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Entry: 94239
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
MY UNCLE WAS A SQUADRON MEMBER

TERRY WILLS wrote on January 24, 2017


City and State: MIDDLETOWN OH

Unit: SUPPLY SQ- FUELS-TAC/SAC/PACAF (ALL AF)

Service or Relationship: AIR FORCE VETERAN

Comments: My uncle, William Stillwaugh Jr. was a Marine pilot during WWII and Korea flying the F4U Corsair. He had Corsair pictures, models as well as other military memories around his home as well. Have his Air Medals and leather flight jacket with the Death Rattler Insignia patch on the upper breast of the jacket. A really cool logo for the squadron with the coiled snake. I have several black and white photo albums related to carrier action involving F4U's and the carriers FDR and the Sicily. (I believe he told me these were the carriers.) He attained the rank of Major upon his final discharge. He went on to fly corporate aircraft for Armco Steel Corporation in Middletown Ohio for 22 years. He started with prop aircraft flying twin engine Beechcrafts and retrained to fly jets, flying the Falcon and Lear jets. He flew the corporate execs around the country to the various Armco plants during his Armco career.

Sadly, Uncle Bill passed away in 2000 of lung cancer and is buried at Woodside Cemetery in Middletown Ohio next to his wife of many years, Mattie. He is missed by this nephew.


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Entry: 93260
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
VMFA 323 VIETNAM

JACK QUICK wrote on May 31, 2016


City and State: CAPE CARTERET NC

Unit: VMFA 323

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I'm just wondering if anyone reading this was with me in Vietnam when I was a member of 323 under Lt Col AW Donnell , Oct 1965 _ May 1966 .

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Entry: 89909
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
SILVER STAR AWARD

LARRY RITCHEY wrote on November 3, 2014


City and State: UNION CITY CA

Unit: USS SOUIX

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: My flight instructor was Wayne H. Kerr S/n 325372 and he flew F4U-4 over Korea. He won the star by flying a light observation aircraft at night with no panel lights on the aircraft. He held a flash light in his mouth to see the panel and landed on a ridge with no runway lights. He saved the life of a Marine that had been shot. I do not know the name of the man he saved. Wayne was an unlisted pilot and got his wings in 1946. He was the only person to fly an airplane to flight school. I know this is a little late for this page but if anyone has info on Wayne I would love to hear from them.

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Entry: 89379
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
IN SEARCH OF ANYONE WHO WAS WITH MY DAD

SANDRA MONTGOMERY LOGAN wrote on July 24, 2014

Email Update Needed

City and State: DENTON MD

Unit: 323 VMF

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I would love to hear from anyone who knew of my Dad, Captain Cornelius Taylor Montgomery, Jr. He was killed while on a mission in Mulgae-ri North Korea flying a corsair from an aircraft carrier on10/10/1951.

Keywords: He was known as Monty.


Entry: 79404
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
MASTER SERGEANT ROBERT R BOB FORAN - RIP

HAL BARKER wrote on June 23, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments: Robert Foran

Robert R. "Bob" Foran, born Aug. 30, 1924, in Omaha, Neb., was called Home
by his Heavenly Father on June 17, 2011, surrounded by his family.

Bob was a retired master sergeant, enlisting in the Marine Corps prior to
Pearl Harbor at the age of 17 in September 1941. He was cited for going
ashore in the 5th wave at Guadalcanal and later transferred to the Marine
Fighting Squadron 121. In 1945, he served with Marine Air Group 11, 3rd
Marine Aircraft Wing at the Island of Peleliu. During the Korean Conflict,
he served with the Marine Fighting Squadron 323 aboard the USS Badoeng
Strait aircraft carrier. After Korea he was stationed at Millington Naval
Air Station, Memphis, Tenn., Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Marine Air
Stations in Japan and Okinawa, and then the New River Marine Corps Air
Station, Jacksonville. While serving as the provost sergeant at the New
River Air Station, he started the Toastmaster International program there.

He retired in 1961 to pursue a variety of careers. In the early 1960s, he
ran for office as a Republican when being a Republican wasn't vogue. He was
told to switch parties and he would get elected, but he had his principles.
In his civilian career, he managed several service stations, a garage, and a
social club. Bob was a member of the Infant of Prague Catholic Church since
1957. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Father William O'Byrne
Council serving as the Grand Knight and the Senator Albert J. Ellis Assembly
and was the Charter Navigator. He was the driving force for the
establishment of the Albert J. Ellis Assembly, and from that beginning there
are now eight more Fourth Degree Assemblies in Southeastern North Carolina.
He was very active in programs to assist and help children and was active in
the Knights of Columbus Operation Lamb Tootsie Roll Drive.

Bob and his wife, June, were instrumental in reviving the March of Dimes
Foundation in Onslow County. He was active in the Fleet Marine Reserve, the
Marine Corps Aviation Association, the American Legion, and the Moose Lodge
and was Past President of the Fleet Reserve Association. Bob was the
treasurer of the U.S.O. Jacksonville Center for 27 years, helping to build
it into one of the largest in the U.S. In the 1970s, he dabbled into the
world of publishing and published "The Commonwealth of Onslow, A History"
with author Joseph Parsons Brown.

Bob's grandfather was from Ireland, and though he never visited the Emerald
Isle, he was Irish through and through. He had a love for life and always
had a story or joke to tell. Anyone who ever met him would definitely have a
story to share. Bob was married to the former June E. Burkheimer, and they
celebrated their 67th anniversary on May 20.

Bob is survived by his wife, June, and five children, Michael Foran and his
wife Carole, Peachtree City, Ga.; Kathleen Myers, Navarre, Fla.; Maryann
Martinelli, Jacksonville; Stephanie Kenis and her husband Sean, Herndon,
Va.; and Margaret Sanderson and her husband Michael, Piney Green. Son Robert
R. Foran II preceded his father in death. He had 19 grandchildren, 29
great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and
nephews.

The family will be having a memorial service at American Legion Post 256,
146 Broadhurst Rd., Jacksonville, on June 25 from noon to 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in the name of Robert R.
Foran to the Knights of Columbus Operation LAMB at Knights of Columbus,
Father William O'Byrne Council #3574, ATTN: Operation LAMB, P.O. Box 7241,
Jacksonville, NC 28540.

Condolences may be made at jdnews.com.

Arrangements by Kahlert Funerals and Cremations in Maysville.


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Entry: 76956
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
DOING RESEARCH

JOE BAIRN wrote on November 27, 2010


City and State:

Unit: I 3/9, L 3/7 '78-'82

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I'm interested in BuNo's, modex, side numbers, nose art and any other identifying markings on any MC aricraft. Will share what info I have.
Thanks


Keywords: BuNo.


Entry: 76701
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
LOOKING FOR ANYONE WHO KNEW MY UNCLE

EFFIE SUMMERS wrote on November 11, 2010


City and State: SOUTHWEST HARBOR ME

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am seeking anyone who knew my uncle, my father's
brother, Capt. Bigelow Watts Jr., who was killed on
June 17, 1951. I'd just like to know more about him and
what he dis as a Marine. His body was never recovered
and he is deeply missed.


Keywords: Bigelow, Watts, pilot, 323, USS Sicily, KIA, Korea


Entry: 65669
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
VMF-323

THOMAS CROUSON wrote on May 19, 2008


City and State:

Unit: VMF-323

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I am the web guy for the all year 323 Death Rattlers web site at http://home.inreach.com/tc/ I am in contact with several that served in 323 during the Korean War. I have received hundreds of pictures and a few old movies and have put them all on a 323 history DVD set and can add more to it as I go. I am intersted in more pictures to add. If you or a relative served in 323 please contact me. My intent is to help preserve the history of 323 for future generations. If you would like a DVD set let me know. visit our web site. We have pictures, history and more on the site.
Semper Fi,
TC Crouson, the old tinbneder


Keywords: 323 Death Rattlers


Entry: 62481
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
JOSEPH H. KUNEY JR

KATRINA VALMER wrote on October 2, 2007


City and State: BEACON NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I was hoping someone would have more information on my grandma's brother, 2nd Lieutenant Joseph Harold Kuney, Jr. He perished on March 26, 1952,while on a bomb mission near Sinwon, Korea the blast of the bombs caused structural failure and his aircraft to crash inverted. My grandma just wants to know how his last days were and the circumstances around his crash. Many thanks- her granddaughter- Katrina

Keywords: Aircraft, personal friends. and Sinwon, Korea.


Entry: 58118
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
KOREAN WAR VMF-323

ERIC NOLLMANN wrote on July 17, 2006

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit: HQ USPACOM

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Looking for anyone who remembers PFC ,CPL, or SSG Irwin F. Nollmann Jr. He was my father. Died 20 Aug 03. I was stationed in South Korea 50 Years after he was and was hoping to hear anything his shipmates could offer. Very Respectfully, Eric M. Nollmann, MSgt, USAF

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Entry: 54608
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
HUNGNAM HARBOR DEC 1950

JOSEPH D. UZZI wrote on December 13, 2005

Email Update Needed

City and State: DAYTONA BEACH SHORES FL

Unit: CREWMEMBER US MERCHANT MARIN

Service or Relationship: OTHER

Comments:

Keywords: I was crew member on the Gen Stuart Heintzelman C-4 troop transport with the MSTS (Military Sea Transportation Service). It was Dec. 24 1950.
We were in Hungnam harbor North Korea taking on troops that were evacuating North korea.
We took on US Army I think they were engineers. We also took on many wonded as the Heintzelman had a hospital on board.
We were close enough to the shore to receive small arms fire.
I do not know the Marine Air wing that provided air support for the ground and the ships in the harbor, but F4U's were dropping napalm and straffing the North Koreans.
I always wondered which VMF they were attached to.
We and the Battleship (Mighty Mo) were the last ships out of the harbor.
Since this was a somewhat hasty depature, all our equipment could not be loaded on ships. So they put all the equipment into the dockside buildings and as we sailed out of the harbor, the Mighty Mo lowered its guns and blasted the buildins to kingdon come.
If anyone is knowledge of this operation I'd like to know the VMF airwing and the ship they came from.



Entry: 50693
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
323 DEATH RATTLERS

THOMAS C. CROUSON wrote on May 9, 2005


City and State: ACAMPO CA

Unit: VMF(AW)-323

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN

Comments: I am looking for any Death Rattlers that served in 323. We have an all year web site 323 Death Rattlers at http://home.inreach.com/tc/ You might want to view Joe wosser's Korean War diary.
Semper Fi, TC Crouson, the old tinbender




Keywords: VMF-323 and VMA-323 Korean War history


Entry: 47077
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
52-53 VMF 323

PATRICK (BUDDY) LYNCH wrote on November 25, 2004


City and State: SUFFERN NY

Unit: VMF 323

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: like to hear from anyone who was there with me
Nov 52 July 53belive Lt Col Moore ran it then


Keywords: Korea, vmf 323


Entry: 44059
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
UNIT BUDDIES

JAMES HOLIDAY wrote on June 26, 2004

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Just read Unit Buddies.My grandfather was Capt. Holiday. Your site inspires me. Thanks, James Holiday

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Entry: 23231
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
1995 DELACY ARTICLE 1995

SCOTT BALTIC wrote on February 17, 2002


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: As a writer, I sometimes do a Web search on my name, which is how I found my 1995 Chicago Tribune article on Art DeLacy posted on this site.

It's good to know that the Korean War Project is still going strong!


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Entry: 19064
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
MAJ. EAR WINDELL LANGSTON A.K.A. 'PREACHER'

ROB MEARS wrote on August 30, 2001


City and State: DOWNSVILLE LA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Comments: Maj. Earl Windell "Preacher" Langston was my uncle. He flew active combat sorties with VMF-323 and VMF-312 from June thru September of 1952. He was from the Monroe, Louisiana area
He flew cobat with VMF-323 on Jume 5th, 6th, and 11th of 1952, flying F4U-4B's against places like Soksadong, and Kwangtam-Ri. Following that he was transferred to VMF-312. His log books describe two of the strikes as "rail cut" which I'm supposing was the bombing of railroads.

During WWII he was assigned to VMF-221 aboard the USS Bunker Hill flying F4U-1D's during the 1945 cruise to Okinawa. He had three recorded kills/assists prior to being shot down in late April, 1945. He was returned aboard the USS Bunker Hill just prior to her being struck by two Kamikazes (which put the ship out of the war). He survived to fly helicopters until the late 1960's when he lost his like if a helicopter accident in New Zealand.

I'd like to hear from anyone who was flying for VMF-323 during June of 1952, and definately anyone who had contact with my uncle during the Korean War. Thanks,

Rob Mears



Keywords: Keywords: VMF-323, VMF-312, Sokasong, Kwangtam-Ri, F4U-4B, USS Bunker Hill, Preacher, Death Rattlers, Checkerboarders, VMF-221


Entry: 18188
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
MAR-DEC 1951 - RIP 2005

ALEXANDER SEWARD wrote on July 23, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State: TAMPA BAY FL

Unit: MARINES

Service or Relationship: MARINE VETERAN - KOREA

Comments: mar-dec 1951; VMF 323

Keywords: Per Ann, Mr. Seward passed away in 2005. The email address currently displayed is for her. Many former 323rd members have paid respects. RIP - editor


Entry: 16277
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
KOREA, VETERAN, VMF 232, 323

CARL MOORE wrote on May 3, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State: WOLCOTT IN

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: HELLO,
Am an old Dog-Face doing a USMC buddy a favior.
Trying to find info(REUNION...etc.)
He is William (Bill) Dowell and was
in; VMF 232 MAG 15 MAY1952-SEP53
VMF 323 MAG 15 SEP1953-OCT53
Would like to hear from anyone that Knows him,
or anyone that has info on Reunions that he would be intrested in....or web sites.
...and Hello to any Marines that were in Lerather-neck-square(Viet Nam) I'm just an old...ugly Doge-face that was Target Acquisition there 02AP69-20OC70...on the Z(mostly A-2 at Gio Linh, and A-4 at Con Thien...and a few other places...Vandergriff, Sarge, ...etc.....I might be an ole Dog-Face...But Marines are good-people....Regardless of what others say.(ha ha ha)
THANKS FOR ANY INF THAT ANYONE MAY GIVE
Carl at southern_national@military.com
and also at; southern_national@yahoo.com


Keywords: VMF 232 MAG 15
VMF 323 MAG 15



Entry: 14881
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
SEEKING INFORMATION RE: CAPT C.K. CURRENS KIA 07-03-51

BRUCE DUNLAP wrote on February 10, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State: WEST COLUMBIA SC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: I am seeking information regarding my uncle, Captain C.K. Currens. I would especially love to hear from anyone who knew my uncle during the war and/or served with him, especially anyone from his unit who knew him or knew of him. He is my maternal uncle. I never knew him, but honor his memory and wish to learn as much as I can. He loved life, he loved his country, and the family has always noted how he loved the US Marines. Thank You to all who serve and have served our country.
Semper Fi


Keywords: CURRENS, CALVIN KENNETH, M, 0-025062, 03, CAPT, KIA, VMF 323 MAG 12 07/03/51, F4U-4, VERSAILLES, KENTUCKY, 05-27-1920


Entry: 14010
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
ATTN: VMF-323 DEATH RATTLERS

LISA LARSEN wrote on January 2, 2001

Email Update Needed

City and State: NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: My grandfather Arnold "Whitie" Larsen (who was there) is looking for info. related to the USS Sea Pike (there is NOTHING on the web!). Please email me!!!

edd2b@worldnet.att.net


Keywords: VMF-323 Death Rattlers...those of you who were on the USS SEA PIKE....


Entry: 13485
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
BILL NESS-KIA 04-03-52

LIESE NESS wrote on December 6, 2000


City and State: HOLLAND NY

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FAMILY MEMBER

Comments: Captain Ness was a pilot of a F4U Corsair fighter with the Marine Fighter Squadron 323, Marine Air Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was Killed in Action while participating in aerial support over Korea on April 3, 1952. Captain Ness was awarded the Air Medal with Gold Star and the Purple Heart.

Keywords: Bill Ness-Killed in action 04-03-52


Entry: 10953
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
INFO ON UNIT 323 MAR VERT ATK SQ 12 MAR AIR GP ON 510430

EUGENE BULLARD wrote on August 10, 2000


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments:

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Entry: 10924
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
1LT JAMES LOWMAN FRAZIER

EUGENE BULLARD wrote on August 9, 2000


City and State: CARTERVILLE IL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: FRIEND OF VETERAN

Comments: Do you have any information on:

JAMES L FRAZIER
323 VMF SQDN 1 MAW
Marines
1LT - O2
SERVICE NUMBER: 047425 MOS: -----
Hostile, Died (KIA)    04/30/1951

Information: VMF 323 MAG 12 1STMAW



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Entry: 6061
VMF 323 MARINE FIGHTER SQDN 323
QUESTIONS...

TOM MINTON wrote on January 7, 2000

Email Update Needed

City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: INTERESTED PERSON

Comments: Hello. My name is Tom Minton, and I'm from the Jersy Shore. Two years ago, I bought an F4U Corsair model at my local hobby shop. The kit contained decals for VMF 323. I was intrigued, as I had never heard of this unit before. I would like to learn of VMF 323's history. If possible, could someone please e-mail me with this information? Marine Air has always been one of my favorites. Thanks very much. Semper Fi!

Tom


Keywords: VMF 323



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VMF 323 - Marine Fighter Squadron 323