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Entry: 94629
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
WHAT MEDALS & AWARDS ARE VETS ELIGIBLE FOR

RANDALL STEWART wrote on May 22, 2017


City and State: VEVAY IN

Unit: 46TH COMBAT SUPPORT HOSPITAL

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I am a Veterans Service officer for my county in Indiana. I had the son of a deceased Marine Korean War veteran come into our office wanting to replace his fathers medals & awards through the archives. He had a newspaper article about his father & his unit The Polka Dot Squadron, his father was Captain Ralph E Getz, the article stated that the squadron was recommended for the Distinguished Cross, but unfortunately it isn't on Captain Getz's DD-214.
Can any one help?


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Entry: 90834
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
LOOKING FOR PICTURES OF DALE M MOLSBERRY

FRANK MOLSBERRY II wrote on March 21, 2015


City and State: GEORGETOWN TX

Unit: VMA 332

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am the half-brother of Dale Molsberry who served in VMA 332.
I am looking for any photographs, articles, or other information from his time in the Marines.


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Entry: 88777
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
COMBAT MISSIONS FLOWN FROM THE U.S.S. BAIROKO

RICHARD A. NEWELL wrote on April 23, 2014


City and State: ALTAMONTE SPRINGS FL

Unit: VMA-332 KOREA 1953

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: There is some inaccurate information on the Internet concerning VMA-332 during the Korean War. One of my missions in life is to correct 332s history during the Korean War in 1953. After Jack Flohre (a former VMA-332 squadron member during the Korean War) wrote the following in his note to the Korean War Project in 1998, he became a member of our VMA-332 Korean War 1953 Group. In his 1998 note he stated, I can't find anything on my squadron in the 1st Marine Air Wing, MAS 332, Tail I.D.(MR). WE were in the last few months of the Korean War, operating off the U.S.S. Point Cruz, in the Yellow Sea. We were the last squadron to fly F4U Corsairs in combat.
Jacks note should of stated VMA not MAS and the U.S.S. Bairoko not the Point Cruz. All the squadrons combat missions were flown off the U.S.S. Bairoko (CVE-115). The squadron was aboard the Bairoko operating in the Yellow Sea from (June 1953 to August 1953). The squadron transferred to the U.S.S. Point Cruz (CVE-119) in (August 1953). The squadron shipped back to MCAS Miami in November 1953. I believe VMA-332 was the last U.S. squadron to fly F4U Corsairs into combat from a carrier.
It is important to note that ALL 332s combat missions during the Korean War were flown from the U.S.S. Bairoko, NOT the U.S.S. Point Cruz!
The Korean War must not be remembered as 'The Forgotten War.


Keywords: All VMA-332 combat missions flow from U.S.S. Bairoko (CVE-115)


Entry: 88372
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
VMA-332 MEMBER 04-1952 THRU 08-1953

WILLIAM FRANK wrote on February 22, 2014


City and State: WINSTON-SALEM NC

Unit: VMA-332

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I served under LT.COL. John Barteling from April 1952 until the end of the Korean War. I can only remember one other pilot and that was LT.Savage. I still have my old Squadron Patch and a few other mementos. I want to thank everyone that served their country and I will pray for our service men and women that are now trying to keep us free despite the people in Washington.

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Entry: 86829
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SIGNING OF THE KOREAN WAR ARMISTICE

RICHARD A. NEWELL wrote on July 27, 2013


City and State: ALTAMONTE SPRINGS FL

Unit: VMA-332 KOREA 1953

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: 27 July 2013 marks the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice.
My diary for Monday, 27 July 1953, indicates; At sea  4th day  A.M. air strikes.
Cease-Fire  Truce signed  Armistice! The war is over for the Polka Dot squadron!

This was the squadrons 3rd cruise On the Line and the weather was good at sea, but
heavy overcast was over the mainland. Fifteen combat sorties, seven close air
support and eight pre-briefed strikes, were flown prior to the signing of the Korean
Armistice at 1000. Ordnance expended for the day included; bombs (7.7 tons),
HVAR rockets 20, 20 mm ammo (960 rds) and 50 cal ammo (4320 rds).

The remaining days of the 3rd cruise On the Line were CAP flights (i.e.  Combat Air
Patrol and reconnaissance). There were 7-aircraft incidents during the 3rd cruise;
including 2 barrier crashes, zero strikes (i.e. - aircraft stricken from squadron) and
one aircraft into the drink during launch (pilot was recovered).

Our squadron lost one pilot, Capt. Walter E. Lindberg, KIA during our 2nd cruise On
the Line.

The Korean War must not be known as 'The Forgotten War.'


Keywords: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice for VMA-332


Entry: 86623
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
VMA-332S 1ST COMBAT MISSIONS

RICHARD A. NEWELL wrote on July 2, 2013


City and State: ALTAMONTE SPRINGS FL

Unit: VMA-332 KOREA 1953

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: 60th Anniversary of VMA-332s 1st Combat Missions during the Korean War

The squadrons mission was to aid in enforcing the blockade of the West Coast of
Korea south of the 39th parallel, to prevent ingress or egress, mining and supply or
reinforcement by sea; to aid in the defense of the occupied West Coast Islands; to
provide air support to UN Naval Forces and to contribute to the interdiction effort
against enemy land forces.

The mission was accomplished by two aircraft carriers, the British HMS Ocean and
the USS Bairoko (CVE-115), each serving about 10-days On the Line in the Yellow
Sea. The Bairokos call sign was Thumbtack and her home port was Sasebo, Japan

On 18 June 1953, VMA-332 - the Polka Dots, flew their 1st Combat Missions from
the Bairoko, somewhere in the Yellow Sea off the West coast of Korea. On this date
332 flew a total of 26 sorties against the North Korean enemy. All F4U Corsair
aircraft returned safely to the carrier with one aircrafts tail wheel collapsed during
its landing. Ordnance expended for the day included: bombs (13.6 tons), 3.5
rockets (30), 20mm ammo (1780 rds) and 50cal ammo (175 rds). My diary foo for
the 18th of June 1953 states, First air strikes! The war is on for the Polka Dot
squadron!

During the squadrons 1st 10-day cruise On the Line, 494 sorties were scheduled
but only 192 sorties were flown due to 256 cancelled by weather and 48 cancelled
by reduced aircraft availability. There were 6-aircraft incidents during the 1st
cruise; including 2 barrier crashes, 3 strikes (i.e. - aircraft stricken from squadron)
and one aircraft into the drink while landing (pilot was recovered).

Semper Fi,
Rich Newell, VMA-332 Korea 1953


Keywords: 60th Anniversary of VMA-332s 1st Combat Missions


Entry: 86277
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
VMA-332 REMEMBERED

RICHARD A. NEWELL wrote on May 24, 2013


City and State: ALTAMONTE SPRINGS FL

Unit: VMA-332 KOREA 1953

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I shall be remembering a special person on this Memorial Day, Capt. Walter Edward
Lindberg USMC, who gave his life for this country. Captain Lindberg was the pilot of a
F4U-4 Corsair fighter with the Marine Attack Squadron, VMA-332, Marine Air Group 12
aboard the aircraft carrier USS BAIROKO (CVE-115). On July 9, 1953, while strafing
enemy troops in a village northwest of Changyon, North Korea, his aircraft was hit by
small arms fire and crashed. His remains were not recovered. Capt. Lindberg was from
Worcester MA and left a wife and two small sons.

Semper Fi,
Rich Newell, VMA-332 Korea 1953


Keywords: Memorial Day 2013


Entry: 75360
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
COLONEL DON J. SLEE, USMC (RET.)

RICHARD A. NEWELL wrote on July 6, 2010


City and State: ALTAMONTE SPRINGS FL

Unit: VMA-332 KOREA 1953

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: Colonel Don J. Slee, USMC (Ret.), age 80, died in Springfield, Virginia on
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 11:00 p.m. after a long battle with non-
Hodgkin's lymphoma.

He entered the Naval Aviation Flight Training Program, Pensacola,
Florida, in February 1951, receiving his gold wings and commission as
a Marine Corps Second Lieutenant in July, 1952. He flew his first
combat missions during the last few weeks of the Korean War as a
VMA-332 pilot, flying the famous F4U "Corsair" from the deck of a
"Jeep" escort carrier stationed in the Yellow Sea.

In 1967, the now Lieutenant Colonel Slee moved his family to their
home state of New Jersey, while he served his first of two tours in
Vietnam. As the Commanding Officer of a Fighter/Attack Squadron,
flying the now famous F4 "Phantom" Supersonic Jet, Slee completed
251 combat missions.

In 1972 Lieutenant Colonel Slee headed back overseas to Thailand, and
on May 8, 1973 flew his final combat mission  number 300. He retired
on June 30, 1982 with over 31 years of active duty.

Colonel Slee's personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, the
Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V,"
three single-mission Air Medals, twenty-four Strike/Flight Awards, and
the Meritorious Service Medal.

Colonel Slee is survived by his wife, Suzanne S. Slee; three sons, David
L. Slee, Don H. Slee and his wife, Janet, and Frank H. Slee; daughter
Nancy S. Novak and her husband, Jim; five grandsons, three sisters,
and one brother.

Don Slee has taken his final flight and will be missed by all his former
squadron members!


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Entry: 74025
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
MEMORIAL DAY 2009 CLARIFICATION

RICHARD A. NEWELL wrote on March 22, 2010


City and State: ALTAMONTE SPRINGS FL

Unit: VMA-332 KOREA 1953

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: This is to clarify the names listed in the Memorial Day 2009, 25 May
2009 entry, concerning the VMA-332 Korea 1953 squadron members :

Officers: Lindberg, Walt - KIA 1953; Allen, Gordon L.; Berteling, John B.;
Brown, James R.; Carey, James; DeBondt, Russel G.; Evanko, Leonard;
Faull, Thomas R.; Getz, Ralph E.; Hallet, James C.; Hume, Elburn E.;
Ludden, Charles H.; McLenon, Frank G.; Molsberry, Dale M.; ONeill,
John J.; Rosemeyer, Lloyd A.; Simmon, Edward B.; Veach, Howard C.;
Ward, Dale L.

Enlisted: Fortier, Robert A.; Crady, Luther Jr.; Giddens, Jasper; Hamrick,
Nathan G.; Killmar, Robert P.; Lamere, Thomas C.; Mehaffey, James H.;
Melton, James W.; Neporadny, Michael J.; Vaughn, Harvey; Walt, John F.
Sr.; Whitehead, Cecil L.


Keywords: Memorial Day 2009 Clarification



Entry: 70286
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
MEMORIAL DAY 2009

RICHARD A. NEWELL wrote on May 25, 2009


City and State: ALTAMONTE SPRINGS FL

Unit: VMA-332

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: On this day remember our former Korean War VMA-332 squadron members who have now gone on their final mission..........

Officers

Lindberg, Walt - KIA 1953

Allen, Gordon L.

Berteling, John B.

Brown, James R.

Carey, James

DeBondt, Russel G.

Evanko, Leonard

Faull, Thomas R.

Getz, Ralph E.

Hallet, James C.

Hume, Elburn E.

Ludden, Charles H.

McLenon, Frank G.

Molsberry, Dale M.

ONeill, John J.

Rosemeyer, Lloyd A.

Simmon, Edward B.

Veach, Howard C.

Ward, Dale L.


Enlisted

Fortier, Robert A.

Crady, Luther Jr.

Giddens, Jasper

Hamrick, Nathan G.

Killmar, Robert P.

Lamere, Thomas C.

Mehaffey, James H.

Melton, James W.

Neporadny, Michael J.

Vaughn, Harvey

Walt, John F. Sr.

Whitehead, Cecil L


"The time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:6-7


You served your country in a time of need and did so to make the United States Marine Corps proud of your service. May God bless your family and friends!
Semper Fi..........


Keywords: Memorial Day 2009


Entry: 64751
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
RAY C HENDERSON (HENDIE)

RAY HENDERSON wrote on March 16, 2008


City and State:

Unit: VMA 332

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments:

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Entry: 64750
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
RAY C HENDERSON (HENDIE)

RAY HENDERSON wrote on March 16, 2008


City and State:

Unit: VMA 332

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments:

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Entry: 62199
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
THE LOSS OF A GREAT FAMILY MAN

STEVEN KILLMAR wrote on September 7, 2007

Deceased

City and State: NEW BALTIMORE MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: NAVY VETERAN

Comments: Cpl Robert P. Killmar - 5/24/1933 - 9/5/2007

Thank You to all who sent him pictures, and e-mails. I would read them to him and he would just grim ear to ear, it meant an awful lot to him. I thank you, his family thanks you.





Robert Paul Killmar, 74, of New Baltimore, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007, after a battle with cancer. He was born May 24, 1933, in Detroit.
Mr. Killmar was a retired employee of Bell Telephone Co., Crain Communications and a business partner of Jeanine's Art. He was a member of the BayRama Committee, a founding member of the New Baltimore Christmas Tree Lighting, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran decorated in the Korean War, and a life member of the VFW.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanine Killmar; children, Steven, Kristina, Roberta, Chris, Kelly, Stacy, Dale, Terry and Renee; 22 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and siblings, Janet, Barbara and Bill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Fredrick and Eva (Lashbaugh) Killmar; sister, Mary Jane (Cook); and brothers, Fritz and Jimmy.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Baltimore VFW, 35011 23 Mile Road.

Memories may be shared with the family at killmarfamily@att.net.


Keywords: VMA-332


Entry: 57104
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
CPL ROBERT P. KILLMAR

STEVEN KILLMAR wrote on May 11, 2006

Deceased

City and State: NEW BALTIMORE MI

Unit: VMA-332

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am looking for anyone who remembers my father, Cpl. Robert P. Killmar. He was a Radio Mechanic in VMA-332. If there are any old buddys from the corps out there, he has terminal cancer. It would be great if he could hear from some that remember him. Thanks.

Keywords: VMA-332


Entry: 56709
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
CORSAIR F4U-4B

FRANKLIN FERREIRA wrote on April 17, 2006


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: Hi,

Which the name and rank of pilot (or pilots) that they had flow the Corsair F4U-4B "white 16" # 62969, in July of 1953?

Thank's a lot!

Franklin

* from Brazil


Keywords: VMA-323 Corsair; F4U-4B


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Entry: 48456
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
JIM CAREY PASSED AWAY

THOMAS HILL wrote on January 28, 2005


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: My uncle, James Carey, passed away last night after a long
illness. He was a Corsair pilot with the Polka-dots and served
in the Korean Conflict. I'll try to post a proper obit. later.

http://artlibrary.vassar.edu/BRDS/Careys.jpg


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Entry: 34653
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
VMA 332

ERIC WADDELL wrote on June 5, 2003


City and State: THOMASVILLE NC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am looking for anyone who knew my grandfather
Howard C Veach.

Thanks.


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Entry: 34056
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
CAN ANYONE TELL ME ABOUT WE 24 CORSAIR IN KOREA

SAM MAIN wrote on May 8, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments:

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Entry: 31397
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
POHANG KOREA 52-53

RICHARD (DICK) MASTERS wrote on January 20, 2003

Email Update Needed

City and State: MUNISING MI

Unit: MABS-33, MAG-33, LSTMAW

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: Just trying to touch base with anyone that was in my unit from Feb 52-Feb 53.
Would love to hear from anyone, memory has faded and needs refreshing.

Semper Fi


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Entry: 29709
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
VMA(AW)- 332 VETS

CARL BOBO wrote on November 19, 2002


City and State: NASHUA NH

Unit: VMA(AW)-332 FORMER

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: I have my cruisebook from the '90-'91 deployment and some intresting stories.

Keywords: Com/Nav shop, A-6 intruder


Entry: 28646
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
ANY INFO PLEASE

JOSHUA KIIHNE wrote on October 4, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: BEAUFORT SC

Unit: VMFA(AW)-332

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Gentlemen,

I am the current Historical Officer of VMFA(AW)-332. We are currently flying the F/A-18D out of MCAS Beaufort, SC. I am looking for any and every piece of history you can contribute. Any stories and experiences you can share would be greatly appreciated. If any veterans of the Moonlighters are able to visit, we will make sure you feel at home in your squadron.

Very Respectfully,

Capt Joshua Kiihne


Keywords: Current Historical Officer


Entry: 27659
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
ANY INFORMATION

LINDA CARROZZO wrote on August 18, 2002

Email Update Needed

City and State: SEAFORD NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for any information for my father-in-law, Anthony Carrozzo on the following ships: CVE-110 Salerno Bay, LST-1090 Chloris, CVE-112 Siboney.

Keywords: Nicknames, battles, Hill numbers, units, personal
friends, ships, aircraft



Entry: 24295
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
VMA-332

RICHARD A. NEWELL wrote on March 26, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: I submitted the first article on VMA-332. The heading states the following:
VMA 332 - Marine Attack Squadron 121
Please change the 121 to 332.
Thanks and Semper Fi


Keywords: VMA-332


Entry: 17977
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
VMA-332 KOREA 1953

RICHARD A. NEWELL wrote on July 14, 2001


City and State:

Unit: VMA-332

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: VMA-332 Korea Unit History
One result of the expansion of the Marine Corps during the Korean War was the commissioning of VMA-332. On 23 April 1952, it was officially formed and commissioned at MCAS Miami, Florida as Marine Attack Squadron 332. On 24 June the squadron received its first aircraft, four F6F-5 Hellcats. The squadron began its change over to F4U-4 aircraft on 15 October. On 1 December 1952, Lt. Col. John B. Berteling, took command and continued in command throughout the Korean era. The squadron patch with straw hat and cane, along with the polka dots, was designed from the fact that the tail code was "MR" and so the name "gentlemen" squadron and "Polka Dot" aircraft cowlings was adopted. The squadron was eventually assigned a combat role in the war. During April 1953 the squadron went on a ten day carrier "shakedown" cruise out of Mayport, FL aboard the USS Salerno Bay (CVE-110).
Toward the end of May, VMA-332 began movement to the Far East. The squadron was initially based at Itami, Japan. It was then deployed on board the USS Bairoko (CVE-115) replacing VMA-312 the "Checkerboards". The newer "Polka Dot" squadron lost no time in repainting their veteran Corsair's checkered cowlings with red dots on a white background. Its primary mission was to help enforce the blockade of the west coast of Korea and to conduct air strikes against Communist coastal and inland targets. Col. Berteling's logbook indicates that the first operational flight from the Bairoko was on 18 June. In July, the number of missions against enemy installations increased. The squadron continued to operate from the USS Bairoko in the Yellow Sea until the armistice went into effect on 27 July. It remained deployed on board the Bairoko until after the fighting ended. VMA-332 was the last US squadron to fly F4U Corsairs from a CVE aircraft carrier into combat.
The squadron was then transferred to the USS Point Cruz (CVE-119) in August. The aircraft carrier remained deployed in the waters off Korea and Japan through the fall of 1953. Marine Attack Squadron 332 was later transferred ashore on 22 November and stationed at Itami, Japan. During this time most of the squadron personnel were reassigned to duty stations in Korea and Japan. In December, the squadron received orders to return to the United States and to proceed to its old home base at MCAS Miami.
It arrived at its destination two days before Christmas.
Submitted By
Richard A. Newell
108 Pine Needle Lane
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714-5814
(407) 862-0527


Keywords: VMA-332 Korea 1953


Entry: 6976
VMA 332 MARINE ATTACK SQDN 332
MAJOR G. L. ALLEN, XO OF VMA-332 (1953)

HAL MOORE wrote on February 14, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for information about my Uncle...Gordon L. Allen. He was a Major during the Korean War, and retired as a Lt. Col. He died in 1983.

Any information would be appreciated. I may be contacted directly at HalMoore1@aol.com. Thank you.


Keywords: Dauntless, Dive Bombers



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