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NAS Argentia

Naval Station Argentia is a former base of the United States Navy that operated from 1941-1994. It was established in the community of Argentia in what was then the Dominion of Newfoundland.

Veterans: 33
Latest Activity: Jun 18, 2019

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Duty at Argentia

Started by Howard N King Nov 20, 2014. 0 Replies

Dr. Gary Novak 1966-1968

Started by John Caudy. Last reply by John Caudy Oct 14, 2013. 2 Replies

BUCN David 'Spud' Sawley

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Comment by Robert C. Christie on June 18, 2019 at 11:55am

Bob Christie  was assigned to base security April 1968- October 1969 ( Nixon early out). After two months working at the Marine barracks Pass and ID office was relocated to the main gate. I was E-4 YN and had an E-3 working with me.  I served on the EM club board .  I held a second job through special services working at base library on weekends and nights.   On Marine holidays or picnics was NCO in charge of main gate.     I really enjoyed this duty station and the province or NFLD. The people were fantastic.

Comment by Bob Engleman on July 5, 2017 at 3:45pm

While attending AE"A" school in Jacksonville, a fellow student, who had been stationed in Argentia, told me the tang was flowing like water. I requested that duty and quickly learned, after my transfer, he did not exaggerate. It was so great for a young man, I extended, took my discharge there and lived in St. Johns until a problem with the RCMP necessitated me leaving the province.

Comment by james a willis on August 31, 2016 at 3:19pm

was cm in snow removal for 27 months,had some good times in st johns.The only bad thing was we were in snow removal and they gave us absolutely no warm clothes except what we bought ourselves at the navy exchange.I went from gung ho to hell no when my time was up

Comment by Mellisa Stuckert on July 8, 2016 at 6:19pm

SW2 Mellisa Smith/Stuckert served 1988 - 1991 in PWT, PWM, and TAD to Base Police. Had a blast there and got to meet alot of wonderful people both on and off base. It was sad to watch the barracks go down. Just wished that I had spent more time exploring off the Avalon Peninsula.

Comment by Ron Olesen on May 12, 2016 at 4:03pm

Stationed at the Naval Facility in Argentia from 1972 to 1974.  It was a really great duty station.  The Newfoundlanders were really wonderful people.  You could have people taken out, thrown into the ocean for a bottle of Captain Morgan rum- a 40 ouncer of course.

Hated when the wind blew and it snowed sideways which was most of the time.  there was an overpass heading out to the NavFac from the Naval Station.  Can't tell you how many cars ever got stuck in that thing... when they would come thru with the snow plows, there was usually a thud.

I believe we made history in Argentia.  There was the Naval Station and the Naval Facility.  The CPO club was in an old barracks and the O club was nice, shiney and new.  The Chiefs had a LOT of money because the Newfoundlanders came to our club, ate, drank and played the slots.  The O club was broke.  At one point the CO of the Naval Station decided to combine the O club and CPO club- believe that was in 1972!  I had been the emcee for the CPO club functions and continued that task in the combined club. 

Did many things there and my XO, LCDR J.A. Daniel Smith was a mustang and probably the best CO/XO I ever had the pleasure to serve with.  He kept me jumping as I was the Training Chief in communications, did TechControl taught the NavFac officers how to do the off line crypto, Educational Services, and one day, the XO walked up- put the CMA badge on my desk and said simply: "Chief, you are now the station Chief Master at Arms."  I said XO- I have lots on my plate already- his reply was- you can handle it and walked away..

Comment by Jim Sherburne on April 23, 2013 at 11:36am

I was an EN at the FAC; 1977 to 1979. Great Memories of the good times and good friends. And some pretty "skate" duty.

Comment by bill schoeffling on October 9, 2012 at 11:33am
I was a corpsman and was in Argentia in 1958 and 1959. I was there at the same time as Bill Cosby. I will always remember the 2 years as 2 of the best years of my life.
Comment by Casper Johnson on July 1, 2012 at 4:57pm

EO3 Public Works from 1970 to1972 love the fishing trips on the station tug boat.

Comment by James Maddaloni on March 26, 2012 at 8:53am

Stationed 1960-1962 seabee bks 115 b ase maint. enjoyed my time there great friends  and the Newfoundlanders are a superb people, friendly., helpful. Moose hunting and Capt Morgan and coke. 

Comment by George A. Parker on January 2, 2012 at 2:06pm

I was an ET at the RATCC.  Apr 67 - Sep 69.  Made Chief in ARG.  When did it become a NAS?  I was under the impression that it was a NS  Naval Station.


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