VMA-134

VMA-134 Skyhawks

 

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MAG42 Det A
VMFA-134 "Smoke" Patch from CWO3 Paul E. Lass, VMFA-134
 


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
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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


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.


Aircraft


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


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.
     


Awards

  • No info yet.

 

Photograph Album


1968-1970: VMGR-252 KC-130F Hercules tanker BuNo 149971, BH-791, refueling exercise with a VMA-134 Hawks A-4B Skyhawk.
Pic1
Pic2
Pic3
J.O. Johnson

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

Date unknown:
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 h-vis colors.
J.O. Johnson

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

NOV 1968: NARF Los Alamitos flightline: 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 flightline with Skyhawk BuNo 139943, 7L-21, in the forground 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

Apr 1979: 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

Nov 1980 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:
H&MS-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

BuNo 149541, QV-9, resting in the Arizona sunshine.
Gary Verver Collection


Sources

 

  • 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

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