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VMO 6 - Marine Observation Squadron 6


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Entry: 86086
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
RESEARCHING MSGT ROBERT J RUSSELL

BILL PETERSON wrote on April 30, 2013


City and State: AUBURN WA

Unit: 340TH AREFW

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I would like to know where he crashed. The
information is a little vague, and there was
no North or South Korea at the time. All I know is
that he crashed in the river near Sinchon. The
only Sinchon I can find is in North Korea, but
there are no airfields listed in that area.

Also, I would like to know more about my uncle
Bob's WWII service. All I know is that
he served at Guadalcanal, which does tell me a
lot, but there must be more than just
that.

Thanks for your help.


Keywords: VMO6, USMC, Sinchon, L-19A


Entry: 84779
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
INFO ABOUT VMO-6 IN CHINA

ABRAM KARL wrote on November 23, 2012


City and State: DEFUNIAK SPRINGS FL

Unit: 3-101 BSTB

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments:

Keywords: I am currently, restoring a Stinson OY-1, that served
with VMO-6 from 1945-1949 in China, I am looking for
a pictures of the aircraft so I can determine correct
color schemes for that period and also, any stories
about flying in those days over China.

Stinson OY-1 Info
BuNo. 03956
AAF SN: 44-17812
Leased to USMC 1944, Oct.
Flew ASRTC Quantico, VA. until 1945
When it was taken to China and flown there until 1949
returned to states and given to the USAF Auxilary
(CAP) and flown until 1968 when it was scrapped
aircraft recovered from a barn 1994
and currently in restoration.



Entry: 82949
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 MEMORIAL

TOM CONSTANTINE wrote on May 4, 2012


City and State:

Unit: VMO-6

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: http://vmo6memorial.homestead.com/index.html


http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marine-Observation-
Squadron-Six-Memorial/124510194279850?v=wall


Keywords: VMO-6 Memorial


Entry: 82868
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
LOOKING FOR VMO-6 PERSONNEL FROM AUGUST, 1952 TO DEC. 1952

GARRISON SOUTHARD wrote on April 25, 2012


City and State: PINEHURST NC

Unit: VMO-6

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Looking for anyone serving with VMO-6 in Korea from
August 1952 to Dec. 1952. I was the Supply Officer with
the squadron at that time.


Keywords:


Entry: 81738
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
MCVICARS

CASEY MCVICARS wrote on January 15, 2012


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for any info about my father, Andrew L. Mcvicars

Keywords:


Entry: 80379
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6, KOREA, 1950 / 1950 {HELICOPTERS}

JIM WESTENDORF wrote on September 15, 2011


City and State: JACKSON MS

Unit: VMO-6

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Was one of the HMX original helicopter types {HO3S-
1's} that joined VMO-6 July 1950: Landed at Pusan,
02, Aug, 1950. was with VMO-6 thu all the major
battles.., From the Pusan Perimeter,Inchon, Wonson,to
include the Chosin Reservoir {Hagaru-ri} and the 1st
Spring offensive ..., returned stateside in
April, '51': posted to VMO-1, HO5S-1, OY's and OE-1's,
Peterfield Pt. N.C, {New River, N.C.}

Semper Fi, Jim Westendorf


Keywords: crew-chief /mechanic Sikorsky HO3S-1, Bell, HTL-L, -
2,3, and 4

Pusan Perimeter, Inchon, capture of Seoul, re-capture
of Seoul, Wonson, Hagaru-ri @ the Chosin,



Entry: 77676
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 GOES TO KOREA

THOMAS E. (T.E.) MOORE wrote on January 30, 2011


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: IN AUG.1950, WHEN THE 1ST.PROVISIONAL MARINE BRIGADE
WAS LANDING IN PUSAN,SOUTH KOREA, VMO-6 , WHO WAS TO
BE ATTACHED TO THE BRIGADE, WAS UNLOADING AT DOCKSIDE
IN KOBE,JAPAN. MAJ.VINCENT GOTTSCHALK(C.O. OF THE SQUADRON), CPT.WILLIAM PARKER, CPT."LITTLE MAC" McCALEB, LT.HAROLD DAVIS, AND MEN WERE ASSEMBLING FOUR
SMALL OY (GRASSHOPPER) AIRCRAFT ON THE DOCK. WITH LARGE GROUPS OF JAPANESE WATCHING, WITH THEIR EYES
BUGGED OUT, THE FOUR PILOTS TOOK OFF IN THE OY'S FROM
THE KOBE STREET, AND FLEW THE LITTLE PLANES ACROSS THE
TSUSHIMA STRAITS TO CHINHAE. VMO-6 WAS IN THE KOREAN WAR.-------------------------------------


Keywords: OY'S-----KOBE----CHINHAE---MAJ.GOTTSCHALK---------


Entry: 73821
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 NIGHT EVACUATION SERVICE

THOMAS E. (T.E.) MOORE wrote on March 6, 2010


City and State: ESTERO FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: VMO-6 PIONEERED "THE NIGHT CASUALTY EVACUATION SERVICE", DURING THE ACTIVE COMBAT IN THE KOREAN WAR.
FLYING OUT MORE THAN 1,000 CASUALTIES IN NIGHT EVACUATION, FROM THE FRONT-LINE TO MEDICAL FACILITIES
IN REAR AREAS. THESE FLIGHTS WERE MADE IN ALL KINDS OF
WEATHER, AND WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF ADEQUATE INSTRUMENTATION, OR A HOMING DEVICE. NO EIGHTH ARMY
HELICOPTER UNIT MADE REGULARLY SCHEDULED "NIGHT" FRONT-LINE EVACUATIONS.-----THE COURAGE OF THESE VMO-6
PILOTS WAS RECALLED NEARLY 15 YEARS LATER, BY A FORMER
EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE 1ST.MARINES: THE FLYING OF THE EVACUATION HELICOPTERS FROM JURY-RIGGED, AND
INADEQUATE LANDING SITES, WAS NOTHING SHORT OF
MIRACULOUS. I'VE ALWAYS CONTENDED THOSE PILOTS OF
OBSERVATION SQUADRON SIX, RECEIVED FAR LESS CREDIT
THAN THEY DESERVED. THEY USED TO FLY AT NIGHT TO FRONT-LINE LANDING STRIPS UNDER ENEMY FIRE, WHERE I
HAD DIFFICULTY WALKING, WITHOUT BANGING MY SHINS.----


Keywords:


Entry: 71783
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 KOREANWAR 50-51 READYTORE-UP?

PIERRE HERBERT wrote on September 28, 2009


City and State: CHIANGMAI TI

Unit: VMO-6 AIR OBSERVATION

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Would like to know if there might be anyone still scampering around out there in this worldwide wilderness. I've been over here in the Land of Smiles abouy twenty plus years...don't know if I'll last much longer...there are so many beautiful young females chasing us handsome young guys around that it's downright almost dangerous! Since I havn't heard from Hassel(3rd),Henkel(OF),Bolan(P),Edlen(1st),Ford(SS) nor our manager Nelson in more than half a century I'm beging to wonder if we may no longer be able to field another championship softball team?

Keywords: Pusan Perimeter
Inchon Landing and Capture of Seoul
North Korean Invasion and Winter Withdrawal
Springtime Central Korea CouterOffensive
Osaka Night Expeditions: International and Kabuki Caberets



Entry: 71203
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
KOREAN WAR PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT OF LOSS

TED BARKER wrote on August 8, 2009


City and State: DALLAS TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Lt. Col. Edward L. Barker, United States Marines, Retired, died August 4, 2009, after a prolonged illness in Temple, Texas. He was born on December 8, 1920, in Houston, Texas. He entered service from Crockett, Texas. He was 88 years old.

Barker was a veteran of the United States Marines and served in the South Pacific in WW II. In the Korean War in 1951-1952, he served with Marine Observation Squadron Six (VMO-6) and HMR-161.

In 1941, he left Texas A and M and volunteered for service in the Royal Canadian Air Force to become an enlisted flight instructor. Following Pearl Harbor, he was commissioned in the United States Marines after returning to the United States and trained as a Naval Aviator at Pensacola, Florida.

While in Canada, he met and later married Geraldine Beatrice Frances Brown of Regina, Saskatchewan, April 17, 1943, in Regina. They are survived by two sons, Edward L. Barker, Jr, and Harold R. Barker, of Dallas, Texas.

His last billet in the Marines was as Executive Officer of H and HS Squadron, MCAF, New River, North Carolina, in 1965.

In Korea, he was awarded the Silver Star for an attempted helicopter rescue of a downed Marine pilot on the Hill 851 - Hill 520 ridgeline at Heartbreak Ridge on October 7, 1951. He was also credited with the Air Medal w/8, Distinguished Flying Cross w/1, Navy Letter of Commendation w/V, Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with w/3, Victory Medal WW II, China Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal w/3, and Korean Presidential Unit Citation.

In 1980, after a lifetime of total silence about his career, Lt. Col. Barker consented to talk for one hour with his youngest son, Harold R. Barker, about his military career. After that one hour, he refused to talk more and until his death remained silent.

That one hour conversation later resulted in the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C., and the founding of the Korean War Project on the Internet.

According to his wishes, his ashes will be released over the Pacific Ocean off California.

The story of Lt. Colonel Barkers heroism and influence in honoring all Korean War Veterans throughout the world can be found at:

www.koreanwar.org/html/chapter_one.html


Keywords:


Entry: 71137
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
ANYONE FROM VMO-6 YEARS 49-51 HOLLAR-UP!

PIERRE HERBERT wrote on August 3, 2009


City and State: CHIANGMAI

Unit: VMO-6 FIRST MARINE DIVISION

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Glad to hear from any of our hard core crew from back in Pendleton...and of course...our buddies from the Coptihoppers who always made life so interesting

Keywords: Pusan Perimeter
Inchon Landing and capture of Seoul
North Korean Invasion and Winter Withdrawal
Spring Central Korean Counter Offensive



Entry: 67549
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO 6-PATCH

DAVE LINDSAY wrote on October 19, 2008


City and State: RANCHO PALOS VERDES CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Hello: Can any USMC Korean Vets-(VMO 6) help with a jacket round patch of a black and white cat, carrying a stretcher, holding binoculars- has a green background, with a "tab" 1st MAR DIV, with VMO 6, and MAW, that I can't make out what is sewn over the insignia. Was this a patch made in Korea, or Japan??? Was this a "official" sqd patch/insignia? Also did anyone know a Sgt. James Roger Gertschen-Pilot?-( now deceased). Was this unit a Medivac, obsrvation unit? Were there USMC NCO-(Sgt), who flew the aircraft? Any infor. would be appreciated. A military historian
Thank you.
Dave


Keywords: VMO 6 Sqd Patch??


Entry: 67177
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
LOOKING FOR A HELICOPTER PILOT

TIM MELCHIOR wrote on September 12, 2008


City and State: COLUMBUS MN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am trying to track down the pilot who flew my dad off of Turkey Hill on November 28th, 1950. He would have been contacted by and requested to do the mission specifically by Father Griffin, a chaplin with C company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine division. I understand that this pilot was likely from VMO-6. Dad was wounded severly on Turkey hill. He had a headwound, stomach and lower leg wounds. He eventually lost his leg. But for the heroic flight of this Pilot, my father and therefore I would not be here today. If anyone knows of this pilot please contact us. There is one piece of information that only this pilot and my father, Cpl Norm Melchior, will know.
My father would like to thank him. Any assistance you could give us in finding this pilot would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.
Tim Melchior


Keywords: Chosen Res.; Turkey Hill; Father Griffin; Nov. 28, 1950; Cpl Melchior


Entry: 66393
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
LOOKING FOR VMO-6 FRIENDS.

CURTIS GILBERTSON wrote on July 8, 2008


City and State: HUDSON WI

Unit: VMO-6

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I remember you well Mr. Cropley. Also some of the other names mentioned. I would appreciate getting in touch with any and all.

Keywords: Tsingtao,China 1946 CAMP PENDELTON 1947-48


Entry: 64946
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
OBSERVED LT. MARINO'S CRASH IN JULY 1953

JAMES A. JOHNSON wrote on March 27, 2008


City and State: JOHNSON AR

Unit: I CO AND G CO, 3RD BN, 5MARINES,1ST MARDIV

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: I observed the shoot down of the single engine observation a/c that Mr. Marino was flying. I was with Item or George Company, 3/5/1st MarDiv. I was part of a recovery unit to go forward of the MLR to retrieve the remains. The recovery movement was cancelled when the opposition shelled the A/C as is lay in the crash location. This was only a few days before the Truce was signed.

Keywords: G/3/5, I/|3/5, 1st MarDiv, July 1953. Marino, VMO 6.


Entry: 64157
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 PHOTOS LINK UPDATE

MIKE STEEVES wrote on February 4, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: See http://luckydawg.home.bresnan.net/vmo6_korea.htm for images of VMO-6 in Korea, early 1950's. 9 images, mostly flight line shots.

Keywords: VMO-6, Korea, 1950


Entry: 61240
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
LOOKING FOR VMO-6 PHOTOS OF OY-1 / OY-2 (STINSON L-5) SENTINELS

JAMES GRAY wrote on June 7, 2007


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I'm writing a book on the Stinson L-5 and am looking for WWII or Korean War photos of L-5's (Navy / Marine designation OY-1 and OY-2)operated by VMO-6 or any of the other Marine Observation Squadrons. I would also like to hear from pilots who flew them in either conflict. Thanks, JG.

Keywords: VMO-6, Stinson L-5, Vultee OY-1, Convair OY-2


Entry: 60764
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
PHOTO WANTED

ROBERT GILBERT wrote on April 22, 2007


City and State: SIDCUP KE

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: Looking for photo of Charles.B.Marino as Bird-dog pilot KIA July 1953 serving with VMO-6

Keywords: Cessna, marino


Entry: 58156
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 KOREA 1952

HUGO RACCUIA wrote on July 20, 2006


City and State: ORANGE CT

Unit: VMO-6

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I was a TAO at VMO-6 from Sept-Dec 1952... Have some
photos.......Looking for others.......Will share.


Keywords:
OE-1



Entry: 51517
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 INCIDENT, DEC., 1950, N. KOREA

GARY HALL wrote on June 14, 2005


City and State: TYLER TX

Unit: W-3-1, IST MAR DIV

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: In early Dec., 1950, as the 1st, 5th and 7th Marines were advancing toward Hungnam, in the vicinity of Sudong-ni, I observed a very low flying observation plane, spotting for us at about 100 feet altitude. Suddenly I heard a very loud, distinct, desperate screeching noise. I looked up and saw the plane had flown into a power line and one end of the cut line was being wrapped up around the prop hub as the engined labored to provide power and flight attitude, while the entangled line drug the plane down. Ed Moynaugh reports there were 2 Marine Officers in the plane: Pilot Adelorde G. Morency, later died of wounds and LT R. Sheil, who survived the crash.

Keywords: Grasshoppers, OY-2, VMO-6, Dec., 1950 in North Korea, between Chinhung-ni and Hungnam, advancing to the sea.


Entry: 51452
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 INCIDENT, DEC., 1950

GARY HALL wrote on June 10, 2005


City and State: TYLER TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 51433
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 INCIDENT, DEC., 1950

GARY HALL wrote on June 9, 2005


City and State: TYLER TX

Unit: W-3-1, 1ST MAR DIV

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 51432
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 INCIDENT, DEC., 1950

GARY HALL wrote on June 9, 2005


City and State: TYLER TX

Unit: W-3-1, 1ST MAR DIV

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 51430
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE PILOT MADE IT?

GARY HALL wrote on June 9, 2005


City and State: TYLER TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 50845
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
CAPT. LOREN W. WOOLEVER MIA 07031952

WILLIAM L. WOOLEVER wrote on May 14, 2005


City and State: PATASKALA OH

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My name is Bill and I am the sole surviving son of Capt. Woolever. I am looking for family of Sergeant Langtry, and anyone with info of the crash or who was stationed with Dad in Korea. Also have flight log and would love to have some of the codes translated. Hate to ask for more but does anyone have a map of North Korea showing the village of Kuhwa-ri. Thank you Semper Fis'. Lets all work to bring every man home!

Keywords: Capt. "Wooly" Woolever VMO-6,FMAW piolet Cessna OE-1 #133788 MIA with Tech. Sergeant Charles S. Langtry Jr. on July 3,1952 over Kuhwa-ri, North Korea while on leaflet drop mission.


Entry: 49427
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
LCOL EDWARD R. POLGREAN USMC VMO-6

LEROY POLGREAN wrote on March 7, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My father, LCOL Edward R Polgrean was the CO of VMO-6 for a short time, I have a report of Pilot Time form that shows him there from 1/1/52 to 3/31/52 during which time he put in 18.4 flight hours which brought his total flight time up to 2403.8 hrs. I have his logs before and after that time that indicates he was flying several types of aircraft such as F4U-4, SNB-5, R5C-1F, 6F-SN, JRB-4, F4U5N, TBM3Q, SNB, C47, OE-1, R4D-5, R4D-6, JRB-6 and B-25

Keywords: VMO-6 Korea F4U-4, SNB-5, R5C-1F, 6F-SN, JRB-4, F4U5N, TBM3Q, SNB, C47, OE-1, R4D-5, R4D-6, JRB-6 and B-25


Entry: 49173
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
FLIGHT LOG

ROBERT LANDERS wrote on February 22, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: My friend H.R. Anker was a 2 lt. - A.O. he had 38 missions from
July to August 1952.. He is looking for a flight log/book.


Keywords: flight log VMO6


Entry: 48059
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
KOREA SEPT. 1951

STEVE LACKI wrote on January 10, 2005


City and State: LEWISTON NY

Unit: F-2-1 1ST MAR. DIV.

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: While in the battle for Hill 749 in the middle of Sept 1951 we had a seriously wounded Marine that would not survive until morning. Our Bn CO Col F. Brooke Nihart requested a night evacuation. Maj. Mcfarland of VMO-6 volunteered to fly an unarmed helicopter, without lights, thru about 7 miles of mountaineous terraign, land on the reverse slope of a contested hill during a fierse counterattack and evacuate the Marine. This may have been the 1st night medivac in history. Seek more info.

Keywords: Hill 749


Entry: 46695
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 PHOTOS

MIKE STEEVES wrote on November 6, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: See http://users.rural-com.com/luckydawg/vmo6_korea.htm for images of VMO-6 in Korea, early 1950's. 9 images, mostly flight line shots.

Keywords: VMO-6; Korea;


Entry: 46226
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
BOB STOFFEY

LUIS SANTOS JR. wrote on October 9, 2004


City and State: MIAMI FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for Mr Bob Stoffey ex VMO-1 early 1960's
Please contact me.


Keywords:


Entry: 43706
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
54-56

HAROLD LUTZ wrote on June 11, 2004


City and State: STAUNTON VA

Unit: VMO2 VMO6

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: looking for any marines that was with vmo6 in korea from 1954 to april 1955 We brought vmo6 back to camp penelton in april 55.vmo6 was up next to the dmz

Keywords: .


Entry: 40893
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
MY CO WAS LT.COL DEW

HOWARD BOLTON wrote on February 14, 2004


City and State: ST. AUGUSTINE FL

Unit: VMO-6

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: My memory of those days is very poor(79 and pushing 80 is my excuse).It was cold and there was snow dusting the hills.The 38th parallel had been established;however fire-fights were going on pretty continuously.We(OY pilots) flew tactical air control missions and artillery spotting missions.The chopper pilots flew Bell(bubble)helicopters.They would evacuate the wounded.Our Bell chopper Pilots flew night time evacuations as well as daytime.

Keywords: Our tour of duty was 100 missions (red hops) prior to being reassigned to the States-the squadron was located close to Munsani(sp?).My very dim recollection was that I flew OY's not OE's-A tentmate that I remember well was Captain Charles Manley( Chuck died in helicopter crash after he got a job(as a civilian) flying for an oil company in Texas.
Lt. Col. Dew was the CO of the squadron during the time I was in Korea.



Entry: 40880
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
LT. COL DEW WAS MY COMMANDING OFFICER IN KOREA

HOWARD BOLTON wrote on February 14, 2004


City and State: ST. AUGUSTINE FL

Unit: VMO-5

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

Keywords:


Entry: 40725
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 JANUARY 18,1953

JOHN WILLSON wrote on February 9, 2004


City and State: GRAPEVINE TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: I am trying to determine what location VMO-6 was operating from on January 18, 1953. I am working on a project for the relatives of Major Ardell "Ebe" Ebel who was awarded a silver star for his actions on this day. I would appreciate any information, year books, photos, ect.

Regards,

John Willson


Keywords:


Entry: 40141
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
KUNSAN AND CHEJU DO PICTURES AVAILABLE!

HARRY PROUDMAN wrote on January 21, 2004


City and State:

Unit: VMO 6

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: This is to advise that I also served in VMO-6 during the period that Walt Scheeser, Bob Blount and John Dixon were there as well..Many of the others that were listed here are also familiar but time has erased much of my memory. It was at this stage that I had an opportunity to take over command at the early warning radar detachment at Cheju-Do Korea next door to 6,500 Chinese prisoners of war. I left for the states in early October 1953..I was recalled to active duty early 1952, received refresher flight training at Willow Grove Naval Air Station in Pennsylvania attended cold weather school in Pickle Meadows, Nevada shipped out to Korea January 1953 via El Toro Calif. My MOS was 7301 and 6710. Thats about all I can come up with at this point..I do recall, however that I had heard through the grape vine that Bob Blount had been shot down and was repatriated during the peace program..
I have about 179 slides that I took at Kunsan and Chej Do. You can view them at;
http://holidayhello.com/korea.htm
Did anyone ever hear of a Catholic Missionary named Father Thomas D. Ryan from Cheju Do?? Best wishes and I hope that this will find you all in good health..I will be 86 if I make it to April 17th 2004..I am in relatively good health but also smart enough to realize that I am on borrowed time as my comrades in arms..Semper Fi..Harry Proudman,
Reserve Captain
USMC..WW2 and Korea.


Keywords: Kunsan
Cheju Do



Entry: 39929
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
JIM WESTENDORF

JIM WESTENDORF wrote on January 13, 2004


City and State: JACKSON MS

Unit: VMO-6 - AUG 1950 / APRIL 1951

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Robert A.Longstaff, 1st.Lt. USMC, VMO-1 Aug 1950, KIA Dec 03 1950

Arthur R. Bancroft, Capt. USMC VMO-6 Aug 1950 Oct. 1950 KIA / MIA


Keywords:


Entry: 39516
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
OE 1 133812

MICHAEL HOFSTETTER wrote on December 28, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am restoring OE 1 133812 it was in Korea 52-55 and am looking for any pictures or information.
Mike Hofstetter
573 265 3452


Keywords: OE 1 L19 birddog


Entry: 36715
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 ,1ST PROVISIONAL MARINE BRIGADE

LARRY G. WHITTALL wrote on September 4, 2003


City and State: KIRKLAND WA

Unit: VMO-6

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: While at Seoul, and prior to relocating back aboard another LST for a ride to Wonsan. I had taken a ride out to one of the Navy ships (Cruiser Rochester)with a Navy pilot while his crewchief stayed with our unit. While on the flight, we were diverted to a rescue of a Navy pilot shot down behind the lines North of Seoul up near a town called Sorwon. We found the pilot but in turn, we were shot down. We never got the guy on the ground, but we were able to make it out of the valley before we made a night "crash" in the Han river. Later rescued by Maj. Victor A. Armstrong (C.O. along with Maj. Vince Gottschalk)

Keywords: In 1950, I was stationed at El Toro with VMIT-2, and F4U and JRB squadron. When the request for volunteers to go to Korea and join with HMX-1 (a helicopter unit) I joined. We joined the unit at Camp Pendelton before shipping to Korea on 14 July 1950. We convoyed to Japan,Our unit was on the Badoeng Straits (CVE114). Landed in Japan, moved to Chinhae, Korea and waited. Later loaded on LST at Pusan for landing at Inchon. Went through the Inchon campaign and moved to Kimpo airdrome at Seoul.


Entry: 34094
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
CAPT DANNY MUSSELMAN

ANDREW MUSSELMAN wrote on May 10, 2003


City and State: RIVERSIDE CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My Grandfather, Capt Danny Musselman, served in VMO-6. Any info about him would be greatly appreciated. He passed away Feb 1977. His wife, my grandmother, Gloria, passed away in Oct 1997. Feel free to contact me via phone, email or us mail.
respectfully, Andrew Musselman


Keywords: VMO-6
Capt Musselman
Danny Musselman
Capt Danny Musselman



Entry: 33585
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
HO5S-1 RESTORATION

JAMES SLEIGH wrote on April 13, 2003


City and State: PALM CITY FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Update of my prior posting. We have indeed purchased a 1952 HO5S-1 helicopter (#130122) and are currently restoring it to flight status. We are planning on it flying again this summer. We are still looking to communicate with anyone having any info, stories, pictures, etc, related to the Sikorsky HO5S-1. We have made contact (and have films courtesy of) Harry Asbury (was VMO-6 Sikorsky Rep)and Glen Furgeson.

Thank you all for any help you can provide.

James Sleigh
Alex Anduze


Keywords: HO5S-1


Entry: 33557
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
WILEY MUISE - PILOT VMO 6 KOREA

ROBERT PERRY wrote on April 11, 2003


City and State: EL CAJON CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: JUST A POSTSCRIPT TO MY EARLIER NOTE: WILEY MUISE DIED APRIL 8, 2003 AT HIS HOME IN ST. JOHN'S NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA. HE WAS A RETIRED COLLEGE PRESIDENT AND IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE ELEANOR. I AM HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW. HE LAST VISITED US IN SAN DIEGO LAST NOVEMBER.

Keywords: WILEY MUISE, PILOT VMO-6 KOREA


Entry: 32946
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
NEED HELP FINDING PHOTOS

ED ZARUBA wrote on March 20, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: We are looking for a photo or two of a double rotor helicopter made and testedd in the Korean War. We believe that it was made by Sikorsky and had a twin tail. If you could help us look in any way please e-mail.

Thanks


Keywords:


Entry: 32624
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
CHANGE TO MY EARLIER ENTRY

CHARLES LANGIN wrote on March 9, 2003


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: The MSgts (Whooley, Sullivan, Conroy, and Smith) were all Enlisted PILOTS. Smith was the Photographer. I believe Major Barker was a short, stocky, blond haired officer. I remember making the move from the Punchbowl(X-83) to an area about 40 miles North of Seoul in March 1952.

Keywords: Change to my earlier entry about VMO-6


Entry: 32577
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6

MICHAEL GOODEN wrote on March 7, 2003


City and State: GOLDSBORO NC

Unit: VMO-6

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am looking for any information, photos, comments by friends or anyone who know or served with my dad. I was 4 years old when he died.

Keywords: Capt. David T. Gooden, USMC, VMO-6, KIA 7 Feb 1952


Entry: 32415
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO 6 REUNION 2004

ROBERT R. BLACKWELL wrote on March 1, 2003


City and State: CRYSTAL CITY MO

Unit: VMO 6 1953 - 54

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Any one interested in attending reunion spring 2004 in Branson, Mo.
Get in touch with Bob Blackwell
Semper Fi


Keywords: OE 1 HO5 S
SKIP - TEX - BULL - LAWS - HANNA - COCHRAND



Entry: 31137
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 ADMINCHF 1951-1952

CHARLES LANGIN wrote on January 10, 2003


City and State: TOPOCK AZ

Unit: VMO-6

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Whem I arrived, Major Smedley was the CO, he was relieved by Major E.R. Polgrean. We had about six enlisted MSgt (E7's, the military didnt have E8 or E9's until Oct59)Their names were Sid Whooley, JJ Sullivan, Conroy, and Smith. Our Parachute rigger was SSgt Art Kent, On Dec 31st, 1951, Capt Gooden of Lumberton, NC, had his Bell chopper shot down while trying to extract some KIA Recon men. MSgt Whooley was the senior enlisted pilot in the Marine Corps, they had about 500 on active duty during Korea. TSgt Schmidt was the supply chief. Our Adjutant was 2ndLt C. C. Reid, who I served with in Okinawa 8 years later. Our lstSgt was Pinky Powell who was relieved by lstSgt Doug McClarney. I remember Cpl Tomlinson, a tall blond haired guy. Cpl Burns and Charlie Fant worked with me in the office. I relieved SSgt Myers. One of the men who served in HMR-161(next to us in Korea) during my time is currently my neighbor right now. I dont remember a lot of names I have read at this web site. I have a squadron patch. I stayed in the Corps for over 30 years, was Adjutant of 2dAmtracBn, lstBn, 12th Marines in Vietnam (At Camp Carroll), and 2dReconBn. Capt Chuck Langin USMC (Ret).

Keywords: I served in VMO-6 in Korea from Sep51-Jul52 as Admin Chief.


Entry: 29115
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
OY-1 PAINT SCHEMES

PHILIP HEIN wrote on October 28, 2002


City and State: MILWAUKEE WI

Unit: VMFA-321

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: My name is LTCOL Phil Hein. I'm a former USMC F-18 pilot who happens to have a Stinson L-5 aircraft.
(Observation model, not ambulance) and I want to paint it as a Marine OY-1 from WWII or Korea as a tribute to the brave men who flew and maintained these aircraft. Does anyone out there have any pictures I can copy and return to help me paint my airplane? Please Help!


Keywords:


Entry: 29074
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
SQUADRON ADJUANT 53/54

ERNIE NEEDHAM wrote on October 26, 2002


City and State:

Unit: USMC RETIRED

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I just wanted to add that my dad CWO-4 Ernest W. Needham was the VMO-6 Adjuant during 1953 and part of 1954. I returned in May 1953 (VMF-115) from Korea and my dad departed on the outbound draft that same month. His twin brother also a CWO and had served in Korea in 1951
S/F
Ernest L. Needham
MSGT USMC Retired


Keywords:


Entry: 28161
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6

ROBERT F. (BOB) DORR wrote on September 10, 2002


City and State:

Unit: 6929TH RSM

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Seeking anyone connected with the HO5S-1
helicopter for an article in Marine Corps Times
newspaper. Ring me at (703) 264-895


Keywords:


Entry: 27105
VMO 6 MARINE OBSERVATION SQDN 6
VMO-6 ROSTER JULY 1950

DANIEL HALL wrote on July 21, 2002


City and State: TAMPA FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I have a list of the enlisted members that joined VMO-6 from HMX-1 but would like to make cotact with others that went over to Korea with the Sqd. that went into Puson then to chinhae and Inchon.

Keywords:



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