Dear Sgt. Grit,
In your 28 Aug newsletter you ran two photos of an AV8b Harrier that were submitted by GySgt Eddie Puente with VMA-311 Ordnance Division, currently deployed to Al Asad, Anbar province, Iraq. My son, PFC Bryant Combs, is also with VMA-311 Ord. Div., and he had previously sent me a picture of the same bird with an honored guest. At least part of the reason the jet was painted in its current scheme was to commemorate the February ’08 visit to MCAS Yuma by (former) Marine/NASA Astronaut/Ohio Senator John Glenn and his wife Annie (notice the name painted beneath the canopy in this photo). Senator Glenn flew with VMA-311 in Korea. It’s comforting to know that the Marines are putting the Harrier to good use rather than saving it as a display piece.
Here are a few pictures of the results of a rocket attack in 1968 during the Tet offensive. The Phantom was from VMFAW 122 and only one of 5 the VC got that night. I was working bomb detail when all the action started. The hole in the hanger was a direct hit. Hanoi Hanna had predicted this welcome for our squadron.
A brief memoir of VMF-215 missions in WWII
I received a copy of this E-mail the other day from my Uncle Fred, son of Capt. Donald Aldrich, USMCR of WWII fame (20 Zeroes shot down in the Pacific flying F-4U Corsairs). The letter was written by LtCol. Arthur Roger Conant, USMC Ret’d, to other surviving members of the VMF-215 “Fighting Corsairs” Association.
I am getting old and can’t remember these guys names.
I am center and with a printed shirt. This was the Refueling crew for Hot Jet line at MABS 17 1st Maw Iwakuni and a night out at the EClub. Great times had by All.
Leo G. Munford 1391
MSgt Ret 1979