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1961 - 1966
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CH-46 Phrog, by Mike Leahy
1967 - 2014

Last Revised: 23 August 2014

You MUST sign up for the Friday night squadron dinner at the Miramar "O" Club by 8 Sept 2014. If you do not sign up by the 8th, you will not be able to attend the dinner. Please email Walt Wise, and he will get you squared away.

TIME is growing SHORT!!
A lot of notable Purple Foxes will be at this reunion.
How about you?

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 1: Special gathering and precentation ceremony

NOTE: If you do NOT have a military ID, you must give your basic info to the XO, or you will not be able to get on base.

HMM-364 Maj Chris Janecek, USMC: christopher.janecek@usmc.mil
List per individual: Name, date of birth, address, photo ID, Drivers license #, last 4 digits of SSN, and car license information.


This gathering at MCAS Camp Pendleton at HMM-364 is on 13 Sept 2014 by open invitation from CO LtCol John Field and XO Major Christopher Janecek, USMC.

Reportedly one of our 1969 Medevac Birds currently in New River Paint Shop and to be flown back soon to HMM-364 will be used as a background for this gathering. Purpose is PME presentation to our Active Duty Marines and Corpsmen.

Invitation is informal: CO is deployed, and in his stead XO Major Christopher Janecek, USMC HMM-364 is inviting us to visit during Pop-A-Smoke Reunion.The XO is our contact christopher.janecek@usmc.mil. Maj Janecek requests HMM-364 guest list of identifications. Please respond individually to the XO for his distribution to PMO / PAO.

Col. Sean "Kidd" Killeen, USMC (now PCS to Camp Smith with FMF Pac) has a videographer coming from Arlington Texas, by name of Raymond Martin. This is same Ray Martin that filmed Purple Foxes Gathering at Reception Honoring the Memory of Col and Ginny Brady, at their son Chip and his wife Debbie Brady's Farm on the Rappahonock in Virginia. He will video/photograh this 13Sept2014 gathering of The Purple Foxes at Camp Pendleton Flight Line and Squadron Area.

Larry Neuman, Sgt & Crew Chief of YK-19 BuNo 153669 will be present with a large number of his Neuman family from Tucson, AR. I surely am going with Beba and some of our family.

I would like assistance in getting this word out to these other members of my crew on 21Apr1969:
LCpl. John E. Harris Gunner (WIA)
PFC. Samuel T. Poole Gunner
HN M. L. Peters Corpsman YK-4
HN John L. VanDamme Corpsman YK-19

Hope to many Purple Foxes at Pop-A-Smoke Squadron Dinner on 12th and this gathering at MCAS Camp Pendleton on Sept 13th.


Pat (Donovan)
1645 CDT

There is some scuttlebutt that Pat Donovan will be speaking to the active duty HMM-364 during the reunion. Donovan is the Squadron's most highly decorated Purple Fox during the Vietnam Era. He is actually in the current issue of the VFW magazine along with other very highly decorated Vietnam Heros.


I don't know how many Foxes will be going to San Diego and getting there early. But if any do (or for those that live in the area), I'm giving a speech/PME on Wednesday, September 10th to the 3rd MAW. Any Fox would be welcome to come.

When: Wednesday, Sept 10th at 10:30am
Where: MCAS Miramar Base Theater

Stephanie (Hanson Caisse)

The Pop-A-Smoke
San Diego, CA.
Sept 11 - 14


As of 19 August
2014 we have

36 Marines
and 28 guests registered.

The Pop-A-Smoke
will get here quicker
than you think!

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If you served with HMM-364 anytime between 1 September 1961 and
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Table of Contents

The Month of August in Your Squadron's History

Squadron History(1),

Published by HQMC

Squadron  History (2)
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 6 May, 2014)

The "Purple Foxes"
Squadron Roster

(Revised 6 July, 2014)

Recent  Roster Revisions
(Revised 6 July, 2014)
The Warriors of Hill 881S
(Revised 6 June, 2014
Awards For Valor
(Revised 7 August, 2013

I Remember, Short Vivid 
Memories of Vietnam
Cruise Books, Extracts
Photo Album
(Revised 24 December, 2013)

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

(Revised  1 April, 2013)

Recorded  Ditties
and other good stuff

(Revised 22 February, 2013)

Oral Histories
(Revised  6 May, 2014

Our Magnificent Crew Chiefs
(Revised  20 August, 2012)
Request Copies of
Your Military Records
From the 3rd Stool on the Left
            Last Updated: 14 November, 2013

Reunion Updates
         Last Updated: 19 August, 2014

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.

Updates, Headlines, and New Historical Narratives
(Click title for complete story)

From the current Squadron: the Change of Command & Redesignation Ceremonies
will be held on Thursday, 9 Oct 2014, at 1400 in Hangar 7 East (HMMT-164's Hangar),

The new CO will be LtCol Paul Kapacz

2014 Pop-a-smoke
Below is the sign-upsheet in three formats for the HMM-364.org activities at the PaS reunion.
Microsoft Word, Text, and RTF (Generic word processor format. No formatting guarantees with this one.).

Oral History PAGE 8: Warren Smith, Dennis McKee, Mark Jeske, & Ed Jolly

COL John LaVoy on Oral History PAGE 7 The FIRST CO to take the Squadron into Combat!!!

Oral History PAGE 7: George Ward, Terri Dunkle, Ed Wilke, & Duane Jensen

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