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"This site is dedicated to all those that served our country both military and civilian, especially those that served on board NAS Grosse Ile, Michigan."
 
 Introduction to NAS Grosse Ile Virtual Museum

NAS Grosse Ile Virtual Museum Mission Statement:
As a group of NAS Grosse Ile Veterans, in cooperation with all interested parties, we will Establish, Maintain, and Expand a Web Site dedicated to all who served at the U. S. Naval Air Station Grosse Ile, Michigan from its inception in 1927 through its closure in 1969. And will provide support to Grosse Ile Township Organizations dedicated to the creation of a Memorial and Museum to honor those brave men and women. 
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For those of you who may not have visited "The Naval Air Station Grosse Ile Virtual Museum" before, take the time to read this short introduction.

The web site is a virtual museum dedicated to Naval Air Station Grosse Ile and the men and women that served there both military and civilian. It is a collection of stories and pictures from the early beginning in the 1920s through the next 40 years of service to our nation until its decommissioning in 1969 and also extends on to NAF Detroit. We have tried to be as accurate as possible. While mistakes may have been made, none were intended and we will correct them as soon as possible after they are discovered. We also have to take into account that many buildings were used for different purposes over its 40 year history and also terminology changed over the years. To move from one page to the next click on the title of the page and to return use the back button on your browser. Also you may want to use the reload or refresh button to make sure you are viewing our latest updates.

You may want sign up for the NASGI Yahoo email groups list. It is for the exchange of information and general chit chat between those of us that are interested in the history of naval aviation and NAS Grosse Ile. You never know you may run across some old shipmates and friends.

That is it for the introduction, so stay and visit as long and often as you like. 
 

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NAVAL AVIATION COMES TO GROSSE ILE, MI
Revised: 12 November 2006

Naval Reserve Air Base Grosse Ile was commissioned 7 September 1929, but the air station traces her roots back to July 1925 when 4 Naval reservists started an aviation unit in Detroit. Also the airship ZMC-2 is included in this section. The Navy's only all metal airship.

THE DEPRESSION YEARS
Revised: 12 September 200
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Like other bases of this era, NRAB Grosse Ile, MI grew slowly. By the end of 1930 the first Marine unit had been commissioned.

WW II & THE 40s AT NASGI
Revised: 28 April 2013

Only 30 years after the Navy had acquired its first aircraft and 14 years after naval aviation had come to Grosse Ile, it would face a war that would change the world forever.

NASGI IN THE 50s
Revised:
04 July 2005

The age of the jet is on the horizon and the end is in the future but not before NASGI shows her stuff in two more wars.

NASGI THE LAST DECADE
Revised:  11 January 2007

The air station entered the 60s on a 604 acre installation training over 2000 Navy and Marine Reservist.

GROSSE ILE TODAY
Revised: 18 June  2004

NAS Grosse Ile is now a civilian airport. There are still signs of the old NAS there, so come and visit the airport web site. They now have located in what was Hanger 1 the Township Hall and a museum and garden dedicated to the old base and the men and women that serviced there.

NASGI MUSEUM
Revised: 23 December 2001

The plans for a museum at the Grosse Ile Airport have now been realized. There is now a museum in what once was Hanger 1 and a Memorial Garden is in the works and a plaque has been placed at the entrance of the Garden.

IN MEMORY OF OUR BRITISH BROTHERS
Revised: 13 Decemebr 2002
Now includes a partial list of our 
British Brothers

Over the years both American and British trained at NAS Grosse Ile. This page is dedicated to the memory of all those that gave their all.

AIRCRAFT OF NAS GROSSE ILE
Revised: 21 May 201
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This page provides a tour of the aircraft that served at NAS Grosse Ile. I have tried whenever possible to include pictures of actual aircraft that served at the base.

NASGI FIRE DEPARTMENT
Revised: 12 June 2010

NAS Grosse Ile Crash and Rescue was always there when needed.  This section is devoted to the men and equipment that served so dutifully.

REUNION COLLECTION& PAPERWORK COLLECTION
Revised: 16 July 2012

As we all know the United States government loves paperwork and the United States Navy is no exception.  These are a few papers that have survived over the years.  Photos that have not been included else where will also be found in this section

CRASHES AND RESCUES
Revised: 16 May 2014

The Navy's unsung Heroes are the men and women who are part of the Fire, Crash and Rescue Services. To every Airman, the services of these dedicated people provide a sense of security in case of accident. Part of every operation, anywhere in the world, they support the other more visible and better advertised missions of the Navy. About the only time they receive recognition is for Civilian Rescues performed.

PHOTO LINKS PAGE
Revised:
29 March 2018

These are the personal photo collections of our NAS Grosse Ile shipmates from the beginning to after the base was closed. Some collections may also include pictures from NAF Detroit. I would like to extend my personal thanks to all those that have contributed to this portion of our museum.

ALUMNI LIST
Revised: 29 March 2018

This is a list of and the photos of some of our shipmates from the years NAS Grosse Ile was commissioned.

AUX. FIELDS
SET 1
     SET 2    SET 3
Revised:
27 December 2011

These are the NASGI's aux. landing fields as they were in May 2001.

NASGI MAGAZINES
Revised: 14 October 2006

These are the PDF copies of Flight magazine published by NASGI's starting during WWII.

Web Master: Stanley Outlaw
Copyright © 97NASGIVM  
Revised: October 03, 2018

NASGI SHIPS ROSTER
Revised: 03 October  2018
Now includes a partial list of our 
British Brothers

This is a partial list of former NASGI personal and their addresses. We have attempted to keep it up to date, but due to the number of personnel that were assigned over the years there is sure to be out dated  and inaccurate information.  We do make every effort to correct any mistakes as soon as possible and put it before any other work on the site. Please take into consideration the number of people that went through Grosse Ile and understand that due to this and the time lapse it is all but impossible to be completely accurate in all cases.

PERSONAL HISTORIES
and
SEA STORIES
Revised:
28 March 2013

This link will take you to a collection of stories about the personnel of NAS Grosse Ile as told by former NASGI personnel.

  • REUNION @ AIR SHOW
    NAVAL & MARINE RANKS
    DISCLAIMER
    2004 GROSSE ILE AIR SHOW
    NAS MEMORIAL GARDENS
    LINKS New link added
    16 November 2017
    Indy Stearman Flight
    21 May 2018
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    OBITUARIES

    Herbert John McCauley 1935-2018

    Herbert John McCauley, 82, of Bedford, Texas slipped from his earthly bonds to be with our Lord on Friday, March 16, 2018 following a brief illness. Herb was born on November 15, 1935 in Augusta, Ohio. He was the only son of Edward and Bessie McCauley. He attended high school in Minerva, Ohio and that’s where he met the love of his life, Billie Jo Nolen, whom he married in 1954. After graduating from high school, Herb joined the Navy. He proudly served our country for 22 years and was appointed the highest rating as Force Master Chief Petty Officer of the Naval Air Reserve Force/Naval Air Reserve Command. He provided regular input to the Chief of Naval Operations regarding the readiness, morale and welfare of personnel within the command of 109 Naval Air Stations and Squadrons. During his time in the Navy, Herb, Billie and their daughter Cindy lived in Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, Illinois, and Texas. They made many life-long friends at each post and continued to visit with these friends throughout their many years of traveling.

     After retiring from the Navy in 1974, the family moved to Arlington, Texas. This is where Herb began his second career in commercial real estate management and leasing. Herb was widely recognized for successfully managing and leasing Six Flags Mall, Red Bird Mall and Richardson Square Mall. He also served as a Board Member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and was Chairman of the Ambassadors. His leadership was important to the Board of Dallas Red Bird Bank, serving on the Executive Loan Committee. Herb gladly participated in Rotary for 30 years, serving as President of Red Bird Rotary Club International, and was awarded the Rotarian of the Year award and the Paul Harris Fellow award. In 1982, his career took him to Dallas where he managed a large business park. He was selected to be the Chairman of Economic Development for the Stemmons Corridor Business Association, served on the Board of the Harry Hines Beautification Committee, and was awarded the “Best Real Estate Deal” of the year in Dallas in 1994.

     Upon retirement from commercial real estate Herb served on the board of the Lake Interlochen Homeowners Association, performing the responsibilities as Chairman of the Architectural Control Committee. He also joined the Arlington Men’s Golf Association and served as President. He spent many hours perfecting his game with the great friends he made with this group. Herb and Billie also attended the First Christian Church of Arlington.

     Herb’s personality was viewed by all who were blessed to know his as “larger than life”. He was a true friend and devoted family man. He adored his daughter Cindy, the mother of their three grandsons. Herb and Billie made it a priority to be regulars at the sporting events, encouraging Brian, Brad and Blake, and also their teammates, where many became “adopted grandsons” to the McCauley family. Herb took particular delight in planning great adventures, and they visited many exciting places around the world. In particular, Herb loved the beach, the lake and anything around the water. All he required was a snorkel mask and fins and he could spend the whole day in the water.

     Recently Herb and Billie moved to Parc Place Retirement Community in Bedford. True to form, Herb made fast friends and developed many wonderful relationships. Even during his brief time at the rehab hospital he touched the lives of the staff there. We will hang on to our fond memories of Herb McCauley and they will never fade, because he was the finest of men.

     Herb leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Billie, daughter Cindy Knotts of Bedford, grandchildren Brian Knotts of Boulder, Colorado, Brad Knotts and his wife Taylor of Dallas, and Blake Knotts of Bedford.

     “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming Wow - What a Ride!” Wow, Herb, you sure had a good ride!

     In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be forwarded to the Herb McCauley Memorial, either with the: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society 875 N. Randolph Street Suite 225 Arlington, VA 22203 https://donate.nmcrs.org/page/contribute/donate2015 OR Arthritis Foundation at PO Box 96280, Washington, DC 20090 or www.arthritis.org/donate - then go to the Honors and Memorials page

    A visitation for Herbert will be held Monday, March 26, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 North Davis Drive, Arlington, Texas. A celebration of life will occur Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM, 1219 North Davis Drive, Arlington, Texas. An inurnment with honors will occur Tuesday, March 27, 2018 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, Texas

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