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Entry: 86434
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
MARINE PHOTOGRAPHIC SQ ONE 1ST MARINES

GARNELL RIDDLE wrote on June 5, 2013


City and State: TULSA OK

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: My father was a Marine and was in Japan and Korea in the 1950s.

Going thru his things I found a yearbook of sorts. It is

titled United States Marine Corps, Marine Photographic squadron

One 1st MAW FMF, Pohang Korea, 10, Nov. 1954. It seems to be a

photo journal. I don't find my father's pix in the book and

would like to give it to someone who finds their father's pix.


Keywords:


Entry: 85129
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
1ST MARINE AIR WING 212-214 1943-45

JAMES (JIM) TOBIN wrote on January 5, 2013


City and State: ANAHEIM CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Shortly after the SeaBees completed Henderson Air field
on Guadalcanal, my father, Vincent John Tobin, was a
mechanic on the HELLCAT fighter planes. possibly, F6F.
Maybe even P-40, or FAF.

He first enlisted in the Marines, in Boston in 1942. He
was first in the 1st Marine Air Wing,212-214.Georgia?
(not sure if it included a Battalion or not)This would
have been around February of 1943.

Later on, he moved over to C-130 transport division. He
was in Squadrons, VMR #152,#253, #252, and #352, to
name a few.

I'm looking for any photos of any of these squadron
group photos, of either the 1st marine Air, #212-214,
or any of his VMR transport group photos that still may
be floating around out there. I already contacted the
Leatherneck and Air Transporter Magazines, to no avail.
Any suggestions on how to obtain any of the above
information would be very grateful! Thank you for your
service! he retires as MSGT, 1964, in El Toro, CA. Also
in Cherry Point. he proudly served in the Korean, WWII,
and Vietnam Wars.


Keywords: Iwakuni, Japan
Solomon Islands, Henderson Field
First Marine Air Wing 212 - 214 (around early 1940-1950's.
VMR Transport Division, Squadrons 152, 253, 252, and 352.
Col. White, IWAKUNI, Japan, R-4D accommodation.



Entry: 80144
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
LOOKING FOR MARINE WHO SAVED MY LIFE

JOHN DANNER wrote on August 26, 2011


City and State: COLORADO SPRINGS CO

Unit: USS CHOURRE (ARV-1)

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: Serving aboard the Aviation Repair ship USS CHOURRE we were replenishing the marine air wing at Pohang.
The ships log shows we were there three times in 52. 11 Oct 20Nov and 20Dec. Also three times in 53. 20Jan 5Feb and 13 Feb.The Marines came out with DUKW's for supplies. They always seemed to time it so they could get a hot noon meal from us. On one of these resupply missions the Marines came out and tied up the DUKW's and came aboard for some good Navy chow. A storm came up and one of the DUKW's broke loose. I was ordered down the Jacobs ladder to secure the DUKW. When I arrived at the DUKW it also broke loose. Since I was the Coxswain of the Captain's Gig I knew I could handle this thing. I fired it up and started circling. The Marines motioned me to come alongside so we could get the other DUKW. I picked up the Marines and we secured the wayward DUKW. They decided to put me back on the ship, and return to base. A Marine told me to go out on the hood and when he reached the H Fender on the gangway I was to jump when he gave me the signal. The seas were very rough, I had on a Kapok life jacket. He gave me the signal and I jumped. At that moment a huge swell got between the ship and the DUKW. I landed in the drink.The water was very cold. The first wave sucked me under the H fender and The DUKW crashed into it, but it saved me from being smashed to pieces. The second wave pulled me out of there and here comes the DUKW. I looked up and saw a Marine on the hood yelling for me to raise my arms. He grabbed them and with a unbelievable effort pulled me up on the hood. The DUKW crashed into the side of the ship and would have crushed me for sure. The Marines took me ashore and asked the locals to dry my navy clothing. They used heavy Irons and burned huge holes in my pants and shirt. A Marine SGT. loaned me his utilities and when the ship came back they took me back to my ship. I ran up the gangway saluted the colors and requested permission to come aboard. The Officer of the deck saluted and said Danner you are out of uniform. I quickly changed into my duty uniform and returned the utilities to the good SGT.
Who was this wonderful Marine who saved my life?


Keywords: USS CHOURRE (ARV-1) 


Entry: 76970
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
USN-USMC AIRCRAFT LOST KOREAN WAR

THOMAS E. (T.E.) MOORE wrote on November 28, 2010


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: AIRCRAFT=================================LOST=========
AVENGER-USN-USMC----------------------------3---------

BANSHEE-USN-USMC---------------------------15---------

BIRD DOG-USMC-------------------------------9---------

CHICKASAW/WHIRLWIND-USMC-------------------11---------

CORSAIR-USN-USMC--------------------------555---------

DRAGONFLY-USN-USMC-------------------------26---------

SENTINEL-USMC------------------------------16---------

HELLCAT-USN---------------------------------6---------

MARINER-USN--------------------------------15---------

NEPTUNE-USN---------------------------------8---------

PANTHER-USN-USMC--------------------------163---------

PRIVATEER-USN-------------------------------5---------

RANGER/SIOUX-USN-USMC----------------------13---------

SKYNIGHT-USN-USMC---------------------------7---------

SKYRAIDER-USN-USMC------------------------211---------

TIGERCAT-USN-USMC--------------------------28---------


Keywords: LISTING OF USN-USMC AIRCRAFT LOST DURING THE KOREAN
WAR (1950=1953)---------------------------------------



Entry: 76093
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
WONSAN AIRFIELD PHOTOS

BOB SAID wrote on September 8, 2010


City and State:

Unit: FMAW PIO

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Is there anyone out there who remembers the hangar at Wonsan where Bob Hope entertained the airdales in late October 1950 while the Division guys were waiting for the mines to be cleared before they "invaded" Wonsan? I seem to remember it as an underground hangar dug into the hill on the south end of the airfield. Can anyone confirm this? Does anyone have a photo of it? I need such a photo for a memoir of my 14 months in Korea late October l950 to early January 1952.

Keywords: all over Korea Oct 1950-Jan 1952


Entry: 75340
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
I'M LOOKING FOR THE FIGHTING 69TH 77TH PLATOON? MY FATHER WAS A USMC AIR MECHANIC IN KOREAN WITH THE

VINNY GARGIULO wrote on July 4, 2010


City and State:

Unit: FATHERS 5TH BN, 69/77TH PLATOON

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: K3 Airfield


Entry: 75195
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
LOOKING FOR SGT RUSSO

VITO (SONNY) RIZZO wrote on June 23, 2010


City and State: UNION NJ

Unit: USAF 6151ST ABS

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Looking for a Martins buck sgt named Russo who was part of the 1st MAW that took over the air base at Kangnung. We truck up an acquaintance since we were both from Newark NJ (he was from Down Neck). He taught me about the M1A1 Thompson (which helped me in later life), but most importantly he took some photos of me before I left for Seoul. Since I have lost all mine I wonder if he has one of me hanging around.

Keywords:


Entry: 75178
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
MAX WOODALL

C. RICE wrote on June 22, 2010


City and State: TREASURE ISLAND FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: I'm trying to help a Korean War Veteran (Max Woodall) locate anyone he might know from his unit, 1st Marine Airwing, Airgroup 33, K83-K87?

Keywords: Does anyone know Marine Max Woodall, 1st Marine Airwing, K83-K87?


Entry: 73658
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
USMC

THOMAS E. (T.E.) MOORE wrote on February 21, 2010


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: WITH THE KOREAN WAR TRUCE ON 27,JULY,1953, AT PANMUNJOM, ENDING THREE YEARS OF FIGHTING IN KOREA, THE US MARINE CORPS LOOKED BACK AT THE PRICE OF LIBERTY IN HUMAN COSTS, WHICH IS ALWAYS HIGH, AND THE
KOREAN WAR WAS NO EXCEPTION. US MARINE CASUALTIES TOTALED OVER 30,000; JUST OVER 4,500 US MARINES GAVE
THEIR LIVES IN KOREA. FORTY-TWO US MARINES WERE AWARDED "THE MEDAL OF HONOR", FOR HEROISM ABOVE AND
BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY IN KOREA. TWENTY-SEVEN OF THESE AWARDS WERE POSTHUMOUS. THOUGH SOMETIMES VIEWED
AS AN "INDECISIVE" CONFLICT, THE US MARINE CORPS CAN
TRULY BE PROUD OF IT'S ROLE IN STEMMING THE TIDE OF
COMMUNIST AGGRESSION DURING THE KOREAN WAR.

HISTORY AND MUSEUMS DIVISION, USMC


Keywords: 1ST. MARINE AIRCRAFT WING---(1950)-------------------
C.O.---MAJOR GENERAL FIELD HARRIS--------------------



Entry: 72163
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
FOUND BRACELET

JOAN HIGH wrote on October 31, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: Family member found silver braclet belonging to Capt McPherson, First initial not readable, second is a W.
1st Marine Air Wing engraved on bracelet.
If anybody knows the Captain or his family , please have him or her contact me. Thank you Joan High


Keywords: N.A.


Entry: 71625
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
COMEDIAN

GERALD (PIO HARRY) HARRINGTON wrote on September 14, 2009


City and State: MERRCK NY

Unit: VMJ-1 AND P.I.O.

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: one of our pilots said that when he dies hes going to

come back as a racoon


AW HECK I WAS NUTS BEFORE I
ENTERED THE MARINES


Keywords: capt. palice

vmj-1

pio phtographer



Entry: 69013
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
K3 PO HANG VMF311

ALVIN JOHNSON SR. wrote on February 7, 2009


City and State: ANAMOSA IA

Unit: VMF311

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I was at K3 in 53 to 55 AE,Worked on the f9f Panthers.Shop SGt Arbuckle.Any other guys remember those days ?Were you there?Please contact.The old wood and tin huts with the sand bags on the roof.We had a korean house boy.He liked peanutbutter sandwiches and chicken soup.I would fill my cup with soup for him and make a sandwich whenever i could.Stewart,Kleen,also there.Who was the guy that drove the red fire jeep up and down the runway until the MPs caught him?That was a long time ago.Remember anything gine me a call.SemFi

Keywords: K3 near PO Hang


Entry: 66908
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
REVISED INFORMATION OF OUR FIRST FLAG RAISED IN VICTORY OF MT. SURIBACHI AT IWO JIMA ON 23 FEBRUARY

S. RAY FORNOF wrote on August 17, 2008


City and State: PEPE'EKEO HI

Unit: SECTION LEADER OF USMC 666TH PLATOON

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: First Flag Raised On The Japanese Homeland In WW II At Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima on 23 February 1943

Ray Fornof wrote on 17 August 2008


Comments: The Iwo Jima USMC Memorial Association, Inc. is an IRS 501 (c) 3, Non Profit, Volunteer Organization, Incorporated in the Great State of Hawaii. Our Mission is to finally Honor and Recognize the U. S. Marine Corps Patrol who Raised Our Colors in the Victory of Mt. Suribachi in Iwo Jima on 23 February 1943. Historically, the First Foreign Flag ever raised on the Japanese Homeland in World War Two. Iwo Jima was, and yet is, a Prefecture (County) of Tokyo, Japan. The Officer in Charge was First Lt. Harold G. Schrier. The Platoon Leader was Sgt. Ernie "Boots" Thomas and the Patrol Guide Sgt. Henry "The Saint" Hansen. The Patrol Leader, with a Flamethrower, was Cpl. Charles "Chuck" Lindberg. Communications was Radioman PFC, Raymond "Ray" Jacobs, Riflemen, PFC, James "Jim" Michels, and Pvt. Philip "Phil" Ward. Corpsman was PM, 2nd Class, John "Doc" Bradley. Leatherneck Magazine Photographer, Staff Sgt. Louis "Lou" Lowery. On 27 April of 2006, our Most Honorable Hawaii U. S. Congressman Ed Case, read into the Congressional Records, on the Floor of Our U. S. House of Representatives, of the Heroism of this Marine Patrol's accomplishments and of their "UNCOMMON VALOR A COMMON VIRTUE". Marines are Often Challenged, Always Faithful, and Brother's and Sister's Forever. "Semper Fidelis", Ray "Doc" Fornof Section Leader of the USMC 666th Platoon, Chairman Iwo Jima USMC Memorial Fund Drive (An IRS 501 (c) 3, Non Profit Organization) P. O. Box 662, Pepe'ekeo, Big Island of Hawaii HI 96783-0662 Phone: (808) 964-3244 E-mail: Doc666USMC1@AOL.Com


Keywords: aka: Doc


Keywords: Iwo Jima USMC Memorial Association, Inc.
An IRS 501 (c) 3, Non Profit, Volunteer Organization
Incorporated here in The Great State of Hawaii



Entry: 66852
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
COMM SECTION FMAW K-3 KOREA

TERRANCE STEWART wrote on August 12, 2008


City and State: MADISON WI

Unit: COMM SECTION H-HS 1ST MARINE AIR WING

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I Was in Radio Repair Comm Section H and HS FMAW at K-3 from October '53 to November '54. I would like to hear from any of the old guys, like Frank Cermak, Peter Christensen, Rod Nelson, Ron Kerr, Jerry Hepsen, Vic Lindenhan, Glen Falkenham, Jim Ballard, etc. Especially the guys who came looking for me the time I was riding with Major Dickey and we rolled the radio jeep over in a rice paddy. That was a long walk home and I appreciated the lift, let alone help with the grief the MPs at the gate gave me.

And "Nelly" served with me later in Station Electronics at El Toro. Would love to hear from any/all of you. I have a few snap shots of the old place and some of you. "Stew"


Keywords: K-3 H and HS Radio Repair Shop Comm Section


Entry: 66032
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
LOOKING FOR MEMBERS OF VMA121 MAG 13

MICHAEL GAFFNEY wrote on June 11, 2008


City and State: DENVER CO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My late father, Sgt. J.R. Gaffney served from March of 1951 to July of 1952 as an aircraft line tech. My Dad passed 11 years ago on Fathers Day. True to form as a Marine, he rarely mentioned any of his experiences there. I am trying to compile a report to give to the rest of my siblings (I am the youngest of his seven children). Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Keywords: Looking for members of VMA 121 MAG 13 out of Glenview, Il. (1951)


Entry: 64904
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
PIO PHOTOGRAPHER

TOM ROUSSEAU wrote on March 24, 2008


City and State: SPOKANE WA

Unit: HEADQUARTERS, K3, TAGUE. 1ST MARINE AIR WING.

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Captain Ted Williams in his off time used our photo lab
at K3 Headquarters for the First Marine Air Wing.

Made a few trips to the Naval Hospital in Yokohama taking documentation photos of medal award presentations to Marines injured in combat.


Keywords: Photo assignments took me north to the MLR to do photo
assignments. Front line living conditions for marines at the MLR. photos of marines hit by mortar fragments, and many plain Joe Blow photographs sent to Headquarters for release to their home towns.



Entry: 64887
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
WHAT HAPPENED TO MACS-3

GEORGE MARTIN wrote on March 23, 2008


City and State:

Unit: MACS-3 1ST AIR WING

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 61934
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
FIRST FLAG RAISED ON THE JAPANESE HOMELAND IN WW II AT MT. SURIBACHI, IWO JIMA ON 23 FEBRUARY 1943

S. RAY FORNOF wrote on August 11, 2007


City and State: HILO HI

Unit: SECTION LEADER USMC 666TH PLATOON

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: The Iwo Jima USMC Memorial Association, Inc. is an IRS 501 (c) 3, Non Profit, Volunteer Organization, Incorporated in the Great State of Hawaii.
Our Mission is to finally Honor and Recognize the U. S. Marine Corps Patrol who Raised Our Colors in the Victory of Mt. Suribachi in Iwo Jima on 23 February 1943.
Historically, the First Foreign Flag ever raised on the Japanese Homeland in World War Two.
Iwo Jima was, and yet is, a Prefecture (County) of Tokyo, Japan.
The Officer in Charge was First Lt. Harold G. Schrier.
The Platoon Leader was Sgt. Ernie "Boots" Thomas and the Patrol Guide Sgt. Henry "The Saint" Hansen.
The Patrol Leader, with a Flamethrower, was Cpl. Charles "Chuck" Lindberg. Communications was Radioman PFC, Raymond "Ray" Jacobs, Riflemen, PFC, James "Jim" Michels, and Pvt. Philip "Phil" Ward. Corpsman was PM, 2nd Class, John "Doc" Bradley.
Leatherneck Magazine Photographer, Staff Sgt. Louis "Lou" Lowery.
On 27 April of 2006, our Most Honorable Hawaii U. S. Congressman Ed Case, read into the Congressional Records, on the Floor of Our U. S. House of Representatives, of the Heroism of this Marine Patrol's accomplishments and of their "UNCOMMON VALOR A COMMON VIRTUE".
Marines are Often Challenged, Always Faithful, and Brother's and Sister's Forever.
"Semper Fidelis",
Ray "Doc" Fornof
Section Leader of the USMC 666th Platoon
Chairman
Iwo Jima USMC Memorial Fund Drive
(An IRS 501 (c) 3, Non Profit Organization)
P. O. Box 4783,
Hilo, Big Island of Hawaii
HI 96720-0783
Phone: (808) 959-3162
E-mail: Doc666USMC@AOL.Com


Keywords: aka: Doc


Entry: 61715
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
ANYONE REMEMBER RADIO METEOR?

JOSEPH MENTE wrote on July 23, 2007


City and State:

Unit: 8214 AU - AFKN

Service or Relationship: ARMY VETERAN

Comments: Anyone remember a lone Army Cpl. working on the 1st Marine Air Wing base from about Dec. 1953 to Dec. 1954?

I was the broadcast engineer at AFKN Radio Meteor during that period. I'd enjoy an email from anyone who worked at or remembers listening to the station.
Best to all,
Cpl. Joseph Mente US ARMY ret.


Keywords: AMERICAN FORCES KOREAN NETWORK METEOR


Entry: 60321
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
CAPT. MERVYN T. SCHUERMANN, VMF-311

MARK SCHUERMANN wrote on March 11, 2007

Email Update Needed

City and State: ALEXANDRIA VA

Unit: VMF-311

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Comments: As a member of VMF-311, my father was awarded a DFC for extraordinary achievement against the enemy in KOREA.

On 24 January 1953, Captain Schuermann led a flight of Marine jet fighter bombers against a heavily defended battery of enemy automatic weapons and the caves sheltering their ammunition supply. Quickly locating the obscure objective in mountainous terrain, he initiated an individual dive bombing assault to mark the target for the remainder of the flight. Exercising extreme caution because of friendly troops only fifty yards from the enemy position, he scored a direct hit on the hostile battery and then led a high speed bombing attack that silenced two automatic weapons , sealed five supply caves and inflicted numerous casualties on the enemy. Captain Schuermann's exceptional accuracy in delivering his own attacks and his exemplary leadership in organizing and directing the assault were largely responsible for the success of a mission that substantially relieved enemy pressure on front line elements of the 1st Marine Division. His courageous conduct, outstanding professional skill and steadfast devotion to duty throughout reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

V.E. Megee Major General U.S. Marine Corps

A GOLD STAR in lieu of the second DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS TO CAPTAIN MERVY T. SCHUERMANN

For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy as a member of a Marine fighter squadron in KOREA from 10 January 1953 to 15 January 1953, during a series of massed aerial assualts on a heavily defended bridge complex in the vicinity of SINANJU. Confronted by intest automatic weapons fire and under constant threat of attack by superior jet interceptors, Captain Schuermann participated in three successive bombinb missions to suppress hostile antiaircraft fire directed at the main striking force. On one of these strikes, he was directed to engage a camoflaged position consisting of four heavy antiaircraft guns that had previously inflicted serious damage on attacking aircraft. Successfully locating the concealed target, Captain SCHUERMANN dived through a barrage of hostile fire to score direct bomb hits that silenced the enemy weapons and clearly defined the objective for the remainder of the flight. Captain SCHUERMANN's aggressive initiative and exceptional bombinb accuracy were largely responsible for the success of a mission that substantially reduced enemy opposition during succeeding attacks on the vital target. His courageous conduct, superb airmanship and steadfast devotion to duty throughout reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

V.E. Megee Major General U.S. Marine Corps


Keywords: M.T. Schuermann (Cotton) Captain, USMCR Veteran of World War II and Korea Squadron: VMF-311 Awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Cross and 2 Air Medals


Keywords: Captain M.T. Schuerman, USMCR
VMF-311 Tomcats
F9F Panther
Awarded 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 2 Air Medals



Entry: 60165
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
POHANG 1952-53

KEN MYERS wrote on February 28, 2007


City and State: ALVA OK

Unit: HDQT SQUADRON MAG33

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I was headquarters Adjuntant and Personnel Officer for MAG 33... 1st Marine Air Wing. Then transferred to VMJ1 (same job - same place...but across the runway!)1952-1953.

Anyone still out there from that time and place?


Keywords:


Entry: 58325
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
LOOKING FOR INFORMATION ABOUT MY LATE FATHER

LINDA NICLEY wrote on August 1, 2006


City and State: ACTON IN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments:

Keywords: MY FATHERS NAME WAS CHARLES WILLIAM MATTINGLY


Entry: 57883
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
K13 SUWON 319TH F.I.SQUADRON JAN-AUG. 54

H.P. RUSSELL wrote on June 28, 2006

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: I was at k13 jan. 54-aug 54 with the 319th f.i.s., when a f-94b crashed and burned just after takeoff and the h19 copter from the field hovered close to the fire and a fuel tank exploded, destroying the copter and all in it.I've never heard from any other guys that were there that night, does anyone remember it?

Keywords: 319th fighter intercepter squadron k13 airbase suwon korea


Entry: 57449
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
ROBERT FRANKLIN CHANCE 613871

STEVEN CHANCE wrote on May 31, 2006


City and State: SALEM OR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for any information about my father.
Was in 2nd MAW, Cherry Point, N.C.


Keywords:


Entry: 57051
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
1ST. MARINE AIRWING 1950-51

DOUG EGGEN wrote on May 7, 2006


City and State: LEES SUMMIT MO

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father was in the Korean conflict. USMC, 1st Air Wing. I'm looking for anyone who might have memories of that unit in Korea. Dad says he was in a construction unit, constructing runways.

Keywords:


Entry: 56512
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
HEADQUARTERS SQ. 1ST MAR. DIV.53-54

PAUL BARMANN wrote on April 3, 2006


City and State:

Unit: HEADQUARTERS SQ. 1ST MAR. DIV.53-54 AZ SQ.

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Helping my dad ,Hes not hooked up to the internet yet.Looking for old friends such as
Bengel and many others.


Keywords: headquarters sq. 1st mar. div.53-54
Sgt John L Barmann USMC



Entry: 56217
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
HEADQUARTERS COM

GARY ODELL wrote on March 13, 2006


City and State: SACKETS HARBOR NY

Unit: HDQU 1MAW

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: Served at K-3 in Headquarters Com Replaced Pigg and later replaced by Lynch ? . Served with Col Ahee and Col Winton H Miller. and all the good guys. Maj Fris Capt Buthe, and guys like Partane and Sgt Fitzgerald, BUT THE USMC should decorate Capt DICKOVER Highly. SEMPER FI DIGGER

Keywords: Just DIGGER

I represent the HONOR of the USN in the return of the USS Hamilton and USS Scourge to their fleet base at SACKETS HARBOR NY. 1812ers.

The USMC guys from OHIO helped preserved Madison Barracks and got the US Army's 10 Mt Div at Fy Drum NY



Entry: 56176
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
K3 - POHANG - AFKN RADIO STATION METEOR

RICH BURR wrote on March 11, 2006


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I went to 1st MAW in Nov. 1953 to Hdqtrs Bldg. Spent almost 12 months at AFKN Radio Station Meteor sometimes doing "Mail from Home" broadcast. Would like to hear from anyone from the station or the base from Nov 53 to Dec 54.

Keywords: AFKN Radio Station Meteor


Entry: 55997
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
IWO JIMA USMC MEMORIAL

S. RAY FORNOF wrote on February 27, 2006


City and State: HILO HI

Unit: SECTION LEADER OF THE USMC 666TH PLATOON

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Officer in Charge, 1st Lt. Harold G. Schrier, his Platoon Leader, Sgt. Eugene "Boots" Thomas, Platoon Guide, Sgt. Henry "The Count" Hansen, Flame Thrower, Cpl. Charles W. Lindberg, BAR Rifleman, Pfc. James R. Michels, Radioman, Pfc. Raymond E. Jacobs, Rifleman, Pvt. Phillip L. Ward and Corpsman, PhMac John H. Bradley.

"Often Challenged, Always Faithful, Brother's Forever"
"Once a Marine, Always a Marine"
"Semper Fidelis"


Keywords: Iwo Jima USMC Memorial of the First Flag raised in Victory of Mt. Suribachi in Iwo Jima on 23 February 1945.
Historically, The First Foreign Flag ever raised on the Japanese homeland in World War Two.
As Iwo Jima is a Prefecture (County) of Tokyo, Japan.
Some Two Hours later, a larger, replacement Flag was raised that received all of the attention, as was photographed by Joe Rosenthal, of Associated Press.
This Second and Larger 48 Star Flag of ours is what the U. S. Marine Corps Memorial at Arlington Ridge, is of and in Honoring all those United States Marine that served on Iwo Jima. "Uncommon Valor, was a Common Virtue".



Entry: 54260
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
K-3 KOREA 1953-1954

CARL HILTON SR. wrote on November 23, 2005


City and State: LEBANON PA

Unit: 1ST MAW NAVY CORPSMAN

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: Would like to contact any medical personnel stationed at K-3; Itami, Japan; Iwakuni, Japan; or El Yoro between 1953-1955.

Keywords: HM3


Entry: 52959
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
MACS-1 1956 TO 58

JEREMY LEON wrote on August 31, 2005


City and State: NEWTOWN SQUARE PA

Unit: MACS-1, MAG-11 1STMAW

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Served with 1stLt. Jim Baisley, when he was Electronics Officer in MACS-1 Can't remember our CO's name. We had the dubious honor of having Lee Harvey Oswald serve in our motor pool section. A real yard bird, and our 1st Sgt. elected to take care of him by letting us give him a sand shower. That only squared him away for a short time. Love to hear from any guys who served in MACS-1.

Keywords:


Entry: 52109
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

JAMES BAISLEY wrote on July 19, 2005


City and State: NANTUCKET MA

Unit: MAG 11

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I recently learned that I am eligible for the Korean Defense Service Medal based on my service in Korea for more than 30 days in 1956.
I arrived at K-3 on or about June 5,1956. We returned to Japan in the late summer or early Fall of 1956.Our return coincided with giving K-3 to the Koreans.
Can anyone help me ascertain the date on which K-3 was given to the Koreans and the remaining units of MAG 11 returned to Iwakuni? It would help me to make my affidavit for the application for the medal to be more precise.
Semper fi, JIM


Keywords: K-3


Entry: 50873
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
SGT. JOHN (TEX) H. GADDIS LOOKING FOR?

JOHN GADDIS wrote on May 15, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: OVERTON TX

Unit: 1ST MAW HQSQ K3 KOREA

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I am looking for bubbies from 1951/52 of the
1ST MAW HQSQ K3 Pohang, Korea, Maintenance Company and/or Commissary guys. I worked with Smokey Thompson and Bill Bowers and others. Please pass this info around and I can be reached at email: cmetcalf11@yahoo.com.


Keywords: tex, cook, welder, maintenance, marine, bill, bowers, vitali, chief clerk, 13th draft, replacement, squadron, pohang, k3, k-3, harold, smokey, thompson, peterson, chenoweth, chenowith, jim, corp, corps, 1951, 1952, korea,


Entry: 49960
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
K-3

GARY ODELL wrote on April 3, 2005


City and State: NSACKETS HARBOR

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 48491
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
SEEKING OLD COMRADS FROM MABS 12 SECURITY 1957

GUY GENTRY wrote on January 30, 2005


City and State: DURHAM NC

Unit: MABS 12 SECURITY 1ST MAW

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Would like to hear from any of the unit members.

Keywords: Froze our tails off on far side of the runway, MAW Iwakuni


Entry: 45842
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
VMF 312 INFO

KATHY ABRAM wrote on September 16, 2004


City and State:

Unit: VMF 312

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for any memorabilia ie..patches, decals....from original checkerboard squad VMF 312. My father,John Abram, served in Unit and would like to make a scrap book for him.

Keywords: John Abram VMF312 Checkerboard


Entry: 45649
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
K-3 1956

JAMES BAISLEY wrote on September 6, 2004


City and State: NANTUCKET MA

Unit: MAG 11

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I recently learned that I may be eligible for the Korean Defense Medal, based on a few months of service at K-3. My recollection is that I arrived at K-3 in June of 1956. I was there when the base was given to the Koreans and the units stationed there returned to Iwakuni, Japan. To be eligible for the medal, I would have to had been in Korea for more than 30 days.
1. Does anyone know when K-3 was turned over to the Koreans? If I can determine that date I would be able to calculate how long I was there.
2.Is there some way for me to get a copy of my service record? My DD214 simply states that I was transferred to the inactive reserve on 8SEP57 and that my foreign service was 1 year 2 months and 23 days.
I spent most of my time overseas as the Electronics Officer of MACS-1 in Atsugi, Japan
Jim Baisley


Keywords:


Entry: 44698
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
LOOKING FOR????

ROGER COWGILL wrote on July 22, 2004


City and State: CHESTERFIELD IN

Unit: 1ST RADIO BATTLION 73-76

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: Looking for Robert J White that was from Huntington West Va. Was in 1st Battalion Marine Corp Air Station in 1973-1976- at Kaneoke Hawaii Nickname Whistle. Would love to hear from Him. If any one would know how he could be riched Please Email me with any Information you might have. Thanks


Entry: 44324
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
BYRON JAMES COSTELLO

HENRY HAUPT wrote on July 7, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State: SANTA ANA CC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Jim was my brother in-law.
Byron James Costello:
Major (United States Marine Corp)
Served 21 years-----World War II (Japan) and in Korea.
Honorable Discharged 30 June 1964
Awarded;
The Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal
Three Gold Stars
PUC
American Defense
Asiatic-Pacific
WWII Victory
Nat. Def. Service Medal
Korean Service
United Nation
Koran President Unit Citation
Letter of Appreciation
Navy Unit Commend
Deceased: August 7, 2001
I would like to hear from any one that knew him.


Keywords: pilot


Entry: 39780
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
H.M.R. 163

KEN MILLER wrote on January 6, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State: LODI CA

Unit: HELICOPTOR MARINE RESCUE 163

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: would like to get in touch with any one
stationd with me in the fall of 53 outside
osaka japan in squadron 163


Keywords:


Entry: 38376
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
UNIT AWARDS,1STMARINEAIRWINGFMFKOREA CONFLICT

BENJAMIN R. COX wrote on November 15, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: POLK CITY FL

Unit: H-S CO.

Service or Relationship: -

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 37518
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
FIRST MARINE AIRCRAFT WING REINFORCED

SCOTT HARVEY wrote on October 12, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for info About Ernest Fletcher "Fletch"Harvey. Also further info about action 8 March to 30 April and 18 May to 30 June 1951.

Keywords: Presidential Unit Citation,1st Marine AirWing Reinforced


Entry: 37371
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
SUPPLY HQSQ, 1STMAW,K-3,FMF

FRANCIS X. WINNETT wrote on October 5, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: STAFFORD VA

Unit: SUPPLY, HQ 1STMAW,FMF

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Lt Burns Supply Officer, Lt Krendel Adj.


Keywords: Supply Section, Headquarters, 1stMAW,FMF, K-3-Korea..1954-1955


Entry: 35739
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
PICS OF PLANE CRASH

EDWARD (ED) LEWIS wrote on July 24, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: WILKES-BARRE PA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father, Walter Lewis, served with Charlie Company, 1st Tank Division, 1st Marines, in Korea 1952-1953. He gave me pictures of a plane crash that occurred on an island off the coast of Korea in 1953, possibly in April that year. No one was killed, but one person did lose a leg.
Anyone with information about the veterans and heroes involved in the crash and rescue, please contact me. Ed Lewis,


Keywords: Pics. of plane crash in rice paddy, on island off Korean coast in 1953.


Entry: 35444
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
CIVILIAN AIRPLANE CRASH

ALFREDA DOONKEEN wrote on July 12, 2003


City and State:

Unit: IST MARINE DIVISION, AIRWING, PENDLETON, EL TORO

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I am looking for ANYONE who participated in the clean up of an airplane crash into the side of a mountain outside/inside Korea during Fall 1950.

A plane took off with mostly civilians and their family members to evacuate the area. We were ordered to go to the mountain and collect and bag bodies for identification. I carried the bodies and parts of bodies and put into bags for transport. While I carried a body over my shoulder, the air from their lungs swooshed out and made some very scarry gutteral noises. I was 18 years old and this scared the ------ out of me!

The plane was over loaded and it was rumored that the plane would never leave the ground. It left the ground right into the side of a mountain. Remember?

Please identifiy yourself and let me know if there are still clean up crew left on this earth.

Al Doonkeen, Jr.('s 2nd daughter)


Keywords: July 1950, Civilian evacuation, mountain, crash,USS Anderson, bodies, August, 1950


Entry: 32070
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
BASE OPS.K-3 POHANG

DAN LORENZO wrote on February 16, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 29183
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
ARMY CAPTAIN GRANDAUGHTER OF POHANG MARINE VET

WENDY MORGAN (SCEPANSKI) wrote on October 31, 2002


City and State: APO AP

Unit: U.S. ARMY

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am an active duty Army Captain currently serving near K-46 in Wonju, South Korea. My grandfather served as a Marine Corps First Sergeant at Pohang/K-3 in the 1st Marine Air Wing (?). His name is John J. Scepanski (or Szczepanski). Please contact me with any info on this unit as I plan to go to Pohang in November 2002. Contact me if there is anything I can send you from Korea. Thank you!


Keywords: Pohang, K3, Scepanski


Entry: 28550
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ

RAY (DOC) FORNOF wrote on September 29, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: HILO HI

Unit: 1ST MARINE AIR WING VMF 312, MAG 33

Service or Relationship: .........

Comments: We are asking for donations to build a Memorial here in Kamuela, Hawaii.
This in Recognition and to Honor those Fellow Marines that raised the First Flag on Mt. Suribachi in Iwo Jima on 23 February, 1945.
They are; 1st Lt. Harold George Schrier, CO and his Platoon Sgt. Ernest Ivy "Boots" Thomas, Assault Patrol Guide, Sgt. Henry O. Hansen. Cpl. Charles "Chuck" Lindberg, Pfc. James Michels and Radioman, Raymond Jacobs.

We are an IRS 501(c)3 Non Profit, Tax Exempt Association; Incorporated in the State of Hawaii.

For any additional information, Please call or send us an E-mail.

Thanks much, more and "Semper Fi"

Ray "Doc" Fornof
Chairman


Keywords: Chairman;
Iwo Jima USMC Memorial Association, Inc.



Entry: 28420
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
VMF 216

HAROLD BREECE wrote on September 22, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: TWENTYNINE PALMS CA

Unit: ELECTRONICS SECTION VFM 216

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I'm interested in contacting any Marines that served at K-3 August1952 to July 1953.

2nd Lt Harold Breece


Keywords: K-3 Pohang
1st MAW VMF 216



Entry: 26944
1ST MARINE AIR WING HQ
MAJ. RAYMOND E. DE MERS

DONALD J. (DON) DEMERS wrote on July 13, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: My brother was killed when flying F9F-4, along with a number of other flyers when the flew into a mountain on return from a mission after there planes were diverted to Airfield K-3(Pohang).

Would like to know if anyone knew him or the incident. We were told very little.

Thanks,

Don De Mers


Keywords: Fighter Sq. 115, Marine Air Group 33



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