Sanford in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Lt. Col John
(photograph) - "Naval Air Station Sanford"
Naval Air Station Sanford was deeded back to the City at the end of World War II and used for civilian purposes until the outbreak of the Korean War. On May 1, 1951 the Navy reactivated the station to support operations of fleet carrier aircraft. Squadrons of Carrier Group 3 were the first to arrive at the station.
(image: military insignia) - "Fighting 31"
Carrier Air Group 3 squadron VF-31, stationed in Sanford in 1951, is the second oldest fighter squadron in the US Navy.
Location. 28° 48.921′ N, 81° 16.088′ W. Marker is in Sanford, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker can be reached from Seminole Boulevard north of North Park Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. The marker is located in the City of Sanford's Veterans Memorial Park, which extends over a pier out into Lake Monroe. The marker is one of a few found
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vietnam War (a few steps from this marker); City of Sanford World War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); World War II (a few steps from this marker); Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Seminole County World War Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Seminole War (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial Park (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gate City of South Florida (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Sanford.
More about this marker. The three images featured on the marker can be described as follows:
• a sepia toned photo of Lt. Col. Bolt wearing aviator gear
• a black and white photo of a sign for Naval Air Station Sanford
• the color insignia of Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-31 (Felix the Cat carrying a lit cannonball bomb on a circular field with gold background, with "Fighting 31" written under the circle, along its curve).
Also see . . . John Franklin Bolt. Wikipedia article on the decorated pilot (Submitted on June 2, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
Categories. • Heroes • War, Korean •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 380 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.