When I arrived at Phu Bai the MAG-36 Commanding Officer, Colonel Bruce Matheson, told me to go fly with HMM-364 because I would be taking over the squadron at some future date.. On my first visit to the squadron I believe I was being escorted around by Capt. Marcus G. "Catfish" Monk and noticed YK-13 was in the hangar being patched up from some recent bullet wounds. Catfish possibly mentioned that it was not unusual for YK-13 to undergo such maintenance procedures. I mentioned that on my first tour overseas in Korea with VMF(N)-513 we did not have a number 13 because at least two of our aircraft that had borne the number 13 had been lost to enemy action. Instead we flew number 12 7/8ths.
It was a pleasant surprise, at the change of command
ceremony on 13 Sept. 1968, to see the static display helicopter in the
background was number 12 7/8ths.
LtCol. M. V. "Bud" Statzer's History Index
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