Official Site of the USS MARS AFS1



Here is a picture of Our Ships Bell in Mars Pennsylvania.

If traveling to see our bell take Rt 228 East off I79

to Pittsburg St and Grand Ave in Mars PA.


Arial view of our Bell as it sets in the town square.

I have established the months of February & July as publishing months.  Issue 43 is now ready to be download.  Please check the Newsletter page for all issues of our SupplyLine.

Chuck Jones Editor

Someone at this past reunion has come up with a very good idea of putting a page on our web site to submit a request to host a reunion. That page is now on on this site and is called just that: "Host A Reunion?"  


Check out the  Reunion and Photo Album Page for I have posted all the latest information on the USS MARS AFS1 2017 Reunion.


We have now located over 1513 former crew members. To keep this number growing we need your help. If you are visiting this site for the first time and you are a former crew member please go to the Welcome Page and fill out a "Found Martians" form and submit it.  We enjoy Welcoming back aboard Found Martians.



We have a new page on our web site called The Martian Ship's Store. Please check it out for all your product needs.  Remember all donations for these items helps fund the hospitality room at all of our reunions.  Bob Martin is a fine man with a true Martian attitude.  Keep checking it for new items.


We have another new page in the menu list called "STORY BEHIND OUR BELL"  It was fun for me to develop it and I am proud of all the accomplishments our association has had over the years. Please take a look at this page and let me know of your thoughts.


            Commanding Officers:
                   R. C. Medley DEC 63 - DEC 65
                   G. C. Watkins DEC 65 - DEC 66
                   H. Riley DEC 66 - J UL 68
                   P. A. Anderson JUL 68 - DEC 69
                   T. O. Nutt DEC 69 - JAN 71
                   A.E. Knutson JAN 71 - AUG 72
                   R. C. Adams AUG 72 - AUG 74
                   D. R. McCrimmon AUG 74 - NOV 75
                   H. W. Bademan NOV 75 - OCT 77
                   S. Ralph Jr. OCT 77 - J UN 79
                   J. F. Baumgardner JUN 79 - AUG 79
                   C. K. Hutchinson AUG 79 - JUN 81
                   E. A. Brewton JUN 81 - APR 83
                   J. A. Moriarty APR 83 - JAN 85
                   I. M. Hipper JAN 85 - JUN 86
                   J. J. Coonan Jr. JUN 86 - FEB 88
                   M. B. Nordeen FEB 88 - AUG 89
                   W. W. Pickavance AUG 89 - FEB 91
                   M. A. Ostertag II FEB 91 - FEB 93


Download and print these cards out to hand out to fellow Veterans.  

Mars Business Card Front

Mars Business Card Back

Also check out the Crew Listing Page to see who has contacted us.

If they have contacted us by submitting a "Found Martian" form, then the word contacted will appear after their name. If you wish to contact a shipmate, then click on Send Me An Email, the link is provided below:

Updated: 13 April 2017

Art Sweetland


Send Me An Email


I am continuing a good relationship with Mayor Gregg Hartung of Mars PA.  He likes to include us in some of the city functions as best he can, I road in a car in the Fourth of July Parade and what an honor that was. 

I would like to see a small inside area in Mars PA that would serve as a museum for our artifacts.  Where all of our photo/scrapbooks could be placed for viewing of anyone interested in what our ship is all about.  These books once transferred to flash drives would not have to be transported each year to our reunions; the flash drives could be taken instead to each reunion.  I could place the file for all of the books in the cloud storage and would be linked to our web site for viewing at each reunion by a Wi Fi connection to the internet and a laptop in our hospitality room.  We need to think strongly in this direction for we are spending a large sum of money each year for shipping those books.  We also need to keep up with technology and use it to our advantage.



Please visit the Official Site of MARS Borough