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MCAS New River 75th Anniversary: What's in a name?

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  • New 21st Century School dedicated to USMC Lt. Col.

    Family, friends and distinguished guests reveal a photo of Lt. Col. Armond Hector DeLalio during the DeLalio Elementary School Dedication Ceremony on Marine Corps Air Station New River, Oct. 18, 2018. DeLalio Elementary School is a newly constructed, 21st Century school, named after Lt. Col. Armond Hector DeLalio for his honorable and faithful service. It is one of a number of buildings and streets on MCAS New River named in honor of Marines.

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2019 11:44 am

If you have ever been curious about the person behind the name on a building or street on Marine Corps Air Station New River, here is your answer.

Delalio Elementary School

Dedicated on Jan. 20, 1965 for Lt. Col. Armon Hector Delalio, who trained the first Marine helicopter pilots. He was killed on Jan. 5, 1952 in a jet assisted helicopter take-off at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland.

McCutcheon Field

The airfield at MCAS New River was designated McCutcheon Field on June 8, 1972, in honor of the late Gen. Keith Barr McCutcheon, who died in 1971 after a long and distinguished Marine career. McCutcheon had been instrumental in the development of many Marine Corps aviation concepts and techniques. McCutcheon was the first Marine Corps four-star aviator and was thought of as the “father of Marine helicopter aviation.” Later that same day, the Memorial Chapel at MCAS New River was rededicated as the McCutcheon Memorial Chapel in honor of all aviation Marines who served and paid the supreme price of freedom.

Holmes Memorial Enlisted Club

Dedicated on Jan. 20, 1984 for Cpl. George N. Holmes Jr., who was killed in action during the mission to rescue American citizens being held hostage in Iran in 1980.

Lee M. Halstead Athletic Complex

Dedicated in 1988 in honor of 1st Lt. Lee M. Halstead, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for heroism while serving as a pilot with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 167.

Marine Observation Squadron One Hangar, AS-4100

Dedicated on Feb. 28, 1992 in honor of Capt. David M. Spellacy, who was killed in action during Operation Desert Storm on Feb. 25, 1991.

Cpl. Christopher M. Smith Dining Facility

Dedicated June 15, 1998 in honor of Cpl. Christopher M. Smith, who died while conducting flight operations in Cecil Field, Florida.

Harvey Hall

The new Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, AS-4211, was dedicated in 1999 in honor of Sgt. John D. Harvey, who was killed in action during the mission to rescue American citizens being held hostage in Iran in 1980.

Mongold Hall

The new Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, AS-4212, was dedicated in 1999 in honor of Sgt. Gregory W. Mongold, who was killed in an automobile crash on July 13, 1991.

Hangar 4108

Dedicated on May 12, 2011, in honor of 1st Lt. Jeffery R. Scharver, who was killed in action during Operation Urgent Fury on Oct. 25, 1983, on the island of Grenada.

Agerholm Street

Named after Pfc. Harold C. Agerholm, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Battle of Saipan during World War II.

Bancroft Street

Named after Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, who established the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1845.

Bordelon Street

Named after Staff Sgt. William J. Bordelon, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Tarawa during World War II.

DeMarco Street

Named after Lance Cpl. Michael Gregory DeMarco, who was among those killed in a helicopter crash in Vietnam in 1968.

Douglass Street

Named after Sgt. Maj. Frederick Bailey Douglass, who was killed in the terrorist bombing of the Marine Corps barracks on Oct. 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon.

Epperson Street

Named after Pfc. Harold G. Epperson, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Saipan during World War II.

Foster Road

Named after Lance Cpl. Julius Cartwright Foster, who died on Feb. 22, 1968, in South Vietnam.

Hawkins Boulevard

Named after 1st Lieutenant William D. Hawkins, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Tarawa during World War II.

Robert Wilson Boulevard

Named after Pfc. Robert L. Wilson, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Tinian during World War II.

Schmidt Street

Named after Lance Cpl. Gerald Bernard Schmidt, a helicopter crewman who died on March 22, 1966, in South Vietnam.

Timmerman Place

Named after Sgt. Grant F. Timmerman, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Saipan during World War II.