Coursey, John Paul, BGen

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Brigadier General
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8003-General Officer
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1965-1966, 8003, 3rd MAW
Service Years
1937 - 1967
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Feb 27, 1992
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Pinecrest Cemetery & Mausoleum - Vidalia, Georgia
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  1965-1966, 8003, 3rd MAW

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3rd MAW
The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing was commissioned on the 167th anniversary of the Marine Corps, Nov. 10, 1942, at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. with a personnel roster of 13 officers, 25 enlisted men and one aircraft - a trainer.

The Wing's combat history began with the World War II deployment of a bomber squadron on Dec. 3, 1943. A little more than a year later, the Wing deployed a night fighter squadron in support of the war effort.

On Apr. 21, 1944, the Wing boarded three carriers for a voyage to Hawaii and arrived May 8, where it assumed the functions of Marine Air, Hawaii Area.

When the Japanese surrendered, 3rd MAW was decommissioned and its personnel were assigned to other units. The Wing had played an important, but behind-the-scenes, role in defeating the Japanese by giving the best training available to Marine pilots and support personnel.

In 1952, as the Corps again fought in the Far East, the Wing was reactivated at Cherry Point for the Korean War. The main portion of the Wing began moving to the new Marine Corps Air Station Miami, the Marine Corps' first "flying field."

In September 1955, the Wing left Miami for Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Calif., and was rebuilt again, with the addition of Marine Aircraft Group 15, followed by Marine Aircraft Group 36 with its helicopter squadrons at a nearby Air Station in Santa Ana, CA.

Wing squadrons were detached and deployed to Vietnam as combat action in Southeast Asia flared. At the end of the Vietnam War several units were brought back to the United States and deactivated or redesignated, creating the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing of today.

The Wing saw action again as part of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, conducting operations in Iraq and Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield/Storm/Saber. After the end of hostilities, 3rd MAW aircraft provided support in Operations Provide Comfort and Southern Watch over Iraq. The Wing was once more called into service in Somalia for Operation Restore Hope.

The fall of 2001 would reveal a new type of warfare, the War on Terror, and 3rd MAW answered the call again deploying several detachments in support of the ongoing Operation Enduring Freedom.

In the fall of 2002 the Wing began deploying to Kuwait to prepare for combat operations in Iraq. The Third Marine Aircraft Wing supported I MEF and coalition forces in liberating Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 3rd MAW has a well-proven, colorful battle history and today's Marines stand ready and prepared to meet the challenges of the ongoing War on Terror.

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2017
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3rd MAW

Motelewski, Joseph, Col, (1939-1980) 44 4402 Colonel
Kuester, Larry J, LtCol, (1958-1983) 75 7545 Lieutenant Colonel
Henry, Howard Boyd, Maj, (1953-1969) 75 7565 Major
Scaran, Anthony J., Maj, (1951-1973) 43 4302 Captain
Williams, Claude Nathaniel, Capt, (1959-1966) 75 7333 Captain
Ryan, William Cornelius, 1stLt, (1966-1969) 75 7587 First Lieutenant
Sumner, Donald, Capt, (1950-1983) 13 1302 First Lieutenant
Segel, Thomas, MGySgt, (1948-1974) 43 4391 Gunnery Sergeant
Berndt, Robert, MGySgt, (1953-1979) 25 2575 Staff Sergeant
Blanchard, Ronald, MSgt, (1961-1984) 2 0211 Staff Sergeant
Street, Harold, SSgt, (1954-1968) 67 6741 Staff Sergeant
Agnick, Alex, Sgt, (1963-1967) 31 3111 Sergeant
Arthur, Lawrence, Sgt, (1962-1966) 66 6614 Sergeant
Bailes, Lenard, Sgt, (1963-1967) 8151 Sergeant
Barker, Frederick, MGySgt, (1960-1983) 66 6619 Sergeant
Broze, Alan, Sgt, (1963-1967) 64 6400 Sergeant
Doveno, Thomas, Sgt, (1966-1970) 13 1342 Sergeant
Hitzeman, Ken, Sgt, (1964-1968) 30 3073 Sergeant
Howell, Ronald, Sgt, (1964-1967) 40 4013 Sergeant
Hymel, Willie, SSgt, (1961-1966) 25 2541 Sergeant
Jacobson, Ron, MSgt, (1956-1980) 70 7041 Sergeant
McMullin, Perry, SSgt, (1961-1971) 2 0241 Sergeant
Robinson, Marton V, Sgt, (1966-1969) 14 1441 Sergeant
Salisbury, Stephen, SSgt, (1959-1968) 8611 Sergeant
Silver, Ron, Sgt, (1966-1970) 62 6251 Sergeant
Sullivan, Robert, Sgt, (1964-1968) 64 6441 Sergeant
Chambers, Jackie, Cpl, (1965-1971) 63 6320 Corporal
Cowles, Joe, Cpl, (1966-1972) 70 7051 Corporal
Creek, Dale, Cpl, (1965-1969) 64 6412 Corporal
Deegan, Victor A, Sgt, (1964-1970) 65 6511 Corporal
Jurman, Dennis, Cpl, (1961-1965) 1 0141 Corporal
Kapolka, Dennis A., SSgt, (1964-1971) 1 0141 Corporal
Knackstedt, Richard, Cpl, (1966-1968) 1 0141 Corporal
Marks, Willard, Cpl, (1965-1967) 25 2532 Corporal
Mulliner, John, Cpl, (1963-1967) 28 2815 Corporal
Poche, Carroll, Sgt, (1964-1970) 60 6046 Corporal
Thomas, Douglas, GySgt, (1958-1981) 25 2533 Corporal
Van Patten, Sam, Cpl, (1963-1966) 25 Corporal
Van Patten, Sam, Cpl, (1963-1966) 25 Corporal
Becker, Dennis, Cpl, (1963-1969) 35 3531 Lance Corporal
Clark, Craig, SSgt, (1965-1971) 70 7041 Lance Corporal
Funderburke, Terry, Sgt, (1966-1969) 1 0122 Lance Corporal
Jackson, Vahl, LCpl, (1966-1968) 30 3011 Lance Corporal
Langley, William Rockford, Cpl, (1964-1967) 3 0313 Lance Corporal
Montgomery, Rick, LCpl, (1966-1967) 35 3531 Lance Corporal
Whitis, Garland (Scotty), LCpl, (1962-1965) 64 6422 Lance Corporal
Widner, Steven, Sgt, (1965-1969) 65 6511 Lance Corporal
Young, Christopher, GySgt, (1962-1982) 6741 Lance Corporal
Black, Terry, Sgt, (1964-1968) 25 2531 Private 1st Class
Bridges, James, Cpl, (1963-1967) 35 3531 Private 1st Class
Mayberry, Theodore, Sgt, (1964-1970) 66 6637 Private 1st Class
Plumlee, Sr., Ron, MSgt, (1963-2004) 64 6412 Private 1st Class
Tetzlaff, Bill, HM3, (1962-1970) 0 HM-8404 Hospital Corpsman Third Class Petty Officer
Dunn, John, Col, (1953-1974) Colonel
Anderson, David, LtCol, (1963-1981) First Lieutenant
Pappas, Ralph Byron, Capt, (1959-1967) First Lieutenant
Richardson, Marlie, SSgt, (1948-1969) Staff Sergeant
Ross, Charles, SSgt, (1961-1971) Staff Sergeant
Bliven, Rick, Sgt, (1965-1969) 4 Sergeant

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