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VMA 251 - Marine Attack Squadron 251


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Entry: 87237
VMA 251 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 251
MEMORIES OF K-6 MAG -12 VMA 251

MARLIN KRAVITZ wrote on September 19, 2013


City and State: LITTLE ELM TX

Unit: VMA-251

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Lots of memories of Pyangtech K-6

WhenI got to Korea in Jan. 1953, we had ADs (hellcats), But we
also had some F4Us (Corsairs). Around Feb. or March we sent the
F4Us to the French in a country called VietNam. Guess they
weren't enough help cause the French met their waterloo at Dien
Bien Phu.

Another interesting point was when I had guard duty. Much of
the 30 days was guarding a bomb dump with a clip of ammo of
only three rounds. I asked why only three rounds??? The answer
was, (I'm not kidding) If you see anyone approaching, just
fire the three rounds in the air and we'll send some Help

Yes!!! The USMC has a great sence of humor.

I've got more interesting episodes, but I'll stop for now.

Anyone that's still alive that knows me, please get in touch


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Entry: 80218
VMA 251 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 251
VMA 251, K-3,KOREA

HARRY ZIEGLER JR. wrote on September 1, 2011


City and State: RANCHO MIRAGE CA

Unit: VMA-251

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: Joined 251 in summer of 55, LtCol Quilter C.O.,Charlie Crew X.O., deployed to Okinawa flew flights for Marine Amphib assault practice on Iri Mote Jima. Sqd went to Japan was assigned to MABS for closing. On last LST to Japan. rejoined 251 in Iwakuni.Returned CONUS December 56. 


Entry: 75107
VMA 251 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 251
TIME WITH VMA 251

JAMES UNDERWOOD SR. wrote on June 17, 2010


City and State: NEW MARKET AL

Unit: MAG 12, VNA 251

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: after about 1 year of technical training, I was transferred to MCAS El Toro, ca.this was in January of 1956. the orders stated for farther transfer beyond the seas.We left San Diego in February aboard the General Hugh J. Gaffey, an MSTS ship with a civilian crew.The food was great and we had plenty of room.we had freedom of the deck and no working parties.after about two weeks at sea, with stops at Formosa and Okinawa,we arrived at Yokohama, Japan.trucks took us to Yokosuka and we were put aboard a permanently docked LST.spitting snow and cold.we had muster three times a day when they would call out a few names and give out duty assignments and locations.after about three days , my name was called and I left for Korea.bitter cold and a howling wind greeted us as we got off the plane in Korea.The First Marine Air Wing was in the process of leaving Korea .Over the next several weeks,everyone was gone except a few of us who stayed to turn the base over to the Koreans.the base was called k3.An old Japanese air base 5 miles 5 miles south of Pohang.WE left Korea the first week of August 1956 aboard an LST. I slept on top of a truck on the canvas cab cover. very comfortable, balmy weather and good food aboard the ship.
I joined vma251 in Japan, Atsugi and Iwakuni.we turned our planes over to another squadron in May,1957 anc we and vma 251 came back to the states.I would like to hear from anyone who was in mag 12 during that time period.


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Entry: 73615
VMA 251 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 251
VMF/VMA 251

DONALD MCINTOSH wrote on February 17, 2010


City and State: DEARBORN MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords: I enlisted directly into VMF-251, as a USMC Reservist, at NAS Grosse Ile, MI on 13 Aug 1949. Aviation Ordnance was my MOS. On 1 Mar 51 the squadron was activated (Korean War) and redesignated VMA-251. On 21 Apr 51 we left our F6F Hellcats behind and deployed to MCAS El Toro where our pilots took over a fleet of F4U Corsairs. We still had those birds at the time I left the squadron on 10 Aug 52, contrary to the "official" intel re. the history of VMA-251.


Entry: 53122
VMA 251 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 251
251 ORDNANCE

NICHOLAS VAN DER DOES wrote on September 13, 2005


City and State: LAKE WINNEBAGO MO

Unit: VMA 251

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Joined USMC October 52, Platoon 541 PISC
Was with VMA 324 on USS Saipan from Sep 53 to April 54
Was Cpl with VMA 251 at K-6 from May 54-May 55.
Sergeant at El Toro with H and MS-33 May 55-Oct 56
MARTD Olathe, KS Oct 56-Oct 60
NAS Jax B School for 6 weeks
Quantico for WO Course Jan 61-?
WO1 at Cherry Point with MACS 6, VMFA 531, MACS 7 60-63
CWO2 at MCAF Futima 64-65
2ndLt MCB CAMPEN MACS 4 and 7 66-67
Capt at NATTC Glynco 68-69 Instructor at AIC Course
Da Nang 70, S-1 MACG-18
K-Bay 71-74, Asst S-1 MAG-24, AdminO HMH 463
CWO4 at El Toro 75-78, MACG-38, Adjutant
Retired 78
Rockwell International, Englewood,CA Shuttle Program 81-84
Martin Marietta, Denver, CO Titan IV Program 85-96
Technical Equipment Company, Lee's Summit, MO 96-present
Semper Fi to all I met in my 26 years
Captain, USMC (Ret.)


Keywords: USS Saipan,K-6, GCI Controller


Entry: 50590
VMA 251 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 251
PLAIN CAPT

WILLIAM MANGOLD SR. wrote on May 4, 2005


City and State: SALINE MI

Unit: VMA 251

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

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Entry: 31450
VMA 251 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 251
VMA-251 NOV 25,1953-DEC 1954

JOE ZERN wrote on January 21, 2003


City and State: AUSTIN TX

Unit: VMA-251

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

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Entry: 4347
VMA 251 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 251
FINDING MEN

RICHARD (JIM) HENRY wrote on November 7, 1999


City and State: LEAGUE CITY TX

Unit: VMA2511ST MARINE AIR WING

Service or Relationship: MARINES

Comments: I was also a Senior Drill Insyructor at San Diego
I would like to hear fro SSgt Wally Williams !!!!

I was with VMA 251 ,Mag 12 ,stationed at K site 6 in 1953-1954,i was a sgt at that time,at that time we ha AD'2s made by Douglas aircraft,it was a great air to ground support aircraft..There's not a whole lot more I can tell you ,its been forty-six years ago.


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VMA 251 - Marine Attack Squadron 251