Photo must have been taken in January or February of 1971. You are correct, 115 stood down from combat operations on 22 February. I haven't heard much about the group who went stateside. Most of the squadron ended up in Iwakuni - some via air, some via boat (USS St. Louis).
By the way the photo was lifted from footnote dot com. They have a section of Vietnam photos. Under Browse, click on Photos, you'll see Vietnam Marine Corps and Vietnam Marine Corps (B/W). It takes a while but there's a ton of flix there. -vm
Good photo. Never saw it before. I was in H&MS-11 Electric Shop. Have the patch "Marine Observation-Transport-Attack-Support Squadron-11, 1st MAW, March '71-June '71 - We left country on 22 May '71. - S.F.
VMFA-115 Silver Eagles and VMFA-232 Red Devils were both part of Operation Linebacker in April of 1972. I think they came from Iwakuni with some other squadrons coming from Hawaii. We also had some squadrons of A-6's. What squadrons they were and exactly where the went I can't remember. Things get a little foggy after 37 years.
I also think VMCJ-1 also from Iwakuni went south. Some squadrons went to Bien Hoa but I do remember VMFA-115 going to Da Nang. That is where we lost Major Duffy April 28, 1972 due to a mid-air collision with a South Vietnamese observation plane during takeoff. RIO survived.
After that we phased to Nam Phong with some going back to Hawaii and the rest eventually coming from Bien Hoa and Da Nang.
Originally posted by itsabair: Good photo. Never saw it before. I was in H&MS-11 Electric Shop. Have the patch "Marine Observation-Transport-Attack-Support Squadron-11, 1st MAW, March '71-June '71 - We left country on 22 May '71. - S.F.
MAG-11 left country in May of 1971. I was in VMA(AW)225. We rotated to MCAS EL TORO and deactivated the squadron there. It was brought back as VMFA(AW)225 (F18's) in the 90's.
In June of 1972 MAG's 12 and 15 were pulled out of Iwakuni and sent to Bien Hoa and Nam Phong. Bien Hoa was MAG-12 (less VMA(AW)533). Nam Phong was MAG-15 (F4's and VMA(AW)533[A6-A's]).
Nam Phong was also known as MCAS Rose Garden.
I was a member of both VMA(AW)225 and VMA(AW)533 during these times. Also helps I have a copy of my SRB for the dates.
I have a picture of VMA(AW)225 in full formation taken from the top of a hardshell in April of 1971.
I don't know where I came up with MAG-11. The years have faded my memory.
But it was April of '72 that Mag-12 went to Bien Hoa and Mag-15 went to Da Nang before redeploying to Nam Phong in June. We were scattered all over SEA during those months in P.I. and lord knows where else. I remember living out of my seabag for a long time.
But for info on Nam Phong do a Google search for Nam Phong. Click on "Welcome to the Rose Garden" and it will take you to a web sight started by Mike Koehnen, may he rest in peace.
Since this thread is officially hijacked, yes VMCJ-1 left Iwakuni with three birds and a skeleton crew on 3 April. A few weeks later a detatchment from J-2 got to Cubi Point with three more birds and support. At this point, we'd already lost one bird with Captain Leet and 1st Leutenant Christensen (our only combat loss). We had a C-130 or KC-130 assigned to us from VMGR-152 to fly us back and forth from DaNang. I rotated out on 25 December, went to Japan and back to the states in January.
I was in VMFA-225 from Dec. 1969-Oct.1970, when a bunch of us were sent home (via The LST Westchster County) by way of Iwakuni then to the states by plane. I did not know 225 shipped out a mere 9 months or so after I left. Sgt. Greg Anglin
VMFA-232 Red Devils and VMFA-115 Silver Eagles were in Nam Phong, Thailand (MCAS Rose Garden) in 1972 and 1973. I was Night Crew Chief in Engine Shop VMFA-232 at that time. Both ended up at Iwakuni eventually. When they left Thailand the Red Devils went to Cubi Point, Philippines and Silver Eagles went to Okinawa before going back to Iwakuni