History

MACS-8 was formed in 1956 at MCAS Miami, Florida and disbanded in June 1971 after the return from the Far East(MCAF Futenma, Okinawa).  Most members attending our reunions served with the Squadron during the 1961-1965 tour in New River, North Carolina with cruises to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico by LST.  In April 1964, we took a MATS flight to Japan and road transport to our new headquarters at NAS, Atsugi.  We were shipped In January 1965 to Camp Schwab, Okinawa, then to the islands northern jungles for training and operational duties.  InMay 1965, MACS-8 came back to the U.S. with many getting orders at MCAS, El Toro, California or being discharged.

During Korea, the USMC had outfits called Ground Controlled Intercept Squadrons.  These were the predecessors of all Marine Air Control Squadrons.

MCAS Miami, FL..  1956-1958

Page Field, Parris Island, SC..  Prior to Dec1959 to Feb1960

NS Cubic Point, Philipines..  Feb1960 to Jun1960
NAS Atsugi, Japan..  June1960 to March1961
MCAF New River, NC..  May1961 to March1964

NAS Atsugi, Japan..  May1964 to Jan1965

Camp Schwab, Okinawa..  Jan1965 to May1965

MCAS Cherry Point, NC..  May1965 to Oct1966

Vietnam 1968

Camp Schwab, Okinawa.. 1969 to April1971
MCAF Futenma, Okinawa..  Apr1971 to 15Jun1971

4 thoughts on “History

    • Ken, I pulled this off of Wikipedia:
      The tenant military current activity is Coast Guard Air Station Miami, operating HU-25 Guardian jet aircraft, the HC-144 Ocean Sentry turboprop aircraft and HH-65 Dolphin helicopters for coastal patrol and air-sea rescue operations. Much of CGAS Miami’s facilities were originally built during World War II as part of the former Naval Air Station Miami.
      Following the departure of U.S. Navy, but retention of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve flying and aviation support units, Master Field became Marine Corps Air Station Miami (MCAS Miami) circa 1955. With the transfer of Marine Air Reserve squadrons and support units to NAS Jacksonville, Florida in 1958 and 1959, MCAS Miami was marked for closure and the air station closed as a Department of the Navy installation in 1959. Former military property was transferred to Dade County and the Dade County Junior College opened on the site in 1961. Kent, Blog NCO

  1. KENT.
    ALSO, DURING THE CUBAN MISSLE CRISIS..A BUDDY OF MINE WHO WAS
    ARMY WAS QUARTERED AT OPA-LOCKA..AND SEEMS HE WAS IN SAME
    BARRACKS AS ME..SAID IT WAS FALLING APART..ROOF LEAKS ETC.
    STRANGE..BUT TRUE..KEN
    SORRY FOR DELAY ON RESPONSE, BUT JUST FIGURED OUT, BY ACCIDENT,
    MORE BLOG ROOMS..NOW IAM CHECKING ALL OF THEM ..

    • Yes Ken, glad you found that all the blog site pages are “just a click away” and have comment/reply windows for all to see. Have you clicked on the “Flickr” more photos on the home page yet?? There are over 1,900 pictures in many different sets/albums for everyone to check out! Kent MACS-8 Blog NCO

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