"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: 18 MARCH 2020

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 email the SLJNCO with your last rank with the squadron, and years you were assigned to HMM-364.


Dave L Magee
MSGT (Ret) 1943 - 2020


We sadly announce that Dave Magee passed away peacefully at home on 26 March 2020. In addition to his service to the country as a United States Marine during Vietnam, he was also responsible for preserving the history of HMM-364 by serving as the second administrator of the website after its founder, Frank Gulledge, passed. Dave also organized many of the "Dog" and Purple Fox reunions over the years in Mesquite, NV.

Dave served 22 years as a Marine after joining at the young age of 17.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Semper Fi Fund.
A memorial service will be planned at a later time. Updates will be posted on this FaceBook page.
Condolences may be sent to the family at Myers Mortuary.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of David Lane Magee, please visit Myer's floral store.

Semper Fi, Dave

(We will post further information as we receive it.)

MCAA Fred McCorkle Award
(Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron of the Year)

We got wind that VMM-364 may be the next recepient of the
Fred McCorkle Award from the MCAA.
We will share more news as we get it.

Pop-A-Smoke 2020 Reunion!!
Nugget Hotel & Casino, Sparks, NV
Dates: 8 - 12 JULY 2020
19 Squadron Members and 13 Guests signed up! Updated 18 March '20.
Are YOU on this list?
Sign up online here
OR print and mail the
HMM/VMM-364 Sign Up Form
Pop-A-Smoke Reunion Page
HMM 263 & HMM 364

DATE: September 24-27, 2020
LOCATION: Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach, Galveston, TX
HOSTS: Jesse Ruby, Earling Rolfson

It is officially our 50th anniversary when we served at Marble (1969/70) and we have invited our sister squadron HMM 364 to join us. Jesse and Earling are planning a great schedule of events at this beach resort, so we hope all can join us. BTW, Peter and Rae Goetz will be joining us from Australia and the Colonel is traveling with Dunc to TX. How about you?


There are only 3 choices: YES, I am attending. NO, I am not attending. MAYBE.

This will help Jesse know how many rooms to reserve more accurately. If we cannot get enough responses or requests for rooms, the number of reserved rooms will have to be lowered. Once they are booked by us, we may run out of rooms. We are currently looking at 20-25 rooms.

Pop-A-Smoke Newsletter January 2020

If you are a member, you should look out for the great article about our squadron's recent deployment by LtCol Walker and Capt Henrie. In March of 2019 they deployed again to the Middle East. There time there "...trademarked the Purple Foxes as the first conventional tiltrotor squadron used to provide sustained direct support to ajoint task force of this nature and in this manner..." They also "...set a record for the most MV-22B Osprey hours flown in by a squadron in over a decade."

If you are a member of Pop-A-Smoke, then you have probably already read this article. We want to say a big thank you to them for honoring the squadron with such a great article!"

I am a writer working with a Marine on his memoir about his time in recon in Vietnam. A member of the Purple Foxes (Dennis Welch) is also working with us. We are looking for Vietnam Vets with stories to tell about Dogpatch, Da Nang. Is there a way for you to help get out the word to see if any Marines have Dogpatch stories to tell (anonymously is fine). We'd love access to them. If that is possible, they can find me at this email address:
Much thanks.
Michael Coffino


Does anyone know how to get a hold of cruise books from the past? We get a few requests for these...

"I was deployed with hmm 364 in oif-3. I can not find my cruise book and was wondering if there is any way to get another copy, or contact the company that makes them. Any help in the right direction would be much appreciated.
Simper fi,"
Cpl. Gibson, Bryxton T.

Table of Contents

Scuttlebutt: Prayerlist, News, Updates, Special Annoucements, & Contact Info sought:
Update: 7 MARCH 2020

Includes an eMail from the CO of VMM-364,
LtCol Bill "Sticks" Walker

The Month of March in Your
Squadron's History

Squadron History(1),
As Published by HQMC

(Revised 10 February 2019)

Squadron History(2)
As told by the Purple Foxes

(Revised 7 June, 2018)

All Gave Some . . .
. . . Some Gave All

(Revised 27 MAY 2018)
Memorial Monument and

Purple Fox Section

Taps, Deceased Since Returning From Vietnam
(Revised 1 MARCH 2020)

The "Purple Foxes"
Squadron Roster

(Revised 1 MARCH 2020

Recent  Roster Revisions
(Revised 1 MARCH 2020)
The Warriors of Hill 881S
(Revised 27 January 2019)
Awards For Valor
(Revised 2 January 2016)

I Remember, Short Vivid
Memories of Vietnam

(Revised 1 March 2020)
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  24 NOVEMBER 2019)

Recorded  Ditties
and other good stuff

(Reviseod 24 AUGUST, 2018)

Oral Histories
(Revised 3 JUNE 2017

Our Magnificent Crew Chiefs
(Revised  17 MARCH 2019)
Military Research
& Health Links
Last Updated: 11 August 2019
Request Copies of
Your Military Records
From the 3rd Stool on the Left
            Last Updated: 14 November, 2013

Reunion Updates
Last Updated: 7 March 2020
Health and Wellbeing
Links to Veterans related sites or pages on Health, Financial, Recovery, etc.
Updated: 25 February 2020

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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