"The Purple Foxes"

Squadron Patch
HMM Swifty
UH-34 Dog; by Mike Leahy
1961 - 1966
CH-46 Phrog, by Mike Leahy
1967 - 2014
2014 - Present
VMM-364 Swifty
VMM Swifty

Last Revised: 24 August 2016


Charles E. "Charlie" Cannon
passed away Thursday the 18th. He was a pilot
with the squadron on the first tour in
Vietnam: operation Shu-Fly in 1963-64
He retired as a Lt. Col, and loved the HMM-364 reunions


Funeral service will be held 11:00 am, Saturday, 27 Aug, 2016
at Crowder Funeral Home
851 FM 517 Rd W, Dickinson, TX, 77539
(281) 337-1515

If you served with HMM-364 and/or VMM-364 anytime between 1 September 1961 and
today and your name does not appear in the squadron roster pages,
just fill out THIS FORM.

Table of Contents

MIA Vietnam Purple Fox pilot 1st Lt Stanley G. Johnson: FOUND!

Johnson was shot down on 3 DEC 65 in his UH-34D
approximately 30 kilometers west of Tam Ky Town.
Our story of the crash. MIA update of 26 FEB 2000.
Johnson's page on the Vietnam Vetrans Virtual Wall.

Scuttlebutt: News, Updates, Special Annoucements, & Contact Info sought:
Updated: 22 August 2016

DD-214s are NOW Online.

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided a website for veterans to gain access to their DD-214s online. See the rest of the info on Scuttlebutt.

REUNION: Pop-a-Smoke 2016 - Jacksonville, FL

24 - 28 AUGUST 2016

The Friday night dinner is completely sold out now.

It seems the hotel is now full. Some arrangements have been made with the Omni Hotel which is nearby.
You need to call the OMNI at 800-843-6664 and reference POPASMOKE/USMC Combat Helicopter Association
or use the following link: OMNI Hotel Reservations

On the EAST Coast this year!
Check the Reunion Info page for details. Sign up HERE.
Sign up forms also went out by Snail-mail in early February.
Hootch layout for the Reunion (in PDF).
A List of those planning to attend.
updated 15 AUGUST 2016

Sign up are very LOW for ALL squadrons this year!!
Talk to you everyone you know, get the word out again on social media.

"It's ironic that 3/26, Vietnam 66-70 era is also holding its' By Annual Reunion on the same date that the Purple Foxes are also holding their reunion. Ours will be held in San Diego. Too bad we couldn'thave had the reunion in the same city as several India Company, 3/26 Marines who were on 881 South during the siege of Khe Sanh will be at our Reunion. Good luck on your Reunion and thank you for your outstanding support! Many of those attending our Reunion are alive today because of the courageous support of your flight crews! Thank you!"

"We'll toast you at our banquet on Saturday evening, 27 August."

Semper Fidelis, Tony Anthony USMC (Ret)

CH-46 Last Official USMC Flight: Tribute Page
The Phabulous Life of the Phrog!
from AviationWeek
All Eyes on Khe Sanh by John T. Correll, Air Force Magazine.

Some time ago, Mike Tsukamoto, the Photo Editor at Air Force Magazine, asked to use one of Jim Reed's arial photos of Khe Sanh base. Jim graciously agreed. The photo used was Photo 331 from that album.
Thanks to Mike for sending use the link!
The Month of AUGUST in Your
Squadron's History

Squadron History(1),
As Published by HQMC

(Revised 2 January 2016)

Squadron History(2)
As told by the Purple Foxes

(Revised 2 September, 2012)

All Gave Some  . . 
. . . . . . . . .Some Gave All
Memorial Monument and

Purple Fox Section

Taps, Deceased Since 
Returning From Vietnam

(Revised 2 MAY 2016)

The "Purple Foxes"
Squadron Roster

(Revised 22 AUG 2016)

Recent  Roster Revisions
(Revised 22 AUG 2016)
The Warriors of Hill 881S
(Revised 7 August 2016)
Awards For Valor
(Revised 2 January 2016)

I Remember, Short Vivid 
Memories of Vietnam
Cruise Books, Extracts
Photo Album
(Revised 2 MAY 2016)

Squadron Lineage
Squadron Honors
Comments, From 
Those We Supported
(Revised 1 July, 2012)
"Foxes" Today,
Items of Interest.

(Revised  30 January 2016)

Recorded  Ditties
and other good stuff

(Revised 22 February, 2013)

Oral Histories
(Revised  6 May, 2014

Our Magnificent Crew Chiefs
(Revised  20 August, 2012)
Vietnam Research
& Health Links
Last Updated: 26 JUNE 2016
Request Copies of
Your Military Records
From the 3rd Stool on the Left
            Last Updated: 14 November, 2013

Reunion Updates
Last Updated: 24 JULY 2016

Dedicated to those Marines, and others, who served with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 during their time in the Corps.   This site represents the collective efforts of all former members of HMM-364 who believe their history, and the part they played in conducting aerial support missions should be preserved.   In some cases the "PURPLE FOXES" relate, with appropriate reverence and respect, incidents relative to their counterparts who did not "come home alive".  All who view this historical account of HMM-364 should appreciate that a complete history of our squadron must contain information relative to all of our former Marines and Navy Corpsman.

Further, it should be noted that HMM-364's illustrious legacy should not appear to diminish the contributions of our other 'Marine Brothers,' be they aviation, ground or support units.  There existed at these times in our Marine Corps a great deal of mutual respect among all Marines who endured the experience of war.  Therefore, where possible, credit will be given to individuals and units which were associated with developing this  historical account of the "Purple Foxes" to cultivate and promote the same Esprit De Corps which existed then and today.

Contributions to this site are respectfully requested which might cover, but not limited to, subjects such as those listed in the 'Table of Contents' above and, we encourage submissions from those Marines we supported.

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