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Unit Details

Strength
Air Squadron
Type
Air Units
 
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Year
1942 - Present

Description
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 (VMGR-234) is a reserve United States Marine Corps KC-130T squadron. They are a part of Marine Aircraft Group 41 (MAG-41), 4th Marine Aircraft Wing (4th MAW) and provide both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aerial refueling capabilities to support Marine Forces Reserve air operations in addition to assault air transport of personnel, equipment, and supplies. The squadron, known as the "Rangers" is stationed atNaval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.


457 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Adair, Steven, SSgt, (1998-Present)
  • Alberta, Terry, SSgt, (1979-1989)
  • Almanza, Alexander, Sgt, (1997-2006)
  • Alvarado, David, Cpl, (2006-2011)
  • AMPOL, JOHN, CWO4, (1998-Present)
  • Anderson, Brian, Sgt, (1988-1994)
  • Anderson, Jay, Cpl, (1985-1991)
  • Anderson, Robert, Sgt, (1996-2001)
  • Arriola, David, Cpl, (1997-2005)
  • [Name Withheld], (1987-1999)
  • Ayers, Joseph, Sgt, (1988-1997)
  • Baier, Aric, SSgt, (1994-2002)
  • Baity, Don, Sgt, (1994-1999)
  • Baker, Brian, GySgt, (1996-Present)
  • Baker, Michael, GySgt, (1982-2004)
  • Baker, Russell, Cpl, (2002-2007)
  • Ballentine, Richard, MSgt, (1995-Present)
  • Bannerman, Paul, GySgt, (1981-2002)
  • Barajas, Marcos, Sgt, (1995-2001)
  • Barnes, Kevin, Sgt, (2001-2008)
  • Baron, Robert, MSgt, (1962-2002)
  • Barton, Richard, SSgt, (1982-1991)
  • Beattie, Robert, Sgt, (1981-1993)
  • Becker, William, Col, (1982-Present)
  • Beedle, Joe, MSgt, (1977-2018)
  • Bell, Mitch, LtCol, (1986-2015)
  • Bernhardt, Mark, GySgt, (1980-2000)
  • Bertsch, Donnie, Sgt, (2000-2007)
  • Bintz, Craig, LCpl, (2005-2010)
  • Bishop, James, SSgt, (1987-2008)
  • Blanco, Alex, MSgt, (1985-Present)
  • Blehm, Rob, Sgt, (1995-2004)
  • Borg, Alan, SSgt, (1985-2004)
  • Bowen, George, MSgt, (1979-1998)
  • Bowerman, Donald, SSgt, (2000-Present)
  • Boyd, Karri, GySgt, (1993-2012)
  • Brantley, James, Sgt, (1985-1998)
  • Bredehoft, Nicholas, Sgt, (2002-2007)
  • Breeding, Chad, Cpl, (1992-1999)
  • Bueschel, Mike, LtCol, (1984-2006)
  • Bunn, Thomas, MGySgt, (1983-Present)
  • Burge, Robert, SSgt, (1996-2016)
  • Burke, Scott, CWO4, (1987-2008)
  • Burns, Patrick, Maj, (1980-2008)
  • Butler, Richard, Sgt, (1985-1991)
  • Byrd-Files, Erin, LCpl, (1989-1993)
  • Cammack, John, GySgt, (1966-2007)
 

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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
Hurricane Katrina Relief (Louisiana)

Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster and one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of the United States. The storm is currently ranked as the third most intense United Sta ... More

The eleventh named storm and fifth hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, Katrina originated over the Bahamas on August 23 from the interaction between a tropical wave and the remnants of Tropical Depression Ten. Early the following day, the new depression intensified into Tropical Storm Katrina. The cyclone headed generally westward toward Florida and strengthened into a hurricane only two hours before making landfall at Hallandale Beach and Aventura on August 25. After very briefly weakening to a tropical storm, Katrina emerged into the Gulf of Mexico on August 26 and began to rapidly deepen. The storm strengthened to a Category 5 hurricane over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 hurricane on August 29 in southeast Louisiana.

Katrina caused severe destruction along the Gulf coast from central Florida to Texas, much of it due to the storm surge and levee failure. Severe property damage occurred in coastal areas, such as Mississippi beachfront towns; over 90 percent of these were flooded. Boats and casino barges rammed buildings, pushing cars and houses inland; water reached 6–12 miles (10–19 km) from the beach.

Over fifty breaches in New Orleans's hurricane surge protection were the cause of the majority of the death and destruction during Katrina on August 29, 2005. Eventually 80% of the city and large tracts of neighboring parishes became flooded, and the floodwaters lingered for weeks. According to a modeling exercise conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), two-thirds of the deaths in Greater New Orleans were due to levee and floodwall failure. All of the major studies concluded that the USACE, the designers and builders of the levee system as mandated by the Flood Control Act of 1965, is responsible. This is mainly due to a decision to use shorter steel sheet pilings in an effort to save money. In January 2008, Judge Stanwood Duval, U.S. District Court, ruled that despite the Corps' role in the flooding, the agency could not be held financially liable because of sovereign immunity in the Flood Control Act of 1928. Exactly ten years after Katrina, J. David Rogers, lead author of a new report in the official journal of the World Water Council concluded that the flooding during Katrina "could have been prevented had the corps retained an external review board to double-check its flood-wall designs."

There was also an investigation of the responses from federal, state and local governments, resulting in the resignation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) director Michael D. Brown, and of New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) Superintendent Eddie Compass. Many other government officials were criticized for their responses, especially New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco, and President George W. Bush. Several agencies including the United States Coast Guard (USCG), National Hurricane Center (NHC), and National Weather Service (NWS) were commended for their actions. They provided accurate hurricane weather tracking forecasts with sufficient lead time.

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2005 - 2006
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
Combat Action Ribbon
Criteria
The Combat Action Ribbon is a personal decoration awarded to members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (when operating under the control of the Navy) in the grade of captain (or colonel in th ... More
Descriptions
Operation Iraqi Freedom
2003
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 See Detachment
2003
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
1Oct96-1Oct98 SU MAG-41
1998
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
1Jan97-31Dec98 SU 4th MAW
1998
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
1Jan94-31Dec95 SU 4th MAW
1995
Relocated
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.
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1994
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
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2Aug90-15Oct91 SU 4th MAW
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
Antarctica Service Medal
Criteria
This medal is a continuation of the series of medals established by Congress to commemorate polar expeditions. Specifically, it is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States, any U ... More
1986
First landing on ice runway
McMurdo Station, Antarctica
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1986
Redesignated
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234 (VMGR-234)
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1983
Transistioned
to the KC-130F Hercules
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1975
Relocated
NAS Glenview, Illinois.
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1970
Redesignated
Marine Transport Squadron 234 (VMR-234)
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1962
Transistioned
to the Fairchild C-119F Flying Boxcar
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1961
Transistioned
to the Douglas AD-5 Skyraider
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1958
Transition
to the F9F Panther
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1955
Re-Activated and Moved
NAS Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN
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1947
Deactivated
Marine Corps Air Station El Toro
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1946
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
Redesignated
Marine Torpedo Bombing Squadron 234 (VMTB-234)
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1944
Deployed
USS Vella Gulf (CVE-111).
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1944
Battle of Bougainville
After New Georgia, the next major operation was an invasion of the island of Bougainville, which was approached by landings at Mono and Stirling in the Treasury Islands on October 25-27, 1943. A Marin ... More
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1943 - 1944
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
Guadalacanal
1943
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
SU 3d MarDiv - Bouganville
1943
Guadalcanal
Cactus Air Force
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1943
Guadalcanal (2nd Tour)
Patrol duties in the Fiji Islands and also close air support in New Georgia.
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1943
Relocated
Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California
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1943
Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)
The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and codenamed Operation Watchtower by Allied forces, was a military campaign fought between 7 August 1942 and 9 February 1943 on and a ... More
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1942 - 1943
New Georgia Group Operation
This operation was fought during the Pacific war on this group of islands situated in the central Solomons. US forces invaded them as part of an American offensive (CARTWHEEL) to isolate and neutraliz ... More
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1943 - 1943
Activated
Marine Corps Air Station Ewa
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1942
 
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