James Chastain

James Chastain was an administrative NCO with HALPRO and 515th Squadron.  This is his story:

I was the first administrative NCO under Col. Gardner who was a M/Sgt at the time Halpro arrived at Benghazi. He and I worked together to form the 515th Squadron. I became their first sergeant, and we had rough going until more personnel arrived. I designed the 515th Squadron Insignia. A hometown friend in the Benghazi Salvage Depot helped me get a lot of material to build a nice NCO club, bar, and patio. We got liquor from the Greeks in Alexandria - $500 at a time. I came home late in '43 on the Point System.