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Unit Details

Strength
Air Squadron
Type
Air Units
 
Existing/Disbanded
Redesignated
Year
1964 - 1990

Description
Marine All- Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242 (VMFA(AW)-242) is a United States Marine Corps squadron flying F/A-18D Hornets. The squadron, known as the "Bats", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 12 (MAG-12) and the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (1st MAW).

Active
VMTB-242 July 1, 1943 - November 23, 1945
VMA-242 October 1, 1960 - September 1964
VMA(AW)-242 - September 1964 - December 14, 1990

373 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Ackerman, John, Cpl, (1982-1988)
  • Adam, Harold, CWO5, (1975-2006)
  • Adolphin, Patrick, SSgt, (2001-Present)
  • Altvater, Chris, Sgt, (1984-1992)
  • Anderson, Wallace, Cpl, (1979-1986)
  • Anger, Pete, Sgt, (1983-1992)
  • Ascherin, Bob, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Ashley, Mark, LCpl, (1982-1986)
  • Aspera Jr., Edwardo, MSgt, (1974-2000)
  • Astone, Charles, Cpl, (1987-1992)
  • Bagwell, George, GySgt, (1966-1979)
  • Baldelomar, Vince, GySgt, (1993-Present)
  • Ball, Jonathan, Sgt, (1981-1985)
  • Barber, William (Scott), Sgt, (1984-1990)
  • Bard, Danny, Sgt, (1983-1989)
  • Bayley, David, Sgt, (1973-1977)
  • Beigh, Rita, SSgt, (1968-1978)
  • Belaire, John, Cpl, (1971-1975)
  • Belcher, Kevin, SSgt, (1987-2000)
  • Bennett, Jeff, Cpl, (1987-1992)
  • Berg, Edward, SSgt, (1966-1975)
  • Berkman, Mitchell, GySgt, (1968-1985)
  • Bernau, Carey, Sgt, (1972-1978)
  • Bingley, Dale, PFC, (1988-1990)
  • Biorn, Rodney, Sgt, (1976-1980)
  • Blankenship, Paul, Cpl, (1978-1982)
  • Boehm, Ronald, Capt, (1967-1972)
  • Bonwell, Sam, Sgt, (1972-1976)
  • Boyer, Robin, SSgt, (1970-1979)
  • Boza, Pedro, Sgt, (1963-1969)
  • Brammer, Mike, Cpl, (1987-1992)
  • Brown, Bradley, Sgt, (1983-1993)
  • Brown, Steven, SgtMaj, (1987-2013)
  • Burcham, Arthur, Sgt, (1971-1977)
  • Burns, Michael, Cpl, (1983-1987)
  • Burwell, Edward, Maj, (1968-1989)
  • Cagan, Thomas, Cpl, (1965-1969)
  • Campbell, Norris, Cpl, (1978-1983)
  • CAMPBELL, NORRIS, Cpl, (1978-1983)
  • Campos, Gary, Sgt, (1969-1973)
  • Caraway, Bobby, (1969-1975)
  • Carlton, James Edmund, Maj
  • Carnes, Amber, Cpl, (2000-2004)
  • Carpenter, Raymond, Sgt, (1963-1967)
 

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Unit Timeline
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
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
1Jul85-30Oct86
1986
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
1966 - 1971
1971
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
1966 - 1971
1971
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
This campaign was from 1 Jul 1970 to 30 June 1971. Fighting continued in Cambodia during early February before and after South Vietnam began its U.S.-aided drive in Laos, Lam Son 719, the most signifi ... More
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1970 - 1971
Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
This campaign was from 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970. An increase in enemy-initiated attacks, at the highest level since 4-5 September signaled the start of the first phase of the Communist winter ... More
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1969 - 1970
Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
This campaign was from 1 May to 30 June 1970. This campaign was mainly concerned with the Allied incursion into Cambodia, codenamed Operation ROCK CRUSHER. As American withdrawal from South Vietnam pr ... More
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1970 - 1970
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
16Sep67-10May68 2Feb-1Mar69 SU MAG-11 MUC (Only 1 Award)
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
11May68-1Feb69
1969
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
This campaign was from 2 November 1968 to 22 February 1969. In November 1968 the South Vietnam government with American support began a concentrated effort to expand security in the countryside. This ... More
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1968 - 1969
Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)
This campaign was from 23 February to 8 June 1969. From Tet 1969 through the month of June, the enemy again tried to sustain an offensive. His inability to do so can be largely attributed to aggressi ... More
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1969 - 1969
Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
This campaign was from 9 June to 31 October 1969. During the summer and fall of 1969, conduct of operations was increasingly turned over to Vietnamese, US troops withdrew in greater numbers amid reaff ... More
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1969 - 1969
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
This campaign was from 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968.The conflict in South Vietnam remains basically unchanged. As Operation JUNCTION CITY ended, elements of the U.S. 1st and 25th Infantry Divisions, ... More
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1967 - 1968
Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
This campaign was from 30 January to 1 April 1968. On 29 January 1968 the Allies began the Tet-lunar new year expecting the usual 36-hour peaceful holiday truce. Because of the threat of a large-scale ... 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
1Nov66-15Sep67 SU 1st MAW
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
 
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