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#1 River Patrol

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 07:23 AM

Been lucky enough to obtain this patch indirectly from the family...there were only 3 Marine helicopter squadrons that used the Composite © designation prior to the '80s, but there is conflicting information about the designation for the three units (161,263 & 363)....some say is was a Recon squadron....others sites say Light Transportation.....and, quite possibly, the original patch owner believed it was Medium Range, Compact since the transcription of the history in the shadow box which came from another collector had this designation assigned to the patch (I believe information was from a personal interview). If anyone knows what the true designation means, please inform me.

 

Super rare patch.....if anyone has the other © designation patches please post them because I can't find a single website that shows what they looks like for HMR©-161 or HMR©-263.

 

Thanks in advance!

 

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 07:52 AM

Yes the 3 squadrons were made reconnaissance squadrons in I believe 1958 and they lasted only one year before reverting back to HMR (L) designation. Not sure why the C composite squadron letter was used, I assume since they could perform multiple functions?

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 07:59 AM

Yes the 3 squadrons were made reconnaissance squadrons in I believe 1958 and they lasted only one year before reverting back to HMR (L) designation. Not sure why the C composite squadron letter was used, I assume since they could perform multiple functions?

 

© for composite since I believe they were using some fixed wing aircraft in the squadrons to perform the Recon missions, but I see what you are saying now.


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Posted 18 May 2019 - 09:14 AM

Awesome patch, by the way. I have an HMR©-263 off a jacket. I will post it when I get back from the weekend. - Jeff

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Posted 16 June 2019 - 04:38 AM

Very Nice Patch and great historical background!



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Posted 16 June 2019 - 11:09 AM

That is a great patch.



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Posted 19 June 2019 - 06:32 PM

OK, finally got around to posting the HMR©263.  Came off a leather jacket.  A bit tattered but hard to find. - Jeff

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 05:09 PM

OK, finally got around to posting the HMR©263.  Came off a leather jacket.  A bit tattered but hard to find. - Jeff

 

Jeff, Great Patch!



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Posted 29 June 2019 - 05:18 AM

Oh wow....that 263 is incredible ....a design I've not seen....always learning!




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