ANA Patriot Squadron

The Shea Memorial Grove And The Shea Naval Aviation Museum

Shea Grove

The Shea Memorial Grove

The Association of Naval Aviation, Patriot Squadron is the custodian of the Shea Field Memorial Grove and the Shea Naval Aviation Museum located at the Union Point development (formerly Southfield) on former NAS South Weymouth.

The Grove, which was dedicated on Veteran's Day 1997, was created by CAPT Robert A. Duetsch and the NAS South Weymouth Public Works Department's SeaBees just before the base was decommissioned to remember Commander John J. "Jack" Shea, USNR, the two Naval Air Stations that were dedicated to his memory; and the dedicated military personnel from the local area who gave so much to their country and earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Grove, a living history classroom, consists of 32 trees dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients from Norfolk and Plymouth counties.

Current Museum

Visitors at the Shea Naval Aviation Museum

The Shea Naval Aviation Museum was previously located in temporary quarters at the Shea Fitness Center (former USN base gymnasium) at 495 Shea Memorial Drive at Union Point on former NAS South Weymouth in Weymouth, MA.  The museum contains a large collection of photographs, documents, and other historical artifacts associated with NAS Squantum and NAS South Weymouth. 

The museum is presently closed pending relocation to a permanent facility at Union Point.  More details will be presented here later as this situation develops.

Guest Speaker

Guest Speaker at the Shea Naval Aviation Museum

CDR John "Jack" Shea was a popular member of the Navy Reserve at NAS Squantum during the 1920s and 1930s.  After the Second World War started in Europe, CDR Shea was called up to active duty and in 1940 he was ordered to report to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Wasp as Assistant Air Operations Officer. The Wasp was sunk on Sept. 15, 1942 off the Soloman Islands. Commander Shea was reported missing in action. He was last seen "...fighting the fire on the flight deck, displaying great courage and devotion to duty, disregarding the danger of exploding ammunition and debris filling the air and rapidly spreading the fire." 

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