Charlestown Auxiliary Naval Airfield Memorial

Charlestown Auxiliary Naval Airfield Memorial

Charlestown, Rhode Island

    Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Field began operations in September of 1943.  Ensign George H. W. Bush trained there in 1944.  The field was decommissioned January 30, 1974, and is today known as Ninigret Park.   

     During its years of operation, 62 airmen lost their lives in accidents at the field.  At the bottom of this page are some links relating to the names on the memorial.      

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Memorial to the 62 men who lost their lives at Charlestown Auxiliary Field, Charlestown, R.I.

Memorial to the 62 men who lost their lives at Charlestown Auxiliary Field, Charlestown, R.I.

Names of those on the memorial. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Names of those on the memorial.
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Sign for Charlestown Auxiliary Landing Field Charlestown, R.I.

Sign for Charlestown Auxiliary Landing Field
Charlestown, R.I.

     Links to some of the names on the memorial that tell their story: 

     Ensign William Haley Brown – September 14, 1943

     Ensign Thomas James Schmidt – September 27, 1943

     Ensign Curtis Leroy Johnson – December 23, 1943

     Ensign James G. Canning – February 16, 1944

     Ensign Herbert Leslie Woods – March 16, 1944

     Ensign Edward R. Sladek – April 1, 1944

     Ensign Stephen Luther Smith – April 17, 1944

     Lieut. Robert Charles Stimson – April 17, 1944

     Ensign James P. Gannon – May 14, 1944

     Ensign Gerald Vivian Brosteaux – July 13, 1944

     Ensign Arthur Joseph Stockus – September 12, 1944

     Ensign Robert L. Skinner – September 22, 1944

     Ensign George Kenneth Kraus – October 19, 1944

     Ensign Merle H. Longnecker – October 19, 1944

     Ensign Norman F. Day – October 26, 1944

     Ensign Maynard F. Lednum – December 3, 1944

     Ensign Robert I. Lane – December 18, 1944

     Lt. (Jg.) Bruce S. Little – January 4, 1945

     Ensign John Malcolm Roe – February 1, 1945

     Ensign Robert L. Herrin – February 1, 1945

     Ensign Jack R. Gross – February 3, 1945

     Ensign Pierce H. Beach – February 10, 1945

     Ensign Thomas William McSteen – February 25, 1945

     Lt. (Jg.) William E. Stakely – March 9, 1945

     Lt. (Jg.) Howard G. Boren – March 9, 1945

     Lt. (Jg.) Kenneth B. McQuady – March 2, 1945

     Ensign Vincent A. Frankwitz – April 3, 1945

     Ensign Joseph F. Koll – May 8, 1945

     Lieutenant David W. Allen – May 29, 1945

     Ensign George R. Miller – May 31, 1945

     Ensign John J. Zayak – June 3, 1945

     Lt. (Jg.) George A. MacBride – June 29, 1945

     Lieutenant J. A. Guice – October 11, 1945

     Ensign Shannon R. Caulk – November 3, 1945

     Ensign James F. Wagner – November 3, 1945

     Ensign Kenneth W. Barnes – December 13, 1945

     AOM3/C Charles O. Henninger – December 13, 1945

     Ensign Clinton G. Thornton – March 8, 1946

     Lieut. Commander Minuard F. Jennings – November 18, 1947

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