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Vero Celebrates Three Years of Air Training







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U. S. NAVAL AIR STATION I.


VOL. 2--No. 16


VERO BEACH. FLORIDA


24 NOVEMBER 1945


VERO'S StORY

ONE OF CHANGE

AND DEVELOPMENT
There Ire probably many ilin
new stationed at Vero Beach who
ire wholly unaware of the fact
that Jt one time its purpose was
the training of dive bomber pilots
and crewmen; that at another
time it was to devote its efforts
to the training of day fighters;
and that during one period it was
partially utilized as well as a boot
c. mp.
The story of the Naval Air Sta-
tion, Verc Be:ch, is perhaps one
of the most interesting in the en-
tire comnmad. Commencing with
a few runways, a heap of sand and
severall acres of grove the present
plant was evolved. It wasn't easy
Por did it come at once. As a mat-
ter of tact some of the most prom-
inent additions have come within
I:e past year.
When Comindin er II. L. Young
USN came to Vero Beach in No-
vember 1942 to accept command
of the newly commissioned activity
he found practically no buildings
completed and only a skeleton
crew. But the first few months
o' 1943 saw both the buildings
and crew grow by leap. and bounds
so that when he turned the com-
mand over in the summer of 1943
to Commander D. T. Day Jr. USN,
the new commanding officer re-
ceived a working and workable
establishment. The complement of
personnel had grown from 5 offi-
cers and 275 men to 167 officers
and over 1000 men.
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COMMISSIONING CEREMONIES


Captain H. L. Young UJSN saluted the flag as it was first being
raised over NAS Vero Beach on 24 Nov-n'ber 1942 in a reremoiny
during which our first commanding officer accepted command over
the station after its commissioning by Rear Admiral A. B. Cook
USN, Chief of Naval Air Operational Training at that time.
Local city officials witnessed the ceremony and the high school
hand participated. Accompanying Admiral Cook were his aide, his
chief-of-staff and many high ranking dignitaries.


NAS VERO BEACH
REACHES THIRD
ANNIVERSARY
It isn't everyday that you have
the chance to congratulate your-
self.
However, on this, the Third An-
niversary of Vero Beach N,"val Air
Station, congratulations are in or-
ler. Ver, Beach is three years old
today.
Reckoned in the cold light of
lima, Vero would be but in its
swaddling clothes. But Vero was a
robust child and grew to maturity
coon after its hirthl Th'le demands
of the era in which Vero first saw
the light of day dlid not brook
wrth adolescent periods. When Vero
Beach w s commissioned as a Na-
val Air Station it becFme of age
overnight.
True the station suffered the
usual amount of growing pains,
but they were soon ended and
Vero took its place alongside the
other air stations of the nation in
training men for the great task
-f winning World War II.
Some of you have been here
hinee the beiinniing. Many have
hpd a long term of service :,board.
Still others are comparative new-
c 'mers. B'ut one and all can well
he proud of the record that is
Vero's.
When war was at our doorstep,
Vero buzzed the full twenty-four
hours of the day with planes and
men all working toward one goal.
With final and complete victory
Vero Beach Nival Air Station is
nearing an end. Through the three
years, under four commanding of-
ficers, Vero delivered the goods.


OUR FOUR COMMANDING OFFICERS


Captain R. C. Warrack USN
8/22/45 continuing

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Captain E. R. Peck USN
6/26/44 to 8/22/45


Captain D. T. Day Jr. USN
7/28/43 to 6/26/14




Captain H. L. Young USN
11/24/42 to 7/28/43









PAGE TWO THE BUCCANEER 24 NOVEMBER 1945

THE BUCCANEER TRAINING OFFICERS
UNITED STATES NAVAL AIR STATION
Vero Beach, Florida
An Activity Of The Naval Air Operatio ,al Training Coi,,,'nrld it'i '


VOL. 2--No. 16 24 NOVEMBER 194;)
COMMANDING OFFICER ............ CAPTAIN R. C. WVARRACK, UJi\
SUPT. AVIATION TRAINING .---...... ..---.. COMDR. R. HARMED, .USA
EXECUTIVE OFFICER-....- .. LT. COMDR. II. G. MACINTOSH, USNR
EDITORIAL ADVISOR ..... ....... LT. CoMmn. R. II. SIMMONS, USNR
EDITOR-- .. -- ---------- P. E. TEHANEY, Y3c, USNR
MANAGING EDITOR -.. .... ..--...... ..- SALLY JACKMAN, SIC USNR
AMUSEMENT EDITOR ... ......... -- W. E. PENTECOST, I'3c, OSNR
In compliance with EXOS:AO(iub)WBW :bmcd, dated 28 May 1945,
"The Buccaneer" is published bi-weekly without cost to the United
States Government and is distributed free to all hands aboard the
Naval Air Station, Vero Beach, Florida, and the outlying activities
attached thereto. It is not an official Navy Department pulbication,
,ind no article contained therein should be construed as the opinion
of the Navy Department. It is printed commercially in the interest of
station personnel. All contributions and criticisms from members of
the activity will be welcome. "The Buccaneer" receives Camp News-
paper Service material. The re-publication of credited matter is pro-
hibited without permission of CNS, 205 E, 42nd St., N.Y.C. 17. "The
Buccaneer" is a member of SEA (Ships Editorial Association). R1pub-
lication of credited material prohibited without permission of SEA.

Lt. Coindr. H. G. MacIntosh USNI Ensign Jean W. Otto USNR
Executive Officer WAVES Administrative Officer


Commander R. E. IIarmer USN,
our present Training Officer came
to Vero in October 1944 from ail
illustrious tour of duty in the I'l-
cific as Executive Officer of t'i
first night fighter squadron to g-
into combat, VF(N) 75, and :i-
skipper of VF(N) 101, the fiiI
squadron to be c.irrier based. Prinr
to that he ha: heen a member
of the famous Project Affirm :in
Quonset which was t'e original
night fighter development unit.


t1. Col. S. M. Morrow, USMC


Lt. Comdr. Baxter Haynes JUSNR
Executive Officer
8/16/43 to 7/31/45


Lt. Coinlr. John L. Baker
Executive Officer
11/22/42 to 8/16/43


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USMC, was ordered to \ucii in
January 1945 to serve a- ( o1111
manding Officer of the Mai in..
Night Fighter Operational Train .
ing Detachment. Prior to that bhi
had served duty in the eii trI
Pacific and had gone to Englnill
with a Marine group to study
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Incarceration, Conflagration, Administration, Salvation


The main station Supply Building '
(bottom below) was the first
structure to be completed on the
I:asQ end prior to the commission-
ing dale nearly all offices then
aboard were contained somewhere
in its confine;. The first sick bay
was even there. But the quantity of
supplies soon forced them out and,
in time that quantity grew so great
that it was necessary to construct
a warehouse to handle aviation
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The second building to be com-
pleted on the station was the Ad-
ministration Building (left). In the
early months all offices except
Supply were included in its walls
and all hours of the day men could
be seen heading out from it for the
sand heaps and the growing shells
of buildings in which they hoped
soon to commence work, Later only
the offices concerning the admin-
istration of the station's affairs
were housed in this structure.
Nowadays it serves as a focal
point, for there those discharge
papers are instituted.


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The first chapel was constructed in August 1943 but by June 1944
it had outgrown its building and additions were required. In the
early days Catholic services were held either in the chowhall or
movie hall; no protestant services were held.

The imposing sight of powerful
fire fighting equipment and am-
phibious rescue vessels together
with the hurly burly of the garage
is a familiar sight to every man
--. on the station. Neat lawns, picket
fences and friendly dogs have al-
ways been symbolic of the boys in
the firehouse and their pride in the
property has contributed to the
note of orderliness and tidiness
that is characteristic of the sta-
tion. The garage, starting Nwith but
a small unit, has grown alri~bst
beyond the bounds of its property.


The first and list thing that men coming to Vero see is the Main
Gate (top left) and, while some have a little trouble getting in
or out at times, those memories should be nothing but good.
The typical Marine efficiency is ever there and the "Semper
Fidelis" sign is always in evidence. But the main gate is not


the only place where the Station Marine Detachment functions.
Under its commanding officer come the civilian guards, the sea-
man guard, the roving patrol and the general security of the
station as well as the brig, whose interior is familiar to few hut
whose exterior (top right) is a guide post as a turning off place


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Barracks Builders Breathless

Keeping Pace With Progress


When NAS Vero Beach was first
constructed evidently no one ex-
pected it to be the thriving hive
of activity that it grew to be, for
only a hank of six barracks we're
erected. It was not long before
those plans were altered to include
eight. Those eight were all from
the same plan and erected in two
banks of four each. If the men who
have been stationed in Vero in the
past year and a half could have
seen the sand mounds with bar-
racks atop them they would hard-
ly believe that the same setting
could have been transformed into
the present one where men can
sunbathe on the lawns and toss a
ball about in their own front yard.
New Barracks Added
When aircrewmen for the dive
bombers were ordered here, ad-
ditional barracks space became
necessary and plans were formu-
lated for the erection of numbers
9 and 10. Before they were com-
pleted, though, the station had
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changed its mission to the train-
ing of day and night fighters,
and the aircrewmen moved on.
But the buildings did not go idle
fcr a day, because the new program
called for a larger complement of
men than we had ever had before.
As a matter of fact, rather than
having a surplus of barracks space,
Vero found itself confronted with
not enough, and barracks 11 was
constructed. Just when it was felt
we were catching up with the
problem, the radar program was
stepped up, and Marine Air Warn-
ing Squadron Thirteen was ordered
here to augment our overworked
crew. That really took up all the
space we had. So Vero, which had
started out with plans for six,
then eight finally found itself
crowded even with eleven.
Cooks Want Privacy
The cooks, being a rather exclu-
sive lot, felt from the very begin-
ning that they wanted to live
apart. Knowing their propensities
in that direction, a separate cook
shick (bottom, lower left) was
built near the Brig and adjacent to
the chowhall.
The firehouse boys, although per-
haps not imbued with the same
exclusive feeling that the cooks
had, still wanted a place of their
own. It was always believed that
it was because they wanted to he
near their work. Never discourag-
ing such an attitude, the station
erected some Dallas huts as bar-
racks for them behind the fire-


house (lower left, top).
But, if the station had trouble
satisfying the wants and demands
of these small groups, they ran
into honest-to-goodness finickiness
when the WAVES arrived. First of
all, trying to satisfy their desires,
a barracks was erected on the sta-
tion itself large enough to house
all the girls expected. That pri-


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Top left: Waves' Beachland Bar- Lower right: Enlisted Men's Bar-
racks, located on beach front. racks; west, tier.


Top right: Enlisted Men's Bar-
racks; east tier, fronting on tennis
courts and playing fields.

Middle right: Station Waves' Bar-
racks; across from Ships' Service
and Recreation Building.


Pictures lower left:
Upper: Firemen's Barracks; lo-
cated adjacent to firehouse.
Lower: Cooks' Barracks, localed
near galley.


marily included the crowd in the front Florida resort hotel. But the
Link Trainer outfit, but it wasn't war had been hard on the building
long before the station realized and that, together with the odd re-
thbt more and more WAVES would quirements of a domicile for wom-
be needed and negotiations were en, required some time on the part
commenced to acquire the Beach- of Public Works to whip the struc-
land Hotel on the ocean front. hire into shape.
When that deal was consummated rAVES Fussiest of Al
the WAVES at Vero became one
.f the few groups to be housed On the fifth of September in
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GREW, BUT NEVER FAI7VT ENOUGH


No quarters for officers were
available on the station until early
in January 1943 when certain
rooms of the BOBQ (bottom) were
ready for occupancy. That building
was shortly completed and served
for all officers until May that year
when the number of students as-
signed to Vero for training made
it imperative to open the JOQ (hot-
tomm left). And no sooner was the
JOQ opened before it became in-
adequate and an addition almost
id-uhlin it\- ire ,a- built.
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Int the beeiiinning onlyv he LBIQ
"arldrillOni a u.ed hill "hen it
"H- Olliri.iu n, all lime- aRtlitl)
n:, Iraniir'erred to the .100Q nard-
ronm and galle'. The B(tt "anrd-
roomw, "hirli had lain idle lot onme
time, "a- *on' ei led in tile springg
of thi \%ear ,iinI an ificer-' club
t) .eile d4 a1 Iirleu- for enter-
tainment.
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ficer and Training Officer, were
the only houses on the base until
Public Works completed remodel-
ing in July 1944 some old farm-
houses that were on the property
into what is known as "Chief's
Row" (third from top) opposite
the Chief's Club.
TRAILER UNITS
No further additions were made
until June 1945 when 20 trailer
housing units were completed and
made available to enlisted and of-
*ier per-r.r.nel. Cenleietil aho t ..
ronnillin(II head and I'iniidr Iiuilil
i'l the-e unit- w-il ed III:;a \ a; Ih u-
in_ problem.
\t the end of ihe iai tIhe bla-
Ilund it elf te'erilshil) 1ii coin-
pleling some 50" lo"-rco- h'.,uine
unit-, uhidh wouldd go far tiianid a
ciiiplele -,,lutii-n. hut |iiing --
came ulo"lI after that. I "lio ir r.
ii pilee of ihe act 'lihat occupants
had to pritlide the manoili '.I
Iheir n"ii furniture, the Iiniir-
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foat Facility at Fort Pierce under the direction of the Command- site was taken over from the Coast Guard and shore facilities
ing Officer of Vero Beach, maintains a regular patrol of the were built for personnel. Dallas huts are used to house personnel
coast line in the Vero area. The Facility was established in and mn-c.:nle shops. A 274 foot wooden dock with five finger piers
January 1913. Originally the boats operated from a dock leased extending 88 feet toward the channel provide docking space for
from a private concern. With growth of the activity the present boats assigned to the activity.

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Auxiliary Boat Facility, Indian River, Vero Beach, Florida Auxiliary Boat Facility, Lake Wilmington, Florida


Port Mayaca Auxiliary Boat Facility is located at the mouth of
the St. Lucie canal at Lake Okeechobee. One 33 foot plane re-


arming boat, and a 24 foot plane personnel boat are in use at
Port Mayaca. The boat facility crew consists of seven men.


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NA..S, Witham Field, Suart

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The Naval Auxiliary Air Field,
Witham Field, Stuart, Florida,
which was named for Paul Homer
Witham, Jr., APIc USN, a native
of Stuart who was killed at Dutch
IIFrlbor, Alaska, in performance of
duty, was acquired by the Navy
in May 1943 to be used as an
auxiliary field of NAS Vero Beach.
Very little was done at Stuart for
quite some time as the field was
used primarily for touch-and-go
landings and gunnery hops during
ihe dive bomber and (lay fighter
training stages of training at Vero.
In January 1944 when the night
fighter program got under way at
Vero Beach and the imperative
need for additional facilities at
Stuart became apparent consider-
able construction was commenced
to prepare Witham Field for the
large part it was to play in the
training of night fighter pilots.


Radar Installed of equipment and lighting. Runway
By July 1944 a GCI station and lighting was laid in keeping with
-dditional radar units for emer- good night flying practises; car-
gency and search use were in- lier platforms were outlined on
stalled and working. Additional the runways nrd the landing signal
barracks space for the men man- officers were issued the very latest
ning these units were erected and in gear.
quarters for the officers assigned Because cf its location adjacent
to them were provided. A first-aid to the St. Lucie River, a small pier
station was manned by pharmaci';t with two fingers was built in De-
mates from Vero Beach and crash cember 1944 so that light crash
and ambulance equipment was boats could be stationed nearby in
ordered to Stuart. While no A & R event of a mishap,
shops were ever constructed, With- Personnel were ordered to Stu-
am Field was in most respects a art from Vero Beach to man the
well-rounded individual activity. station, and administration of the
This rapid growth of facilities station was responsible to the
and buildings tapered off by No- commanding officer at Vero. Offi-
vember a year ago, but the field cers attached to the radar ground
became a busy hive. In January control and maintenance divisions
1945 the most interesting phase often rotated their duty between
of training that Stuart experienced Vero and Stuart and in that inter-
got under way. A yery specialized change of personnel the close asso-
type of night carrier landing prac- citation between the two stations
tise was installed using the latest was fostered.


Left Pank reading frono lop to
hottom: Enlisted men's harracks,
Chuw Hall, Officer-' Quarter-. Gas
Tanks

Rielill Bank riIadiL Irnmni liop to
Inlltomr: .\ eral ie\ of 1'itham
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Breathless Keeping

Pace With Progress

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1944 the WAVES moved in tog-th-
er with their Marine WR friends
and put the structure and its
swimming pool to good use. As
time went on additions and changes
were made to provide entertain-
ment features where barbecue sup-
pers could be served and beach
picnics held. A laundry and press-
ing room were added so that the
bugaboo of clean clothes could be
mastered.
The story of where people live
always is closely tied in with the
story of where they work. Vero
is no exception to this association
as the growth and progress of the
station as a whole can be read in
the story of change in housing
plans and arrangements for the
personnel who have made possible
the large part that NAS Vero
Beach has played in the develop-
ment of a new and highly impor-
tant phase of naval aviation.


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It takes many units to keep an air station functioning at top
splee. One of the most important is the A & R department, at
left, where repairs are made on planes. The A & R department
en station developed new machines and techniques that brought
considerable police from aviation experts. Faced with problems


in the early days of the station, the A & R department heads
designed machinery and tools that overcame many obstacles
and kept the planes flying. At right is the Hangar where engine
overhauls and checks are made.


More station units are shown in
adjoining columns. Upper left is
the Ground Training and lnstruc-
tion buildings. Upper right is a
view of the Air Control Center
during its busiest days. When
training was at its peak the Air
Control Center was a hive of ac-
tivity day and night. Center, left During the three phases of In December 1943 the mission of
to right: Instruction Building Ra- training through which Vero has the station was changed to the
dar; the ABATU prefabricated passed, the Aviation Training De- training of day fighters and this
shacks which house the mock-up of apartment has accomplished its ap- mission was pursued until Sep-
the 6F fighter plane for instruci pointed task admirably and well. member 1944, when training was
tion of pilots and ground crewmen Although at first discouragingly devoted exclusively to the training
nexi the l'hoto Lab where picture Tetarded in the training of dive of night fighter pilots. During the
i .1 taliion activity are turned bomber pilots and crewmen by course of day fighter instruction
out. Lower left is the Link Trainet troubles beyond the power of the nearly four hundred pilots were
building where pilots receive a station to correct ,a total of over turned out and ordered to combat.
ground work in instrument dred d three Soon after the formation of the
two hmdlrhed aviators and three
struction. Lower right is the OpIt ay fighter training unit at Vero,
rational Flight Training building hundred rear seatmen completed it as deide to o an a round
one of the newest units on basd the course. the-clock basis and train night

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fighter pilots aF well. This was a
new phase of training and Vero
found itself without much prece-
dent or experience to fall back on.
This assignment brought to Vero
Beach more notoriety and re-
nown than would have come thru
any other source. Developing the
program to its fullest ability tho
staff of the station succeeded in
sending to the Fleet almost one
thousand men trained in the opera-
tion of the F6F as a night fighter.


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From the Armory to the Skeet Range is the course of the ammuni-
tion these days. For many months the Vero Beach Armory held
many types of lethal ammo. These days the usual request is for
anmunnition for sport. The Skeet Range provides excellent shoot-


ing for those who enjoy knocking off the clay pigeons. The range
also provides targets for pistol shooting. Pistol and skeet shooting
competition has been part of the station Welfare and Recreation
program.


When night fighter training was
assigned to Vero Beach, it meant
the install tion of a very elaborate
and extensive radar network both
for handling the control of flights
in the air and for emergency and
search purposes. This very involved
chain was commenced in the early
spring of 1944 with the arrival of
I:ersonnel from Argus Unit 26(
nd Marine Air Warning Squadrlon
Thirteen. At first temporary field
equipment was utilized but not
long after more permanent ar-
rangements were started.
TI the field west of the Ground


Training Building Quonset huts
(top left below) were erected 'o
house the transmitters and ground
maintenance crews. In the Ground
Training Building itself the famed
Air Control Center was organized
and constructed. The purpose of
tlis center was two-fold -- flight
control end instruction purpose'.
In its flight control phase it co-
ordinated the operations of the
? tire chain of radar activities.
Out in the fields beyond the
.ni;,e first the mobile GCI units
ind later more permanent struc-
tures (bottom left below) were


erected to house the controllers and
(heir crews. A few miles north of
here at Sebastian another ground
con rol unit was established in per-
manent bl.;i;l1.-, an aerial view
of which is shown at the bottom
of the page. When fully operating,
thii site employee. the services of
Mt'AWS 13.
On the beach front northeast of
VN.rro a surface search unit was con-
-ruitted in February of this year
(':'low rightt. And over in Sebring
(see top aerial below) another
emergency tracking unit was es-
tablirhed in January 1945.


Although not included in the pic-
torial layout below, the radar
units established at Witham Field,
Stuart, Florida, played a highly
important part in the entire net-
work.
Before leaving the subject of
airborne radar instruction a word
is in order for these men who aug-
mented the GCI stations, the Fly-
ngp Fighter Director Officers, by
handling a similar and difficult
task from the rear seats of target
planes.


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VERO BEACH STORY t"ined a prestige ant fame that
could never have come to it in any
OF DEVELOPMENT other way.
OF DEVELOPMENT When Captain Day turned the
(Continued from Pae' 1) station over to Captain E. R.
Early in January 1943 the first Peck USN in June 1944, he could
planes arrived, the B'rewstcr well have been proud of the
SB2A, a new plane for which high achievement of the station under
hcpes had been held. Disappoint- his command. Turning out both day
ment reigned throughout the en:- and night fighters at peak loads,
tire station for many months establishing itself as an outstand-
when we could not use the train- ing iaval aviation activity and con-
ing facilities to their utmost be- tijuing to increase and expand,
cause of difficulties with the plane Vero Beach had reached maturity.
which were beyond the power of By September 1944 it was real-
the station to correct. But in spite ized that the station could well
of obstacles, the program contin- devote its entire efforts to the
ued and Vero Beach turned out its tia'ning of night fighters, both
portion of dive bomber crews. N:vy and Marine. The day fighter
When it was determined to Lunit was ilisbanded and a new Ma-
change the mission of the activity rine Night Fighter Operational
to fighter training in the new F: ;, Training Detachimnt established.
excitement replaced dissapointmenti Thus Vero Beach was then devot-
and the crew turned its every ef- ing its every effort to the new and
fort to the changeover. Day fight- essential field. The Marines
member of 1943 and proceeded brought theF7F to Vero and in
apace. Little need for change in turn commenced development work
the physical property of the sta- in the night fighter team of pilot
tion was found because of this and radar intercept operator, fo-
change, although the increased load using more .ind more interest on
of students and instructor person- our station.
nel as well as maintenance crews This increased program led to
required additional barracks and the establishment of an auxiliary
quarters. field at Stuart in May 1943 and
In February 1944 it was decided the enlargement of that facility
to augment the day fighter train- in the spring cf 1944. Radar sites
ing by introducing night fighter were set up at Sebastian, Sebring,
training to Vero Beach. This was Sti -rt and the ocean front at Vero
new to us and to the Navy. Much I In January 1943 a Boat Facility
experimentation was required and was established at Fort Pierce and
enormous development in the pro- as time went on additional rescue
gram was brought forth on the facilities were organized at Stu-
station. Because of its unique popi- Irt, Take Wilmington, Port May-
tion in the aviation training pro- aca on Lske Okeechobee, and the
gram as a whole, Vero Beach municipal dock at Vero Beach.



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Ship's Service has constantly made improvements to fill the re-
quirements of station personnel. The Ship Service buildings on the
left house the ship's store, theater, library, laundry, tailor shop,
barber shops and pool hall. Necessities as well as luxuries may be
found in the Ship's Store. The daily movies bring relaxation and
entertainment to all hands. The library is well stocked with 3206
volumes and has a, monthly circulation of about 2.200. Late.it addi.
tion to Ship's Service was the Beer Hall for enlisted personnel
(right). Ship's Service has turned over to the Welfare Fund
$49,665.25 to provide free movies, beach parties and picnics


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The Dispensary was commissioned in April 1943. Growth of lhe
station was matched by continual additions to the Dispensary and
modern equipment to handle all cases of injury or illness. Besides
the dressing rooms and laboratories, the Dispensary has wings for
SOQ, Waves, enlisted personnel and isolation. Modern physio-
therapy, operating and X-ray rooms have contributed to the health
of station personnel. There is ample room in the Dispensary in
handle all cases. If need had arisen the buildings were so planned
that expansion would have been quick and simple. In three years
time all manner of cases have been handled both among Naval
personnel and through the out-patient calls which were for the
convenience of the families of station personnel. Patients treated
in the dressing room at sick call numbered 57,677 :s of September
1945. 5,063 had been hospitalized. 10,536 out-patients were treated
in the same length of time.


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