South Weymouth in Norfolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
History of NAS South Weymouth
Shea Field Memorial Grove
Originally, NAS South Weymouth had two enormous blimp hangers, one steel-framed and the other almost entirely made of wool. These hangers were among the largest structures in the world at that time.
On June 30th, 1949 NAS South Weymouth was closed and re-designated an auxiliary landing facility. The wooden blimp hanger was torn down and three paved runways were built between 1951 and 1953 so the base could take over the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve operations from nearby NAS Squantum, located in Quincy. NAS South Weymouth was reopened as part of the Naval Air Reserve Training Command on December 4th, 1953. All the Navy and Marine Corps reserve units that had been based at NAS Squantum were transferred to NAS South Weymouth. On October 14th, 1954 the name “Shea Field” was transferred from former NAS Squantum to the airfield at NAS South Weymouth to perpetuate the memory of Navy Commander John J. Shea, a local naval officer who was killed in action when the aircraft carrier USS Wasp was sunk off the Solomon Islands by a Japanese
Grove and A-4 maintained by members of the Association of Naval Aviation Patriot Squadron
Erected by Association of Naval Aviation Patriot Squadron.
Location. 42° 9.87′ N, 70° 56.76′ W. Marker is in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, in Norfolk County. Marker is at the intersection of Shea Memorial Drive and Memorial Grove Avenue on Shea Memorial Drive. Touch for map. This marker is on the base of the aircraft. Marker is in this post office area: South Weymouth MA 02190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk (here, next to this marker); Shea Field Memorial Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); First School House in Weymouth (approx. 4½ miles away); The First Church in Weymouth (approx. 4½ miles away); Abigail Adams Birthplace (approx. 4.7 miles away); Abigail Adams Cairn (approx. 5½ miles away); Adams National Historical Park (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in South Weymouth.
Categories. • War, World II •
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