"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: 1 February 2018

Michael A. Horawicki
February, 1945- January 19, 2018

Mike Horawicki, one of the original 1967 CH46D
crew chiefs, passed away on 19Jan18. He would
have turned 73 at the end of this month. When
the squadron re-formed in Hangar 2 in spring of
1967, the CO held a contest for a new squadron
logo patch, representing the CH46D, the squadron's
mission and our up-coming deployment to Viet Nam;
Mike's entry won. He was very funny: after
arriving in country in November 67 he stitched a
pillow case sampler that said, "I'm from Chicago,
where're are you from, punk?" His sense of humor
and easy-going manner endeared him to all.

Mike was cremated and his ashes will be buried in
a National Cemetery in Minneapolis later this year.

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

Pop-A-Smoke 2018 REUNION

The 2018 Pop-A-Smoke reunion will be held on Sept 5-9, 2018 at the

Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel, St. Louis, MO

Who's gonna be there! Are you on this list?

Sign up online.

OR download this PDF form , print it, and send it, filled out, to
Walt Wise who is the Squadron Reunion Coordinator for Pop-A-Smoke.

Walt will be mailing out forms to anyone who attended a reunion in the last two years.

This form is ONLY for the HMM-364 specific activities (Friday night dinner) and hospitality suite.

Please go to the 2018 Pop-A-Smoke reunion page to sign up for the reunion itself
and make hotel reservations at the Westport Lake Chalet.

MAG-39 50th Anniversary

I hope all is going well, we recently returned from our first deployment as
VMM-364 and things are starting to spool back up in the squadron.

Our CO wanted to pass along that MAG-39 is having its 50th anniversary (edit:
in 2018) and will be doing an open house for all of the MAG-39 Alumni on April
15, 2018. I was hoping you could pass along the message to the HMM-364
network. It would be great if we got a good showing of Purple Foxes to the
squadron spaces.

For the website I've attached a photo of our deployment patch and the
squadron photo we took in Kuwait.

Finally, I will be turning over the S-5 position in the next few weeks so
your new point of contact will be Capt Linck who is CC'ed on this e-mail.

Give a Shit!

Capt MacDonald, N.C.
VMM-364 S-5/S-6 OIC

Scuttlebutt: News, Updates, Special Annoucements, & Contact Info sought:
Update: 22 January 2018

The Month of JANUARY in Your
Squadron's History

Squadron History(1),
As Published by HQMC

(Revised 20 August 2017)

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 22 January 2018)

The "Purple Foxes"
Squadron Roster

(Revised 22 January 2018

Recent  Roster Revisions
(Revised 22 January 2018)
The Warriors of Hill 881S
(Revised 10 November 2017)
Awards For Valor
(Revised 2 January 2016)

I Remember, Short Vivid 
Memories of Vietnam
Cruise Books, Extracts
Photo Album
(Revised 20 August 2017)

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 24 Octobr, 2016)

Oral Histories
(Revised 3 JUNE 2017

Our Magnificent Crew Chiefs
(Revised  2 JUNE 2017)
Military Research
& Health Links
Last Updated: 2 OCTOBER 2017
Request Copies of
Your Military Records
From the 3rd Stool on the Left
            Last Updated: 14 November, 2013

Reunion Updates
Last Updated: 25 October 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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