Veterans Needed to Help Connect the Dots!
has over 100 combat patches and a history only our Enlisted
Crew Chiefs and Mechanics can provide. Only they can provide
the YL, YP, YS, EM, YN, and YK squadron side number used by
each individual squadron to identify this helicopter. These
two photographs of the aircraft, still bearing the faded star
and bars of the Vietnamese Air Force, show the battle scars
highlighted with white dots to better see the massive damage
this proud bird endured. How many troops were safely returned
to their operation Airfield or Base after a combat flight? With
the amount of hits this helicopter sustained in the transmission
and tail section area, it must have had to be returned to its
squadron repair facility by an S-53 or some heavy helicopter.
was flown by every Marine SHUFLY Squadron in Vietnam, with the
exception of HMM 365, which served a tour in Vietnam after this
helicopter was given to the Vietnamese Air Force.
We are requesting
that all Shufly Veterans search their log books, records, sea
bags, and footlockers for the old 35MM slides and photos from
the Viet Nam era. Please help us find each squadron Crew Chief
and Mechanic that helped nurse this proud bird through all those
flights and help us find the Crew that flew this helicopter
on 27 & 28 April 1964, when HMM 364 became the most decorated
helicopter squadron in the Vietnam War.
have information to share, please contact
us. Thank you!