"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: 1 NOVEMBER 2018

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.

Table of Contents

An eMail from the NEW COMMANDING OFFICER of VMM-364:

Dear Purple Fox Family,

If possible I would like to be added to the records as serving in VMM-364 from 09 August 2018 to present.

Additionally, please extend my heartfelt gratitude for their service and warmest wishes to all members of HMM & VMM-364 this upcoming week at the Pop-A-Smoke reunion.

I regret not being able to make it to Kansas City this year as my wife Moo and I just took over the helm of the squadron August 9th and we have been busy getting snapped into the new job. Moo is enjoying her new found duties as Mama Fox and I am honored to be a Papa Fox in the most iconic squadron in Marine Corps history.

The men and women of 364 are getting into full on preparations over the next several months as we ready ourselves to deploy in April 2019 for the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, Crisis Response, Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC) 19.2 in support of combat operations for Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

I had the pleasure of celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Ted Williams’ birth recently and gave his daughter Claudia a baseball signed by the Purple Foxes upon the occasion. She was grateful and honored to receive a piece of the Purple Foxes memorabilia in honor of her dad, a WWII and Korea Marine Pilot as many of you would recall.

The Purple Foxes also did a Warrior Night in the field together at San Onofre aboard Camp Pendleton recently and it was well received as Marines had chow in the field for dinner and breakfast and slept under the stars in our bivouac sacks as a squadron.

As a tribute to our legacy, Staff Non-Commissioned Officers read to our junior Marines some of the Vietnam era chronicles of your heroic efforts by fireside light from Marine Corps archives under the tutelage of our Squadron Sergeant Major, Sergeant Major Albert Martinez (Purple Heart recipient and combat meritorious Sergeant at the Second Battle of Fallujah) in this particular field event. The roar from the Marines’ response was hair raising and piercing in the night air.

Motivation is high and the Marines are being given clear reminders as we groom for battle of who they are, where they come from, and what is expected of them as a Purple Fox.

From all of your brothers and sisters at the hangar I wish you all health and happiness.
If you are ever in the area, please do stop by. Coffee is on the stove and we’ll keep the light on.

Give A Shit! and Semper Fi!

Humbly Yours,

LtCol Bill “Sticks” Walker USMC
CO VMM-364
The World Famous Purple Foxes

Scuttlebutt: News, Updates, Special Annoucements, & Contact Info sought:
Update: 15 SEPT 2018

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 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 3 SEPTEMBER 2018)

The "Purple Foxes"
Squadron Roster

(Revised 3 SEPTEMBER 2018

Recent  Roster Revisions
(Revised 3 SEPTEMBER 2018)
The Warriors of Hill 881S
(Revised 1 JULY 2018)
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

(Reviseod 24 AUGUST, 2018)

Oral Histories
(Revised 3 JUNE 2017

Our Magnificent Crew Chiefs
(Revised  2 JUNE 2017)
Military Research
& Health Links
Last Updated: 7 MAY 2018
Request Copies of
Your Military Records
From the 3rd Stool on the Left
            Last Updated: 14 November, 2013

Reunion Updates
Last Updated: 25 August 2018

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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