"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: 25 September 2016


Rodrick "Rick" Richard Sweigart
Passed away on Sunday Sept. 4, 2016.
Rick was a Vietnam War Veteran serving with HMM-364, and the recipient of multiple medals.
He was a member of the Central PA American Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 791. In retirement
he served as a house parent at The Milton Hershey School. He also was a member of the
American Cruizers Car Club, and loved to take his Shelby Cobra to car shows.

Memorial contributions in Ridrick's name can be made to the
Central PA American Vietnam Veteran's Association
P.O Box 91, Burnham, PA 17009.

Online consolences can be offered to the family at

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: 25 September 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
was 24 - 28 AUGUST 2016
After Action Reports
Walt has filed a brief AAR. Feel free to file one of your own if you like.
(SLJNCO reserves the right to edit.)

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 SEPTEMBER 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 25 September 2016)

The "Purple Foxes"
Squadron Roster

(Revised 25 September 2016)

Recent  Roster Revisions
(Revised 25 September 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 28 AUG, 2014

Our Magnificent Crew Chiefs
(Revised  20 August, 2012)
Vietnam Research
& Health Links
Last Updated: 24 September 2016
Request Copies of
Your Military Records
From the 3rd Stool on the Left
            Last Updated: 14 November, 2013

Reunion Updates
Last Updated: 25 September 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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