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CONTENTS OF THIS SITE MAY INCLUDE: OLD ALUMINUM, JP-4 or JP-5, COMFORTABLE SEATS, RADIOS THAT MOSTLY WORK, 27 LAYERS OF PAINT, HYDRAULIC FLUID, DIRT FROM IWO JIMA, DA NANG, HANOI, WAKE ISLAND, IRAQ AND/OR AFGHANISTAN.
PERSONNEL SHOWN WITHIN MAY BE DEPLOYED FOR EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME AND LIKELY BREAK FOR TWO TO FOUR DAYS IN HAWAII WITH DIFFICULTY FINDING
A WORKING TELEPHONE.
This site has been created as a resource for all veterans of Marine Corps air transportation squadrons. The idea is that the history of the units that exist today, as well as the past, will forever be remembered.
The Marine aviation transport units could not be what they are today without honoring the legacy they carry on. No one could dispute the reputation these units hold as being the on-call moving company and flying gas stations of the Corps. It comes from those who pioneered the first KC-130s during Vietnam, those who braved the cold winters in Korea, and the people who brought Marine air transportation to life in WWII.
It was taught to me by my grandfather, a WW2 Army veteran, that history should never be forgotten, because if you don't know your past, how will you know what your future will be like.
To put it into perspective, Marine Corps aviation began May 22nd 1912 when Lt. Alfred A. Cunningham reported "for duty in connection with aviation". This was only nine years after the Wright brothers first flight in their "heavier-than-air" machine. I think it's safe to assume that nine years after the Wright brothers first flight, the Marine Corps was still unable to contain themselves with their joy and amazement that such a feat was possible, let alone put their first aviator into training.
Sixteen years later, Headquarters Detachment 7M is created on June 1st 1928 in San Diego, CA. That squadron still exists to this very day. A few name changes later and this unit was designated as VMGR-252 on February 1st 1962. I'll bet that only a handful of people today know about this, because we certainly aren't taught about unit history.
Marines are taught to remember names such as Guadlacanal. When was someone going to tell them that John Glenn, former Marine, astronaut, first American to orbit the earth in space, oldest man to go into space, WW2 pilot, Senator......WAS A PILOT WITH VMR-353 AT ONE TIME!
This Marine has done things that are only dreams in the minds of children when they go to sleep at night, and he was one of us, Marine air transportation.
I invite you to take a look around, it is a work in progress so please be patient or maybe volunteer to help out.
Neither the United States Marine Corps nor any subordinate command has approved, endorsed, or officially supported this website or its contents. The opinions of members and the owner do not officially represent the DoD or any branch of the Armed Services of the United States.