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Marine Air Control Squadron-3 (MACS-3)

The Marine Corps Tactical Data System Test Unit (MTDSTU) at El Toro, CA was incorporated into MACS-3 circa late-1960.
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MACS-3 circa 1950s

Similar to the Design worn at K-3, Korea, circa 1955(that design had a bottom scroll with the Unit Designator per Mr. Holmberg's dBase.


( also linked from: VMF and Helicopter pages )
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MTDSTU = Marine Corps Tactical Data System Test Unit as part of Marine Air Control Squadron-3 at El Toro, CA circa early-1961

In 1957 a study was started to define the structure and implementation of a Marine Corps Tactical Data System Test Unit (MTDSTU).
MACS-3 (located at the Marine Corps Air Facility, Santa Ana, CA) was detached from the Third Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW) in early 1961, designated as the MTDS Test Unit (MTDSTU) and placed administratively under El Toro-based Aircraft, Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific (AIRFMFPAC).


RFU, soiled from normal wear, Used.......inquire
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( Anyone knowing the history of MACS-3, send it! )

partial History
MACS-3 was active in Korea in the 1950s; Returned to the States by 1960.


During the mid-to-late 1950s VMC & VMJ Units were merged to form VMCJ Squadrons

circa, the end of the Vietnam War, VMCJ Units were redesignated VMAQ Squadrons

VMCJ-1, "J-1 Seat Shoppe"

1 of 24 made by Rex at Iwakuni, Japan circa 1970

Squadron was flying RF-4Bs


so9meone removed the Sergeant's name from the label, UnUsed.....inquire

even though this is the 1st Design, I think the construction is later, maybe from the 1970s(?)

VMCJ-2, glue residue on back, UnUsed......(sold)

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partial History
1st Pattern design used from 1957-58

VMC-3 & VMCJ-3

VMC-3 used from 1953-57, 4 7/8", scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed........inquire

VMCJ-3 used from 1957-58, scroll torn to the right of the "3", Used.......(sold)


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 VMJ-1 Photographic Squadron

First Bullion Design per Mr. Holmberg's Book, Japan made

Squadron flew McDonnell F2H-2P Banshees out of K-3 during the KW


larger Bullion insignia, probably from the "New Itami Studio" in Iwakuni, Japan, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......(sold)

( serious buyers, I have a 300dpi picfile and the dimensions )
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partial History
Merged with VMC-1 to form VMCJ-1


1951 - 1953 while in Korea

+1st Design Insignia

made by the Rex Shop in Japan

VMA-121, nickname may be "Wolf Raiders"(?), RFU, never washed, Used......(sold)

+shown in Mr. Holmberg's Book One, page 46 as the 1st Design
I know of one advanced collector who has a U.S. made insignia that may predate this design?
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Made by NEW OTAMI STUDIO, Iwakuni, Japan

Mr. Holmberg's database has this patch as a First Design


VMA-121 Bullion by NEW OTAMI STUDIO, UnUsed.......inquire
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During the Korean War the Squadron used Al Capp's Wolf Girl from the comic strip L'il Abner


Japan made, scrapbook residue and former owner's ID and date written back, (embroidery is flawed at 0300 and at bottom near her feet--use the reverse as a guide to where the imperfections are, on the front), UnUsed......inuqire

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VMA-121(see email 110428)

All pre-1975 designs wanted
Marine Attack Squadron-211 (VMA-211)

"Wake Island Avengers"
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VMA-211, 1950s 5" Japan made, probably by REX of Iwakuni, UnUsed.........inquire

VMA-211 Japan made, Used, Good Condition(GC).....(sold)

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Made in Japan


VMA-211, UnUsed.......inquire
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partial History
After WW2 VMF-211 served in China until the Commies kicked-out the CHINATs circa December 1948.
Relocated to Marine Corps Auxiliary Air Field Edenton, NC circa 1949.
Redesignated VMA-211 and re-equipped with the AD-4N Skyraider.
Received A4D-1 Skyhawks in 1957; Relocated MCAS El Toro, CA circa 1958; Received A-4 upgrades through 1976 with the A-4Ms in 1976.
Relocated to Japan in 1965; Deployed 4 times to the RVN; Returning to MCAS El Toro in August 1976.

Black Sheep, Japan made, UnUsed..(sold)
VMA-223 - Japan made

VMA-223 Large (5.25") Japan made patch, storage marks, UnUsed....(sold)
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VMA-223, 3.75", PI made, UnUsed.........inquire
Marine Attack Squadron 224 (VMA-224)

Marine (All Weather) Attack Squadron 224 (VMA(AW)-224)
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per Mr. Holmberg's dBase this is the 1st design circa 1954 at El Toro, CA flying ADs
(The patch depicted in his dBase is cut-out below the scroll)


LARGE USA made, been in 2 x scrapbooks, UnUsed......inquire
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VMA(AW)-224, Japan made

Designated VMA(AW)-224 upon receiving A-6A Intruders in late 1966

( This insignia is similar in design to the one Mr. Holmberg has listed in his dataBase )


flew Grumman A-6A Intruders at Cherry Point and in Vietnam, Japan made, UnUsed.....inquire
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VMA(AW)-224, by REX of Japan



2nd Design VMA(AW)-224 "BENGALS", made in Japan by Rex, Unused.......inquire
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VMA(AW)-224 Bengals, UnUsed.........(sold)
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partial History
On November 1, 1966, the 224th was Reactivated as VMA(AW)-224 in Cherry Point and assigned to MAG-14 and received A-6A "Intruders".
In April 1971, it deployed aboard the USS Coral Sea with CVW-15, arriving at "Yankee Station" in December 1971.
VMA(AW)-224 served a total of six line periods on "Yankee Station" from December 1971 though June 1972, and participated in numerous operations, including the historic mining of Hai Phong Harbor. Returning to Cherry Point during July 1972, the squadron received the Commandant's Efficiency Trophy and was awarded the Navy Unit Citation for it's action aboard the USS Coral Sea.
VMA(AW)-224, in June 1974, received the Marine Corps' first A-6Es, and deployed to Europe and throughout the United States, resulting in the squadron receiving it's second Commandant's Efficiency Trophy. In November 1975 VMA(AW)-224 became the first Marine A-6E squadron to deploy to the Far East completing two deployments to Iwakuni, Japan in 1976 and 1979. During these deployments, the squadron participated in the highly successful "Operation Team Spirit" in the Republic of Korea.
In September 1980 the squadron participated in NATO exercise "Teamwork 80" operating from Orland Flying Base Norway and in 1982 particiapted in Exercise "Oceanventure 82". VMA(AW)-224 once again found itself overseas, deployed to NAS Cubi Point, Republic of Phillipines from April to October 1983, participating in two Air Force "Cope Thunder" as well as "Operation Balikatant/tangwnt flash" and Japan's "Annuallex 83". The Bengals, from 1984 to 1987 deployed four more times to WestPac, with detachments to the Phillipines, Okinawa, Australia, and Korea.
VMA(AW)-224, after an absense of 16 years, returned to the decks of the USS Coral Sea to perform three carrier qualification periods in fifteen months. The Bengals surpassed 12,000 accident free flight hours to close out 1988, and was tasked with another day/night carrier qualification evolution, this time at NAS Cubi Point and the USS Constellation in the South China Sea.
The Bengals, in June 1990 made a three week heavy weapons deployment to MCAS Yuma, Arizona in preparation for their upcoming October WestPac to Iwakuni. Iraq's invasion of Kuwait on 2 August 1990, found the Bengals intead preparing for their eminent departure to South West Asia in support of "Operation Desert Shield". The Bengals arrived in country at Shaikh-Isa Air Base, Baharain on 28 August and commenced flight operations in support of I MEF units. From 16 January to 28 Febuary 1991, the Bengals led the way in night combat operations in support of "Operation Desert Storm", expending more than 2.3 million pounds of ordnance during 422 combat sorties. VMA(AW)-224, riding on the high tide of victory, returned home to Cherry Point, North Carolina on 26 March 1991.
October 1991 found the squadron again in Iwakuni, Japan. Historically, this deployment marked the final movement of Marine A-6 aircraft in the Western Pacific Theater. The 20th of March 1992 saw the end of a long and proud era in Marine Corps Aviation as the A-6's of VMA(AW)-224 bid WestPac farewell for the last time.
On May 24 1992, VMA(AW)-224 achieved a milestone in Marine Corps Aviation History as the Bengals celebrated their 50th anniversary. As 1992 came to an end, the Bengals started their transition standdown and began giving their A-6's to the Navy. On 6 March 1993 the squadron was redisgnated VMFA(AW)-224 and moved to MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina pending arrival of it's F/A-18D "Hornet" aircraft. Marines are the first service in the world with the multi missioned two seat F/A-18D Night Attack Hornet.
Marine Attack Squadron 225 (VMA-225)

Marine (All Weather) Attack Squadron 225 (VMA(AW)-225)
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per Mr. Holmberg's dBase this is the 2nd design while flying A-4s


USA made, been in two collections, UnUsed.......inquire
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Mr. Holmberg has this design listed as "DANANG 1969"


( factory BLEM = notice the white thread on the reverse, it shows on the front ), UnUsed........(sold)
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dark-blue Japan made, UnUsed.........inquire


Rare "White Eyes" Large (6") 1st Design patch (used from 1964-66), glue residue on back, UnUsed.....(sold)
Marine Attack Squadron-311 (VMA-311)

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 2nd Pattern, circa 1963 Iwakuni, Japan


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VMA-311, 4th pattern at El Toro flying A-4s 1960s


Made in Japan, UnUsed........inquire
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VMA-311 "TOMCATS", DI made in Japan

not the best picture but it will have to do, Used........inquire
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6th Design, used while stationed at El Toro in the 1970s


Made in the PI, UnUsed........inquire
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Large patch - post-RVN era




 Japan made, glue residue on back, UnUsed......inquire


VMA-331 Japan made, UnUsed..........(sold)
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Operation Strong Express TRANSLANT 1972

Goose Bay - Iceland - Norway

VMA-331 A-4M Skyhawk Attack Squadron, Japan made,  UnUsed.......inquire
Marine Attack Squadron 332 (VMA-332)


Marine Attack Squadron (All Weather) 332 (VMA(AW)-332)

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VMA-332, made in Japan

2nd design at K-6 Korea circa 1955 flying ADs per Mr. Holmberg's database


been in two collections, UnUsed.......inquire
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Embroidered on Twill - came with a MAG-24


Scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
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A-4D Skyhawk era, UnUsed......inquire
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VMA(AW)-332, made in Japan


Database shows this design listed for Iwakuni, flying A-6As circa 1970


Tail code "EA", Japan made, UnUsed.......inquire
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partial History
Commissioned in June 1943 at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina as Marine Scout Bomber Squadron 332 (VMSB-332) flying SBD Dauntless dive bombers
Re-designated VMTB-332 March 1, 1945; Transitioned to the TBM Avenger; Relocated to San Diego in November 1945 and Deactivated
Re-commissioned April 23, 1952 as VMA-332 assigned to 3d Marine Aircraft Wing at MCAS Opa Locka, Florida flying F6F Hell Cats; then moved to  F4U Corsairs
Transitioned to the AD-1 Skyraider in 1953 and started Annual Rotations between the East Coast and Asia
Relocated to MCAS Cherry Point, NC in 1958; Received A-4D Skyhawks; Deployed to Udorn, Thailand in 1962; Redeploy back home later that year

Now known as the "Moonlighters" they Transitioned to A-6 Intruders circa August 1968 and Redesignated VMA(AW)-332
Transitioning started on March 1, 1975 to the A-6E Intruder
In July 1982 they Upgraded to the A-6E TRAM (Target Recognition and Attack Multi-Sensor)
On June 16, 1993 the Squadron was Redesignated VMFA(AW)-332); relocated to MCAS Beaufort, SC; received F/A-18D Hornets

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Thai Made


made in Thailand, UnUsed......inquire
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Japan made


VMA(AW)-533 Japan made, UnUsed........inquire
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Japan Made


VMA(AW)-533, Japan made, UnUsed......inquire
VMR Squadrons


VMR-352, I think this is a WWII era patch, unit flew R-5Cs,  UnUsed..(sold)

(these patches supposedly paid for by Tyrone Power(?))

 VMT Squadrons

VMT-18 (Flight 18)

Internal squadron patch for BTG-1(later VT-1) "Flight-18" flying T-34s" at NAAS Sayfley Field near Pensacola, FL

( anyone know the expansion of "BTG"? - if so, let me know and I will add it to this listing )
( anyone know the date VMT-18 was merged with BTG-1? )


VMT-18, 5.5" (Vertical), UnUsed.....inquire
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partial History
In the beginning, VMT-18 was an ALL-Marine Training Squadron; in the late-1950s VMT-18 was "merged" into BTG-1 at NAAS Saufley Field Pensacola, Florida
VMT-18 was then known as BTG-1 "Flight-18"; On May 1, 1960 BTG-1 was (Re)-established as VT-1 as the Training Command squadrons changed to the VT designation
VT-1 "Flight-18" was still mostly populated by Marine instructors and Marine student aviators in 1961-62
(VMT-18 patches were still being sold circa 1961-1962)
On July 31, 1968, NAAS Saufley Field Pensacola, was officially Designated a Naval Air Station (NAS)

I have compiled this information from the Tailhook Association site and a retired Marine Pilot(email 100912)

UI/Mystery Items

Possible ID for this patch (UI#71) that it was a civilian commissary company that supplied/operated PXs in Vietnam

A similar patch was shown on the back of a Marine GWEP in a Japanese Flight Jacket Book dated late-1980s or early-1990s.   

Is this Cam Ranh Bay?

( If you have info contact:   Jack@LJMilitaria.com  )

(also on: Identify and Army RVN era pages)

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Great looking patch - anyone know what unit or system used it?

click on picture for details

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VMCJ-1, 5 1/8" Japan made, removed from jacket, Used.......(sold)
( this picfile is a repro....the shield should be on a white disc )
Other designs of VMA-224 also needed