VMAT-203

VMAT-203 Hawks

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Drawn by Bud Southworth
 


Patch

  • 1947 - Hawk


Handle

  • 1947 - Hawks


Heritage

  • July 1, 1947
    Marine Training Squadron 1 (VMT-1), Fleet Marine Forces, Atlantic was established at Cherry Point, North Carolina.
  • November 30, 1951
    Marine Training Squadron 1, Fleet Marine Forces, Atlantic was disestablished at Cherry Point, North Carolina.
  • July 1, 1967
    Marine Training Squadron 1 (VMT-1), was re-established and assigned to the Second Marine Air Wing at Cherry Point, North Carolina.
     
  • December of 1967
    VMT-1 was disestablished and re-established as Marine Training Squadron 203, (VMT-203).
  • May 1, 1972
    Marine Training Squadron 203, (VMAT-203) was re-designated Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 (VMAT-203 as the squadrons mission was changed to light attack jet training.


Home Ports

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Location:
  • July 1, 1947 - - - - - MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina.


Air Wings

  • Date - - - - - - - - - - - - Tail code - - - - - - - Air Wing
  • KD


Deployments

  • Departure & Return - - - - - - - - Air Wing - Carrier -Aircraft - - Area of Operations:
  • None

 


Aircraft

 


Commanding Officers

  • Date Assumed Command - - - - - - - Commanding Officer
  • VMT-1
    • 01 JUL 1947 to 31 JUL 1947 - Lt.Col. E.H. Vaughan
    • 01 AUG 1947 to 10 AUG 1947 - Capt. E.P. Gray (Acting)
    • AUG 1947 to 10 MAR 1948- - - Capt. J.G. MCallister
    • MAR 1948 to 27 AUG 1949- - - Maj. W.A. Houston
    • 28 AUG 1949 to 25 JUL 1950 - Maj. S.H. Whitten
    • 26 JUL 1950 to 14 AUG 1950 - Col. C.T. Mattison
    • 15 AUG 1950 to 28 JUL 1951 - Maj. C.H. Woodely
    • 26 JUL 1951 to 01 FEB 1952 - Col. M.G. Haines
    • 02 FEB 1952 to 28 SEP 1952 - Lt.Col. (Col.) R.M. Baker
    • 15 DEC 1953 to 14 JUL 1954 - Col. M.A. Sevenson
    • 15 JUL 1954 to 09 OCT 1954 - Lt.Col. R. Seibert
    • 10 OCT 1954 to 15 SEP 1955 - Col. F.G. Dailey
    • 16 SEP 1955 to 01 NOV 1955 - Col. L.S. Moore
    • 02 NOV 1955 to 03 JAN 1956 - Col. (Brig.Gen.) E.A. Montgomery
    • 04 JAN 1956 to 30 JUN 1958 - Col. S.S. Moore
    • 01 JUL 1958 to 12 JUL 1959 - Lt.Col. P.C. Dehong
    • 13 JUL 1959 to 24 MAR 1960 - Lt.Col. R.W. Kesey
    • 25 MAR 1960 to 31 OCT 1960 - Maj. M.W. Seaman
    • 01 NOV 1960 to 06 JAN 1962 - Lt.Col. T.B. Wood
    • 07 JAN 1962 to 04 JAN 1963 - Lt.Col. R.A. Ward
    • 05 JAN 1963 to 04 JAN 1964 - Lt.Col. P.J. Dayson
    • 05 JAN 1964 to 09 DEC 1964 - Lt.Col. C.E. Merchant
    • 10 DEC 1964 to 31 AUG 1965 - Lt.Col. T.E. Dawson
    • 01 SEP 1965 to 18 MAY 1966 - Lt.Col. C.D. Jernigan
    • 19 MAY 1966 to 05 JAN 1967 - Maj. J.E. Weber Jr.
    • 06 JAN 1967 to 04 JAn 1968 - Lt.Col. F.R. Smoke
  • VMT-203
    • 05 JAN 1968 to 09 MAY 1968 - Lt.Col. D.L. Moore
    • 10 MAY 1968 to 08 JAN 1970 - Lt.Col. R.W. Chapin
    • 09 JAN 1970 to 29 APR 1971 - Lt.Col. F.P. Williams
    • 30 APR 1971 to 22 NOV 1971 - Lt.Col. S.M. Williams
  • VMAT-203
    • 23 NOV 1971 to 28 MAR 1973 - Lt.Col. C.D. Robinson
    • 29 MAR 1973 to 10 APR 1974 - Lt.Col. B.W. Summers
    • 11 APR 1974 to 23 MAY 1975 - Lt.Col. G.C. Psaros
    • 24 MAY 1975 to 19 JUL 1976 - Lt.Col. H.H. Clark
    • 20 JUL 1976 to 16 MAY 1977 - Lt.Col. J.E. Lary
    • 17 MAY 1977 to 02 MAY 1978 - Lt.Col. J.E. Iles
    • 03 MAY 1978 to 31 JAN 1980 - Lt.Col. F.E. Ogline
    • 01 FEB 1980 to 18 JAN 1981 - Lt.Col. P.R. Rounseville
    • 19 JAN 1981 to 30 JUN 1983 - Lt.Col. J.C. Lillie
    • 01 JUL 1983 to 28 MAY 1985 - Lt.Col. M.D. Ryan
    • 29 MAY 1958 to 28 MAY 1987 - Lt.Col. J.W. Capito
    • 29 MAY 1987 to 30 JUN 1989 - Lt.Col. G.B. Mayer JR
    • 01 JUL 1989 to 14 JUN 1991 - Lt.Col. R.J. Heib
    • 15 JUN 1991 to 25 JUN 1993 - Lt.Col. D.D. Theissen
    • 26 JUN 1993 to 27 JUN 1995 - Lt.Col. M.W. Thumm
    • 28 JUN 1995 to 27 JUN 1997 - Lt.Col. D.L. Buland
    • 28 JUN 1997 to 21 MAY 1999 - Lt.Col. C.R. Myers
    • 22 MAY 1999 to 24 MAY 2001 - Lt.Col. K.E. Conyers
    • 25 MAY 2001 to 22 MAR 2003 - Lt.Col. C.G. Huges II
    • 23 MAR 2003 to 31 MAR 2005 - Lt.Col. R.W. Regan
    • 01 APR 2005 to xx yyy zzzz - Lt.Col. J.L. Hoing


Events

  • July 1, 1947:
    Marine Training Squadron 1, Fleet Marine Forces, Atlantic was established at Cherry Point, North Carolina. The squadron conducted instrument training with it's SNJ's and Vought F4U Corsairs. BR>
  • November 30, 1951:
    Marine Training Squadron 1, Fleet Marine Forces, Atlantic was disestablished at Cherry Point, North Carolina.
     
  • July 1, 1967:
    Marine Training Squadron 1, was re-established and assigned to the Second Marine Air Wing at Cherry Point, North Carolina.
  • July 2, 1967:
    Marine Training Squadron 1, was assigned the TA-4F Douglas Skyhawk, Grumman F9F-6 Cougar and Lockheed TV-2 Shooting Star.
  • December of 1967:
    VMT-1 was disestablished and re-established as Marine Training Squadron 203, (VMT-203).
  • February 3, 1969:
    TA-4F BuNo 153519 was lost on the ground at MCAS Cherry Point when a USMC F-4B Phantom II piloted by 1st Lt. Peter J. Barber lost power shortly after take-off and hit the flight line paralleling the runway destroying six Phantoms and one Skyhawk and damaging a hangar and 18 automobiles.
    The Milwaukee Journal, Wednesday, February 5, 1969.
  • May 1, 1972:
    Marine Training Squadron 203, (VMAT-203) was redesignated Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 (VMAT-203) as the squadrons mission changed to light attack jet training.
  • November 16, 1972:
    Capt. E. R. Moore ejected safely after his A-4M BuNo 158154 flamed out and caught fire 10 miles SE of Cherry Point Marine Air Station near Havelock on the North Carolina coast.
    The Danville Register,, Friday, Nov. 17, 1972.
  • July 11, 1974:
    Lt. Gary Williams ejected safely from his TA-4J BuNo 154615, moments before it crashed in Pamlico Sound, off the North Carolina coast.
    Harrisonburg Daily News Record, Friday, July 12, 1974.
  • September 29, 1974:
    VMAT-203 pioneered VSTOL flight training, receiving it's first AV-8A "Harrier."
  • October 9, 1974:
    VMAT-203 logged it's first "Harrier" flight.
  • January 1984:
    VMAT-203 became the first squadron to receive the new AV8-B "Harrier II".
  • April 1986:
    VMAT-203 retired the last TAV-8A "Harrier."


Awards

  • Award - - - - - - - - - Inclusive Dates:

  • No info yet

 

Photographs

152865: TA-4F 152865 of VMT-203 undergoing full scale airframe fatigue test at Naval Air Development Center, Warminster, PA. NADC photo from Ron Picciani.

Circa 1972: VMAT-203 Hawks A-4M Skyhawk BuNo 158192, KD-20, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection

October 1972: BuNo 158192, KD-20, parked on the ramp with under-wing fuel tanks.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo. 153486, KD-4.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 154318, KD-14, parked on the ramp with a centerline tank.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 154319, KD-2, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 154321, KD-9, parked on the ramp.
Gary Verver Collection

BuNo 154342, KD-12, parked on the flight line.
Gary Verver Collection

FEB 1972:
VMAT-203 KD-07, BuNo 153525, at MCAS Cherry Point NC.
Photos from Charlie Robinson
Pic 1
Pic 2

VMAT-203 BuNo 154615 on the ramp.


Sources:

  • Graphics files created by and courtesy of Fred Lewis
  • Harry Gann
  • Charlie Robinson
  • John Gabbard
A-4 Skyhawk aircraft assigned to VMAT-203:
  • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk
    • 152846 C/N 13492
      • 05 Feb 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 18 Nov 1969 - Stricken - 1S
    • 152854 C/N 13500
      • 19 Oct 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 17 Aug 1972 - H&MS-32 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 152863 C/N 13509
      • 19 Jun 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 08 Feb 1971 - VMT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 26 Apr 1976 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 152865 C/N 13511
      • 07 Mar 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 12 Jun 1970 - VMT-103 - MCAS Yuma, AZ

      • 28 Jun 1971 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 153486 c/n 13552
      • 24 Jun 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 29 Feb 1972 - VMT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 06 May 1975 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 153496 c/n 13562
      • 20 Jun 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 13 Apr 1973 - VMAT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 27 May 1976 - VC-8 - NS Roosevelt Roads, PR
    • 153509 c/n 13575
      • 07 Jul 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 13 Feb 1970 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 153515 c/n 13581
      • 05 Dec 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 19 Jan 1972 - VMT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 23 May 1972 - NARF - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 153517 c/n 13583
      • 07 Jul 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 02 Dec 1971 - VMT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 Jun 1976 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 153519 c/n 13585
      • 03 Jul 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 03 Feb 1969 - Stricken - 1S
    • 153522 c/n 13588
      • 11 Jul 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 13 Feb 1970 - VA-43 - NAS Oceana, VA
    • 153525 c/n 13591
      • 30 Jul 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 09 Mar 1972 - VMT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 26 Apr 1976 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 153526 c/n 13592
      • 09 Sep 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 23 Aug 1972 - VMAT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 29 Mar 1975 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 153527 c/n 13593
      • 07 Aug 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 11 Feb 1971 - H&MS-32 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 153528 c/n 13594
      • 09 Aug 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 24 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 29 May 1975 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 153529 c/n 13595
      • 16 Aug 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 22 Aug 1972 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 153530 c/n 13596
      • 16 Aug 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 06 Jun 1972 - VMAT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 01 Jun 1976 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 153531 c/n 13597
      • 16 Aug 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 22 Aug 1972 - NARF - NAS Pensacola, FL
    • 154293 c/n 13681
      • 05 Sep 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 26 Jan 1973 - VMAT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 15 May 1976 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 154294 c/n 13682
      • 10 Sep 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 23 Dec 1970 - H&MS-32 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
  • Douglas TA-4F Skyhawk (Cont.)
    • 154311 c/n 13699
      • 31 Oct 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 08 Mar 1973 - H&MS-31 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 154312 c/n 13700
      • 01 Nov 1967 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 Dec 1972 - VMAT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 21 May 1976 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 154319 c/n 13707
      • 17 Oct 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 09 Sep 1971 - H&MS-14 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
    • 154321 c/n 13709
      • 01 Oct 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 16 Oct 1973 - H&MS-32 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 154342 c/n 13730
      • 17 Oct 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 24 Sep 1970 - VMT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 19 May 1976 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 154615 c/n 13733
      • 26 Jun 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 24 Sep 1970 - VMT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 11 Jul 1974 - Stricken - 1SO
    • 154616 c/n 13734
      • 27 Jun 1969 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 13 Jan 1971 - VMT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 10 Oct 1972 - VF-101 Det Key West - NAS Key West, FL
    • 154626 c/n 13744
      • 08 Jun 1968 - VMT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 06 Nov 1970 - VMT-203 - Convert to TA-4J
      • 01 May 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 11 Jun 1976 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

  • Douglas TA-4J Skyhawk
    • 152854 C/N 13500 - TA-4F
      • 31 May 1973 - H&MS-32 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 07 Sep 1973 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 26 Mar 1975 - VC-10 - NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
    • 154318 c/n 13706
      • 22 Jun 1973 - VA-45 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 04 Oct 1973 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 17 May 1976 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL
    • 154319 c/n 13707
      • 19 Jun 1973 - H&MS-14 - Convert to TA-4J

      • 10 Sep 1973 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 26 May 1976 - VA-45 - NAS Cecil Field, FL

  • Douglas A-4M Skyhawk
    • 158154 c/n 14191
      • 28 Sep 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 16 Nov 1972 - Stricken - 1S
    • 158156 c/n 14193
      • 11 Sep 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 16 May 1974 - VMA-324 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 158165 c/n 14202
      • 11 Sep 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 15 Aug 1974 - VMA-324 - MCAS Beaufort, SC
    • 158173 c/n 14210
      • 17 Apr 1973 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 18 Jul 1974 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 158177 c/n 14214
      • 30 Oct 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 23 Aug 1974 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 158187 c/n 14224
      • 18 Oct 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 18 Jul 1974 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 158192 c/n 14229
      • 17 Aug 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 18 Jul 1974 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ

      • 01 Aug 1974 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 29 Sep 1974 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 158193 c/n 14230
      • 17 Aug 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 23 Apr 1975 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 158194 c/n 14231
      • 11 Oct 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 17 Dec 1974 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 158195 c/n 14232
      • 08 Oct 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 26 Jul 1974 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ
    • 158196 c/n 14233
      • 14 Oct 1972 - VMAT-203 - MCAS Cherry Point, NC
      • 26 Jul 1974 - VMAT-102 - MCAS Yuma, AZ

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