This cruise book is dedicated to our squadron HMM-364, "The Purple Foxes", and to all other men that served with this unit.
Even though the squadron colors are now officially folded and the Marines and Navy Corpsmen that served with this unit are far apart, the Foxes will long be remembered. It will be remembered by not only those that accomplished our varied missions of support, but also by the "Grunts" we supported.
Our reputation as "The Purple Foxes" was such that the Division Air Officer stated that many ground units would specifically request "SWIFT" birds for their helicopter support requirements. Also, it is a well known fact that our unofficial motto, (we) "Give a Shit", was given to us in all sincerity by the Marines we supported daily for many years.
We painted "Give a Shit" on the tails of the aircraft as part
squadron logo and dyed our flight suits purple. The "Give a Shit"
motto became the way we flew and lived. HMM-364 was a way of
life and a way to survive
Kenneth L. Gross 65-66, Major USMC(Ret)
The spirit of the Foxes will live long thanks to the dedication and hard work of these men.
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"PAPA FOX" AND THE "HEAVIES"
PAGE 2 "LANCE HEAVIES" AND THE "LIEUTENANTS PROTECTIVE ASSN."
PAGE 3 LIEUTENANTS
PAGE 4 LIEUTENANTS
PAGE 5 LIEUTENANTS
PAGE 6 LIEUTENANTS AND GROUND OFFICERS
PAGE 7 SGT. MAJOR, FIRST SGTS AND GUNNERY SERGEANTS
PAGE 8 STAFF SERGEANTS
PAGE 9 SERGEANTS AND CORPORALS
PAGE 10 CORPORALS
PAGE 11 CORPORALS
PAGE 12 CORPORALS AND LANCE CORPORALS
PAGE 13 MIXED RANKS AND LT. GEN. McCUTCHEON SENDS
PAGE 14 OUR LAST MISSIONS