The ANA Patriot Squadron’s Shea Naval Aviation Museum in Weymouth, Massachusetts will present a FREE public lecture on Saturday January 25th on the Battle of Midway. The Battle of Midway, which military historians consider to have been the turning point of the war in the Pacific against Japan, was the first major naval battle in which the warships of both sides never came into direct contact with each other. The battle was fought entirely with aircraft. The lecture, which will include a slide presentation, will begin at noon and will last for about an hour. A question and answer session will be conducted immediately afterwards.
The lecture will be presented by retired Navy Captain Robert C. “Barney” Rubel. Captain Rubel is a jet pilot, Navy squadron commanding officer, combat veteran, and author who is presently the Dean of the Center for Naval Warfare Studies at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
The Shea Naval Aviation Museum will be open to visitors between 9 and 11 a.m. on the day of the lecture. The museum, which is operated by the ANA Patriot Squadron, is a repository of photographs and artifacts pertaining to the naval air stations that were at South Weymouth and in the Squantum section of Quincy.
The museum is located at 495 Shea Memorial Drive on the SouthField real estate development at the former Naval Air Station South Weymouth, Massachusetts. It is open to the public between 9 a.m. and noon on the second Saturday of the month, between 9 and 11 a.m. on the last Saturday of the month, and on other occasions by request. Veterans and civilian historians from the ANA Patriot Squadron who know the military history of both bases will be present at the museum to answer questions. Admission to the museum is always FREE.
From 11 a.m. to noon on the date of the lecture ANA Patriot Squadron members will hold their monthly meeting in the museum. Non-members are welcome to attend the group’s meeting. Captain Rubel’s lecture will begin after the meeting concludes.
The ANA Patriot Squadron is a Boston area affiliate of the Association of Naval Aviation that is composed of veterans and civilians who are interested in preserving the heritage of NAS South Weymouth and its predecessor NAS Squantum. The group operates and maintains the Shea Memorial Grove (a park featuring a Douglas A-4B Skyhawk jet that was designed and built by Navy Seabees just before the base was closed), and the Shea Naval Aviation Museum on the site of former NAS South Weymouth in the city of Weymouth, Massachusetts.
The ANA Patriot Squadron actively seeks new members and donations of photographs and other artifacts pertaining to the history of NAS South Weymouth or NAS Squantum for the museum. For more information about the lecture, the ANA Patriot Squadron, the Shea Memorial Grove, or the Shea Naval Aviation Museum visit the group’s web site at http://www.anapatriotsquadron.org or send e-mail to [email protected]