Ens. Richard "Dick" Stratton
Dick Stratton gets his wings
Chase Field Flight Schedule Board
Chase Field Flight Line 1943
Richard Brown '67-69 VT 26
Blue Angels Air Show '67
Ops Line '69 with appropriated A4 from reserve squadron
Steve Shanker "Shipping over"
Ummm.....wonder what this was?
Bob Trent & Steve Shanker '67
Inside Ops Building
Interior XO's house
Mike Melichar Ops Line '68
Promotions in the Ground Training Dept. 1968
Most are Instrument Navigation simulator instructors. That's me, Mark Webb, over the Commanders left shoulder
Miller Dining Hall
Steve Shanker '67
Bill Duryea '68
Tail Rotor UH 2B Seasprite
Old Wooden Barracks
Check out the '62 Vette in the bottom of the picture
Blue Angels Super Connie
at Chase Field air show '67
Base housing for married enlisted E4 and below. Someone said it was also known as "Splinterville" When I lived there '67-69 the rent was $30/month
Bob Berry & New Bride
Ground Training Department Promotional Ceremony -
Mark Webb, 2nd from right
Bob Rifenburg - Sand Crab - Stations Weapons
Lou Louis - Sand Crap - Station Weapons
Armando Musquez, AECS
Retirement Ceremony July 1992
Last station Senior Chief
Rich Rotzman & Paul "Pete" Lincoln
VT 26 "Animals" storm beach at Padre Island
VT 26 "Animals" invade Padre Island, TX
George Patros's Birthday Party
James Russell , front row, second from the left
Beeville Court House
F-9 on display
Picture taken in the mid '60's
William "Bill" Griffin
'67-69 VT 26
Crash crewman Bill Griffin '68
F-9's with speed brakes extended
Ed Gehrke '69 VT 26
VT 24 '84
Submitted by Malcolm Steck '69-70 Pilot for the Sikorsky CH34 "Seahorse" and the Kaman SH-2B. Malcom was also the Aircraft Commander for Chase's C-47
Since Malcolms days at Chase he's "Downsized" a bit.
LTJG Malcom Steck '69-70 SAR Sikorsky & C-47 Pilot
Malcolm Steck - Helo Pilot & Pals
Malcolm Steck practices with SAR members on how to "hang in there"
Malcolm Steck today, retired from the Eugene Police Departmen, living in Eugene, Oregon
Steve Shanker, AE-2 '67-70 Operations, prepares to get "hoisted" by Chase SAR Helo pilot Malcolm Steck during SAR training exercise.
C-47 (actually an R4D) is the Beeville "Queen", Malcolm Steck in the cockpit.
Advancement ceremony in the CO's conference room,
VT 26 Oct. 15, 1973
Richard D. Hearney - Instructor pilot (Major) in VT 25 went on to become Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corp.
Capt. G.E. Peddicord CO of NAS Chase Field in 1967
Also instrumental in getting the squash court built in the gym.
Two happy wifes in the "family way" at the Chase Field trailer enlisted housing. circa '55-58
2F23 Link Simulators in the Ground Training Bldg.
Cliff Bosworth & Ted Craft, TD's ('55-58) in the Ground Training Dept. enjoy a couple of cool ones in a hanger at a base "Open House" for the town folks.
Tracey Daniels, TD, instructs students on Instrument Navigation on the 2F23 Link Simulator in the Ground Training Dept. '55-58
May 1958 Cliff Bosworth, TD2 and Billy Brawblett, TD1 check out a circuit in the new F9F-8T Cockpit Proceedures Trainer in the Ground Training Dept.
May 1958 TD2 Cliff Bosworth familiarizes himself with the control panel of the F9F-8T cockpit simulator in the Ground Graining Dept.
Mike Kunda & Bob McGowan Circa 1969
Jim "Grog" Grogitsky AO1 VT 24 '83
AO1 Grogitsky, Mike Jahns & Louie?
A4 Skyhawk VT 24 '83
Sean Mckean, Jim Grogitsky & Mike Jahns '83 VT 24
Mike Jahns '83 VT 24
Terry Leahy '83 VT 24
Mike Willow, Sean McKean & Stretch '84 VT 24
VT 24 Promotion Ceremony Jan. 13, '84
Sean McKean VT 24 '83
Terry Leahy, Sean McKean & Glenn Witters
Sean McKean & Terry Leahy
VT 24 Hanger Promotion Ceremony Jan 6, '84
Mike Willow, Sean McKean & Glenn Witters on the right
Sean "Mac" McKean AO3 & Civilian Tech Rep Mike Willow '84
Chiefs wives take sailors to Mexico Sean McKean on Left '83
Carlos Claverino & Ed VanSuch hanging out in Squadron Barracks Dec '83
Hanging out in VT 24 barracks Dec. '83
EM Pool My guess is circa '60s
F9's over Chase Field
Larry Flowers '67-69 Operations
William Taylor VT 26 '70
F9's on the line Oct. '62
submitted by Darrell Vognild
More F9's from Darrell Vognild
Ground Training Dept. (TD's) 1968 Softball Team
Ground Training Dept. (TD's) 1967 Softball Team
Lightening strike near the base
Jerry Pitkus & Wayne Wessels Grnd Training Dept. TD's '68 In front of the Commissary Store
K.W. Taylor & Jerry Pitkus TD's '68
Wayne Wessels, TD Ground Training Dept. - '68
Ground Training Building '68
Casey Cody & Vic Drone TD BBQ '68
Invitation to VT 26 Decommissioning Ceremony
Contributed by Richard Rotzman VT 26 '65-68
Captain G.H. Duffy USN Commanding Officer, NAAS Chase Field. 1958-1959
Commander F.O. Green, USN Executive Officer NAAS Chase Field
The following 13 pictures are from the Navy Relief Rodeo souvenir booklet. May 15-16, 1959
New Enlisted Barracks
Captain G.H. Duffy Base CO 1958-59
Capt. G.H. Duffy, RADM J.C. Clifton, Mayor George Spikes of Beeville and Capt. T.D. Harris at the change of command ceremonies July 15, 1958
Capt. Duffy visits the Cobb Ranch
Capt. Duffy at the Navy League cocktail party at the Beeville Country Club
Capt. Duffy speaks to sailors who've just received their GED certificates
(L to R) LCDR Bill Oleson, Maint. Officer; LT John Damian; Capt. Stoney Mayock, USMC: CDR Ed Holley, Leader; LT Herb Hunter; LT Bob Rasmussen; LT Jack Dewenter; LT Mark Perrault
Capt. Duffy presents a check for $5,125 to Ed Diebel, Co-Chairman of the Bee County Untied Fund drive.
Santa arrives at Chase for the annual Christmas party
Joseph Purves, age 1 1/2, son of Lawrence Purves, QM1 shows his momentary unhappiness at the Chase Christmas party on Dec 22, 1958
With the main gate in the background, the ghostly sailor warns Chase Field sailors to drive carefully and not be the next sailor to meet their untimely demise.
LT Glenn Kelley has 5 year old daughter pin his wings upon his designation of becoming an aviator
CDR Link indicates number of AOCP's with 159 Aircraft aboard.
Sailors from the Photo lab contribute funds to the USS Arizona Memorial fund.
"HOW GOES IT" board is changed by K.L. RIley, YN3 from Training Admin.
Capt. L.J. Draayer, USMC and his assistant, Ben W. Allen AC2, take a ride on a wild bronc, better known as an F9F-8B, in preparation for the Navy Relief Rodeo.
Captain L.J. Draayer, USMC, Rodeo clown and his assistant Ben W. Allen, AC2, taking a ride on a wild bronc (F9F-8B Cougar jet) in preparation for the Navy Relief Rodeo. April 15-16, 1959
Captain L.J. Draayer, USMC, Rodeo clown and his assistant Ben W. Allen, AC2, cpture a pet skunk (?) while preparing for the Navy Relief Rodeo. April 15-16, 1959
Capt. Draayer, USMC, changes his Rodeo clown suit for a flight suit.
LT Col William Crowe, Chase Field Training Officer and CDR Frank Green, Chase Field XO, welcome General Randolph McC Tate upon his arrival at Chase
General McC Tate and Capt Duffy
General McC Tate and Capt Duffy exchange information over coffee, on June 5, 1959, with Flight Instructors and Students
LT Col William Crowe, General Randolph McC Pate and Capt. Duffy
New & Old Officers of the Beeville Navy League
Chase Field's "Piggy Back" guard trailer is hoisted into the bed of a pick-up, ready to go to a crash scene in a moments notice.
At a crash scene the "Piggy Back" guard trailer is opened and ready to provide a cool, bug proof lounge and sleeping quarters
With a cup of coffee in hand and a comfortable bunk, the crash scene isn't' such bad duty. The screen is a must to combat south Texas Mosquito's and bugs.
No sleeping on the ground for these Chase sailors. The "Piggy Back" trailer angles into the breeze. The men will sleep high and dry at the crash scene.
Capt. G.H. Duffy relieves Captain T.D. Harris as Commanding Officer of NAAS CHase Field on July 15, 1958
Capt. Duffy reads the Navy directive ordering him to take command of NAAS Chase Field
RADM J.C. Clifton inspects Chase Field Officers during the annual Admin Inspection June 19, 1959
RADM J.C. Clifton inspects Chase Enlisted personnel during the annual Admin Inspection, June 19, 1959
LT JG C.T. Luke Jr., ATU-203 is congratulated by Capt. Duffy upon completing 5,000 ATU-203 accident free flying hours.
Ensign Jim Lund, assisted by Donald Gray, PR-2, demonstrates a PK-2 Life raft and survival equipment to members of the the South Texas Chamber of Commerce on their tour of Chase Field on April 22, 1959
Capt. G. H. Duffy greets VADM R. Goldthwaite, Chief of Naval Air Training, Pensacola, FL as he arrives for an informal tour of Chase Field.
Executive Officer CDR F.O. Green, presents a Fire Axe to Perry Murphy, AB2, section leader of the outstanding crash crew section for the month of December, 1958
Aerographer's Mate 1st Class R.F. Freeman explains a weather chart to 5th graders of Tyler Elemtary school, while on tour of Chase Field.
A group of visiting Protestant Ministers on tour of Chase Field
Visting Protestant Ministers look over F9 emergency proceedures simulator on their tour of Chase Field.
LT. Don Martin receives a Toastmaster trophy from Chase Field Executive Officer, CDR F.O. Green for the best speed of the night.
Capt. Duffy exams the orders of Ensigns Mary Duffy and Patricia Harris. Personnel did a double take because the base was commanded by Capt. T.D. Harris before Capt. Duffy took over in July 1958
Capt. Duffy says, "So you're a Duffy," as he greets Ensign Mary Duffy and Patricia Harris. The 1st women Naval Officers to serve at Chase Field in over 2 years.
Chief Aerologist Robert Devlan explains Navy weather charts to Beeville Cub Scouts from Den 1, Pack 156
Beeville Girl Scout Father-Daughter banquet at the Officers galley on March 12, 1959
RADM J.C. Cliftion, Chief of Naval Air Advanced Trainging speaks at the formal opening of the Beeville USO
Officers Clulb 1958 - Notice the lack of trees and more importantly, no pool yet!
CO Gerald Duffy's new house 1958-1959
Don Lavendar, SH2 shows a fawn that was found on the base to children at Chase Field's nursery. June 24, 1959. Mrs H.H. Engers, supervisor of the Nursery looks on.
Easy does it...Exclaims Charlie Warren as he feeds the fawn that was found on the base. Holding the Fawn is Don Lavendar, SH 2 while N.L. Smith and W.H. Kuffler look on.
NAAS Chase Field 1958
Aerial view of Beeville with Chase Field in the background 1958
NAAS Chase Field 1958 Basketball team Front row: L-R Manager, Francis Knerr, Peter Zimmerman, James Fleming, Michael Hoff, John Dingwerth, Excel Starwood, Gary Armstrong, William Rollins, Ronald Bount. Second Row: John Consley, Edward McMillan, Maurice Mather, John Donachy, Delbert Walker, Roger Briggs, Ken CHristiansen, Clarence Wilkins, Coach Capt. Robert Schultz, USMC
Ground Electronics - Winners of the 1958 Chase Field Softball trophy
Supply - Winners of the 1958 Football Trophy
Beeville Navy League has lunch at the enlisted galley on Thursday, Dec. 11, 1958
Airman Griff Davies, of New York Mills, NY pins an ID tag on Earl Hunt, owner of Hunt Auto Comany, in conjuncton withh the Beeville Navy League visit to the base on Dec. 11, 1958
Pilot demonstrates escape technique from the cockpit of a plane if goes into the sea
Virgil Stiller, ENC cuts his promotional cake to E8
W.D. Gallatin, EOCA, left, reports to F.H. Kane, ACC CPO President, what he sees in his coke bottle binoculars.
Sheriff J.L. "Louis" Duffy, Bee County Sheriff and Captain Duffy in pursuit of armed robbers.
Vacum Sweeper for runways
Capt. Duffy presents Fire Ax to outstanding crash crew section for the month of October, 1958 to Perry Murphy AB2
Chase Field graduates and 100 hour pin winners of the Naval relief society's volunteer training program. Names are avialable upon requet.
General Randolph McC. Pate, Commandant of the Marine Corps, steps from his plane upon arrival at Chase Field on June 5, 1959.
H.F. Carey, TDAN, operates a radio navigational panel in the new flight trainer and space simulator
J.J. Sailor, TD3 operates GCI control center in the new F3D Flight trainer and space simulator
LT B.G. Duke, takes a simulated flight in a F3D-2T2/15V5 operational flight trainer.
F3D-2T2 Operational Flight and Space Simulators
Capt. Duffy, Commanding Officer and CDR Green, Executive Officer of Chase Field, ride in the opening parade in the Navy Relief Rodeo.
LCDR D.L. Flick presents Beltbuckle awards to particpants in the NAAS Chase Field Navy Relief Rodeo
LTJG Ribble presenting $100,000 to Capt. Duffy To be given out at the Bee County Centennial
Chase Park officials: City Engineer, James Hamer, CEC; Chief of Police, Floyd Kane, ACC; Mayor Donald Ramsey, AM1; City Clerk, Arthur Davis, YN1 and Social Director Mrs. R.R. Scott
Pilot in high altitude flight suit stands next to a Sidewinder missle
Gilbert & Mary Garza, Chef and waitress at the Chase Field "O" Club, stand by the food they've prepared for the going away party for Capt. G.H. Duffy on July 31, 1959
Capt. Duffy holds his final review of the men of Chase Field before he's relieved as Commanding Officer by CDR F.O. Green
D.L. Pieratt, past president of the Beeville Navy League, presents Capt. Duffy with the 1st lifetime membership in the Bee County Chamber of Commerce
Mrs. G.H. Duffy bids farewell to the Beeville Navy League.
Mr. & Mrs. D. L. Pieratt, Capt. & Mrs. Duffy, along with Mr. & Mrs. Robert Noguerra take a look at the Chamber of Commerce life-time membership.
Looks like this Skipper had a sense of humor
Capt. G.H. Duffy reads his orders at the change of commands cermonies where he was relieved by CDR F.O. Green as commanding officer.
Open House June '69 A4
Open House '69 T-38
Open House June '69 T-37
Open House June '69 VT 24's CO F-9
Open House June '69 VT 24 Hanger
Open House June '69 VT 24 Flight Line
Open House June '69 F4
Back of the Base Exchange
'69 Open House ? Aircraft
'69 Open House A7
'67 Open House Blue Angels F11's
'69 Open House A6
An OMIAS Card, for the ride of your life.
VT 25 Safety Check list for non-pilot personnel briefing
'68 AMD Avionics party at the Chase Field softball park
Shelter at the Softball Field
The Bud Tap AMD Party '68
'68 AMD Avionics party
AMD Barracks '67-70
Dave McKinnon AE2 AMD Avionics '67-70
'69 Open House visitors in VT 24 Hanger
AMD Barracks '69
AMD Barracks 2 '69
Dave McKinnon AMD Barracks '69
Robert Tice - Plane Catpain of the month, June '66 Plaque
RADM Charles Mason cuts the brithday cake celebrating NAAS Chase Fields 1st birthday on June 1, 1944
AMHC Verle V Bowes '62-64, Instructs enlisted men on the Hydraulic systems and officers on the ejection seat functions of the F11F
Tom McMaster, Senior Officer for Chase Field 1945 (7th from right in back row) The Commanding officer was stationed at and lived in Corpus Christi
At the "O" Club, Tom McMaster (Legs crossed, forefront) Senior Officer at Chase Field 1945
Tom McMaster Senior Officer Chase Field 1946 with SBD
Tom McMaster and Chase Field nurse Helen Gajda doing a little R 'n R in Port Aransas 1946
Christmas Dinner Menu 1965
L to R Jim West, Helen Gajda, Ed Arledge, Val Arledge, Tom McMaster 1946
AE 2 Steve Shanker receives a $25 bonus check for making a suggestion the Navy implemented
On the right, LT. J.W. Walker C-45 Pilot
Chase Field gets a face lift, Jan '69
Chase sailors receive awards from Kaman Aircraft
Operations Departments Advancements April, '68
Operations rating party invite Nov '68
AE 2 Frank Valenza SAR re-ups for six
Thanksgiving menu cover page Nov '68
'68 Thanksgiving menu prayer and acknowledgments
'68 Thanksgiving menu
Aerial view of Chase circa '69
Looking at the Operations Bldg from the Ground Training Dept parking lot.
LT.JG John Scales becomes Naval aviator V29249 at Chase on Oct.14, 1969
Pic provided by CDR John Alger VT 24 '73-79
CDR John Alger, VT 24 '73-79 and LT. Dave "Shrantz" Erickson flying the "Photo Bird"
PHoto Lab 1980
LCDR Ray "Tim" Hubbard Famous for shooting down a MIG
Thanks to Rich Rotzman VT 26 '65-68 for the great pic.
VT 25 Barracks '69
James McGrane VT 25 Dec '69
Terry Whitaker VT 26 '68-70 and Capt. Arnold Schmidt VT 26 CO '73-75 & Base CO '81-83 reunite for lunch just recently in their home town of St. Louis, MO.
Capt. Schmidt & Terry Whitaker get together for their second reuinion lunch in St. Louis, MO.
Chase Navigation class Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
Easter Sunrise Services at Chase FIeld 1944 Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
Chase Band marching in front of the Admin Bldg. 1944 Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
Easter Services at Chase in 1944 Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
Chase Field Main Gate 1943 Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
Chase Field Band in front of the Admin Bldg. 1943 Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
Circa 1943-44 Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
Marine Guard at the Chase's Main Gate salutes incoming officer. Circa '43-44 Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
Downtown Beeville, Circa '43-44 Notice the Chase Field bus waiting for cadets. Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
Chase Field Waves, Rosemary & KG, taken in May & June of 1944 Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
At the top, June Jennings, Chase Field Wave May 1944 Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
On the left, Rosemary Myers, Chase Field Wave, May 1944. Notice the uniform is made from seersucker material. Photo Courtesy Don Kochi
In early 1965, new VT 26 students Frank Johnson (Left) and Jim Williams (Right) have their indoctrination photo taken in front of their F11. Little did Jim Williams know but in about a year he would eject from this very aircraft just before it plowed into an alley in Sinton, TX. Jim say's, "God preformed a lot of miracles that day not only for me but the town of Sinton! I've always said that was God's 2x4 to get my attention!" Frank Johnson was not in the plane.
Jan. 6, 1986 Base CO Captain E.W. Wingerter, along with Command Master Chief Phillip Sanders greet the then VP George Bush during a hunting trip to the Beeville area. Photo & Info provided by Chief Phillips Wife, Faye Walker and his daughter Sandra Quintanilla.
Garry & Melba Leach
Pat Welch, VT 26 '60-61 stands in front of the old VT 26 barracks
Old Chow Hall
Someone parked their P51 at Chase
Pat Welch looks over crashed F11
F11's on the line
Pat Welch now wishing he'd gone to OCS
NEW! VT 26 barracks
F-11's on the line
Pat Welch standing in front of the new VT 26 barracks
Pat Welch at the EM Pool
Inside the new VT 26 barracks
VT 26 enlisted personnel circa 1960
NAS Chase Field Main Gate
Submitted by AC2 Jim Kemple, '56-58, here are a couple of frames from an 8mm home movie of Chase's original Control tower was that stationed atop what is now the VT24 hangar, before there was a Operations building.
Jim also added, the base call sign was "Beehive" and the TV-2's were "Boxer and "Bulldog" and the F9's were "Bobcat" call signs.
Submitted by Janet Jacobs, born at Chase Field on Oct 10, 1969, above on the right is her father SH2 Martin F. Williams
Front row: LTjg Stan Adams, AGC Chapin 2nd row: AG@ Mike Shelton, AG1 Frank Sims, AG1 Jay Kemple 3rd row: AG2 Dan Barton, Unkown, Unkown. 4th row: AG3 G. Appel, AG3 Wally Wynkoop, AG3 Barry Dalton
AEAN Paul Lareau, is presented the VT 25, July '78, "Airman of the month" award from VT 25 CO E.G. Redden.
Congratulatory letter from TRA Wing Three Commander, Tom Wimberly, to VT 25 Commnading Officer for job well done in the fund raising campaign for the 1978 Navy Relief Drive.
17th Commanding Officer VT-25, '77-78 Commander E.G. REdden. Photo by Airman Paul Lareau, '78
CMDR Redden was shot down over Laos, April 3, 1969 while enroute to Pearl Harbor, flying an A6A from the USS Kitty Hawk.
18th Commanding Officer for VT-25, '79-80 Commander W.R. Alcorn. Photo taken by Airman Paul Lareau, '78
CMDR. Alcorn was shot down Dec. 22. 1965 over North Vietnam and was a POW for a long time. He had extensive scars all over his back where he was "butchered" by the enemy troops, in an attempt to get information. Cmdr. Alcorn would have given his life before giving them any information.
Michael Main '69 VT 26 Plane Captain/AE Shop
Air Traffic Control GCA unit operated by Bob Brown AC2 '68-70