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Unit Details

Strength
Air Squadron
Type
Air Units
 
Existing/Disbanded
Redesignated
Year
1965 - 2011

Description

Activated 1 July 1965 at Santa Ana, California as a unit of
MARINE AIRCRAFT GROUP 36, III MARINE AIRCRAFT WING

Reassigned during August 1965 to MARINE WING SERVICE GROUP 37

Deployed during September-October 1966 to the Republic of Vietnam and reassigned to
MARINE AIRCRAFT GROUP 36, I MARINE AIRCRAFT WING

Participated in the War in Vietnam, October 1966 - August 1969,

Redeployed during August 1969 to Futema, Okinawa and reassigned to
MARINE AIRCRAFT GROUP 15, 9th MARINE AMPHIBIOUS BRIGADE

Reassigned during December 1969 to
MARINE AIRCRAFT GROUP 36, I MARINE AIRCRAFT WING

Participated during the early 1970s as part of the SPECIAL LANDING FORCE
in support of the War in Vietnam, and with the
31st MARINE AMPHIBIOUS UNIT assigned to the SEVENTH FLEET

Participated during July and August 1972 in Philippine Flood Relief

Participated during April 1975 in the evacuation of Saigon
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The LINEAGE of HMM - 165
Activated 1 July 1965 at Santa Ana, California as Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165, Marine Aircraft Group 36, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
 
Reassigned during August 1965 to Marine Wing Service Group 37
 
Deployed during September - October 1966 to the Republic of Vietnam and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, Ist Marine Aircraft Wing
 
Participated in the War in Vietnam, October 1966 - August 1969, operating from:
                              Ky Ha ... Hue/Phu Bai ... USS Valley Forge ...
                              USS Tripoli ... Marble Mountain
 
Redeployed August 1969 to Futema, Okinawa and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 15, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade
Reassign during December 1969 to Marine Aircraft Group 36,
I Marine Aircraft Wing
 
Participated during July and August 1972 in Philippine Flood Relief
 
Participated during the early 1970s as part of the Special Landing Force in support of the War in Vietnam, and with the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit assigned to the Seventh Fleet
 
Participated during April 1975 in the evacuation of Saigon
 
Relocated 27 November 1977 to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and reassigned to Marine Air Group 24, 1st Marine Brigade
 
Participated in contingency operations in the vicinity of Beirut, Lebanon, September - October 1983 operating from USS Tarawa
 
Supported United States interest, to include reinforcement of American embassy, during the December 1989 Philippine Coup attempt
 
Participated in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, August 1990 - March 1991
 
Elements participated in Joint Task Force, Full Accounting, Cambodia, September - October 1992 and March - April 1993
 
Reassigned during September 1994 to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Aviation Support Element
 
Relocated during May 1996 to MAG - 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing MCAS El Toro, California
 
Relocated during November 1998 to MAG - 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, MCAS Miramar, California
 
Participated in peacekeeping operations in East Timor in late 1999
 
On station aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard as part of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit ...


Unit Web Links
HMM-165

HMM-165 Unit Page
783 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Abbruzzese, Paul, Sgt, (1976-1982)
  • Able, Carl, Sgt, (2004-Present)
  • Achee, Steven, GySgt, (1998-Present)
  • Achterberg, Gustav, SSgt, (1975-1995)
  • Adams, John, GySgt, (1967-2003)
  • Alexander, Larry, Cpl, (1977-1981)
  • Alford, Ben, Cpl, (1982-1986)
  • Alicea, Ismael, Capt, (2002-Present)
  • Allen, Donavus, GySgt, (1994-Present)
  • Allen, Jerome, Sgt, (2003-2012)
  • Alvarez, Francis, Cpl, (1992-1996)
  • Anshutz, Roland, Cpl, (1978-1982)
  • Arbegast, Robert, Capt, (2003-2007)
  • Armstrong, Devin, SSgt, (1999-Present)
  • Arnold, Chester `, WO, (1973-1981)
  • Arnold, Lucas, Sgt, (2000-2007)
  • Asenciocarpio, Mario, Sgt, (2005-2013)
  • Atkinson, Jeff, Sgt, (2005-Present)
  • Aultman, Brad, GySgt, (1997-Present)
  • Bacon, Larry, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Bagby, Michael, Sgt, (1969-1974)
  • Bailey, Bradley, Capt, (1976-1987)
  • Baker, Garland, PFC, (1974-1978)
  • Baker, Jackie, SSgt, (1973-1980)
  • Baker, Mike, Cpl, (1971-1977)
  • Baker, S. E., Capt, (1993-2014)
  • Baker, Todd, CWO3, (1982-2005)
  • Barlow, Jeffery, SSgt, (2002-Present)
  • Barnes, Arlian, Sgt, (1986-1994)
  • Barth, Keith, HMCM, (1976-2006)
  • Batten, David, LCpl, (1969-1971)
  • Batten, David, LCpl, (1969-1971)
  • Baugh, William, SSgt, (1983-2003)
  • Bazar, Randolph, LCpl, (2005-2007)
  • Beattie, Edward, SSgt, (2000-Present)
  • Beedy, Mike, Sgt, (1971-1980)
  • Beeman, Adrian, Sgt, (2003-Present)
  • Bellino, Sal, Sgt, (1973-1977)
  • Benoit, Malcolm, SSgt, (1969-1976)
  • Benvie, Adam, GySgt, (1998-Present)
  • Bermudez, Frank, MGySgt, (1959-1990)
  • Biehslich, Seth, Sgt, (2003-2011)
  • Biscuit, Louis, SSgt, (1977-1987)
  • Bixby, Rick, Capt, (1974-1985)
 

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1992 - 1993
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1990 - 1991
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1991 - 1991
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
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1989 - 1989
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12Sep-10Oct83 SU 31st MAU
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Operation Eagle Claw (Iran)
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1980 - 1980
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30Mar-15Apr75 SU Cmdr 7th Flt (Only pers on Ops along coast of South Vietnam
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21Feb-30Nov73 Ops "END SWEEP" & "EAGLE PULL
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26Jun-20Jul72 9Sep72 (Only 1 Award)
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Operation Saklolo (Philippines)
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1969 - 1970
Vietnam War/Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
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1970 - 1970
Navy Unit Commendation
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1968 - 1969
Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign (1969)
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1969 - 1969
Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
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1969 - 1969
Navy Presidential Unit Citation
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1967 - 1968
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1968 - 1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
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1968 - 1968
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
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Navy Presidential Unit Citation
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Navy Presidential Unit Citation
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1967
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
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1966 - 1967
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
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1966
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
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1965 - 1966
Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
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1965 - 1965
 
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