Remember the BOQ


The city recently transferred title to the Navy’s bachelors officers’ quarters (BOQ) to the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) without authentic public discussion.

This building has great historical significance. During World War II, all unmarried naval officers could live there. It should be of particular interest to women, since Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) officers lived there.

My mother was paymaster for the supply corps at Alameda Naval Air Station (NAS) in the 1940s. She lived in the BOQ until she met and married my father, a fellow Navy officer, in the base chapel.

There are many stories like this about NAS the families, but there doesn’t seem to be anywhere to put them, so I am sharing mine here.


— Carol Gottstein