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HMR(M)/HMH-461 "Iron Horse"

VMF-461

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Disney design


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"Red Raiders"


HMR(M)-461

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HMH-461


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"Disco Pony"



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Courtesy of Capt. Doug Ogden

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461
HMH-461
"Iron Horse"

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 began life during WW2 as a fighter squadron. After absorbing the aircraft and personnel of VMF-462 and VMF-472 in October 1944, the squadron became a replacement-training squadron. After the end of the war, VMF-461 relocated to Cherry Point, NC and joined MAG-11 prior to deactivating in February 1950.

In January 1957 the squadron was reactivated as HMR(M)-461 and became the first HR2S/CH-37C squadron in the Marine Corps. The squadron became HMH-461 in 1962. HMH-461 supported the 2d MAW throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. In 1965 the squadron made the only full squadron deployment of the CH-37. HMH-461 transitioned to the new CH-53A in 1966. The squadron now operates the CH-53E at MCAS New River, North Carolina.

During the 1990s HMH-461 found itself supporting Marine Corps operations throughout the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean. The squadron was deployed to SW Asia during Desert Shield/Desert Storm and continues to support the East Coast Expeditionary Units. Most recently, HMH-461 has deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


LINEAGE

Activated 15 March 1944 at El Centro, CA, as MARINE FIGHTING SQUADRON 461 (VMF-461).

Deactivated February 1950.


Reactivated 12 January 1957 at New River, NC, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON (MEDIUM) 461 (HMR(M)-461).

Redesignated 1 February 1962 as MARINE HEAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRON 461 (HMH-461).


Participated in numerous deployments and operations during the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.


Participated in Operations Desert Shield/Storm, 1990-91.

Participated in Operation Enduring Freedom (2003- )


UNIT HONORS

NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER

MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star

WORLD WAR II VICTORY STREAMER

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with three bronze stars

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDTIONARY STREAMER


VMF-461

461_disney (4K)

Disney design


461_raiders (4K)

"Red Raiders"


HMR(M)-461

461old.gif

HMH-461


461early.gif

461.gif

"Disco Pony"



461ds.gif

461_patch.gif

461new.gif

Courtesy of Capt. Doug Ogden

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461
HMH-461
"Iron Horse"

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 began life during WW2 as a fighter squadron. After absorbing the aircraft and personnel of VMF-462 and VMF-472 in October 1944, the squadron became a replacement-training squadron. After the end of the war, VMF-461 relocated to Cherry Point, NC and joined MAG-11 prior to deactivating in February 1950.

In January 1957 the squadron was reactivated as HMR(M)-461 and became the first HR2S/CH-37C squadron in the Marine Corps. The squadron became HMH-461 in 1962. HMH-461 supported the 2d MAW throughout the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. In 1965 the squadron made the only full squadron deployment of the CH-37. HMH-461 transitioned to the new CH-53A in 1966. The squadron now operates the CH-53E at MCAS New River, North Carolina.

During the 1990s HMH-461 found itself supporting Marine Corps operations throughout the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean. The squadron was deployed to SW Asia during Desert Shield/Desert Storm and continues to support the East Coast Expeditionary Units. Most recently, HMH-461 has deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


LINEAGE

Activated 15 March 1944 at El Centro, CA, as MARINE FIGHTING SQUADRON 461 (VMF-461).

Deactivated February 1950.


Reactivated 12 January 1957 at New River, NC, as MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON (MEDIUM) 461 (HMR(M)-461).

Redesignated 1 February 1962 as MARINE HEAVY HELICOPTER SQUADRON 461 (HMH-461).


Participated in numerous deployments and operations during the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.


Participated in Operations Desert Shield/Storm, 1990-91.

Participated in Operation Enduring Freedom (2003- )


UNIT HONORS

NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER

MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star

WORLD WAR II VICTORY STREAMER

NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 2 bronze stars

ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER

SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with three bronze stars

GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDTIONARY STREAMER