VMA-134

VMA-134 Skyhawks

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VMFA-134 "Smoke" Patch from CWO3 Paul E. Lass, VMFA-134
 

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Sources

David Weber

Michael E. Sandlin (Col Ret USMCR)

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Paul E. Lass Jr. (VMFA-134 Plank Owner - Joined 13 August 1983, Separated 31 August 2007).

Ken Sokol

Handle

Changed callsign to "Smokes" when assigned F-4N Phantom in 1989.

Heritage

01 MAY 1943: VMSB-134 activated (Marine Scout Bombing Squadron)

01 JUN 1943 redesignated VMTB-134 (Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron)
Journal of Calvin W. Hutchins, Marine Squadron VMTB-134 WWll , Pacific Theater, Philippenes & Palau Islands / Peleliu submitted by son Mike Hutchins.

30 APR 1946 VMTB-134 deactivated

15 APR 1958 reactivated as VMF-134

01 JUL 1962 redesignated VMA-134

VMA-134 (Reserves), MAG-46 (Regulars)

01 OCT 1983 redesignated VMFA-134

Home Ports

01 MAY 1943: Santa Barbara CA.

15 Apr 1956: NAS Los Alamitos, CA.

JAN 1971 - 1996: MCAS El Toro, CA.

1996 to 2007: MCAS Miramar, CA.

Air Wings

MF tail code

Aircraft

Date Type First Received - - - - - - Type of Aircraft:

1944: TBM-1E Grumman Avenger

15 APR 1956: F9F-6, F9F-7 and then F9F-8 Grumman Cougars

1971? to 1983:
Douglas A-4A Skyhawk
Douglas A-4B Skyhawk
Douglas A-4C Skyhawk
Douglas A-4F Skyhawk
Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk

MAR 1984: F-4N Phantom II

01 NOV 1985: F-4S Pahntom II

JUL 1989: F/A-18 Hornet

Deployments

OCT 1943: Espirito Santo, Western Pacific.

JAN 1944: Bougainville.

MAR 1944: Green Island

MAY 1944: flight echelon returned to Espirito Santo while the remainder of the squadron was transferred to Emirau.

JUL 1944: ground echelon joined the flight echelon at Espitito Santo.

06 OCT 1944: Peleliu.

OCT 1945: Taingtao China.

APR 1946: Returned to San Diego CA for deactivation.

Commanding Officers

VMTB-134

01 MAY 1943 to 07 MAY 1943: Lt. Alfred Anger

08 MAY 1943 to 08 AUG 1943: Maj. Jens C. Aggerback

09 AUG 1943 to 01 JUL 1944: Maj. Alben C. Roberston

02 JUL 1944 to 27 APR 1945: Maj. Russell R. Riley

28 APR 1945 to 28 FEB 1946: Maj. Walter F. Cornwell

01 MAR 1946 to 03 APR 1946: Maj. Daniel H. Davis

04 APR 1946 to 30 APR 1946: Lt.Col. William M. Frash

VMF-134 / VMA-134

15 APR 1958 to 31 MAR 1960: Maj. Glenn G. Riley

01 APR 1960 to 30 SEP 1963: Maj. Robert J. Mcinnis

01 OCT 1963 to 30 SEP 1964: Lt.Col. George M. Wallace

01 OCT 1964 to 31 AUG 1965: Lt.Col. Stewart F. Nelson

01 SEP 1965 to 31 MAY 1967: Maj. Ronald Trepas

01 JUN 1967 to 31 MAR 1968: Maj. Jerry L. Amo

01 APR 1968 to 18 APR 1970: Lt.Col. Richard L. Moeller

19 APR 1970 to 19 APR 1972: Lt.Col. John L. Flemmons

20 APR 1972 to 19 APR 1974: Lt.Col. Charles W. Layton

20 APR 1974 to 01 JAN 1976: Lt.Col. Hugh C. Purser

02 JAN 1976 to 14 JAN 1978: Lt.Col. Jacques C. Naviux

15 JAN 1978 to MAR 1979: Lt.Col. William Dyer

MAR 1979 to MAR 1981: Lt.Col. Steven J. Sewell

MAR 1981 to MAR 1983: Lt.Col. Donald R. Duffer

Re-designated VMFA-134 ON 1 OCT 1983

MAR 1983 to 11 MAR 1984: Lt.Col. Charles A. Pinney III

12 MAR 1984 to 02 NOV 1985: Lt.Col. Charles J. Quilter

03 NOV 1985 to 04 OCT 1987: Lt.Col. Lawrence H. Keener

05 OCT 1987 to 09 JUN 1990: Lt.Col. George W. Fox

10 JUN 1990 to 05 JUN 1992: Lt.Col. Henry J. Weiland

06 JUN 1992 to 12 FEB 1996: Lt.Col. Robert W. Foltyn

13 FEB 1996 to 03 JAN 1998: Lt.Col. Wendell S. Finch

04 JAN 1998 to 07 JAN 2000: Lt.Col. Gary A. Vaughan

08 JAN 2000 to 04 JAN 2002: Lt.Col. Rex C. McMillian

05 JAN 2002 to 01 JAN 2004: Lt.Col. John P. Crook

01 JAN 2004 to 04 FEB 2006: Lt.Col. Jay T. Arnett

05 FEB 2006 to 31 AUG 2007: Col. Harry G. Constant

Awards

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Events

October 1943: VMTB-134 orders and rosters.

15 APR 1958: VMA-134 which was reactivated 15 April 1958 at Los Alamitos, California, as Marine Fighter Squadron 134, Organized Marine Corps Reserve (Aviation).

01 JUL 1962: Redesignated as Marine Attack Squadron 134, Marine Air Reserve Training Detachment, Marine Air Reserve Training Command, Los Alamitos, California.

FEB 1965: Reassigned during February 1965 to Marine Aircraft Group 43, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.

JAN 1971: Moved to El Toro, CA. About this time the unit began to fly Skyhawks.

1996: Moved to NAS Miramar, CA.

11 AUGUST 2007: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 134 is dis-established. It was assignned to Fourth Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Aircraft Group 46 stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego CA.

Unit Photos

1968-1970: VMGR-252 KC-130F Hercules tanker BuNo 149971, BH-791, refueling exercise with a VMA-134 Hawks A-4B Skyhawk.
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J.O. Johnson

Circa 1967-79: >BuNo 155000, VMA-134 MF-100, part of MARTD El Toro parked on the ramp From Gary Verver.

Circa 1982: VMA-134 A-4F BuNo 155066, MF-114. Photo from W. Munzenmaier.

AUG 1967: VMA-134 Skyhawks BuNo 148509 on the ramp at Davis Monthan with tail codes AB and 5L and side number 5. Nick Williams.

VMA-134 Skyhawk BuNo 142873, 7L-63, in typical Resrve squadron hi-vis colors. J.O. Johnson.

VMA-134 Skyhawk BuNo 145045, 7L-76, and BuNo 142935, 7L-62, parked on the flight-line. J.O. Johnson.

NOV 1968: NARF Los Alamitos flight-line: l-r BuNo 139938, 7L-19, BuNo 139956, 7L-23, BuNo 142163, 7L-25, BuNo 144963, 7L-14 and BuNo 145017. Nick Williams.

NOV 1968: NARF Los Alamitos flight-line with Skyhawk BuNo 139943, 7L-21, in the foreground next to 7L-8.

BuNo 142891 with a Tail Code of "5L". Possibly a VMA-134 bird, since Tail code 5L was used by MARTD Los Alamitos before 1971 and by MARTD El Toro after 1971. Gary Verver Collection.

1976-1983: VMA-134 Hawks A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 155028, MF-106, parked on the flight line. Photographer unknown.

APR79: Skyhawk BuNo 155039, MF-111, parked on the flight-line. Gary Verver Collection.

12 July 1979: BuNo 154203, MF-104, parked on the ramp at NAS Dallas. R. Leader, Gary Verver Collection.

NOV80: BuNo 154173, MF-101, pilot and Plane Captain LCpl Joseph DeMarco Jr. Gary Verver Collection.

Date unknown: Left side view of VMA-134 A-4F Skyhawk BuNo 154973, tail code MF, on the ramp with a centerline tank and an MBR with Snakeyes on #4. Photographer unknown.

1981: HMS-46 Det El Toro A-4F Skyhawk line, Front to back VMA-134 BuNo 154200, VMA-134 BuNo 155000, VMA-134 BuNo 155066, and VMA-134 BuNo 154183 or 154193, all tail code MF. Photographer may be Joseph DeMarco.

Oct 1984: BuNo 155066, MF-114, parked on the ramp. Gary Verver Collection.

Left rear view of former VMA-134 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 149541, QV-9, 3A0354 resting in the Arizona sunshine next to former VA-305, NAS Point Mugu, A-4C BuNo 147687, 3A0352. Gary Verver Collection.


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