Station Puget Sound
16, 1990 to present
As you read
the history of Sand Point, you cannot help but note how frequently the
mission of the naval station has changed over the years. However, one
thing remained constant - the dedication and devotion of the men and
women who have served, never waivered.
From the inception, the station was confronted
with many challenges, yet it continued to be a front-runner playing a
valuable role in support of operational forces in the Pacific Fleet
during Worls War II, the Korean Police Action, the Vietnam Conflict and
most recently the Gulf War. As our country geared down after each
of these conflicts, Sand Point personnel were dedicated to ensure a
high degree of readiness to counter any future unrest.
war now behind us, we near the final stages of closing this historic
military station. It seems appropriate at this time to reflect on our
history and review our many successes and take pride in what has been
accomplished. This book is dedicated to all those in history who have
donated their time, properties, resources and sometimes even their
lives in making Sand Point the fine naval station it was in the past,
it is today and will continue to be as it takes its proper place in the
annals of Naval History.
.....A maelstrom of change was
sweeping over America
in the early 1900s. Powered flight was barely a decade old, and had
country’s imagination with its freedom of the skies. Boosterism pitted
against the other, every community seeking to be the best, the
brightest or the
newest. The century was in its teens, and like an adolescent, knew no
.....World War I raged, and people
witnessed the carnage that
new flying technology unleashed in and above the trenches of Europe.World War I raged, and people
witnessed the carnage that
new flying technology unleashed in and above the trenches of Europe.
.....This was the backdrop for the inception
of one of the nations first naval air stations. The stage was
the misty fjords and
forest-choked lands of Puget Sound Basin winding deep into western
The cast was an unlikely mix of visionaries, public-minded citizens and
the potential of air power. As early as 1915 the state of Washington
created an aeronautical section
within its newly formed Naval Militia.
The section, as approved by the Navy Department, was small – a single
officer and ten enlisted men, with Lt. Cmdr. W.B. Allison
The aeronautical section was aided by the
Aero Club of the Northwest, with William E. Boeing, president of the
as club president. Boeing had founded
the club in 1915, and as early as 1919 was publicly proclaimed the
virtues of a
400 acre airfield at Sand Point. Two
aviators, Terah T. Maroney and Herbert Munter,
volunteered to become
the Naval Militia and to develop the corps.
Munter, Boeing’s first employee, built the first plane in the Pacific
Northwest – in his own backyard in 1912, and flew
.....In private conversations, Munter
land machine may be equipped with a pontoon and made a part of the
.....The aero section was the second
formed on the Pacific Coast,
following the United States Aero Station in San Diego.
.....Maroney also offered to give his
own time and efforts and
loan his hydroplane for instruction of the Naval Militia of
On April 23, 1916, Maroney was commissioned
as a lieutenant in the Naval Militia of Washington.
Simultaneously, the aeronautic section of the
Naval Militia came into being. The
adjutant general of the National Guard had authorized the formation as
accepting the loan of Maroney’s airplane April 18.