Sgt. Rodney B. Yoakam

Assigned Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364, MAG-16, 1st MAW) known as the “Purple Fox”. Our motto: “GIVE A SHIT”.

I was a gunner on the CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter (also known as The Frog) and during this month, my bird received battle damage three times in the same place on the same day during Medical Evacuation (Medevac). This day I earned my combat wings with three strike flight awards. I also received battle damage three more times this month. I flew 260 missions. 

I was awarded 13 Air Medals (Strike Flight Awards) during the month. 

My six favorite photographs of our "Phrogs"


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