VMA-225

VMA-225 Vagabonds & Vikings

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VMF-225 - 1940s(?)
Noted as Second Design Provided by John Gabbard

VMF-225 - 1940s(?)
Provided by John Gabbard

VMF-225 - 1940s(?)
Provided by John Gabbard

VMF-225 - 1940s(?)
Provided by John Gabbard

VMF-225 - 1940s(?)
Provided by John Gabbard

Drawn by Bud Southworth

Drawn by Bud Southworth

Drawn by Bud Southworth

Patch

  • 1943 to 1968: The Vagabonds used the two top patches (above).
  • OCT 1968: The Viking patch (above) was created by VMA(AW)-225

Handle

  • 01 JAN 1943: Vagabonds
  • OCT 1968: Vikings

Heritage

  • 01 JAN 1943:
    Marine Fighting Squadron 225 (VMF-225) established at Marine Corps Air Station Mojave, California.
  • 01 SEP 1947:
    Redesignated Marine Fighter Squadron 225 (VMF-225) at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point North Carolina.
  • 01 JUN 1952:
    Redesignated Marine Attack Squadron 225 (VMA-225) at Naval Auxiliary Air Station Edenton, North Carolina.
  • 05 APR 1966:
    Redesignated Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 225 (VMA-225aw) at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.

Home Ports

  • 01 JAN 1943: Marine Corps Air Station Mojave, California.
  • MAY 1945: Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina
  • 17 JUN 1952: Naval Auxiliary Air Station Edenton, North Carolina.
  • 1963: Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.

Air Wings Date: - Tail code - Air Wing

  • 1945-1960: - - - - - WI - - - - - - - - MAW-2
  • 1960: - - - - - - - - CE - - - - - - - - MAW-1

Deployments Departure and Return Dates: - Air Wing - Carrier - Aircraft - Area of Operations.

  • Sep 1964 to Jun 1965: - - CE - - - A-4C - MCAS Chu Lai
  • 1965 to 1966: - - - - - - CE - - - A-4C - MCAS Chu Lai

 

Aircraft Date Type First Received: Aircraft Type.

Commanding Officers Date Assumed Command: - Commanding Officer.

  • January 1, 1943- - - - - - Captain Jack R. Amends
  • August 26, 1943- - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel James A. Embry, Jr.
  • September 3, 1944- - - - - Major Jack R. Amende
  • December 12, 1944- - - - - Major John C. Musselman, Jr.
  • April 15, 1945 - - - - - - Major Joseph H. Reinburg
  • July 1, 1945 - - - - - - - Major John R. Stack
  • March 20, 1946 - - - - - - Major David E. Marshall
  • May 13, 1947 - - - - - - - Major Charles E. Kunz
  • May 20, 1949 - - - - - - - Major Walter R. Bartosh
  • May 5, 1950- - - - - - - - Major Thomas J. O'Conner
  • May 29, 1951 - - - - - - - Major Robert E. Smith
  • November 17, 1951- - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Thaddeus P. Wojcik
  • September 24, 1952 - - - - Major Robert K. Thomas
  • April 28, 1953 - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Robert D. Bachtel
  • June 4, 1953 - - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Joseph F. Quilty, Jr.
  • July 1, 1954 - - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel John R. Stack
  • June 2, 1955 - - - - - - - Major Floyd W. Earnest
  • July 11, 1955- - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Jay E. McDonald
  • June 2, 1956 - - - - - - - Major Neely D. Butler, Jr.
  • July 24, 1957- - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Richard W. Batdorff
  • April 1 1958 - - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Arthur R. Boag
  • April 8, 1960- - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Donald E. Wegley
  • June 30, 1961- - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Richard C. Browning
  • June 1, 1962 - - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Edwin A. Harper
  • June 8, 1963 - - - - - - - Major William D. Smart
  • October 11, 1963 - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Alexander J. Gillis
  • March 4, 1964- - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Robert W. Baker
  • October 12, 1965 - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Paul G. McMahon
  • February 14, 1966- - - - - Major William E. Smilanich, Jr.
  • July 28, 1966- - - - - - - Major Hobart M. Wallace, Jr.
  • October 5, 1966- - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Edward M. Guell
  • October 19, 1966 - - - - - Major William E. H. Fitch III
  • June 17, 1967- - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Jogn P. Reddy
  • January 19, 1968 - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Ronald L. Townsend
  • June 22, 1969- - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel Donald L. Harvey
  • November 30, 1969- - - - - Major Peter M. Busch
  • January 13, 1970 - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel John J. Metzko, USMC
  • June 7, 1970 - - - - - - - Major Patrick J. McCarthy
  • August 1, 1970 - - - - - - Major Marcus T. Fountain, Jr.
  • October 16, 1970 - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel John A. Manzione, Jr.
  • July 8, 1971 - - - - - - - Major Richard C. Tinsley
  • July 1, 1991 - - - - - - - Lieutenant Colonel John A. Gallinetti

Events

  • January 1, 1943:
    Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 225 (VMF-225) established at Marine Corps Air Station Mojave, California. The Vagabonds were assigned the Vought F4U Corsair.

  • August 1944 to January 1945:
    The VMF-225 Vought F-4U Corsairs participated in combat operations at Guam and against the Japanese airfield at Pogan.

  • May 1945:
    VMF-225 was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina after returning from the war.

  • 1945 to 1952:
    Participated in five Mediterranean cruises with the United States Sixth Fleet.

  • June 17, 1952:
    VMF-225 was redesignated VMA-225, and based at Naval Auxiliary Air Station, North Carolina.

  • 1954:
    VMA-225 Vagabonds were assigned the Douglas AD-5 Skyraider.

  • 1955 to 1957:
    VMA-225 Vagabonds made two deployments to Naval Air Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico.

  • May 1958:
    VMA-225 Vagabonds were assigned the A4D-1 Skyhawk at Naval Auxiliary Air Station, North Carolina.

  • October 1958:
    VMA-225 moved back to Naval Auxiliary Air Station, North Carolina.

  • August 1959 to February 1960:
    VMA-225 deployed aboard the United States Ship Essex to the Mediterranean with the Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk.
  • November 14, 1959:
    Capt. Paul J. Ermatinger was killed in an operational accident in A4D-2 BuNo 144968.
    Page 101, USS Essex, by Philip A. St. John.

  • September 19, 1959:
    1st Lt M.T. Fountain ejected from A4D-2 BuNo 142750 due to engine failure and was recovered by helo. without injury.
    From USS Essex Deck log

  • July 21, 1960:
    An unidentified pilot was killed when his A4D-2N BuNo 145086 crashed into the sea near Marquesas Key, west of Key West, FL, during a low-level strafing practice run.
    Long Beach, CA Press-Telegram article

  • February 15, 1961:
    Capt W.W. Hargidine was lost in a crash of A4D-2N BuNo 145098 over the side of USS Shangri La CVA-38 (Lat. 29-14.5N, 06-31.2E).

  • 1960 62: VMA-225 Vagabonds A4D-2N Skyhawk BuNo 145104, CE-13, with LAU-3/A 19-Tube 2.75" FFAR Mighty Mouse rocket launchers, possibly MCAS Cherry Point, 1960-1962. Official U.S. Navy photo.
  • April 6, 1961:
    Based on the date this is VMA-225 145107, AK-610. The part about the J-52 is wrong.
    http://photorecon.net/lt-col-john-mccarthy , also includes video of the crash

    “Another first for Marine Corps aviator Captain McCarthy happened after he successfully landed after a routine day time flight training flight on April 6, 1961. The problem arose when John throttled forward to re-orient the A-4’s nose wheel and then tried to power back to idle and couldn’t! With his throttle stuck, he and his Skyhawk moved towards the edge of the Shangri-La’s flight deck. JJ literally stood on the brakes, tires smoking, but the Scooter with its 30,000 pounds of thrust J52 Pratt and Whitney engine continued heading towards the edge of the carrier’s flight deck!
    Having no time to eject, Captain McCarthy went over the deck, nose first, and then became inverted, falling canopy first towards the water. Fortunately, his right wing hit the cat walk below the flight deck and flipped his aircraft back upright. JJ’s Skyhawk then fell four stories before hitting the water. In the time the on deck emergency was made, the U.S.S. Shangri-La made a hard turn to starboard so the ship’s propellers didn’t impact the floating Skyhawk.
    With the Skyhawk momentarily floating on the water, John ejected the canopy, unstrapped, and tried to climb out. He got about half way out and felt a tug on his helmet. JJ quickly realized that as his A-4 began to sink, so did he! He immediately figured out that his oxygen mask, designed to break away during a normal ejection seat sequence, did not break away, and was pulling him down. Captain McCarthy dove under the water, disconnected his oxygen mask, and resurfaced. He was recovered by the carrier’s rescue helicopter. The pilot of the rescue helicopter told JJ later that he and his crew thought he was crazy and had an unnatural connection to his aircraft when they saw him diving back down to his sinking A-4.
    Captain McCarthy was examined by the ship’s doctor, given some medicinal “medication” and put on the flight schedule the next day. According to McCarthy, “in those days, they had the theory of getting back in the saddle (very quickly) when you have been thrown off the horse.” A post-accident investigation discovered that faulty wiring with the Bull Pup missile system caused the throttle to lock in the “full” position.”
    Gary Verver
  • Dec 26, 1961 to Mar 2, 1962:
    VMA-225 made a deployment to Rosey Roads before and after their deployment to the USS Enterprise for the Cuban Missile Crisis. The first weapon deployment used the ranges at Vieques Island.
    Dave Leiber
    A4D-2N BuNo 147709
    A4D-2N BuNo 147800
  • December 30, 1961:
    Capt. Willard Wyatt and 1st Lt. Richard J. Morgart are missing after a mid-air collision with A4D-2N BuNo 145134 and A4D-2N BuNo 147676 10 miles south of Guantanamo Bay.
    The Press-Courier Tuesday, January 2, 1962

  • 1962:
    VMA-225 was the first Marine squadron to deploy aboard the United States Ship Enterprise CVAN 65 and was aboard the "Big E" during the 1962 Cuban Crisis.
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  • March 1963:
    VMA-225 was the first squadron to operate independently from a SATS field at Marine Corps Air Facility Bogue Field, North Carolina.

  • Jan 29, 1963 to Feb 27, 1963:
    VMA-225 made a deployment to Rosey Roads before and after their deployment to the USS Enterprise for the Cuban Missile Crisis. The first weapon deployment used the ranges at Vieques Island.
    Dave Leiber
    A4D-2N BuNo 148316
    A4D-2N BuNo 147822
  • March 20, 1963:
    Lt. James R. Foster ejected from his burning A-4C BuNo 148315, but perished because he stayed with his craft long enough to avoid a populated area and was too low for his chute to deploy
    Rocky Mount, NC The Evening Telegram article
    Corsicana, TX Corsicana Daily Sun article
    Big Spring, TX Big Spring Daily Herald, Thursday, March 21, 1963

  • March 3, 1964:
    Capt. Jack C. Kennedy ejected from A-4C BuNo 147800 but was was fatally injured in a hard landing while on a routine training flight.
    Lumberton, NC The Robesonian article
    Statesville, NC Statesville Record and Landmark, article

  • September 1964:
    VMA-225 deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. The Vagabonds also operated from Naval Air Station Cubi Point, Philippines, Naval Air Station Naha, Japan, Kadina Air Force Base, Kadina, Japan, and Seoul, Korea. In February 1965 the Vagabonds operated from Bankok, Thailand.

  • February 8, 1965:
    1st LT. John H. Floyd, USMCR, in A4C Skyhawk BuNo 148522 was on a practice bombing mission off the coast of Korea in the Yellow Sea. It was reported that the aircraft went into an aileron roll and did not recover. Both pilot and aircraft were a loss.
    Bob Paul
  • May 23, 1965:
    VMA-225 deployed at Chu Lai, Vietnam from United States Ship Washoe County LST 1165.

  • June 1, 1965:
    Colonel John D. Noble, MAG-12 Commanding Officer, lead Lieutenant Colonel Robert W. Baker, VMA-225 Commanding Officer, and three other VMA-225 "Vagabond" A-4C Skyhawks (tail code CE) into the new Chu Lai air base (June 1, 1965 - October 1965).
    Cake Cutting After The Marines Land Their Skyhawks at Chu Lai - June 1, 1965.
    In a ceremony in front of A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147779 - side number CE 6, the Commanding Officer of MAG-12, Colonel John Noble eats a piece of cake after landing at Chu Lai. To Colonel Noble's left is the pilot of the second aircraft Lieutenant Colonel Robert W. Baker the Commanding Officer of VMA-225.
    To Lieutenant Colonel Baker's left is the pilot of third aircraft Major Donald E. Gillum the Executive Officer of VMA-225; And to Major Gillum's left is the pilot of fourth aircraft Major David Teichmann the Officer-In-Charge of VMA-225, S3.
    As you can see, the matting is not yet finished and it had rained just before the landing. God only knows where they got the cake as at this time the troops were in fox-holes about a mile south eating C rations.
    The VMA-225 "Fighting Eagle" A-4C Skyhawks (tail code CE) were at Chu Lai air base from June 1, 1965 to October 1965.
    Photograph by John Keane and from Martin Halpin.

  • June 1, 1965:
    Marine Attack Squadrons were assigned 24 Skyhawks of which 16 were operational. Four Skyhawks were always in the Squadron's Hanger for Check and four aircraft were always in overhaul either in Rhode Island or Nippi in Japan.
    • BuNo. 145065 --- CE 11
    • BuNo. 145094 --- CE 2
    • BuNo. 145096 --- CE 19
    • BuNo. 145101 --- CE 4
    • BuNo. 145103 --- CE 5
    • BuNo. 145125 --- CE 23
    • BuNo. 147752 --- CE 12
    • BuNo. 147767 --- CE 3
    • BuNo. 147772 --- CE 20
    • BuNo. 147773 --- CE 10
    • BuNo. 147779 --- CE 6
    • BuNo. 147782 --- CE 7
    • BuNo. 147808 --- CE 8
    • BuNo. 148436 --- CE 14
    • BuNo. 148462 --- CE 9
    • BuNo. 148465 --- CE 22
    • BuNo. 148467 --- CE 18
    • BuNo. 148518 --- CE 1
    • BuNo. 148520 --- CE 13
    • BuNo. 148530 --- CE 15
    • BuNo. 148537 --- CE 16
    • BuNo. 148538 --- CE 17
    • BuNo. 148550 --- CE 24
    • BuNo. 148597 --- CE 20/21 ?

  • June 1, 1965:
    Several hours later on June 1, 1965, Lieutenant Colonel Bernard J. Stender, VMA-311 Commanding Officer, lead three VMA-311 "Tomcat" A-4E Skyhawks (tail code WL) into the new Chu Lai air base. (June 1, 1965 - October 1965; February 1966 - March 1967; June 1967 - February 1970; May 1972 - January 1973).

    Still later on June 1, 1965, Lieutenant Colonel Robert W. Baker, VMA-225 Commanding Officer, lead the first "Vagabond" combat mission from Chu Lai striking the enemy six miles north of the base.

  • June 2, 1965:
    Early in the morning Colonel John D. Noble, MAG-12 Commanding Officer, lead four VMA-225 "Vagabond" aircraft to bomb and strafe Viet Cong forces near the base.

  • On July 8, 1965, Staff Sergeant Bram and Gunnery Sergeant Dingwall left their unit at Chu Lai Air Base for a hike in the surrounding countryside. They were last seen in a local hamlet. Local South Vietnamese police reported on July 8th that the Viet Cong had captured and killed two Americans and then buried their bodies. This report led to a muster of the unit and the discovery that Sergeants Bram and Dingwall were missing. A search of the area in which they were last seen produced hearsay information that the two had been captured, but there was conflicting information on their fate. They were never seen alive again, and their remains were never located.
    Both individuals were initially declared missing. In September 1978 they were declared dead/body not recovered. Returning U.S. POWs were unable to provide any information on their survival in captivity, and U.S. investigation teams in Vietnam have been unable to learn anything further concerning their precise fate.
    Source: http://www.chadduck.com/ymarines/pow-mia/bios/b045.htm

  • October 1965:
    VMA-225 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina.

  • June 1966:
    VMA-225 Vagabonds were assigned the Grumman A-6A Intruder at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina. At the same time the Vagabonds were redesignated VMA (aw) -225. Subsequently VMA(aw)-225 continued providing the 2d Marine Division, FMF, Atlantic air support and engaged in several deployments at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona.

  • July 1966:
    A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148520, CE-13, piloted by 1st Lt. Conrad Hamilton on the occassion of the 1,000th MOREST landing at the SATS airstrip, Chu Lai, RSVN, July 1965.
    Photo by Bob Paul.

  • January 1969:
    VMA(aw)-225 commanded by Lieutenant Colonel John J. Metzko deployed to Da Nang Air Base, Vietnam. There the Vikings provided close and direct air support for allied ground elements of in the I Corps area of South Vietnam by attacking and destroying surface targets, day and night, in all weather conditions.


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Photographs:

BuNo132270 - AD4B Skyraider
Bill Holmes

AD4B Skyraider
Bill Holmes

AD4B Skyraider
Bill Holmes

AD4B Skyraider Flight Line
Bill Holmes


1959 in flight formation of Vagabonds Skyhawks assigned to the USS Essex: top to bottom BuNo 142745, AK-512, BuNo 152742, AK-509 and BuNo 142731, AK-505.
Naval Aviation News photo, Gary Verver.

Sep 1960 Vagabonds Skyhawk BuNo 145104, CE-13, with the newly developed MBER on each hard point with six 500 lb. bombs on each.
Naval Aviation News Photo.

1962: Scooter with a "Message"
This is a picture of (Rich"Dino"Lee) while aboard the USS Intrepid during Carrier Quals summer of 1962. Dino's talking to his Line Chief about a message he wrote on the nose wheel panel to his buddy's back at the flight Line in Cherry Point, NC. Dino was a brown shirt and assigned to CE-11. Provided by Rich "Dino" Lee

1962: Photos from the CVN-65 deployment during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Dave Leiber







1962: GYSGT Charles E. Brown checks the tail section on on of the squadron Skyhawks.
Naval Aviaton News

1962: bombs, bullets and rockets displayed in front of, on and around VMA-225 Skyhawk CE-10 are some of the ordnance payloads delivered by the squadron and maintained by the ordnance shop.
Naval Aviation News

NAN photo of an article on VMA-225 ordnance.
NAN

OCT-DEC 1962: Ordnance men of VMA-225 and CVW-6 eyeballing something off the starboard side of the Enterprise during the Cuban Missile Crisis Deployment. VMA-225 was the first Marine Skyhawk Unit to deploy aboard the new carrier, CVN-65.
Dave Leiber

NOV-DEC 1962: Skyhawks parked forward of the island on CVN-65 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. CVW-6 Tail Code was "AF" until late in 1962, when it changed to "AE". Normally VA-66 and VA-76 Skyhawks provided the light attack jets for CVW-6 aboard CVN-65; the "CE" A4-C Skyhawks are VMA-225 brought aboard for additional fire-power as were VA-64 Skyhawks. Shown are BuNo 148606 of VA-64, 149522 as AF-606 of VA-76, 149618 of VA-64, an AD-6 Skyraider "SPAD" of VA-65, 147769 as CE-12 of VMA-225, 145131 as CE-16 of VMA-225, 147776 as CE-02 of VMA-225 and 147739 as CE-14 of VMA-225
2nd shot forward: Skyhawks parked forward of the island on CVN-65 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Shown are BuNo 147704 from VA-64, 149618 as AF-3xx of VA-64, an AD-6 Skyraider "SPAD" of VA-65, 147769 as CE-12 of VMA-225, 147776 as CE-02 of VMA-225 and 147739 as CE-14 of VMA-225.
Dave Leiber - VMA-225

OCT-DEC 1962: Skyhawks launch off CVN-65 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Skyhawk units of CVW-6 (VA-66 and VA-76), along with VMA-225, not normally a part of CVW-6, were deployed aboard to provide additional fire-power as were VA-64 Skyhawks which joined the Enterprise in Nov.
Dave Leiber

1963: Vagabonds line crew prepares Skyhawk BuNo 147822, CE-21, for a training flight.
Naval Aviaton News

1963: A Vagbonds Ordie loads Mk-76 practice bombs on Skyhawk BuNo 145081 prior to a training hop during the Caribbean cruise.


June 1963 Vagabonds officers talk over procedures beneath Skyhawk BuNo 147776.
Naval Aviation News Photo.

MAY 1964: BuNo 148531, CE-12, assigned to LT J.E. Townsend parked on the ramp.
Unknown photographer via W. Mutza

NOV 1964: BuNo.147808 parked on the ramp at NAS Naha.
Photo by Bob Paul.

NOV 1964: Bob Paul riding the brakes of BuNo.145101 at Okinawa.
Photo by Dewey Reimer.

NOV 1964: BuNo.145096 cockpit check by Dewey Riemer.
Photo by Bob Paul.

Formation Takeoff - November 1964
A November 1964, Vagabond Skyhawk section takeoff from Kadena Air Force Base, Okinawa. A-4C Skyhawk side number CE 18 leads Skyhawk BuNo. 148537 - side number CE 16. The Skyhawks are loaded with inert water-sand-filled practice bombs.
Photograph by Ralph Stewart and from Martin Halpin.

Vagabond Deuce - November 1964
Douglas A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148530 - side number CE 15 flies wing on CE 18 during a November 1964 cross-country flight over the Pacific near Japan. Note the radiation shields stowed behind the pilot's heads.
Photograph by Ralph Stewart and from Martin Halpin.

NOV 1964: BuNo148537 takes off with a load of Napalm.
Photo by Bob Paul.

DEC 1964: BuNo.148430 is preflighted by Bob Paul.
Photo by Dave Shapleigh.

May 17, 1965: VMA 225 Marines Leave Iwakuni. United States Ship Washoe County LST 1165 gulps VMA 225 Vagabonds at Iwakuni Harbor, Japan for the trip to Chu Lai, South Vietnam.
Photograph by John Keane and from Martin Halpin.

17 MAY 1965: LST-1165 USS Washoe County leaving Japanese waters and headed for Viet Nam with the VMA-225 Vagabonds, 17 May 1965. The Port Side is somewhat rusty and needs a paint job. This Sea Cruise was Fully Paid For by the US Taxpayer. Does Anybody Remember The Name Of The Cruise Director? Such A Memorable Cruise Throughout The Orient. Photo courtesy of Marty Halpin.

Beautiful Down Towne Chu Lai - May 23, 1965
The tropical beach at Chu Lai where the VMA-225 United States Marines are about to land May 23, 1965. The picture was taken from the deck of United States Ship Washoe County LST 1165 adrift in a lovely South China Sea lagoon.
Photograph by John Keane and from Martin Halpin.

The United States Marines Land At Chu Lai - May 23, 1965
A view of the causeway from the Washoe County to the beach at Chu Lai. Before the Chu Lai airstrip was built, everything shipped to Chu Lai came over this causeway.
Photograph by John Keane and from Martin Halpin.

A June 1, 1965 view at the Vagabond Chu Lai tent area with John Karaban (left), the VMA-225 patch and an unknown Marine. Sometime later, Seabees brought in iron matting for the Vagabond flightline built in this area.
Photograph by John Keane and from Martin Halpin.

1965: LCpl R.J. Benz (L), LCpl D.L. Daugherty (c) and Cpl P. Hall (R) move out with a 2,000 pound practice bomb as they load VMA-225 Skyhawk CE-20 for it's next flight.
Naval Aviation News

Close-up of Vagabond Sign - June 1, 1965
Photograph by John Keane and from Martin Halpin.

June 1, 1965 - First Skyhawk, A-4C BuNo. 147779, to Land at Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam.
A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147779, CE-6, as MAG-12 CO Col. John Noble, makes the first landing on new SATS airstrip at Chu Lai, RSVN. Col. Noble flew from Iwakuni, Japan to Cubi Point in the Philippines and then to Chu Lai.
Photograph by John Keane and from Martin Halpin.

01 June 1965: VMA-225 Vagabonds A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147779, CE-6
The first Marine Squadron "In-country" Skyhawk to land at the newly constructed SATS airstrip, Chu Lai, Viet Nam, 01 June 1965. MAG-12 CO Col. John Noble eats a piece of cake after the landing at Chu Lai. to Col. Noble's left is VMA-225 CO LCol. Robert W. Baker the pilot of the second aircraft, to LCol. Baker's left is VMA-225 XO Maj Donald E. Gillum the pilot of the third aircraft and to Major Gillum's left is the Officer-In-Charge of VMA-225 S1 Maj. David Teichmann the pilot of the fourth aircraft.
Photo by Dan Yates.

Cake Cutting After The Marines Land Their Skyhawks at Chu Lai - June 1, 1965.
In a ceremony in front of A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147779 -- side number CE 6, the Commanding Officer of MAG12, Colonel John Noble eats a piece of cake after landing at Chu Lai. To Colonel Noble's left is the pilot of the second aircraft Lieutenant Colonel Robert W. Baker the Commanding Officer of VMA 225.
To Lieutenant Colonel Baker's left is the pilot of third aircraft Major Donald E. Gillum the Executive Officer of VMA 225; And to Major Gillum's left is the pilot of fourth aircraft Major David Teichmann the Officer-In-Charge of VMA 225 S1.
As you can see, the matting is not yet finished and it had rained just before the landing. God only knows where they got the cake as at this time the troops were in fox-holes about a mile south eating C rations.
Photograph by John Keane and from Martin Halpin.

Vagabonds go on the attack - June 1, 1965
A-4C Skyhawks BuNo 145094, CE-2, and BuNo 145065, CE-11, are being servicing and armed just before the first Vagabond Vietnam mission from Chu Lai, RSVN.
Vagabond Ground Maintenance Marines in the picture are (L to R): Gunny Buckner from QC, Gunny Boyer from Avionics, Ron Benz from Ordnance operating compressor to fill 20 mm gun bottles and John Karaban from the flight line with his back to the camera.
Photograph by John Keane and from Martin Halpin.

To The VC With Luv --- From New York" - 01 June 1965
You do not have to go to New York to get mugged - New York can come to you. A-4C Skyhawks BuNo 147752, CE-12, and BuNo 148436, CE-14, (note the JATO bottle already loaded right under the MARINES lettering) in the background as a 2,000 lb. mk-84 bomb is ready to be loaded, Chu Lai, RSVN. Writing on Bomb reads "For the VC from New York."
Photograph by John Keane and from Martin Halpin.

Vagabonds Return From The Attack - June 1, 1965
Four Skyhawks are shown parked at the north end of the Chu Lai airstrip after returning from their first mission. During the first few weeks the Skyhawks were parked overnight at the runway's north end until taxiways and flight lines were completed.
Photograph by John Keane and from Martin Halpin.

June 1965 VMA-225 Vagabonds A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148520, CE-13, tailhook is extended to catch the Morest cable at Chu Lai when the strip was only 3,500 feet long and designed to stop planes in 130 feet. The total length of the strip after completion was 8,000 feet.
Official U.S. Navy photo taken by PHAN R.L. Dukes.

JUN 1965: BuNo.145094 prepares to land at Chu Lai.
Photo by Dan Yates.

01 June 1965: A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 145094, CE-2 Ready to take off on the newly constructed SATS airstrip on the inaugural combat mission at Chu Lai, RSVN. Due to the short 4,000 foot SATS airstrip this will be a JATO takeoff. Most takeoffs at Chu Lai for the first 3 months were JATO enabled due to problems with poor soil mixture under the SATS runway. The temperature at this time of day is approaching 100 F degrees and about 90 percent humidity. A real steam bath. Photo by Dan Yates courtesy of Marty Halpin.
Photo by Dan Yates.

JUN 1965: CO of VMA-255 in BuNo.145065 at Chu Lai.
Photo by Dan Yates.

JUN 1965: CO of VMA-255 in BuNo.145094 at Chu Lai.
Photo by Dan Yates.

JUN 1965: BuNo.147767 taxing out.
Photo by Dan Yates.

JUN 1965: BuNo.147767 JATO takeoff.
Photo by Dan Yates.

JUN 1965: BuNo.147752 JATO takeoff.
Photo by Bob Paul.

JUN 1965: Lt. Dahoney in BuNo.148465 being refueled by Bob Paul.
Photo by Dave Shapleigh.

JUN 1965: Plane Captain and Tiller Bar bring out BuNo.148462.
Photo by Bob Paul.

July 1965: A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 145101, CE-4, piloted by Lt. Saunders in-flight over Indian Country on a combat mission, RSVN, July 1965. Photo by Al "Spike" Nunn courtesy of Marty Halpin.
Photo by Al "Spike" Nunn.

July 1965: A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148520, CE-13, piloted by 1st Lt. Conrad Hamilton on the occassion of the 1,000th MOREST landing at the SATS airstrip, Chu Lai, RSVN
Photo by Bob Paul.

JUL 1965: Capt. Jacobsen and Plane Captain Bob Kasper with BuNo148537.
Photo by Bob Paul.

JUL 1965: BuNo148537 air-born.
Photo by Dan Yates.

August 1965: VMA-225 Vagabonds 1st Lt. Ralph Stewart in the cockpit of A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148597, CE-21, waiting for the troubleshooters to diagnose and repair a problem before launching on a combat mission, Chu Lai, RSVN.
Photo by Dan Yates.

JUL 1965: Lt. Long in BuNo148597 being refueled by Duke Hagee & Marty Halpin.
Photo by Dan Yates.

AUG 1965: BuNo.148436 is manned by Lt. Stewart.
Photo by Dan Yates.

AUG 1965: Ray Markley prepares BuNo.145065.
Photo by Bob Paul.

1965: VMA-225 Vagabonds Plane Captain, Bob Casper pulling safety pins before A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148537, CE-6, goes on mission, Chu Lai, RSVN, summer 1965. Photo courtesy of Marty Halpin.

AUG 65: VMA-225 Vagabonds A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148518, CE-12, and flight line crew, Chu Lai, RSVN, August 1965. Photo courtesy of Marty Halpin.

AUG 65: VMA-225 Vagabonds A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148597, CE-1, at the "Bone Yard" awaiting shipment to NIPPI in Japan, Chu Lai, RSVN, circa August 1965. Photo courtesy of Marty Halpin.

1965: VMA-225 Vagabonds A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 147752, CE-12, is airborne after a JATO assisted takeoff from the SATS airstrip, Chu Lai, RSVN, summer of 1965. Wing Stations are carrying external fuel tanks and center line station is carrying 250 lb. bombs. In the foreground is a BAY CITY crane belonging to MABS-12. Photo courtesy of Marty Halpin.

1965:
VMA-225 Vagabonds A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 145065, CE-11, mk-12 Padeye dispenser, Chu Lai, RSVN, summer of 1965. Photo courtesy of Marty Halpin.

1965:
VMA-225 Vagabonds ground crew using the Tiller Bar to control the movement of A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 145065, CE-11, on the Flight Line, Chu Lai, RSVN, summer of 1965. Photo courtesy of Marty Halpin.

1965:
VMA-225 Vagabonds pilot Frank Buethe, on the Flight Line at Chu Lai, RSVN, summer 1965. Photo courtesy of Marty Halpin.

AUG 1965: BuNo.145096 ready for combat.
Photo by Dan Yates.

AUG 1965: BuNo.145125 taxing out.
Photo by Bob Paul.

August 1965: A-4C Skyhawks BuNo 145065, CE-11, BuNo 148462, CE-9, BuNo 147808, CE-8, and BuNo 147779, CE-6, on the flight line between revetments as LGen. Victor "Brute" Krulak Commanding General Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific (FMFPAC) inspects VMA-225 at Chu Lai, RSVN. LGen. Krulak is being escorted by Vagabonds CO LCol. Robert W. Baker and 1st Sgt Hugh Jack Feagin.
Photograph by Dan Yates and from Martin Halpin.

A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148462 - side number CE 9 - August 1965
A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148462 - side number CE 9, is in the revetment. Secretary of Defense Robert Strange McNamara rides a jeep to inspect the VMA 225 flight line.
Photograph by Ralph Stewart and from Martin Halpin.

A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147752 - side number CE 12 - August 1965
Lieutenant Ralph Stewart is preflighting BuNo 147752 CE 12, at Chu Lai in August 1965, before going on mission.
Later in 1969 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147752 was assigned to VC-5 Detachment Cubi Point, Phillipines. Seen here flying wing on A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 147834 side number UE 27. Photograph by Warren A. Harms.
Photograph by Ralph Stewart and from Martin J. Halpin.

A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148850 - side number CE 24 - August 1965
VMA 225 Plane Captain Ray Henkel has just finished preflighting Ralph Stewart's A-4C Skyhawk BuNo 148850 CE 24 at Chu Lai. Notice the napalm tanks on the wing stations.
Photograph by Ralph Stewart and from Martin J. Halpin.

SEP 1965: Vagabonds A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148530 CE 15 JATO Takeoff.
VMA 225 A-4C Skyhawk BuNo. 148530 - side number CE 15 roars down the Chu Lai runway with a combat load of bombs.
Photograph by Ralph Stewart and from Martin Halpin.

1968: Bulldogs maintaince tech performs one of the myriad duties that have contributed to the squadrons outstanding record of 24,535 flight hours without a single accident.
Naval Aviation News

Off-Duty Photos


Vagabond Reunion - August 1996
Former VMA-225 Vagabonds meet in one of the MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina hangers during an August 1996 squadron reunion. Behind them is a gedunk VMA-131 Diamondback A-4M Skyhawk BuNo. 160024. Left to Right:
Tom Kane (pilot), Mrs. Bob Baker, Bob Baker (Commanding Officer), and Frank Sokol (flight line).
Photograph by Martin Halpin.

Vagabond Reunion - August 5, 2000: At the VMA-225 Y2K reunion held in Raleigh, North Carolina, former Vagabond Commanding Officer Bob Baker awards the Navy Commendation Medal to Bob Paul. Paul was cited for his heroic action during a fire at the Chu Lai, Vietnam hot refueling pits July 9, 1965. Thirty four VMA-225 Chu Lai veterans attended the reunion. Photograph by Bob Freeman and from Martin Halpin.


Vagabond Reunion - August 5, 2000
Angelo Lemme is shown being congratulated by Frank Sokol after receiving the Navy Commendation Medal from VMA 225 Commanding Officer Bob Baker at the Reunion in Raleigh, North Carolina. Lemme was cited for his heroic action during a fire at the Chu Lai, Vietnam hot refueling pits on July 9,1965. Lemme was medevaced to the Army Burn Center in Texas where he spent the next 18 months recuperating from his wounds.
Photograph by Bob Freeman and from Martin Halpin.

VMA-225 Reunion - May, 2001
A Vagabond Reunion was held at the Adare Manor, CO. Limerick, Ireland. It was hosted by Tom and Judy Kane. Picture provided by Marty Halpin.

VMA-225 Reunion - 2003: As printed in the VMA-225 Newsletter, “The Flightline”, by VMA-225 member Hank Kluznick.
Provided by Vagabond SDO Bob Paul.





Sources:

  • Bob Freeman
  • Martin Halpin
  • Warren A. Harms
  • John Keane
  • Bob Paul
  • Gary Rodgers
  • Ralph Stewart
  • Dan Yates
  • Rich Lee
  • John Gabbard

 

A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to VMA-225:

  • Douglas A4D-2 (A-4B) Skyhawk
    • 142096 c/n 11350
      • 02 Oct 1959 - VMA-225 USS Essex
      • 22 May 1960 - VMA-331 NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 142097 c/n 11351
      • 01 Feb 1961 - VMA-225 Sub 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 12 May 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142098 c/n 11352
      • 02 Oct 1959 - VMA-225 USS Essex
      • 22 May 1960 - VMA-331 NAS Guantanamo, Cuba

      • 01 Feb 1961 - VMA-225 Sub 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 09 Jun 1961 - VMA-242 NAS Roosevelt Roads, PR
    • 142099 c/n 11353
      • 01 Feb 1961 - VMA-225 Sub 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 22 May 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142101 c/n 11355
      • 02 Oct 1959 - VMA-225 Det A - USS Essex
      • 15 Jun 1960 - VMA-331 NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 142103 c/n 11357
      • 25 Jan 1961 - VMA-225 SUB 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 Feb 1961 - VMA-224 SUB 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142104 c/n 11358
      • 25 Jan 1961 - VMA-225 SUB 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 02 Feb 1961 - VMA-224 SUB 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142106 c/n 11360
      • 02 Oct 1959 - VMA-225 USS Essex
      • 06 Jun 1960 - VMA-331 NAS Guantanamo, Cuba
    • 142107 c/n 11361
      • 02 Oct 1959 - VMA-225 USS Essex
      • 10 Oct 1960 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 25 Jan 1961 - VMA-225 SUB 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 09 May 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142109 c/n 11363
      • 02 Oct 1959 - VMA-225 USS Essex
      • 24 Jun 1960 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 25 Jan 1961 - VMA-225 Sub A - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 27 Feb 1961 - VMA-331 MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 142111 c/n 11365
      • 01 Feb 1961 - VMA-225 Sub 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 27 Feb 1961 - VMA-331 VL14 MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 142112 c/n 11366
      • 02 Oct 1959 - VMA-225 USS Essex
      • 29 Jun 1960 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142113 c/n 11367
      • 02 Oct 1959 - VMA-225 USS Essex
      • 20 Jun 1960 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142114 c/n 11368
      • 25 Jan 1961 - VMA-225 Sub 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 27 Feb 1961 - VMA-331 MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 142118 c/n 11372
      • 25 Jan 1961 - VMA-225 Sub 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 22 May 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142119 c/n 11373
      • 25 Jan 1961 - VMA-225 Sub 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 16 Aug 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142699 c/n 11761
      • 08 May 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 14 May 1958 - H&MS-14 NAAS Edenton, NC

      • 25 Jan 1961 - VMA-225 Sub 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 Feb 1961 - VMA-224 Sub 1 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142722 c/n 11784
      • 20 Feb 1959 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 18 Aug 1960 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142724 c/n 11786
      • 09 Oct 1959 - VMA-225 USS Essex
      • 29 Apr 1960 - VA-106 NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 142724 c/n 11786
      • 09 Oct 1959 - VMA-225 USS Essex
      • 29 Apr 1960 - VA-106 NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 142728 c/n 11790
      • 09 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 15 May 1958 - H&MS-14 NAAS Edenton, NC
    • 142729 c/n 11791
      • 19 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 19 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 142731 c/n 11793
      • 08 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 14 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 142732 c/n 11794
      • 18 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 30 Nov 1959 - Stricken 1AA2
    • 142733 c/n 11795
      • 17 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 14 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 142734 c/n 11796
      • 17 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 02 Dec 1958 - O&R BUAER M&S - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142735 c/n 11797
      • 16 May 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142737 c/n 11799
      • 24 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142738 c/n 11800
      • 17 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 21 Jan 1959 - O&R BUAER M&S NAS Patuxent River, MD
    • 142739 c/n 11801
      • 17 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS 14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142741 c/n 11803
      • 24 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142742 c/n 11804
      • 17 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 19 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 142743 c/n 11805
      • 19 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 14 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 142744 c/n 11806
      • 23 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142745 c/n 11807
      • 24 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 19 Mar 1960 - VA-34 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 142746 c/n 11808
      • 24 Apr 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142747 c/n 11809
      • 05 Jan 1959 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142750 c/n 11812
      • 06 Jun 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 30 Sep 1959 - Stricken 1AA2
    • 142751 c/n 11813
      • 25 May 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142752 c/n 11814
      • 16 Jun 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142759 c/n 11821
      • 08 May 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142761 c/n 11823
      • 13 May 1958 - VMA-225 NAAS Edenton, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 142777 c/n 11839
      • 19 Jan 1959 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 28 Apr 1959 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 144880 C/N 12126
      • 06 Mar 1959 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 19 Apr 1960 - VA-72 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 144888 C/N 12134
      • 16 Mar 1959 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 29 Apr 1960 - VA-72 - USS Independence
    • 144890 C/N 12136
      • 10 Mar 1959 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 24 Mar 1960 - VMA-324 USS Antietam
    • 144898 C/N 12144
      • 05 Mar 1959 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 29 Apr 1960 - VA-72 - USS Independence
    • 145061 C/N 12307
      • 29 Nov 1959 - VMA-225 USS Essex
      • 08 Mar 1960 - VMA-533 NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

  • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk
    • 145065 c/n 12311
      • 30 Nov 1964 - VMA-225 NAS Naha, Okinawa
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 145076 c/n 12322
      • 27 Mar 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 26 Jan 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 02 Jun 1961 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 28 Aug 1962 - HM&S-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 18 Nov 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 10 Jun 1966 - VA-216 USS Hancock
    • 145081 c/n 12327
      • 31 Aug 1961 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 21 Jul 1964 - H&MS-24 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 145086 c/n 12332
      • 11 Mar 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 21 Jul 1960 - Stricken 1AA2
    • 145089 c/n 12335
      • 19 Mar 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 13 Jan 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 13 Jun 1961 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 31 Oct 1961 - Stricken 1AA1
    • 145094 c/n 12340
      • 30 Sep 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 145096 c/n 12342
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 145097 c/n 12343
      • 22 Mar 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 13 Jan 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 01 Jun 1961 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 11 Aug 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 145098 c/n 12344
      • 19 Mar 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 28 Feb 1961 - Stricken 1AA2
    • 145099 c/n 12345
      • 19 Mar 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 22 May 1961 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Jacksonville, FL
    • 145101 c/n 12347
      • 30 Sep 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 145103 c/n 12349
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 145104 c/n 12350
      • 05 Apr 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 18 Jan 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 31 May 1961 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 20 Oct 1962 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 145105 c/n 12351
      • 19 Apr 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 26 Sep 1962 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Norfolk, VA
    • 145106 c/n 12352
      • 07 Apr 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 26 Jan 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 31 May 1961 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 04 Jun 1964 - NART NAS Olathe, KS

      • 01 Dec 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 02 Apr 1966 - NAS NAS Cubi Point, RP
    • 145107 c/n 12353
      • 26 Apr 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 06 Apr 1961 - Stricken 1AA2
    • 145114 c/n 12360
      • 05 Apr 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 24 May 1962 - O&R BUWEPS FR - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 145116 c/n 12362
      • 29 Apr 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 10 Sep 1962 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 145121 c/n 12367
      • 26 Apr 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 20 Oct 1962 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 18 Jun 1963 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 22 Jul 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 145122 c/n 12368
      • 23 Aug 1962 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 18 Aug 1964 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 145125 c/n 12371
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMAAW-224 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 145130 c/n 12376
      • 29 Apr 1960 - VAM-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 31 Aug 1963 - VMA-332 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
  • Douglas A4D-2N (A-4C) Skyhawk (Cont.)
    • 145131 c/n 12377
      • 31 Aug 1962 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 18 Aug 1964 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 145134 c/n 12380
      • 17 May 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 31 Dec 1961 - Stricken 1AA1
    • 145135 c/n 12381
      • 08 Jun 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 20 Oct 1962 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 13 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 11 Mar 1966 - VA-44 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 145136 c/n 12382
      • 25 Jan 1966 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 19 Mar 1966 - NAS NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 147672 C/N 12436
      • 28 Apr 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 28 Feb 1962 - Stricken 1AA1
    • 147675 C/N 12439
      • 29 Apr 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 26 Jan 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 05 Nov 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 18 Mar 1966 - NAS NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 147676 C/N 12440
      • 26 Apr 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 31 Dec 1961 - Stricken 1AA1
    • 147677 C/N 12441
      • 26 Apr 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 14 Jan 1963 - VMA-242 NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
    • 147678 C/N 12442
      • 03 May 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 19 Jul 1960 - O&R BUWEPS FR - MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 30 Jan 1962 - VMA-225 NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
      • 20 Jun 1963 - VMA-332 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147684 C/N 12448
      • 27 Jul 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 21 Sep 1960 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147689 C/N 12453
      • 08 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 28 Mar 1966 - NAS NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 147705 C/N 12469
      • 01 Aug 1960 - VMA-225 NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
      • 02 Sep 1960 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147709 C/N 12473
      • 27 Jul 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 13 Jan 1961 - VMA-242 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 13 Jun 1961 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 31 Aug 1963 - VMA-332 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147724 C/N 12488
      • 27 Jul 1960 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 28 Jun 1963 - VMA-332 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147739 C/N 12503
      • 05 Mar 1962 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 21 Jul 1964 - H&MS-24 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147747 C/N 12511
      • 15 Nov 1962 - VMA-225 USS Enterprise
      • 17 Jun 1963 - VMA-332 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147752 C/N 12516
      • 06 Feb 1965 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 13 Dec 1965 - VMA-311 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
    • 147753 C/N 12517
      • 07 Mar 1962 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 20 Oct 1962 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147767 C/N 12531
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 02 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 147769 C/N 12533
      • 30 Nov 1962 - VMA-225 USS Enterprise
      • 18 Aug 1964 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 08 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 04 Apr 1966 - NAS NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 147772 C/N 12536
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMAAW-224 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 147773 C/N 12537
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 06 May 1965 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan (Last)
      • Assume Stricken - No further records found
    • 147776 C/N 12540
      • 30 Nov 1962 - VMA-225 USS Enterprise
      • 21 Jul 1964 - H&MS-24 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 13 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 02 Apr 1966 - NAS NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 147777 C/N 12541
      • 07 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 23 Mar 1966 - NAS NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 147779 C/N 12543
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147782 C/N 12546
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 147785 C/N 12549
      • 03 Jul 1963 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 24 Jul 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 147786 C/N 12550
      • 31 Jul 1963 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 19 Aug 1964 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 07 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 13 Mar 1966 - NAS NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 147787 C/N 12551
      • 20 Oct 1962 - VMA-225 USS Enterprise
      • 18 Aug 1964 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 08 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 14 Jul 1966 - VMA-211 Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 147794 C/N 12558
      • 20 Jan 1961 - VMA-225 MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 22 Jun 1961 - VMA-211 MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 147800 C/N 12564
      • 27 Feb 1961 - VMA-225 USS Shangri La
      • 03 Mar 1964 - Stricken 1AA2
    • 147808 C/N 12572
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147809 C/N 12573
      • 25 Jul 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 10 Dec 1964 - H&MS-15 MCAS El Toro, CA
    • 147821 C/N 12585
      • 17 Apr 1961 - VMA-225 USS Shangri La
      • 08 Oct 1963 - VMA-332 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147822 C/N 12586
      • 28 Aug 1962 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 20 Oct 1962 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 11 Dec 1962 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 21 Jul 1964 - H&MS-24 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147824 C/N 12588
      • 11 May 1962 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 21 Jul 1964 - H&MS-24 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 147837 C/N 12601
      • 03 May 1962 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 18 Aug 1964 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 07 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 10 Mar 1966 - VA-125 NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 148315 C/N 12625
      • 14 Jan 1963 - VMA-225 NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
      • 15 Apr 1963 - Stricken 1AA2
    • 148316 C/N 12626
      • 20 Oct 1962 - VMA-225 USS Enterprise
      • 11 Jan 1964 - O&R BUWEPS FR - NAS Quonset Point, RI
    • 148436 C/N 12629
      • 19 Feb 1965 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 148462 C/N 12655
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 148465 C/N 12658
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 148467 C/N 12660
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 148469 C/N 12662
      • 13 Mar 1963 - VMA-225 MCAS El Toro, CA
      • 31 Mar 1964 - VMA-121 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
    • 148506 C/N 12699
      • 09 Feb 1962 - VMA-225 NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
      • 20 Oct 1962 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 22 Jul 1963 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 19 Aug 1964 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 07 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 23 Feb 1966 - VA-46 - USS Saratoga
    • 148507 C/N 12700
      • 26 Jun 1963 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 21 Jul 1964 - H&MS-24 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 148511 C/N 12704
      • 07 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 08 Mar 1966 - VA-125 NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 148512 C/N 12705
      • 20 Oct 1962 - VMA-225 USS Enterprise
      • 18 Aug 1964 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 148514 C/N 12707
      • 05 Nov 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 07 Jun 1966 - VA-216 USS Hancock
    • 148517 C/N 12710
      • 13 Jul 1961 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 30 Aug 1962 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 148518 C/N 12711
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • ?? Mar 1965 - VMA-311 Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 148520 C/N 12713
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 13 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 13 Oct 1965 - FAWPRA NAS Atsugi, Japan
    • 148522 C/N 12715
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 08 Feb 1965 - Stricken 1AA2
    • 148527 C/N 12720
      • 01 Jul 1963 - VMA-225 NAS Key West, FL
      • 18 Aug 1964 - VMA-533 NAS Key West, FL

      • 17 Nov 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 30 Mar 1966 - NAS NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 148530 C/N 12723
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 148531 C/N 12724
      • 09 Jul 1963 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 21 Aug 1964 - VMA-533 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 08 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 13 Mar 1966 - NAS NAS Lemoore, CA
    • 148533 C/N 12726
      • 18 Oct 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 12 Feb 1966 - VA-46 - USS Saratoga
    • 148537 C/N 12730
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 MCAS Cherry Point, NC

      • 23 Dec 1965 - VMA-225 Chu Lai, South Vietnam
      • 01 Mar 1966 - VMA-311 Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 148538 C/N 12731
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 30 Sep 1965 - VMA-224 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 148550 C/N 12743
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • ?? ??? 1965 - VMA-224 Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 148556 C/N 12749
      • 01 Apr 1963 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 24 Jul 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 148597 C/N 12790
      • 01 Oct 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
      • 02 Nov 1965 - VMAAW-224 - Chu Lai, South Vietnam
    • 149514 c/n 12839
      • 05 Nov 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 13 Mar 1966 - VA-125 NAS Lemoore, CA 149516 c/n 12841
        • 05 Nov 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
        • 29 Mar 1966 - H&MS-14 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 150584 c/n 12995
        • 27 Nov 1965 - VMAAW-225 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
        • 02 Apr 1966 - NAS NAS Cubi Point, RP
      • 150594 c/n 13005
        • 01 Jul 1964 - VMA-225 MCAS Cherry Point, NC
        • 24 Jul 1964 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA

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