"THE PURPLE FOXES"
(HMM/VMM-364)

Squadron Patch
HMM Swifty
UH-34 Dog; by Mike Leahy
1961 - 1966
CH-46 Phrog, by Mike Leahy
1967 - 2014
MV-22B

2014 - Present
VMM-364 Swifty

VMM Swifty

Last Revised: 26 July 2015

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

The Passing of a young Purple Fox,

OLIVER, ROGER CPL 2003.

He passed on 1 July 2015, age 43 in Trail, OR.

Rodger's friend, Paul Steeves, is organizing a small memorial service for Rodger and all other Foxes who have passed.

This would be at 4 pm on August 1st, after the retirement ceremony for the CH-46, at the Purple Fox's plaque at the National Marine Corps Museum. Arrangements are being made to have a Chaplain from Quantico say a few words.

The Phabulous Life of the Phrog!
from AviationWeek.com

Does anyone have information on ELAM, DAVID L. LTCOL 68? Please let me know: SLJNCO.

Scuttlebutt: News, Updates, and Special Annoucements:
Updated: 24 JULY 2015

THE 50 YEAR LTA 2 RVN REUNION
Aug 6-9, 2015!

Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA.
HANGAR TOUR at LTA!!
On FRIDAY, 7 AUGUST there will be a tour of the South hangar only.
(it's August: hot. No water; bring your own. NO working restrooms in the hangar.)


The Saturday night dinner will be on the Queen Mary with HMM-363 and others from the MAG-36 group.
There will be NO walk-ups (or walk-ins) for the dinners at the Queen Mary. If you are not paid up by 1 August, 2015---you will not be attending the dinners.
Any questions, contact Walt Wise 720-340-9534.

The online Registration form is HERE. And, the Attendance List is HERE.
(There is a HARD cut-off date of July 7th for rooms at the QM. Don't wait.)
(The Queen Mary phone number has been updated to a direct number: 877-342-0742
They have also added 10 Deluxe King Harbor Rooms for the rate of $159 plus tax.)

Check your mail boxes if you have attended a reunion in the last two years for a hard copy registration form.
HMM-363 HOTEL INFO: There are some additional rooms
at the Hilton for $119.00 available.

(Revised 19 July 2015)

While you are at the reunion, maybe you have time to check out a Recruit Graduation at San Diego MCRD. You can check their schedule at this link: San Diego MCRD Graduation Schedule.

(In the interest of fairness: Parris Island MCRD Graduation Schedule.)

Last Flight: A Retirement Ceremony for the CH-46 Program
Saturday, 1 Aug 2015.
(Information Updated 20 June 2015 - Official Announcement)
Ticket sales for the Friday, July 31st evening reception at the National Museum of the Marine Corps,
are now live and available at the link below:

FRIDAY EVENING RECEPTION
SOLD OUT!!

There is a waiting list of 43 people. If you have canceled your plans to attend the reception or have an extra ticket, please contact George Gitcho.

Online Tickets and Attendance Order Link

Saturday's events at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center include the historic fly-in, retirement ceremony, and panel discussion. These events are open to the public, and no registration is necessary, however please indicate per the form if you plan to attend.

It has recently been announced that a panel discussion will follow to include Pat Donovan.
Aircraft 153369 will fly-in to the National Air & Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles airport. 153369 has a storied history with HMM-364, having been with the squadron in Vietnam and Iraq. There will also be an evening social event the night prior, Friday 31 July at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, VA.
This is a HQMC even, so feel free to spread the work to others who have flown the "Phrog."
Special details to follow when received.

The Month of July in Your
Squadron's History

Squadron History(1),
As Published by HQMC

(Revised 6 February, 2015)

Squadron History(2)
As told by the Purple Foxes

(Revised 2 September, 2012)

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

Purple Fox Section

Taps, Deceased Since 
Returning From Vietnam

(Revised 27 JUNE 2015)

The "Purple Foxes"
Squadron Roster

(Revised 4 JULY 2015)

Recent  Roster Revisions
(Revised 4 JULY 2015)
The Warriors of Hill 881S
(Revised 15 December, 2014
Awards For Valor
(Revised 7 August, 2013

I Remember, Short Vivid 
Memories of Vietnam
Cruise Books, Extracts
Photo Album
(Revised 4 July 2015)

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: 24 July 2015
Dedication

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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