.com

He's going to make the same face when he see's this post but make sure you take the time to say Happy Birthday to this g...
02/19/2020

He's going to make the same face when he see's this post but make sure you take the time to say Happy Birthday to this guy.

He's one of the guys who makes the place run whether we're open or not.

Happy Birthday Bill, from all of us.

Julia and Bill Sargent.

A bunch of photos taken by member Steve Cohn at the ANA Patriot Squadron's annual holiday luncheon, which was held on Sa...
12/14/2019

A bunch of photos taken by member Steve Cohn at the ANA Patriot Squadron's annual holiday luncheon, which was held on Saturday December 7th at the Abington Ale House restaurant- Remember Pearl Harbor!

A bunch of photos taken by member Steve Cohn at the ANA Patriot Squadron's annual holiday luncheon, which was held on Saturday December 7th at the Abington Ale House restaurant- Remember Pearl Harbor!

11/28/2019

Wishing you and your loved ones a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving

Patriot Squadron members Faith and Marc Frattasio presented a lecture about the origins of "Seven Zulu" to Sea Cadet Squ...
11/24/2019

Patriot Squadron members Faith and Marc Frattasio presented a lecture about the origins of "Seven Zulu" to Sea Cadet Squadron Seven Zulu at the NOSC in Quncy, MA on Sunday November 24th. Sea Cadet Squadron Seven Zulu was formed at NAS South Weymouth in 1964.

Patriot Squadron members Faith and Marc Frattasio presented a lecture about the origins of "Seven Zulu" to Sea Cadet Squadron Seven Zulu at the NOSC in Quncy, MA on Sunday November 24th. Sea Cadet Squadron Seven Zulu was formed at NAS South Weymouth in 1964.

Maybe we can help another vet tell his story http://kck.st/2NnKcY0
11/11/2019
Man O' War

Maybe we can help another vet tell his story

http://kck.st/2NnKcY0

Our project details the story of Air Force Veteran John Katsaros who was captured and later joined the French Resistance in World War 2

11/11/2019

11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It's a day where we stop and recognize those that have and those that are. We are all who we are because of what they do and have done.

On Sunday November 10th members of the ANA Patriot Squadron held a public dedication ceremony for a new memorial for a l...
11/10/2019

On Sunday November 10th members of the ANA Patriot Squadron held a public dedication ceremony for a new memorial for a local hero, Medal of Honor recipient SFC Jared Monti, of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division at the Shea Memorial Grove park at Union Point on old NAS South Weymouth. Several hundred people came. Among those who were there were Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund, State Senator Patrick O'Connor, Sea Cadet squadron 7Z, representatives of the US Army and Norfolk County Sherriff's Department, Paul Monti, and many Monti family members and relatives. Many news organizations were present including NECN, Channel 7, Channel 10, WATD, etc. These photos were all taken by ANA Patriot Squadron member Steve Cohn, who used to work for one of the big TV news stations in Boston before he retired.

On Sunday November 10th members of the ANA Patriot Squadron held a public dedication ceremony for a new memorial for a local hero, Medal of Honor recipient SFC Jared Monti, of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division at the Shea Memorial Grove park at Union Point on old NAS South Weymouth. Several hundred people came. Among those who were there were Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund, State Senator Patrick O'Connor, Sea Cadet squadron 7Z, representatives of the US Army and Norfolk County Sherriff's Department, Paul Monti, and many Monti family members and relatives. Many news organizations were present including NECN, Channel 7, Channel 10, WATD, etc. These photos were all taken by ANA Patriot Squadron member Steve Cohn, who used to work for one of the big TV news stations in Boston before he retired.

11/07/2019
Naval Air Museum Barbers Pt

Unfortunately, we're not the only small military museum dealing with an eviction...

Effective Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Naval Air Museum Barbers Point has been WRONGFULLY EVICTED by DOT-A (Department of Transportation - Airports) and told to immediately cease all tours, all volunteer work, all support activities. The aircraft and equipment has been threatened to be scrapped by DOT-A (State of Hawaii). The Museum was presented with a Revocation of Lease letter and Notice to Vacate based on two contentions: 1 - Lack of General Liability Insurance; and 2 - Failure to comply with Environmental Issues of oils leaks/spills. We have provided (multiple times) PROOF of insurance and we have complied with EPA and have received an inspection Closure Report to prove compliance. These documents were presented (AGAIN) today to the Airport Manager, who in turn took it to his boss and it was ignored. The Airport Manager informed us tonight that DOT-A is not rescinding it's revocation letter and is moving forward full force ahead to evict (with no explanation as to why after proving compliance). They blatantly ignored our proof of compliance in both respects. Because of DOTA-A and their UNFAIR, CORRUPT practices, our Veterans, schools and community will suffer. We need the public's help in stopping this WRONGFUL EVICTION. More info to follow on how to help. Right now, we need your support. Our historical aircraft, equipment, artifacts, memorabilia, photos, etc. are subject to loss due to the State of Hawaii, DOTA-A's unwillingness to do what is right and acknowledge our proof of compliance and RESCIND THE WRONGFUL EVICTION PROCESS. We do not want to throw away the history that is so precious to all of us. We need the public to contact our state legislatures, the media, etc. to help us with this process. We are now having to turn away Veteran's, students and the general public with no reason to give other than DOTA-A wants to use it's power to end a legacy here at Barbers Point. No longer will our Veterans be able to revisit a place so dear to so many. No longer will families of lost service members be able to return to a place of comfort and closure. No longer will we be able to teach the students about Naval Aviation History in Hawai'i. Mahalo for all that you can do to help us. Mahalo for your support. ~ From all of us at Naval Air Museum Barbers Point.

10/25/2019
Work party at the Shea Memorial Grove park on old NAS South Weymouth.  Patriot Squadron members Donald Canaday, Faith an...
10/06/2019

Work party at the Shea Memorial Grove park on old NAS South Weymouth. Patriot Squadron members Donald Canaday, Faith and Marc Frattasio, Gerti Gillen, Allen Gilman, and Bill Sargent replaced two trees that were lost over the years, repainted and polished all the memorial plaques, and put down over 50 cubic feet of dark brown mulch on all the trees and memorial plaques. Hard work, but we wanted to get the park all spruced up for the upcoming SFC Jared Monti memorial dedication ceremony on November 10th.

Work party at the Shea Memorial Grove park on old NAS South Weymouth. Patriot Squadron members Donald Canaday, Faith and Marc Frattasio, Gerti Gillen, Allen Gilman, and Bill Sargent replaced two trees that were lost over the years, repainted and polished all the memorial plaques, and put down over 50 cubic feet of dark brown mulch on all the trees and memorial plaques. Hard work, but we wanted to get the park all spruced up for the upcoming SFC Jared Monti memorial dedication ceremony on November 10th.

Lori Maver of Maver Memorials (http://www.mavermemorials.com) of Brockton, MA with the bronze plaque for local Medal of ...
10/04/2019

Lori Maver of Maver Memorials (http://www.mavermemorials.com) of Brockton, MA with the bronze plaque for local Medal of Honor recipient SFC Jared Monti that her company donated. The plaque will be installed by the ANA Patriot Squadron at the Shea Memorial Grove park at Union Point. A public dedication ceremony for the Monti memorial tree and plaque will be held at the park at noon on Sunday November 10th. More information will be provided as this date approaches.

Still deeply saddened by yesterday's news.  Though the Nine O Nine had been a frequent visitor to many airports and base...
10/03/2019

Still deeply saddened by yesterday's news. Though the Nine O Nine had been a frequent visitor to many airports and bases in New England many of may not remember the people who keep them flying. The longtime lead pilot for the B-17 was a man named Mac McCauley. Many things that were only known since yesterday...Mac was a former NFL player, laughed at millenials and liked animals and had a rule about no selfies in the cockpit...Mac also had more than 7000 hours in the B-17.

The loss of the aircraft is heartbreaking, but the loss of the people with stories like this on board is so much more.

Fair winds to you all

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For any modelers out there, a new sheet is available from these guys featuring an early Reserves Squantum bird. https://www.dropbox.com/s/vm25tmn80my2a60/48-029_USNR_F4U_F6F_Inst.pdf?dl=0&fbclid=IwAR0zGxY6EDUBmeJsTtk2uHI9P7Dyf28RijdstKuycltLpm5XTTg3t_c9_RU
My dad was an A-4 Skyhawk pilot and parents were married at the Naval Air Station South Weymouth in the Friendship Chapel 50 years ago next weekend (June 27). I was saddened to learn that the chapel was demolished in 2016, and that the pews and possibly other salvaged items were offered to couples that had been married there. The opportunity has obviously passed. Does anyone here have any leads to anything salvaged from this chapel, possible in an antique store or connect me with someone who would have any insight? I know it’s a shot in the dark, and appreciate any information. What a cool gift that would be, and a total miracle if it works out. Thank you to anyone that can help. Here’s a pic of them that day 💕 — at Naval Air Station South Weymouth.
A patch from Kenneth (Cupcake) Montgomery Avation Electrician Mate-3 Was out to Squantum, then So. Weymouth on K ships, wife was Betsy Montgomery NEX So. Weymouth. Life long residents 624 Union St a good part of the Base was part of the Angus Montgomery Estate Apple orchards, blueberries
Some of my photos from a Spring, 1981 Navy Recruitment Show at NAS South Weymouth. https://www.facebook.com/jerry.oneill.507/media_set?set=a.10213119338010726&type=3
I will be coming down to donate my Fathers So. Weymouth NAS photos
The Holbrook Historical Commission is planning a memorial service to remember Lt. Walter Heins’ brave sacrifice on October 4, 1967 Date: November 12, 2017 Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Intersection of Pine, Weymouth, Pond and Sycamore Streets Holbrook We hope you will be able to attend this event! Navy and Marine Corps Medal See more recipients of this award The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Walter R. Heins, United States Navy, for heroism on 4 October 1967, as Pilot of a jet aircraft during a training flight. When his aircraft engine developed a malfunction shortly after takeoff he radioed that he would attempt to return to the field. He skillfully avoided a densely populated area and refrained from dropping his external fuel tanks, remaining with his aircraft until it was directed toward an uninhabited woodland area. Only then did he attempt to save his own life by ejecting from the plane below the altitude required for parachute deployment, thus sacrificing his own life for others.
2 year old Nora Harrington says great job Patriot Squadron! Thank you!
The Holbrook Historical Commission is planning a memorial service for Lt Heins on Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1:00 PM To 2:00 pm at the intersection of Pine Street and Sycamore Street. We will be placing a boulder and bronze marker at this site describing the event. We hope to have an honor guard from the Naval Reserve in Quincy. Further details will follow.
Does anyone remember Lt. Walter R. Heins who took off from the South Weymouth Naval Air Station on October 4, 1967 and deliberately crashed his plane in the woods to avoid hitting an elementary school and mobile home park? Thank You! Sara Stinson Chair Holbrook Historical Commission
We do have a power washer available for when it is time to clean the A4 Skyhawk at the Shea Memorial Grove.