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HMR-363

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Nuclear Tests


HMR(L)-363

 

HMR(C)-363

 

HMM-363

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363ss (9K)

"Shit Sandwich"


HMH-363

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Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363
HMH-363

Lucky Red Lions


In the 1950s HMH-363 participated in Operation "Redwing" (Pacific Ocean Atomic tests), and was one of three squadrons to briefly be designated as "Reconaissance" squadrons. It served two combat tours in Vietnam, with the UH-34D (1965-66) and the CH-53A (1967-69). The "Red Lions" fly the CH-53D at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.


LINEAGE

Activated 2 June 1952 at Santa Ana, CA, as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 36, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific

Reassigned during January 1953 to Marine Aircraft Group 16, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

Reassigned during July 1953 to Marine Aircraft Group 36, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

Reassigned during September 1955 to the 3d Marine Aircarft Wing, Air, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.

Redesignated 31 December 1956 as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron (Light) 363.

Redesignated 30 June 1958 as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron (Composite) 363.

Reverted to HMR(L) designation 29 February 1960.

Redesignated 1 February 1962 as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 363.

Redesignated 23 January 1969 as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363.


UNIT HONORS

PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER
Vietnam
1965 - 1967


JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD STREAMER
Somalia
1993


NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star
Vietnam
1965 - 1966
1968


MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 3 bronze stars
Vietnam
1968

1981
1985 - 1986
1996 - 1998


NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 3 bronze stars


VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER with 1 silver and 3 bronze stars


VIETNAM CROSS of GALLANTRY with PALM STREAMER