HMR 163 - Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 163


Photo by Hal Barker






Legacy Messages - 1995-1999








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Entry: 91512
Subject: HELOCOPTER PAINTING

Kevin McNeese wrote on July 8, 2015


City and State:

Unit: MALS-31

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments: I am a MGySgt currently assigned to MALS-31, MCAS Beaufort. Many years ago I came across a water-color painting signed Haff KOREA 1952 and titled DAMNED MARINE CORPS AIRBORNE ROAD JOCKEYS. It has tree branches and a 3rd Bn 7th Marine sign caught in the skids.

I am hoping to find someone that might know something about the origin or history of this painting.

Sincerely,

Kevin

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Entry: 91400
Subject: DOES ANYONE KNOW ORLAND M BERGLUND

Laurel Steen wrote on June 15, 2015


City and State: MARSHALL MN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Looking for anyone that may know ORLAND M BERGLUND - Served in Korea from March1952 - January 1953: VMA 121 MAG 33 1 MAW & 121 MAG 12 1ST MAW & HMR 163 MAG 16 & HME 362 He has passed away and there is not much we know about his service. Does anyone know him? Did someone serve with him? Hear of him? Know anything about him? Id really like to know anything that I can find out.

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Entry: 89022
Subject: REGARDING SGT MAJOR JACKDRAPER

Don Brown wrote on May 27, 2014


City and State: OVERGAARD AZ

Unit: HMR 163

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Re: Sgt. Major Jack Draper and his grandsons inquiry about the scarf with the flying pack horse on it.

While the squadron was stationed at an old bombed out Japanese airstrip called Hanshin near the town of Kashiwara in the Osaka Prefecture our squadron artist, Capt. Van Aken designed the squadron patch for HMR163 and we had them made for members of the squadron along with the scarf.. After nearly a year at Hanshin we moved the whole MAG to Opama Navel air base. After a total of 14 months, all of us who were of the original deployment from Santa Anna California, LTA shipped out from Kobe, Japan aboard the USS Okanoggen for San Francisco.

I remember Sgt. Major Draper very well. I spoke with him years ago while I was doing graduate work at BYU near where he lived. I'm glad his grandson is working on his history.

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Entry: 86978
Subject: SGT MAJOR JACK DRAPER INFO

David Draper wrote on August 11, 2013


City and State: BOISE ID

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am the grandson of Sergeant Major Jack W Draper. He served in

the 1/4 China Marines. When they were shipped to Battan he was

based on Corregidor. After the fall and capture of the island he

was processed at Cabanatuan. He was shipped to Japan where he

spent the remaining of the war as a prisoner in 3 different work

camps. After returning home he re enlisted in the Korean war. As

far as we know he was at Chosin but his records get really hard

to follow. I have over 500 pages of his service in WW2. After he

returned from Korea he brought back a scarf with the logo and

Ridge Runners writing on it. This puzzles me though we were told

he was trained to fly helicopters before leaving for Korea. He

is now 93 and is not in good mental health. I fear I have waited

to long to seek the truth. He is extremely well decorated and

his story like all service men must be preserved and taught to

the younger generations. Can anybody tell me more about this

scarf and how he could have come by it? Does anyone remember my

grandfather or is there somewhere I can look? I have his msn and

other military information but this scarf does puzzle me. Any

help would be greatly appreciated.

Keywords: Sergeant Major John or Jack William Draper, Chosin Reservoir,

First and Forth Marine Corps, China Marine, Korea, Ridge Runner



Entry: 85383
Subject: GOOD BOOK

Savino (sam) Carrieri wrote on February 5, 2013


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Cleared Hot a marine combat pilots Vietnam dairy. By
Col. Bob Stoffey. Is a great book mentions lots of
helicopter squadrons, HMR163 and HMM squadrons he was in
HMR163 in 1958 same time as i was also that the HR2S
was still in Vietnam in 1963 used as a heavy hauler to
lift downed helicopters. Read it.

Keywords: PLT.294 Parris Island Jan 1958,HMR163 Oppama Japan
1958, HMR462 Santa Ana MCAF LTA 1962 CPL E4 6481



Entry: 85291
Subject: ANY ONE REMEMBER ME 1958?

Savino (Sam) Carrieri wrote on January 23, 2013


City and State:

Unit: HMR163 OPPAMA JAPAN HMR462 LTA

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Any Body still around remember me. PLT. 294 Parris
Island Jan 1957, HMR163 Oppama Japan [cheap oppama
marines] 1958 till squadron left Japan was sad about
that wound up on Okinawa VMO squadron. Then HMR 462 LTA
Santa Ana CA.[HR2S] till discharged March 1962. Was a
6481 Cpl E4. Spent 35+ years as a licensed A and P Mechanic
with a major airline.Missed flying around in the
Helio's when we did practice auto rotations and he pulled
up on the collective and the ship shook itself to death
bent over and kissed my ass goodbye till we pulled out,
whew survived another one! Am 73 year old gimp now
where did time go.Not sorry i missed that fiasco of a
Viet Nam war sad for our troops that were killed for
nothing.But always felt guilty that i wasn't there.
Semper FI and please take care troops!

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Entry: 83238
Subject: HMR 163, 53-54 HANSHIN, OPAMA

Stan Hemdrickson wrote on June 3, 2012

Email Update Needed



City and State: INTERNATIONAL FALLS MN

Unit: HMR 163,MAG 16

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Have numerous pictures and memories of those times.
Willing to share them.

Keywords: Stonko. Crew member of HP 3 1953-1954. Participated
in relief operatons following Typhoon Tess. Based
out of Hanshin and later Opama. Tried out aerial
insertions of 3rd Recon for ocean landings with near
disastrous results. And other silly games.



Entry: 80421
Subject: U.S. A/C USED FOR DRONES AGAINST N. KOREAN BRIDGES AND DAMS

George Morse wrote on September 20, 2011

Email Update Needed



City and State: THONOTOSASSA FL

Unit: NAVY-PATROL SQUADRON SEVEN

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: In 1952-53 while flying around Japan, I remember seeing
a small airfield lined up with WW2 Navy F6-F Wildcats,
all painted solid RED. I was told they were drone A/C
used to fly into N. Korean dams and bridges. I believe
the base was at Oppalma, Japan. Can anyone confirm this?

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Entry: 78653
Subject: CREW HP3, 53/54

Stan Hendrickson wrote on April 21, 2011


City and State: INTERNATIONAL FALLS MN

Unit: HMR 163, MAG16, 1ST MAW

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: I have original articles from the English language Japanese Newspaper Manichi News and the Japanese language Asahi Press related to the relief operations by MAG 16.

Keywords: Stonko, participated in the relief operations following typhoon Tess in the fall of 1953 from Hanshin air base. Flew with CPT Harold Knowles, CPT Simmons, MAJ Vic Armstrong, MAJ Ratliff. Participated in good will missions after relief operations at schools and villages.



Entry: 76794
Subject: USS PRINCETO CVS 37

Robert Mcfarland SR. wrote on November 15, 2010


City and State: WOODSTOCK GEORGIA GA

Unit: HMR 163/AND VF192

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: hmr 163/and vf192

Keywords: yokuska oppama uss princeton yalu river patrols,close ground suport for infantry acft FG1D corsair.built
by goodyear,1952,1953/



Entry: 74914
Subject: STATIONED AT OPAMMA IN 1957

James Behrendt SR. wrote on May 31, 2010


City and State: HENDERSON NV

Unit: HMR 163 OPAMMA JAPAN 1957-58

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: I went to the first proper helicoptor school in memphis tn. I graduated and was sent to 163 in Oppama. Found the people on the line knew much more then I did and learned lots from them. The people I remember was Ed Gaffney, chuy mendoza, martin magee, a old marine that fought on Iwo Jima sgt butcher and he was still alive at 99 yrs of age.
the corps paid for two world class Judo teachers to come and teach at the gym for a year. I made my black belt in competition and the instructor Maseo Ichinoe came to visit me in Chicago when I got out.
Ed Gaffney was a big wig in the marine league and organized the Marine Corps birthday dinners in Boston. He passed on and was a great marine and a friend. Once a Marine always a Marine, we are all brothers in war and peace. Jim Behrendt

Keywords: Had a wonderful experience in HMR 163 and have been able to contact some former members of 163. the chow was good and our barracks were former kamakazi barracks wow.



Entry: 69397
Subject: MY UNCLE, BOB LEMIN, FLEW WITH HMR-163

Thomas Le Min wrote on March 7, 2009


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hello,

My uncle, (final rank of Major) Robert E. LeMin, originally flew Corsairs with the "Devil Dogs" of VMF-111 in the South Pacific during WWII, and with the "Fighting Phillies" of VMF-451 out of Willow Grove NAS (Willow Grove, PA) afterwards. When VMF-451 was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and sent to El Toro to convert to jets, he learned to fly helicopters and joined the "Ridge Runners" of HMR-163.

I'm sure he would be very excited to hear from anyone who knew him or to see any pictures, etc. that anyone might have of the unit from that era. If you contact me , I can put you in touch with him. He currently lives in PA with his son (his wife passed away several years ago).

Semper Fi,

Tom Le Min (former Cpt., IN, USAR)

Keywords: Robert LeMin, Bob LeMin, VMF-111 in WWII, VMF-451, HMR-163 in Korea.



Entry: 66921
Subject: WEBSITE DEDICATED TO THE SIKORSKY HRS HELICOPTER

Craig Thorson wrote on August 18, 2008


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Air Force Veteran

Comments: Please come browse my website and database dedicated to the Sikorsky HRS helicopter. I'd welcome any data you might be able to contribute.

Keywords: HMR-161; HMR-162; HMR-163; HMR-261; HMR-262; HMR-263; HMR-361; HMR-362; HMR-363; HMX-1; HRS



Entry: 62709
Subject: MOUNTED MGS ON H-19 IN THE KOREAN WAR.

Anthony Sherling wrote on October 23, 2007


City and State: BLUE MOUND TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: hello fellas,my grandpa served in korea in the war, and i love hearing about his war stories.im 23 years old and am part of a forum of guys that are making an authentic war game in trubute to the men that lost their lives in korea.
http://www.bf-korea.de/eng/index.php
the reason that i am here is becuas i was looking for pictures of the H-13 sioux and the sikorskiy H-19 helios with mounted 30. and 50.cal mgs.we were including the h-13 sioux and the sikorskiy H-19 in the game.my grandfather told me today that the helios had these guns mounted on them for protection.i bileve him but my friends need proof for historical accuracy, we were only going to have the choppers to retrieve wounded solders and take them back to mash sites in game.
i need pics that are actual korean war era photos.i have searched endlesly for pics from 1950-53 and cant find them.i know that in viet nam these choppers were retro fitted with guns,but need only real korean pics.please if you kind gentlemen could provide links or photos of said choppers i would be greatly indebted to you.thank you for listining to me ramble on and have a good day.

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Entry: 59584
Subject: HMR-163 CREWCHIEF

Bruce Adams wrote on January 14, 2007


City and State: SAN MARCVOS CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father in law was a crew chief at El Toro and Tustin for HMR-163 during the Korean War. I recently developed some of his films to show marine exercise at 29 Palms with flying boxcars and his HMR-163 and crew members on
maneuvers with camping photos of marines. Let me know if you knew him or was with this unit as he has many photos of different guys. Semper Fi.

Keywords: Bill Berry, crew cheif HMR-163, HP-7,



Entry: 55994
Subject: MAG-16, 1ST MAW, HANSHIN, OPPAMA 1953-54

Ron Kazimer SR. wrote on February 27, 2006


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Finally, a site where we can reminscent about the good ole days in the Corps with great buddies and Marines. I still have many photos (B/W) in Hanshin, rice patties, downed HRS's, baseball team, basketball team, Marine Corps Birthday cake in the gym, many Oppama photos of Yokuska Bay, HRS's, PBY's, Toyko photos, Mt.Fuji, Ginza,and Marines I can't recall their names.
Hopefully this connects to someone out in cyberland...Semper Fi !

Keywords: Kaz,Yaz aka Gary Yazalina,Joe Dorko, Tom McMullen,



Entry: 49588
Subject: HMR 163; MAG 16

Joseph Waters wrote on March 16, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran - Korea

Comments: Ran into this site while "browsing" Served in MAG 16; HMR 163 from 9/53 to 10/54. 1st located at Hanshin, Japan then moved to Oppama, Japan about 5/54. I was the Air Intelligence Officer of HMR 163. Have some old pictures from Osaka newspapers of MAG 16 helicopters doing a "fly over" for opening day of the baseball season.

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Entry: 47825
Subject: HMR-163 MAG 16 1954

Edward Nauka wrote on December 31, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran - Korea

Comments: Hi,
I am trying to locate my Dad's buddies from when he was in Korea. He was a Ridge Runner HMR-163 MAG16. He is looking for the following men:

Hicks A Smith
Leon A. Mellinger
thaddeuss Ryan
Jack Pitman
Fred E Moria
Irving Carson
Thomas E Campbell
ray G Graves
John Goellers
William M Turner
Kenneth J Perry
Juan Garza

If anyone out there knows these gentlemen please contact me at pmurlick@yahoo.com

Thank you
Semper Fi
Pam

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Entry: 42585
Subject: E MAIL UP DATE

Alan Biener wrote on April 24, 2004

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran - Korea

Comments: this is a email up date

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Entry: 39389
Subject: NAVY HELO UNIT AT OPPAMA

Don West wrote on December 23, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: Served on the base at Oppama in 1954-56 with you Marines. I was in the Navy helo unit, HU-1, that was in the last hanger on the far end of the seawall. Saw you Marines dump a Navy Admiral in the bay there when one of your helos "miss-fired" just after take off;-) Those wrere the good days! Wishing you all a happy Holiday 2003 and keep hanging in there.

Don West
ADC USN Ret

Keywords: Navy HU-1



Entry: 37208
Subject: HMR 163 OPPAMA JAPAN

Arthur McKnight wrote on September 28, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: ORLANDO FL

Unit: HMR 163

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: Wiil send more info

Keywords: i was at oppama 1/02/57 flew to
phillipines 5 days jonied 163
at cubi point 3 days bora USS
Phillipine Sea CV47 crossed equtator
3 mths at sea flew hrs-3



Entry: 34249
Subject: MAG-16 HMR-163

Al Walker wrote on May 18, 2003


City and State:

Unit: HMR-163

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM SOME OF THE GUYS I SERVED WITH AT OPPAMA ,JAPAN DURING 1955-56 IN HMR-163.
A GREAT OUTFIT AND A GREAT BUNCH OF GUYS. GOOD LUCK TO ALL


PFC.AL WALKER

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Entry: 32446
Subject: LOOKING FOR

Alan Biener wrote on March 2, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State: SAN MARCOS CA

Unit: MAG 16

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran - Korea

Comments: Looking for members of MAG 16 Hanchen and Oppoma
Japan 1953/1954

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Entry: 29732
Subject: MAG-16 1ST MAW

Chuck Hartwig wrote on November 20, 2002


City and State: RACINE WI

Unit: HAEDQUARTERS, MARINE HELICOPTER, TRANSPORT GROUP 1

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Served MAG-16, Oppama, Japan Feb 54-Apr 55
Headquarters Sq. message center

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Entry: 29632
Subject: LOOKING FOR LARRY

Jackie Schonewolf JR. wrote on November 16, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran - Korea

Comments: HI
I AM LOOKING FOR A MAN NAMED LARRY DIMARCO OR DEMARCO WHO MAY HAVE BEEN FROM THE ALLENTOWN PART OF PENNSYLVANIA, I AM TRYING TO LOCATE HIM FOR MY UNCLE SERAFINO LUPI WHO WAS IN THE KOREAN WAR. I AM NOT SURE OF THE YEAR IF ANYONE KNOWS OF LARRY OR MY UNCLE SERAFINO PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT OLDYELLOW@PRODIGY.NET.
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME
WISHING YOU SMILES
JACKIE

Keywords: SERAFINO LUPI, CHESTER PA



Entry: 19849
Subject: MARINE SUPPORTED ORPHANS, MAG 33, K-3

James Dolan wrote on October 8, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit: WESTINGHOUSE TECH REP

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I recall that the Marines supportedkoreanorphans, I believethey boughtrice paddieds to supply them with food when the war was over. I was at K-3 1953 and 54. This would be a great story that should be told. MAG 33 was at K 3 as wells 1st Marine Air Wing Hdqrts

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Entry: 15173
Subject: PHOTO'S OF HMR 163

James LeMay wrote on February 23, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: DEWITT MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father was in the HMR 163 in the Korea war. His name is Carl D. LeMay and has a nickname on a coffee mug from the HMR 163 of Lee. And I have photos of the group and am looking for more.

Semper fidelis

James LeMay OUT

Keywords: Carl D. LeMay Nickname Lee HMR 163



Entry: 14511
Subject: HMR-163 HELOCOPTER PICTURES WANTED

Bill Fletcher wrote on January 22, 2001

Email Update Needed



City and State: PROSPECT HEIGHTS IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My father served with HMR-163 in Japan and Korea
in 1953. John (Jack) C. Fletcher. I am working on
a project for his 70th birthday this summer that
will include origional art work. I would like to
view some photographs of Helocopters that where
assigned to the Unit. (H-19 Chickasaws I believe)
Or if anyone could furnish me with an accurate
decription of the correct color scheam and
markings that would be helpful.

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Entry: 4960
Subject: LOOKING FOR ROBERT CAMPBELL

Gile McWain wrote on November 15, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: ONALASKA WI

Unit: HMR163 MAG16

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran - Korea

Comments: Been trying for a long time to find guys I served with.

Keywords: Mac



Entry: 4771
Subject: FINDING BLAZER

Jack Gibb wrote on November 11, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran - Korea

Comments: Trying to find a Marine buddy named Blazer, served in HMR 163

Keywords: Korea 1953



Entry: 4153
Subject: 1954-56 SGT. JIM SCANLAN

James C. Scanlan wrote on November 6, 1999

Deceased

City and State: BRIGHAM CITY UT

Unit: FIRST AIR WING HMR 163 1954 TO 1955

Service or Relationship: Marines

Comments: Your site is the first I have ever found, that lists anything about the Korean Marine First Air Wing I thought we had been eradicated from all records. this is just great.I was in hmr-163 mag-16,I could find nothing on the outfit let alone any one that served in it.I was in it from Dec53 to Feb55 never have run across, any one that was there at any time.

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