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USMC VMF-N-311 Squadron Patch, Korean War era. Sold on ebay 10.1.2011 for a wopping $1,282


Arriving in Korea on December 7, 1950, VMF-311 was the first land-based Marine jet squadron (9F-2Bs) be used in combat providing close air support for the Marines and Soldiers on the ground. n late-June 1952 the squadron participate in the attack on the Sui-ho Dam. Additionally the squadron pioneered strip-alert tactics still practiced today. Legendary pilots during this era included later Astronaut and Senator John Glenn and baseball star Ted Williams. In over 2½ years of action in Korea the squadron amassed 18,851 combat sorties. In 1957, the squadron finally was re-designated Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311). The nickname “Tomcats” was also bestowed during this era.




The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps. (General A. A. Vandegrift, USMC, 5 May 1946)



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This patch is one of those made by the Hashimoto's insignia shop located in Osaka, Japan. Each patch, from a service command to the most exotic Airborne, is a work of art done with embroidery. More details about the Hashimoto patch collection are availabe from The American Society of Military Insignia Collection Quarterly publication, The Trading Post (January-March 2008)


In mid 1951, VMA-121 received orders to activate its reserve members and departed Glenview, Illinois for Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California. After completion of training in the Skyraider, the Squadron was transported aboard the carrier USS Sikko Bay to Yokosuka, Japan to begin final preparations for a combat deployment to the Republic of Korea. In June 1953 they also set a then Marine record for a single day's ordnance delivery when 16 AD-2 Skyraiders dropped 156 tons of bombs during the attack on the Sui-ho Dam.


VMA-121 deployed to K-6 Airfield at Pyongtaek, Republic of Korea on October 19, 1951 and conducted their first strike on October 27. Their mission was to conduct strike missions in support of infantry operations. The squadron dropped more bomb tonnage during the Korean War than any other Navy or Marine Corps squadron, devastating enemy airfields, supply dumps, bridges, and railroad yards.


During the Korean War the Squadron insignia depicted Al Capp's "WolfGirl" from the comic strip L'il Abner. The "Wolf Raiders" of VMA-121 remained in South Korea for several years after the cease-fire in 1953. Returning to MCAS El Toro in 1957, the squadron assumed its role in the Unit Deployment Program with scheduled rotations to Japan and traded in its AD Skyraider aircraft and joined the jet age with the F9F-8B. The Cougar equipped with the LABS system for loft bombing, was the first aircraft flown by the squadron capable of delivering nuclear weapons.





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