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Unit Details

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Air Squadron
Type
Air Units
 
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Year
1944 - Present

Description
Marine Attack Squadron 542 (VMA-542) is a United States Marine Corps fixed wing attack squadron that consists of AV-8B Harrier (V/STOL) jets. The squadron is based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 14 (MAG-14) and the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (2nd MAW).


545 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Adams, Gary, Pvt, (1970-1973)
  • Adell, Dedrick, Sgt, (1993-2000)
  • Aery, Jay, Cpl, (2006-2008)
  • Aguayo, Derek, Sgt, (2001-2010)
  • Aikens, Bill, GySgt, (1983-2004)
  • Aitken, James, Cpl, (1996-2003)
  • Alvarado, Larry, SgtMaj, (1976-2001)
  • Amerson, Karl, Cpl, (2003-2008)
  • ANDERSON, BRANDON, GySgt, (1994-Present)
  • Annunziata, Dan, Maj, (1989-Present)
  • Armstrong, Paul, GySgt, (1993-Present)
  • Ashe, Bryan, GySgt, (1999-2011)
  • Atkins, David, Sgt, (2000-Present)
  • Atkinson, Dustin, Sgt, (2001-2005)
  • Austin, Brian, Sgt, (1984-1989)
  • Bagnato, Chuck, LtCol, (1983-2010)
  • Bailey, Joseph, GySgt, (1973-1993)
  • Baker, Joey, Cpl, (1998-2003)
  • Barlcay, Neil, Cpl, (2005-2008)
  • Bartlett, Jeffrey, Sgt, (1998-2007)
  • Basham, Dennis, MSgt, (1976-1998)
  • Bastin, Jr, Johnny Ray, Cpl, (1983-1990)
  • Bauer, Malachi, Cpl, (2004-2008)
  • Beall, Mark, GySgt, (1977-1998)
  • Beckner, Stephen, Sgt, (1990-1996)
  • Bedwell, D.j., Cpl, (2001-2006)
  • Beecham, Joshua, Sgt, (1993-1999)
  • Beem, Corey, 1stSgt, (1995-Present)
  • Bek, Donald, GySgt, (1981-2003)
  • Belt, Christopher, CWO3, (1992-2016)
  • Bender, Michael, MSgt, (1998-Present)
  • Bennett, Thomas, GySgt, (1977-2000)
  • Betzer, Steve, GySgt, (1979-1999)
  • Beyer, Josh, Cpl, (2005-2009)
  • Billgren, Heather, Sgt, (1995-1999)
  • Bishop, Ron, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • BLACK, GERRY, Sgt, (1975-1979)
  • Blake, Ted, LCpl, (1984-1986)
  • Blake, Thomas, Maj, (1979-2006)
  • Bocanegra, Jose Angel, SSgt, (1996-2010)
  • Bois, Terry, Cpl, (1973-1977)
  • Boomer, Karalee, Cpl, (1997-2002)
  • Bornemann, Sean, Sgt, (2000-2008)
  • Boucher, Corey, Cpl, (1995-1999)
  • Boudreau, Jason, GySgt, (1993-2013)
  • Bousum, James, Cpl, (2002-2006)
 

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Operation Odyssey Dawn (Libya)
Operation Odyssey Dawn was the U.S. code name for the American role in the international military operation in Libya to enforce United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973 during the initial perio ... More
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2011 - 2011
Operation Unified Protector (Libya)
Operation Unified Protector was a NATO operation enforcing United Nations Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973 concerning the Libyan Civil War and adopted on 26 February and 17 March 2011, respe ... More
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2011 - 2011
Training Exercise - PHIBLEX '09
PHIBLEX is a bilateral training exercise between U.S. Sailors and Marines and the Armed Forces of the Philippines designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and build upon professional a ... More
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2009 - 2009
Navy Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff ... More
Descriptions
18Sep07-9Feb08 SU II MEF (FWD)
2008
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself under combat or noncombat conditions by either valorous ... More
Descriptions
11Jan08-15Nov08 SU 24th MEU
2008
Strengthen Hope (Lebanon)
The U.S. estimated that as many as 25,000 Americans citizens were in Lebanon, but the number finally evacuated was approximately 15,000. After hostilities began on July 12, 2006, media reports hinted ... More
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2006 - 2006
Operation Medusa
Operation Medusa (September 2–17, 2006) was a Canadian-led offensive during the second Battle of Panjwaii of the war in Afghanistan. The operation was fought primarily by the 1st Battalion, The ... More
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2006 - 2006
Operation Mountain Fury
To clear Taliban rebels from eastern provinces and to enable reconstruction projects.
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2006 - 2006
Navy Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff ... More
Descriptions
2Aug04-1Feb05 SU I MEF (REIN)
2005
OIF/Transition of Iraq (2003-04)
Upon assuming the post of chief executive of the CPA in May 2003, L. Paul Bremer also assumed the title of U.S. Presidential Envoy and Administrator in Iraq. He was frequently called Ambassador by num ... More
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2003 - 2004
Operation Ironclad
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2004 - 2004
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
21Mar03-24Apr03 SU I MEF
2003
OIF/Liberation of Iraq (2003)
The 2003 invasion of Iraq lasted from 19 March to 1 May 2003 and signaled the start of the conflict that later came to be known as the Iraq War, which was dubbed Operation Iraqi Freedom by the United ... More
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2003 - 2003
Training Exercise - Dynamic Response '00
Almost precisely a year after the NATO bombing campaign to end atrocities in the Kosovo region, Dynamic Response 2000 unfolded in Kosovo March 19 - April 10. The NATO-led Strategic Reserve Force (SRF) ... More
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2000 - 2000
Operation Noble Anvil (Allied Force)
The NATO bombing of Yugoslavia was the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) military operation against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) during the Kosovo War. The air strikes lasted fro ... More
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1999 - 1999
Southwest Asia Cease-Fire (Iraq)
In coalition-occupied Iraqi territory, a peace conference was held where a ceasefire agreement was negotiated and signed by both sides. At the conference, Iraq was authorized to fly armed helicopters ... More
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1991 - 1995
Navy Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff ... More
Descriptions
14Aug90-16Apr91 SU I MEF
1991
Operation Desert Shield
In 1990, fellow Arab Gulf states refused to endorse Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's plan to cut production and raise the price of oil, leaving him frustrated and paranoid. Iraq had incurred a mountain o ... More
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1990 - 1991
Operation Desert Storm
On January 16, 1991, President George H. W. Bush announced the start of what would be called Operation Desert Storm—a military operation to expel occupying Iraqi forces from Kuwait, which Iraq h ... More
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1991 - 1991
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself under combat or noncombat conditions by either valorous ... More
Descriptions
13-20Apr90 SU MAGTF 4-90
1990
Solid Shield 1978
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1978 - 1978
Solid Shield 1977
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1977 - 1977
Navy Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff ... More
Descriptions
1Jan-1Mar69 SU MAG-11
1969
Operation Idaho Canyon
Jul 21 – Sep 25; 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines and 101st Airborne Division operation west of Tam Ky, Quảng Tín Province.
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1969 - 1969
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself under combat or noncombat conditions by either valorous ... More
Descriptions
10May-31Dec68
1968
Operation Lancaster I
Nov 1 – Jan 20 1968; 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines search and destroy operation along Route 9 between Cam Lo a ... More
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1967 - 1968
Operation Scotland
Nov 1 – Mar 31 1968; 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 1st Battalion, 13th Marines and 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions, 26th Marines operations (including the Battle of Khe Sanh). The operation terminates ... More
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1967 - 1968
Operation Napoleon / Saline
Feb 29 – Dec 9; 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 2nd Battal ... More
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1968 - 1968
Operation Nevada Eagle
May 17 – Feb 28 1969; 101st Airborne Division, 1st Cavalry Division and 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division clear and search operation as follow-up to Operation Delaware in the central Thừ ... More
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1968 - 1968
Operation Allen Brook
May 4 – Aug 24; 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Battalions, 27th ... More
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1968 - 1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 2 April to 30 June 1968. During this period friendly forces conducted a number of battalion-size attritional operations against the enemy.

Operations PEGASUS-Lam ... More
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1968 - 1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 1 July to 1 November 1968. During this period a country-wide effort was begun to restore government control of territory lost to the enemy since the Tet offensive. The enemy att ... More
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1968 - 1968
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
10Jul-1Dec65 1Mar-2Aug66 10Oct66-15Sep67 SU 1st MAW (Only 1 Award)
1967
Navy Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff ... More
Descriptions
15Sep-13Nov67 SU MAG-13 (15Sep67-30Apr68)
1967
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Colors) was authorized to be worn by units individually cited for service in military operations in support of the government of Sout ... More
Descriptions
10Jul-1Dec65 1Mar-2Aug66 10Oct66-15Sep67
1967
Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation
Criteria
The unit citation of the Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal was awarded certain units by the Vietnamese government for meritorious service during the period 1 March 1961 to 28 March 1974.
Descriptions
10Jul-1Dec65 1Mar-2Aug66 10Oct66-15Sep67
1967
Operation Prairie
Operation Prairie (August 3 – January 31, 1967) was a military operation in northern South Vietnam. Its job was to eliminating North Vietnamese Army forces south of the DMZ.

1st B ... More
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1966 - 1967
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
This campaign was from 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967. United States operations after 1 July 1966 were a continuation of the earlier counteroffensive campaign. Recognizing the interdependence of political ... More
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1966 - 1967
Operation Union I / Lien Ket 102
Apr 21 – May 17; 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines and ARVN 1st Ranger Group search and destroy operation in the Que ... More
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1967 - 1967
Operation Kingfisher
Operation Kingfisher was a US Marine Corps operation that took place during the Vietnam War. The operation was executed in the western part of Leatherneck Square, lasting from 16 July to 31 October 19 ... More
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1967 - 1967
Operation Fremont
Jul 10 – Oct 31; 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines and 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines search and destroy operation in th ... More
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1967 - 1967
Operation Utah / Lien Ket 26
Mar 4 – 7; 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines and ARVN 2nd Division search and destroy operation against the NVA 36th ... More
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1966 - 1966
Operation Texas / Lien Ket 28
Mar 20 – 25; 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, ARVN 5th Airborne Battalion and Republic of Vietnam Marine Corps combined reaction force operatio ... More
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1966 - 1966
Navy Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Navy Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that distinguishes itself by outstanding heroism in action against an enemy (but not suff ... More
Descriptions
18-23Aug65 SU 7th RLT
1965
Operation Starlite (Starlight)
Operation Starlite (also known in Vietnam as Battle of Van Tuong) was the first major offensive regimental size action (August 18-24, 1965) conducted by a purely U.S. military unit during the Vietnam ... More
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1965 - 1965
US Occupation of Japan
The Allied occupation of Japan at the end of World War II was led by General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers, with support from the British Commonwealth. Unlike in the oc ... More
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1945 - 1952
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
Korea East Central Front in 1951,
1951
Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
A reconnaissance in force by elements of the 1st Cavalry Division on 22 January revealed that the enemy had withdrawn from frontline positions. The task force returned after having met little resistan ... More
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1951 - 1951
Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
On 22 April enemy activity across the whole front suddenly increased and the U.N. advance halted abruptly. The expected spring offensive was at hand.

Following a four-hour artillery bom ... More
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1951 - 1951
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
15Sep-11Oct50 SU 1st MarDiv
1950
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
December 1st to the 13th 1950 - Chosin Reservoir
1950
Army Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
December 1st to the 13th 1950 - Chosin Reservoir
1950
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation is a military unit award issued by the government of South Korea to both South Korean and foreign military units.
Descriptions
15Sep-11Oct50 SU 1st MarDiv
1950
Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
(September 15–26, 1950) in the Korean War, an amphibious landing by U.S. and South Korean forces at the port of Inchon, near the South Korean capital, Seoul. A daring operation planned and execu ... More
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1950 - 1950
Battle of the Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
The Battle of Chosin Reservoir, also known as the Chosin Reservoir Campaign or the Changjin Lake Campaign was a decisive battle in the Korean War. "Chosin" is the Japanese pronunciation of t ... More
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1950 - 1950
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
Criteria
The Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States and cobelligerent nations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy occurring on or aft ... More
Descriptions
April and August 1945
1945
Battle for Okinawa
The Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. was fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa and was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted ... More
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1945 - 1945
Surrender of Japan, End of WWII
The surrender of the Empire of Japan was announced by Imperial Japan on August 15 and formally signed on September 2, 1945, bringing the hostilities of World War II to a close. By the end of July 1945 ... More
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1945 - 1945
Western Caroline Islands Operation
The Japanese had established several strongholds in the Carolines. These included Truk, Yap, Pelelui, Anguar, and Ulithi. The Carolina Islands were the next objective for the United States Navy. With ... More
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1944 - 1944
 
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