Who We Are And What We Do
The ANA Patriot Squadron originated
in November 1992 when several members of the Association of Naval Aviation (the larger National group) living in
the Boston area who were interested in preserving the legacy of NAS Squantum and NAS South
Weymouth decided to form a local ANA affiliate, which is known as a "squadron".
The Association of Naval Aviation is a national advocacy group for all aviation forces in
the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard. The Association of Naval Aviation's mission is to educate the general
public about the overall military status of the United States, to encourage widespread
interest as to the importance of naval aviation in the defense of the United States and
its allies, to stimulate the collection, preservation, and display of historical material
concerning the history of naval aviation, and to encourage scientific and technical
development of naval aviation. The ANA Patriot Squadron is a not-for-profit
organization as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code.
The ANA Patriot Squadron maintains the Shea Memorial Grove on at Union Point (formerly Southfield), a new mixed-use commercial/industrial/residential community presently under construction on the site of former NAS South Weymouth in the city of Weymouth, MA. The Shea Memorial Grove was created by CAPT Robert A. Duetsch and the NAS South Weymouth Public Works Department's SeaBees just before the base was decommissioned in 1997. It is dedicated to the memory of the 32 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from Norfolk and Plymouth county in Massachusetts. The Shea Memorial Grove is named for CDR John J. "Jack" Shea, USNR, the dynamic and popular executive officer at NRAB Squantum throughout the 1930s who was killed in action when the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Wasp was sunk off the Solomon Islands on September 15, 1942. The Shea Memorial Grove features a tree for each Medal of Honor recipient, park benches, and an actual Douglas A-4B Skyhawk attack aircraft that was based at NAS South Weymouth and flown by the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve during the 1960s.
The ANA Patriot Squadron is also working to establish a permanent museum, the Shea Naval Aviation Museum, dedicated to preserving the history and traditions of NAS Squantum and NAS South Weymouth at Union Point. The group currently operates the museum from temporary quarters in the former Navy Shea Fitness Center building but will move into permanent quarters at some point within the next few years as the Union Point development progresses. The museum is open between 9 AM and noon on the second Saturday of the month and from 9 to 11 AM on the last Saturday of every month. Admission is free.