This day in History 15 Apr 1962:

This day in History 15 Apr 1962:

HMM-362 becomes first Marine Unit in Mekong Delta during Operation Shufly.

The Ugly Angels hold the proud distinction of having served as the first Marine aircraft unit in the Republic of Vietnam, going ashore on 15 April 1962 as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron Light HMR (L) 362 with their Sikorsky UH-34s, arriving at Sóc Trăng in the Mekong Delta south of Saigon.[1] under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Archie Clapp. The task unit was called “Shufly” and its first operational employment involved lifting Vietnamese troops into battle on April 22.

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  • Harry 1371

    Check out the HMM-362 “Ugly Angels” memorial “Wing” near the parking lot of The Marine Corps Museum. There were 33 members lost between 1962 and 1969. Harry 1371


  • Kapena

    The “ugly angels”. Gotta love the name. Anything to give you some comfort as you probably are praying to heaven it can actually fly!


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