"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 JANUARY 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.


Donald G. Rapp
CPL 67-68

Don Rapp was in the avionics shop when 364 re-formed in LTA in 1967; he deployed with the squadron to Phu Bai.
He passed away on January 21st, only two weeks after he was diagnosed with an Agent Orange-connected metastasized lung cancer.

From his wife, Jill: "Don was a family man, a loving and devoted Husband, Dad and Papa. He had 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Long time married to his first love after returning from the war, Jill, they were together for 49 years. He was a mortgage broker and investor, but his first love was building. He built several homes for his family by himself and with the help of his tractor. He was determined and confident that he could accomplish anything he set his mind to. In retirement, Don and Jill spent their time with their Belgium Malinois dog, Sky, and traveling cross country to be with their families. We will miss him."

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Table of Contents

Scuttlebutt: Prayerlist, News, Updates, Special Annoucements, & Contact Info sought:
Update: 27 DECEMBER 2019

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

The Month of January 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 29 DECEMBER 2019)

The "Purple Foxes"
Squadron Roster

(Revised 29 DECEMBER 2019

Recent  Roster Revisions
(Revised 29 DECEMBER 2019)
The Warriors of Hill 881S
(Revised 27 January 2019)
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  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: 20 January 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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