VMR 253 - Marine Transport Squadron 253


Photo by Hal Barker






Legacy Messages - 1995-1999








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Entry: 96245
Subject: VMR 352 (NOT 253)

sheldon lawrence wrote on August 24, 2018


City and State: WALNUT CREEK CA

Unit: VMR-352

Service or Relationship: USMC

Comments: I WAS IN 352 FROM 1952-55. I HAVE SOME GOOD PHOTOS OF THE SIGN AT PYONGYAND AIR DEPOT, PLUS SOME OF ME INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE R5D PLANE. I WOULD LIKE TO CONNECT WITH ANYONE FROM THAT
SQUADRON . THAT WOULD BE GREAT

Keywords: KOREA 1952-55



Entry: 92320
Subject: MARINE AIR TRANSPORT HISTORIAN

Alan Stinar wrote on December 1, 2015


City and State: HAVELOCK NC

Unit: ALL TRANSPORT SQUADRONS

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: My name is Alan Stinar, I'm the historian for the Marine Corps Air Transport Association (MCATA). If anyone who either served in VMR-253, or had family that served in 253 would like to contact me about historical documents, photographs, etc.. please click the link and email me.

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Entry: 91897
Subject:

Ross May wrote on September 15, 2015


City and State: GULFPORT MS

Unit: VMR235

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Looking for any one who knew my father during the mid 60's. I believe he was with VMR235 with the Flying Boxcars. At the time a parachute rigger I believe.

Keywords: Wounded in the Dominican Republic Civil War 1965



Entry: 85145
Subject: (1942-1964) 1ST,3RD MAW, MAG-21,VMF-221,VMR-152, 252, 253, VMGR 352

James (Jim) Tobin wrote on January 6, 2013


City and State: ANAHEIM CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Hello,



My father proudly served in the USMC for 22-1/2

years. I'm posting this in the hopes of anyone having

any photo resources, articles, for any of my father's

service from 1942-1964. I hope this following info is

correct, according to my Mom's recollection of events.

We never received his Duty stations DD214, as

requested, so long ago. He passed in 1993.







Enlisting in 1942, Boston, MA., Boot camp Perris

Island in 1942, to CHERRY POINT, N.C., for Aviation

Mechanic school, (First Marine, 3rd Marine Air Wing

(MAW) (1st MAW 212-214) Went to San Diego, CA., then

overseas for thirteen months. He worked on Grumman F4F-

4 FIGHTERS. (maybe others like F6F HELLCATS, or P-

40's.)



SOMOAN IS. 4/1942, NEW HEBRIDES IS. 5/1942,

GUADALCANAL-8/1942, RUSSELL IS. 3/1943, BAUER FIELD,

EFATE - (VMF-221 Fighter squadron) (MAG 21) NEW

GEORGIA IS. 7/1943, VELLA-LAVELLA 10/1943,

BOUGAINVILLE, 12/1943.







Back from overseas to Cherry Point, NC., Moved to

Santa Ana, Ca., IN 1951, and was stationed at EL TORO

MCAS. TRANPORT DIVISION. HERCULES & BUFFALO C-130's.

VMR Squadrons 152, 253, 252, and 352. ( 1961-1962

IWAKUNI, JAPAN VMR-252) KOREA, AND OKINAWA- 1945.







While in IWAKUNI, OCT. 1962, COL. R.O.WHITE received a

commendation R4D, for the squadron flying thousands of

miles without any accidents. My father retired MSGT,

in the VMGR-352, in April 1964, and Col. White

attended his retirement party at LTA (Tustin Lighter

Than Air, Blimp Base, Ca. There was a squadron photo

taken at this time, and I'm trying to get a copy of

this group photo, OR actually ANY group Squadron

Photos of ANY of the 1st MAW, 3rd MAW, 212-214, VMF-

221, MAG-21, VMR-152, 252, 253, and 352, from his

service, 1942 thru 1964.







Out of the known (Guadalcanal) Photographers that I've

heard of thus far, that covered WWII, RALPH MORSE,

Life Photographer, Time Inc., Douglas H. Page, and Lou

Lowery, USMC Photographers, there has to be more

archival photos somewhere, from these or other

sources. I'm hoping so.







Under the command, VMF-124 Guadalcanal - LT. KENNETH

A. WALSH, 4/1943, and VMF-221 Solomon Islands - LT.

JAMES E. SWETT, 8/15 -30th,1943.







Out of the known (Guadalcanal) Photographers that I've

heard of thus far, that covered WWII, RALPH MORSE,

Life Photographer, Time Inc., Douglas H. Page, and Lou

Lowery, USMC Photographers, there has to be more

archival photos somewhere, from these or other

sources. I'm hoping so.







Thank you very much for allowing me to post on this

page, and know, that I have a great amount of

gratitude for all of your service to our country!







I realize this was so many years ago, and the veterans

of wars gone by, are sadly passing away, and with

them, are the treasures of memories that could have

been shared with military family members such as

myself. I am so proud of my father's accomplishments

in his service to the USMC. God bless!







First Marine, 3rd Marine air wing (MAW)



Keywords: (1942-1964) 1st,3rd MAW, MAG-21,VMF-221,VMR-152, 252,

253, VMGR 352 -IWAKUNI, JAPAN, F4F-4, P-40,FAF, C130

Transports



Entry: 84906
Subject: LOOKING FOR OLD PICS

Austin Themens JR. wrote on December 5, 2012


City and State: AUDUBON PA

Unit: VMR-253----MWSG-17

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: r4qs f8u crusader jets



Entry: 81036
Subject: LOOKING FOR THE SQUARDON PATCH

John Compton wrote on November 13, 2011

Email Update Needed



City and State: NEWPORT NC

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: I was in this outfit from 56 to 57, If some has a
patch from this time frame please let me know. One i
like was the out house with two booms and callede the
shudding s--t house.

Keywords: Squadron Patch



Entry: 79648
Subject: VMR 253 MAG 25 SGT W.J MANSFIELD

Mike Mansfield wrote on July 16, 2011


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My dad was killed by Sgt.Lester L.Smith at Red Lip bar,Nov.25,1956. Curious if anyone out there knew anything about the incident or what became of Smith. My Dads foot locker was broken into on shipment of his body and possesions back to the states. His wedding ring,wallet,flight jacket and other things were stolen. Know its been a long time, but someone may still remember something about my dad and his killing.

Keywords: Red Lip bar Killing of Sgt W.J. Mansfield 



Entry: 70150
Subject:

Chuck Reilly wrote on May 12, 2009

Email Update Needed



City and State: VACAVILLE CA

Unit: VMR-253

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments:

Keywords: iWAKUNI,jAPAN 1960-1961



Entry: 60029
Subject: MARINE R4Q'S IN KOREA

Robert Vlach wrote on February 14, 2007


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: My Father was a crew chief on R4q's during the Korean War.I think he was based at K-19? Going to find out more of his time there.He eneded up in the Corp for 30 yrs.I think this was his unit there.I know, that one day, we were watching the movie Flight of the Phoenix many years ago, and in one scene inside the aircraft,he mentioned he saw his old unit number in there.So maybe one of his old planes were used in the making of the film.

Keywords: Marine R4Q's in Korea



Entry: 57516
Subject: VMR-253 1/54 TO 12/54

Larry Byrd JR. wrote on June 5, 2006


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Was based at both Itami and Iwakuni. Radio operator on R4Q's " Flying Boxcars"

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Entry: 56522
Subject: VMR MARINE SQUADRON 253 6/53-7/54

Paul Barmann wrote on April 3, 2006


City and State:

Unit: VMR MARINE SQUADRON 253

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Looking to remember good times.My dad isn't on line yet so I thought I could give him a reason to.So if anybody remembers John L Barmann ,e-mail me
Thanks
Paul

Keywords: Bengel,1ST Marine Airwing,AZ Squadron,Headquaters Squadron



Entry: 56521
Subject: VMR MARINE SQUADRON 253 6/53-7/54

Paul Barmann wrote on April 3, 2006


City and State:

Unit: VMR MARINE SQUADRON 253

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Looking to remember good times.My dad isn't on line yet so I thought I could give him a reason to.So if anybody remembers John L Barmann ,e-mail me
Thanks
Paul

Keywords: Bengel,1ST Marine Airwing,AZ Squadron,Headquaters Squadron



Entry: 52772
Subject: VMR-253 MARINE

Bob Eickmeier wrote on August 22, 2005

Email Update Needed



City and State: CHESTERFIELD MO

Unit: VMR-253 MARINE

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran

Comments: Our squadron VMR-253 left El Toro, Calif in July 53
I left Itami on Sept 54
Anybody out there?? Please e-mail

Keywords: VMR-253 -Itami, Japan



Entry: 41283
Subject: INFO ON MARINES CIRCA 1955-1957

Thomas Canavan wrote on February 26, 2004


City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: I'd like to hear from someone stationed with me in VMR 253 at Iwakuni, Japan from 1955-1957.

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Entry: 33344
Subject:

Charles Langin wrote on April 3, 2003

Email Update Needed



City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Marine Veteran - Korea

Comments: To Webmaster: Insert the word "Transport" for the official name of Marine Tranport Squadron 253.
Letters mean the following:

M-Marine
V-Heavier than air
F-Fighter
A-Attack
R-Transport
O-Observation
T-Training

You have a great website. Capt C. Langin USMC (Ret)

Keywords: "R" in VMR-253 stands for Transport.



Entry: 30383
Subject: VMR-253

Tom Suter wrote on December 14, 2002

Email Update Needed



City and State: HUTCHINSON KS

Unit: VMR-253

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Son Of Major Merrill F. Suter looking for those who served with him.

Keywords: Itami Air Base,R4Q, (flying boxcar)



Entry: 3186
Subject: 1ST AIR WING

Charles F. Van Sickle wrote on June 26, 1999

Email Update Needed



City and State: NEWMAN IL

Unit: USMC 1 ST. AIR WING...

Service or Relationship:

Comments: i am x. korean vet... i live 15 miles east
of tuscola il. where the natinal monument is to
be built, i hope.

good work... i want to help... and will.

in newman il. where i live we have the largest
amer.legion in the county, and very active.

hope to hear more....

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