"The Purple Foxes"

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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: 20 November 2017

From Steiny:

Gary's daughter, Angela, wanted me to pass on these funeral arrangements and a request for donations in lieu of flowers.

Gary's funeral will be held on Tuesday, November 21st., at

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church,
32825 Rhode Island Avenue, San Antonio, Fl, 33576.

On the web at;
the church service will be at 10am.

The burial will be at the Florida National Cemetery,
6502 SW 102nd Avenue, Bushnell, FL, 33513;
the burial service and Military Funeral Honors will be at 12:30pm.

She advises the family has asked that in lieu of flowers, charitable donations be made in honor of Gary W. Gard to the

"Beth Dillinger Foundation - Nourish to Flourish";

100% of all donations go directly to feeding hungry children in the Tampa area.

Angela goes on to say, "As many of you know, Dad cared deeply for helping those in need and less fortunate, especially children. We feel helping a charity on a local level will have a meaningful impact on our community in his honor".

The on-line donation form has a "comments or questions" section at the bottom of the "donor information" field; that's where you can let them know the donation is being made in Gary's honor.

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

Scuttlebutt: News, Updates, Special Annoucements, & Contact Info sought:
Update: 10 November 2017

The Month of NOVEMBER 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 23 October 2017)

The "Purple Foxes"
Squadron Roster

(Revised 10 November 2017

Recent  Roster Revisions
(Revised 10 November 2017)
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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