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Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station

by John L. Bell, 2006

Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station was established on 6 Aug. 1941 on 8,000 acres south of New Bern. On 20 May  2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Change of Command at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., May 24, 2012. Image courtesy of Flickr user CherryPoint. 1942 the field was named Cunningham Field to honor Lt. Col. Alfred A. Cunningham, the first marine aviator. It was later renamed Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, in reference to a local post office situated among cherry trees. During World War II Cherry Point trained units and individual marines for service in the Pacific theater. The air station also served as a base for antisubmarine operations, with an Army Air Corps and Navy unit each sinking a German U-boat just off the North Carolina coast in 1943. The Ninth Marine Aircraft Wing was based at Cherry Point during the war but replaced with the Second Marine Aircraft Wing in 1946.

Throughout the Korean War (1950-53), the base provided a steady stream of trained aviators and air crewmen, as well as maintenance and support personnel as replacements to forward deployed aviation units. During the Vietnam War (1957-75), Cherry Point deployed three A-6 Intruder squadrons to the Far East and again provided a constant source of replacements for aircrews and enlisted aviation personnel. In Operation Desert Storm (1991), Cherry Point deployed three AV-8B Harrier squadrons, two A-6E Intruder squadrons, one KC-130 Hercules squadron, one EA-6B Prowler squadron, and headquarters detachments from Marine Air Group 14, Marine Air Group 32, and the Second Marine Aircraft Wing. Following the terrorist attacks of 11 Sept. 2001 in New York City, Cherry Point marines and sailors participated in strike missions and operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.Blue Angels at the 2012 Cherry Point Air Show, May 6, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. Image courtesy of Flickr user CherryPoint.

By the early 2000s, the largest command at Cherry Point was the Second Marine Aircraft Wing. Other units housed there were Marine Aircraft Group 14, Marine Wing Support Group 27, and Marine Air Control Group 28. Marine Aircraft Group 14's flying squadrons included three AV-8B Harrier squadrons, four EA-6B Prowler squadrons, and one KC-130 Hercules refueling squadron. The Marine Corps's only Harrier training squadron and only Hercules training squadron were also located at the air station. The air station proper consisted of 13,164 acres, with an additional 15,975 auxiliary acres, including Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, situated along Bogue Sound in Carteret County. Approximately 7,486 marines and sailors were stationed at Cherry Point.



William R. Evinger, ed., Directory of U.S. Military Bases Worldwide (1995).

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 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Change of Command at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., May 24, 2012. Image courtesy of Flickr user CherryPoint. Available from (accessed August 30, 2012).

Blue Angels at the 2012 Cherry Point Air Show, May 6, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. Image courtesy of Flickr user CherryPoint. Available from (accessed August 30, 2012).


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I was an E4 at cherry point from 1962 to 1965 I was in squadron VMT-1 I remember the squadrons next to our hanger VMCJ-2 (F8crusaders) VMA335AW (F4C phantoms) VMA 225 (A5 sky raiders) there was a C130 group between our hanger and the mag14 hanger I remember our barracks was right next to the brig opposite the water tower. I was there when the Cuba embargo occurred that was quite a sight with the multitude of aircraft on the flightline. Can’t remember much else (I am 78)


I was born at Cherry Point April 1952, my dad was an aircraft mechanic(Jacque Poe) after having already served in the Army,7th Infantry 48th field artillery,post WW11 at Seoul Korea, Pusan, and a stint in the Navy(18 mo.s)


Hi, just trying to find the names of the squadrons in MAG14 1967-1968. Memory is dim at age 72


Does anyone here know anyone who may have been stationed at Cherry Point around 1957-1960? My grandfather and I are searching for fellow Marines or anyone who may have served on or around the flightlines or worked as an aircraft mechanic. Or if there are any old articles or pictures of the flight line out there. It would be a great honor and help to my grandfather to connect with you!


My dad, D. Boshoven, was stationed there from Oct. 1956 until Dec. 1959.
Installed (?) at MCAS and H&HS-- he always told us he 'cleaned' up.


My dad was stationed at Cherry Point from 1956 to 1957. I was born in June of 57 and my dad was discharged in Aug 57. He was a mechanic. His first name was John, last name Vlha. We lost dad in 2008 to a stroke. I am not sure what photos or articles mom may have kept. I am not sure if this info. may help.


When was the Blue Angels airshow in 1971 at MCAS Cherry Point?


In 1967-1970, I was the embarkation chief for MWSG-27. In 1968, I was a member of the groups football team. In that year 2 teams from both Camp Lejeune and Cherry Point played for the championship for the east coast. The Cherry Point teams played the elimination round the first part at Camp Lejeune - both the Cherry Point teams won. Therefore, the Cherry Point teams, played for the championship where the team from MWSG-27 were the winners.

Question: Is there any printed data (i, e., old base newspapers, etc.) that might be available or direct men to another source for assistance like, chronological history for the Group's on file.

I thank you for any assistance in this matter.


Is their and printed material or records pertaining to the 1968 Championship Football Game at
MCAS Cherry Point NC?


Dear Charles,

Thank you so much for visiting NCpedia and especially for taking time to share your history and question.

I’m going to give you a number of possibilities for inquiry:

First, I see that the National Archives at Atlanta (part of the U.S. National Archives) may have the Camp Lejeune paper in their collection as well as other information about the base that may help answer your questions.  Here is a finding aid for their collection from 2012 that includes this reference:  And here is a link to their website for contact information:

The library at Camp Lejeune may also be of help, and it’s possible they may have copies of papers available as well as other historical information.  Here is their website:

Finally, the local public library in Jacksonville may also be able to help.  Local public librarians are great catalogers and collectors of local history. Here is a link to their website:

I am hopeful at least one of these will help you.  The National Archives are the collector of U.S. military records so I am hoping they will be able to help first.

I hope this helps!  Please let me know if you have any additional questions and best of luck with your search.

Best wishes,
Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library

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