The Purple Foxes Celebrate His Retirement
Did You Know? - Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364) is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-46E Sea Knight transport helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Purple Foxes", is based at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California and falls under the command of Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39) and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW).
Pete's home for twenty+ years (except when deployed over seas)
Did You Know? -Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is the major West Coast base of the United States Marine Corps and serves as its prime amphibious training base. It is located on the Southern California coast, in San Diego County, and bordered by Oceanside to the south, San Clemente, Cleveland National Forest, Orange and Riverside counties to the north, and Fallbrook to the east.
The base was established in 1942 to train U.S. Marines for service in World War II. By October 1944, Camp Pendleton was declared a "permanent installation" and by 1946, it became the home of the 1st Marine Division. It was named after Marine General Joseph Henry Pendleton (1860–1942), who had long advocated in setting up a training base for the Marine Corps on the west coast. Today it is the home to myriad Operating Force units including the I Marine Expeditionary Force and various training commands.
The colors are presented
These guys look GREAT
Pete is in the formation and looking good
We are sure proud of him
The wind made the flags wave briskly
Lisa is escorted to the front
His commanding officer (LtCol Jeep) does the honors
Lisa was not too scared to come forward
We don't know what was said but it was not enough
LtCol Jeep gave a moving address to the audience and spoke extremely highly of Pete
Pete Speaks Out
Pete checks his notes
"OK Colonel, you can have the mic back now"
Flowers from the Marines to the Mom's and wife
Not a dry eye between them
Del & Vicky
Greg & Bill
Almost a parade
Grandma Sue heads out
The "California Mom"
John takes a load of pictures
Jon and Lisa
Perhaps A Small Tour???
One large hangar
Diane and Vicky are first aboard
Del rides shotgun
Laurie, Hannah, Pat, Robin, and Lisa
The gang is all here
I have a few questions
Hannah's new camera
Do NOT leave junk on the flight line
The Vicky-Cam Captured Many Moments
Our dear neighbors made a mini-cavatin of of the day and came down early. Del and Vicky have known Pete for many years and were so kind in taking pictures of the event. we are truly blessed with friends and family
Flowers for the Mom's and Lisa....
God Bless America
We had a detailed seating chart
The flight line was decorated for the day
The Marine Band played wonderfully... Brought tears to our eyes
Alyce was SURPRISED when she found out Jon was here... We mean surprised
Ralph almost fell over
The Linds were in the back taking it all in
The band really moved around while playing
The pre-formalities performance was terrific
Pete's immediate family took the first row
Up close and personal
Off they go....
Pete is called up front
He meets the Commanding Officer
Jon and Grandpa wear matching shirts
The colors fall back
PAul is clicking away
The troops form a line to congratulate Pete
The officers (pilots)
Good looking group of soldiers
... and future soldiers
Grandma Sue gets hugs
Lisa and Alyce
Jon and his dad
We visit the choppers
Theo is having a ball
The business end of the craft
"I wanna take it home.... and the pilot too"
Del wants a ride
Del and the Staff Sergeant share tails of flying
We wear the same sizw shirt... That's worrysome
Let me out... I wanna go to the party