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Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364
HMM-364

"Purple Foxes"


The "Purple Foxes" made the first of their three deployments to Vietnam in 1964 as part of Operation SHUFLY, where they flew the UH-34D. Following the second combat tour (1965-66) HMM-364 returned to the US to transition to the CH-46A, which the squadron operated during the third Vietnam combat deployment. Upon its return to the US in 1971, HMM-364 was deactivated.


HMM-364 was reactivated in 1984 and assigned to MAG-24 in Hawaii. The next decade brought a move to El Toro, and when that base closed, to Camp Pendleton, where the "Purple Foxes" are now based as part of MAG-39. During 2003 HMM-364 was assigned to 3d Marine Aircraft Wing and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom.


Lineage

Activated 1 September 1961 at Santa Ana, CA, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON (LIGHT) 364 (HMR(L)-364).

Redesignated 1 February 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 364 (HMM-364).

Deactivated 13 April 1971.

Reactivated 12 October 1984 at Tustin, CA.


Unit Honors

PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION STREAMER with one bronze star
Vietnam
1965 - 1966

Iraq
2003

NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER WITH FOUR BRONZE STARS
Vietnam
1964
1965 - 1966
1968
1968 - 1969
1970 - 1971

MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star
Vietnam
1970

1991

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER WITH 2 BRONZE STARS

VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER WITH TWO SILVER AND FOUR BRONZE STARS

VIETNAM CROSS OF GALLANTRY STREAMER with PALM

VIETNAM MERITORIOUS CITATION CIVIL ACTIONS STREAMER