What are you doing now: Member of ILWU #98 International Longshore Foremen/Walking Boss Union Local 98 Seattle/Tacoma Washington For an update since the Marines go to my website and click on "about shaggyda"
Other Comments: Wrote the Book "The Diary: The Last Combat Mission Of The Vietnam War" Will be re-released 2009 This is a story of my Helo YT-20 buno# 154812 the last helicopter and crew to leave Vietnam during the Fall of Saigon after the remaining forces of the U.S.Embassy were flown to safety. "15 minutes of Fame": Last person to leave the Vietnam War.
Its historical lineage can be traced back to December 1, 1943 when it was activated at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia as Marine Observation Squadron 351 (VMO-351) which was assigned to the Artillery Spotting Division.
In January 1944, the squadron was re-designated as and deployed to Marine Aircraft Group 11 on the island of Espiritu Santo whereupon it took part in the campaigns on Peleliu and Okinawa. The squadron participated in the occupation of North China from October 1945 through June 1947 and was relocated in 1949 to MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina and assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. The Squadron, having served honorably throughout the Pacific Theater, was deactivated on August 20, 1949.