"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: 14 September 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.


passed 30 Aug 2020

Case FE Bronze Star Case, Steiny, Wharton Case F.E. Purple Fox boots

Case was one of our youngest crew chiefs, not turning 21 until well after arriving in country. His heroic actions on 9 Jan 68 earned him the Bronze Star, with Combat V. Like several other original deployment crew chiefs, he extended his Vietnam tour for six months, delaying his rotation date from 20 Nov 68 to mid 1969. He crafted custom boots, and made several pair with a HMM-364 theme, Purple Fox and all. He was an avid biker and had owned several Harleys.
He’ll be missed by his buddies, the pilots he crewed for, and with whom he shared dangerous and demanding missions, but also good times and great memories.

Semper Fi, RUSS
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.

Peachbush/Swift Reunion
Hilton Head Island
11/11/21 to 11/14/21

The Beach House
1 S Forest Beach Dr.
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29928-6423
When calling the hotel, mention the Swift/Peachbush Reunion, Nov 2021, for the special room rates.

Invited are members from the following squadrons: HMM/VMM-263, HMM/VMM-364 & HMM/VMM-262.

Here are the Details From Duncan MacRae:

  • Room Rate approx $150.00 per night room,taxes,parking etc
  • (need exact hotel) Check-in Thurs11/11 Thurs VETERANS DAY. --Check out Sun 11/14 by noon. The above rate is good for 2 days prior to 11/11 and 2 days after 11/14 if you care to stay longer
  • Reception with heavy orduerves and cash bar Friday night 1800 to 2200
  • Dinner and Faux Marble Mountain Show live music and Christmas Tree
  • Hilton Head Island has quite a few other attractions--Golf, boating, fishing, horse back riding, tons of bars and shopping til you drop. Can be reserved individually with the hotel concierge.
  • Reception Fri and dinner Sat about $50.00 to $80.00 per person per day Actual Prices TBA
  • Faux band to be chipped in on by those who will help me out. This is the guy that played all the 60's 70's music at the Peachbush reunion in Columbia in 2010.
  • I've signed a contract for the above dates and am responsible for 90% to 50% totals, so we can't cancell or change the dates and times.
  • The major Airlines fly into the island now so you don't have to fly into Savannah rent a car and drive anymore.

There is a great Tiki bar on the beach. The checkin is on Thurs and Fri. I think that Thurs. night should be open for people to meet at the Tiki bar and go out to dinner in small groups. There are over a 100 Bars and Restaurants on the Island. That way people can go out with their closest friends. The pool and the beach are handy and easy to do. Also, one of the nicest shopping malls in SC is within walking distance.

Pop-A-Smoke 2020 Reunion!!


Please see the Reunion Information page for more information.
HMM 263 & HMM 364

Unfortunately this gathering will be canceled until some time next year.

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!"

Swifty Spotlight Banner
Something new we are very excited about, our own Stephanie Hanson Caisse, author of A Corpsman's Legacy and A Corpsman's Legacy Continues, has started a newsletter called the Swifty Spotlight. She gets all kinds of snippets and tidbits of news about the squadron, so she decided to share it with the rest of us. If you would like her to sent one directly to you, I am sure you can get on her mailing list by contacting her through her website or Facebook.

Swifty Spotlight Issue 1 Swifty Spotlight Issue 1 Swifty Spotlight Issue 1
Stephanie Hanson Caisse
Author of "A Corpsman's Legacy"
Website -
Facebook -

Table of Contents

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

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

The Month of September 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 7 September 2020)

The "Purple Foxes"
Squadron Roster

(Revised 7 September 2020

Recent Roster Revisions
(Revised 7 September 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: 24 August 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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