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"The Purple Foxes"
(HMM/VMM-364)

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Squadron Patch
HMM Swifty
UH-34 Dog; by Mike Leahy
1961 - 1966
CH-46 Phrog, by Mike Leahy
1967 - 2014
MV-22B
2014 - Present
VMM-364 Swifty
VMM Swifty

Last Revised: 5 May 2019

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.

Sliver Star to Navy Cross

YOUR help requested

There is an effort on-going to have JV Johnson's Silver Star upgraded to a Navy Cross. We need individuals to corroborate what took place on his flight when Joe Devlin was killed on March 8, 1970.

Two CH-46's were launched on a resupply mission to the Coal Mines. The weather was awful, the aircraft had to resort to low-level flight at less than 100 feet (AGL). Devlin (history index) was killed by a single AK-47 round, Maj Locke (history index) was struck in the right arm by the same round. Crew chief JV Johnson was able to save the flight and get the aircraft safely back to DaNang, where they landed at NSA. We are looking for the names of the two gunners who were on JV's aircraft. We are also looking for any information on the second aircraft that launched on this mission. If you still have your Aviators Flight Log Book, look up any flights that you made on March 8, 1970. The Mission code for this flight would have been 1R9 (resupply).

Forward any information that you might have to: Walt Wise, Pat Kenny, or Hal Walker.

The Purple Foxes Are Off To Combat Again!

An email from LtCol Walker, CO VMM-364

Fellow Foxes,

A brief note of correspondence to update the family. The flag will be moving to Kuwait in a couple weeks to take on the mission of Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force, Crisis Response, Central Command (SPMAGTF-CR-CC 19.2) in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE. From there we will leap frog aircraft north throughout Iraq and Syria as tasking dictates. We are well prepared and ready to execute.

The Marines have performed tremendously over the past several months and I would like to highlight a few stand out performances for you:

  1. September 2018: Maintenance Department Scores a 97.8% (#1 of any Type/Model/Series Aircraft in 3d MAW) on the ALMAT Inspection.
  2. December 2018: Maintenance Department Scores a 98.2% (Top Ten of all Navy and all Marine Corps Squadrons of an Type/Model/Series Aircraft) on the CNAF Inspection.
  3. January-February 2019: Squadron performs superbly by supporting the Marine Corps' Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) for 5 weeks at 29 Palms.
  4. For Fiscal Year 2019, October to present, The Purple Foxes are #1 in Aircraft Readiness and #1 in most Flight Hours of any V-22 squadron not currently deployed. Of the 8 squadrons that are currently deployed at various places around the globe, only one of those squadrons is producing more flight hours and readiness than VMM-364 and they are FAD II status for parts while the Foxes remain FAD III until we take over the mission forward.
  5. Four Meritorious Promotions for our Marines that have been won at the Wing level in the last four months.

The Marines are humble and hungry to make you all proud and add to the legacy you have built for us.

We'll be back in late October and look forward to hosting some of you if you are in the San Diego area during the holidays. Feel free to stop on by at any time to the Fox Den. The coffee pot is on the stove and we'll leave the light on for you.

Semper Fi & Give A Shit!
-Sticks

LtCol Bill "Sticks" Walker USMC
Commanding Officer VMM-364
The World Famous Purple Foxes
(email address and phone omitted)
"G.A.S.!"

"Another Purple Fox pilot, Richard "Rich" Bianchino (BIO Narratives), has been named as a Golden Eagle. The total from HMM 364 who have been chosen is now at six (6). The other Foxes are Colonel Brady, Ernie Cunningham , Pat Donovan, Dave Legas, and John Harris. We all should be exceedingly proud that the Golden Eagles, a very selective and extraordinary group of noted Naval Aviators, has repeatedly chosen new members from the ranks of HMM 364. It is a remarkable accomplishment to be chosen and I feel very comfortable in saying that no other rotary wing Marine squadron is as represented as is HMM 364." - Alan T. Robillard

The Golden Eagles are...
The "Early and Pioneer Naval Aviation Association", better known as "The Golden Eagles" was established in 1956 as a living memorial to Naval Aviation, and is the most prestigious group of Naval Aviators. Its membership includes admirals, generals, astronauts, aces, innovators, inventors and leaders, who during their service were pioneers in the development of new concepts, received special recognition for outstanding performance, or who otherwise warrant special consideration for meeting select criteria. Their careers are defined by continuously exhibiting performance as the best of the best. Membership is limited to only 200 active members.

Table of Contents

TAPS
DILLARD, RALPH L. SSGT 69-70 (passed 8 APR 17)

PURPLE FOXES ARE INVITED
(Hill 881S)
3d Bn, 26th Marines 2019 Reunion Cruise
10-17 NOVEMBER 2019

The 3/26 2019 reunion will be on a Holland America 7 night Caribbean Cruise from November 10-17, 2019, leaving from and returning to Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Jim Sigman has arranged an outstanding deal for this cruise.
Get details at the 3/26 website at www.326marines.org.
Click on the 2019 Reunion Cruise button, or
call Shelley at (850) 386-7327, Ext 208

Scuttlebutt: Prayerlist, News, Updates, Special Annoucements, & Contact Info sought:
Update: 17 March 2019

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

The Month of May 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
Bricks

Purple Fox Section

Taps, Deceased Since 
Returning From Vietnam

(Revised 16 MARCH 2019)

The "Purple Foxes"
Squadron Roster

(Revised 16 March 2019

Recent  Roster Revisions
(Revised 16 MARCH 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  30 January 2016)

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: 16 MARCH 2019
Request Copies of
Your Military Records
From the 3rd Stool on the Left
            Last Updated: 14 November, 2013

Reunion Updates
Last Updated: 25 August 2018
Dedication

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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