Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775 was originally activated 2 September 1958, at Niagara Falls, NY, as Marine Transport Helicopter Squadron 775 (HMR-775), and assigned to the Organized Marine Corps Reserve. Original strength at activation was 2 Officers. On 28 February 1959 HMR-775, now with 11 Officers and 14 Enlisted, transferred to Willow Grove, PA. On 1 April 1962, the designation was changed to Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 775 (HMM-775). On 30 September 1962 HMM-775 was deactivated.
On 7 December 1987, the squadron was reactivated at Camp Pendleton, CA, as Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 775. The squadron was equipped with the aging AH-1J "Sea Cobra". During the first Gulf War HMA-775 served afloat and ashore with MAG-26 (Dec 90-Mar 91). One aircraft and two crewmen were lost (non-combat).
In 1987, the squadron was reorganized and re-equippped with
AH-1Js and UH-1N "Hueys". This brought about a further
redesignation: Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 775
(HMLA-775). HMLA-775 continues to support 4th MAW operations, and
has participated in anti-drug operations in the Caribbean area
(Operation "Weedeater") during annual training.
HMLA-775 deployed in Iraq in 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
HMLA-775 was deactivated 6 September 2008 at MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA.
Activated 2 Sept 1958 at Niagara Falls, NY as
MARINE HELICOPTER TRANSPORT SQUADRON 775 (HMR-775).
Relocated 28 Feb 1959 to Willow Grove, PA.
Redesignated 1 April 1962 as MARINE MEDIUM HELICOPTER SQUADRON 770 (HMM-775).
Deactivated August 1962.
Reactivated 7 January 1987 at Camp Pendleton, CA as MARINE ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 775 (HMA-775).
Redesignated during 1995 as MARINE LIGHT ATTACK HELICOPTER SQUADRON 775 (HMLA-775).
Deactivated 6 September 2008 at Camp Pendleton, CA.
NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION
STREAMER with 1 bronze star
MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER with 1 bronze star
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER with 1 bronze star
SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER with three bronze stars
IRAQ CAMPAIGN SERVICE STREAMER
GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER
GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM SERVICE STREAMER