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Save The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

MARINES & FRIENDS - YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED TO SAVE THE FLYING LEATHERNECK AVIATION MUSEUM!

On April 1, 2021, the United States Marine Corps intends to permanently close the Flying Leatherneck Aviation  Museum. It is the Marine Corps’ plan to break up the aircraft collection and give it away, sell it or destroy it. There is no current plan to dispose of the artifacts.

April 1st is a firm date, there's not much time remaining to accomplish this mission.

Time left:

UPDATE

April 21, 2021

Dear Friends,

Thank you for all your support. Just a quick update on the progress being made to save the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum and its programs.

Your voices were heard. We just received notice that the Marine Corps has placed a hold on divesting any aircraft in the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum collection until this fall to give your Foundation time to secure a new location for the museum. We are thrilled to report that we have had a very positive reception from the City of Irvine and the Marine Corps in our preliminary talks with them. The proposal is to relocate the Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum’s aircraft and select artifacts to Orange County Great Park (formally MCAS El Toro).

The Foundation’s offices have moved down the road. We have several exhibits on display, most notably our new Wall of Honor. Recognizing Marine Corps aviation combat heroes.

Also, without interruption, we continue to provide programs to preserve and share the character, contributions, and sacrifices of the people of USMC aviation. If you are in the neighborhood stop in at 9400 Activity Road, Suite C to say “hello.”

Despite the challenges COVID gave schools, we received good participation in our annual essay and art contests. Winners will be announced in May. A ceremony recognizing the Irene Ferguson Marine Wife of the Year will be held this summer.

We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available. Thank you again for your support. Nothing would have been possible without it.

Semper Fidelis,

Michael J. Aguilar
Brigadier General USMC Retired
Executive Director
Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation

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Date RecordedLast NameFirst NameSquadron / Years
2021-06-11 Syslo Joe 1965-1972, HMM-362,363 and VMA-214
2021-05-27 Evans Rich HMM-262 1968 -1969
2021-05-17 Sullivan Brian Hmh 361
2021-05-03 Keeley Michael VMO-2 1979-83
2021-03-29 Greenman William HMM362
2021-03-25 Martinez Joe HMM 163 1966-1967
2021-03-23 Domenz William HMH-363/4
2021-03-21 Tomlinson Kenneth 1956-1976 USMC Ret.
2021-03-20 Smith Jim HMM-364 70-71
2021-03-19 bonney rob mag16 Flying Doc 69/70
2021-03-19 Powers Lance Son of a Marine Aviator now deceased
2021-03-17 Paul Robert VMA 121 67.VMO 6.68
2021-03-16 DiOrio Edward J. VMO-6 (66/67)
2021-03-15 Lorusso Phil C/1/3 FMF
2021-03-15 Bartick Don
2021-03-15 Dindal Tyler
2021-03-14 Upson Donald
2021-03-14 Baker Jessica
2021-03-14 Laird Jim HMM 362 ( 66-67)
2021-03-14 Creamer ED HMM-362 (65-66) HMH-463 (70-71)
2021-03-14 Hedges Manuel (Bush)
2021-03-14 Puterbaugh Don 314 ‘67-‘69
2021-03-14 Cunningham Gary HMM 264, HMM361, VT 3
2021-03-14 shane patrick Son of Master Gunny R.D. Shane WW2, Korea, 3 times Vietnam
2021-03-14 Sexton Dolores
2021-03-14 Sexton Christopher USS Duluth LPD-6, 1987-90
2021-03-14 Gagne Janyce
2021-03-13 Karakoudas Rich HMM165 1972/73
2021-03-13 Hundley David Hmm165. 1968-69
2021-03-12 Dietrich Stephen n/a
2021-03-12 Vandegrift David USMC
2021-03-12 Smith Cecil J. VMO-6 1967
2021-03-12 Holdren Randy
2021-03-12 Mc Intyre Gene HMM 265 65/68
2021-03-12 Nash Thomas HMM 263 1969/1970
2021-03-12 Zabita Peter HMLA 167 / 1989-1993
2021-03-11 Shriver Jim VMO-2, 1966-1967
2021-03-11 Madson Steve HMM-764 2005
2021-03-11 Shavce John HML-367 1968-1969
2021-03-11 Kennedy Tim HMM 165 /1//Hmm
2021-03-11 Kennedy Tim HMM 165 /1//Hmm
2021-03-10 Liberson Caitlin Hml/a-167/5yrs
2021-03-10 Parry Dale HMM 163 , HMM 161, HMM 165 1948-1974
2021-03-10 Moeller Al VMO-6, 1951-52, VFMA-314 1962-64
2021-03-10 Wenk John HMM 263 1967
2021-03-10 MALONE DENNIS HMM-263/1969-1970
2021-03-10 Wilbourne David Swift Boats/UDT/SEAL - Vietnam
2021-03-10 Eagles Tom Corpsman / MAG-16 / 7 years In-Country
2021-03-10 Pirtle Gordon HMM-164/68-69 & 80-84
2021-03-10 Gordon Joe HMM-165 72/73
2021-03-09 westlin Dennis HMM 363 1966, 1967
2021-03-09 Roman Ronald VMGR234
2021-03-09 Roman Ronald VMO2/HML167 68/69
2021-03-09 Carbary Robert “Tim” HMM-363,HMM-264
2021-03-09 Marz Gary VMGR 352/234 Desert Shield/Storm
2021-03-09 Straka Ed HMM165 1968,,364 1967 164,,1972
2021-03-09 Martin Dennis HMM363 66 / 67
2021-03-09 Wernli JOE 67-68 CORPSMAN
2021-03-09 Keller DENNIS 62-63 MARINE GUARD CORONADO ISLAND
2021-03-09 Coffman Ronald HML-167 / 1979-1985, 1996-1997
2021-03-09 Poleski Marty HMM-361 '66-'68
2021-03-09 Burgess Tim HMM-263 69/70
2021-03-09 Jameson Edward Hmm- 263 1968, Hmm-265 1969, HMMT 402 1970/71
2021-03-09 Jaglowski Allen son of Raymond Jaglowski, First Marine Division, Guadalcanal
2021-03-09 Gibbons Joseph
2021-03-08 Holden-Knowles Jamie Widow of 2nd Lt John P Holden II, KIA Vietnam
2021-03-08 Dindal Laura Niece of Roger Herman
2021-03-08 Brown Jerry HMM 163 / 1966-67
2021-03-08 shamer wayne hmm=363 65-66
2021-03-08 Dexter Douglas 361, AAM 1962-1988
2021-03-08 Forster Bob VMO-6 / 69-70
2021-03-08 Colburn Jason HMLA167, HMM264, HMLA167, HMM264, HMLA775, HMLA775, HMLA773, HMLA367, HMLA773, 1993-2013
2021-03-08 Lyons Tom HML 367 68/70 HML771 86/90
2021-03-08 Lyons Tom HML 367 68/70 HML771 86/90
2021-03-08 Ferguson Richard 87th FIS 64-67 USAF
2021-03-08 Whalen Scott FMF 151, HMM363
2021-03-08 Boston Dick 67-68
2021-03-08 Guy Francis 1962-65
2021-03-08 Hinsch Ray HMM161; 1969-1972
2021-03-08 Hammer Daniel HMH-462/1992-1998
2021-03-08 Alls Gary HMM 263 '66-67
2021-03-08 Centore Rick VMO-6/2/1 1965-1967
2021-03-08 Croft Rodney VMO-6 66-67
2021-03-08 Lind Ronald HMM265-165, 69-70
2021-03-08 SWALLOW TOLLIVER HS4/HC1/HS84/HS246/1967-1991
2021-03-08 Wilbourne Barbara Daughter, Wife, Sister and Grandmother to heroes
2021-03-08 Mitchell Charles VMO-6 = '66 - '67
2021-03-08 Speichinger Terrence HMM361 1967-1968
2021-03-08 Witt Steven HML267 1968-69, VMO6 1969-1970, HMS16 1970, HMM262 1970 71, VMGR262 1971
2021-03-08 Tyndall Norman HMM165 1967 VMO-6 1969
2021-03-08 Hallam Michael 62 / 67
2021-03-08 Shelton Frank H&MS 33, VMFA323,VMFA542,VMCJ3/ 1965-1969
2021-03-08 Ethier Richard VMO6 / 3/66-10/67
2021-03-08 Ethier Richard 3/66-10/67
2021-03-08 Boden John VMO-6 66 -67
2021-03-08 Mohilla William VMO-6 / 1969
2021-03-08 Boswell Gordon 1st Recon Battalion, Vietnam 1969-71
2021-03-08 Reinke Lance VMO6 68-69
2021-03-08 Pratt Ken HMM-163
2021-03-08 Mascsak Alan VMO-2, H&MS-36; Aerial Observer 1979-1982
2021-03-08 Martin Justin (Jerry) 3rd Mar Div AO w/ VMO-6
2021-03-08 ubel Jack HMR161 53-55HML167 70-71 362 ,361, 267 , 264
2021-03-08 Rakop, Jr. Harold F. HMM-361, 65-66;HMM -263,70-71 ; HMX-1, 66-70 3 70-71;Hmx-1 66-70
2021-03-08 Rakop, Jr. 1118702 Harold F. VMF-221,1950 1952-56; VMT-2, 1950
2021-03-08 Kufeldt Ed VMO-6, 67-68
2021-03-08 Slayton Johnny hml-167 69-70
2021-03-08 Reeves Randall HML-167 '80-'83
2021-03-08 Knarr Christopher HMM-365/92-94, 01-07; HMX-1/07-11
2021-03-08 Smith Herbert MAG-16 62-63-64
2021-03-08 Archuleta James HMM-364 '65-'66,VMFA-115 '68,'69
2021-03-08 Dunn Michael HAMS-16 & HMM-263 '69
2021-03-08 DeBarge George HMM-361 62/64
2021-03-08 Keeley Michael VMO-2 79-82 -VMGR-234 83-86
2021-03-08 Ring Bill HMM-364,165 67/68
2021-03-08 Martin Dennis 1966/1967
2021-03-08 Moore John HMM-163/361 Vietnam 1965
2021-03-08 Sandbulte Wayne HMM263- 1967; HMM165-1968-69; HMM364-1969-70
2021-03-08 Swain Wendell HML- 167 /70-71
2021-03-08 Miller Paul HMM-361/1967
2021-03-08 Batroff Daniel MWCS 1980-1984
2021-03-08 Grizzle Tim HMT-303 / 86-88
2021-03-08 Miller Don " Gunny " VMO-6 1969, VMO-5 1968, HML-267 1968
2021-03-08 Larson Lew VMO-2 66/67
2021-03-08 Hartman John HMM-165/1967
2021-03-08 Feikert Charles S. 23d RCT 2D Korea50-53 U.S. AirForce 54- 79 Ret.
2021-03-07 Phipps Thomas US Army 3/505 82nd Airborne Division
2021-03-07 Steinway James U.S. Air Force 1965-1969, 2035 Comm Sq. Castle AFB
2021-03-07 Wiley Bo HMM-268, RVN 68-69
2021-03-07 Bankard III Alphonse VMO-1,HMA-269, HMA-369, 70-74
2021-03-07 Harris Robert VMO-6 (1969), HML-167 (1970), VMFA-235 (1973-1976)
2021-03-07 Di Domenico Tom HMM-262, HMM-263, H&MS-36
2021-03-07 Gonzalez Jr Marcelo HMM 365 64-65,HMM 363 67-68, HMM 165 72-73,
2021-03-07 Crutcher Jerry HMH 363, 361 1967,68
2021-03-07 Nelson Ellis HML-167/1970
2021-03-07 Cors Dale HMM-262, HMM-164 '66-'67
2021-03-07 Underwood Joseph HMM-361,66-67;HML-367,71-72
2021-03-07 Mullen Michael HMM-262, ‘67-68; HMA-369, ‘72
2021-03-07 Gates Phil Helos 56 - 68/VMGRs69 - 78
2021-03-07 Carson Emmett HMM-364 1968
2021-03-07 Bailey James HMM-162-1963
2021-03-07 fenwick bill
2021-03-07 Schoenherr Dave VMO-6. 66-68
2021-03-07 Pratt Fred HMM-265 & HMM-161 RVN '68-'69
2021-03-07 Adair Bryan HMM 265 Vietnam Nov 1967 - Jan 1969
2021-03-07 Davis Charles (Chuck) H&MS-16 (68-69)H&HS MCAS Iwakuni (81-89)
2021-03-07 Smith (decd) C. Dannie VMFA 323 Vietnam 1967-1968 Submitted by Charlotte Adair - we have two swords
2021-03-07 Edgren Vern VMGR152, 252 &352 66-70
2021-03-07 Holder Todd HML/A-167 1994-2008
2021-03-07 Day Edward HMM-361 HMM-163 1968
2021-03-07 McMillan Kenneth HMH462-HMM361-363, 61-65
2021-03-07 Gross Nancy Sister of fallen warrior
2021-03-07 Repko William HMM-165, 1966-1968
2021-03-07 Zelinsky Roger HMM-263 '66-'67
2021-03-07 Setter Joseph HMM361/HMM163
2021-03-07 Fore, Jr Dewey HMM 262/ 66-67
2021-03-07 Adams Roy HMM 362 1962 HMM364 1964 HMM 361 1965 HMM 163 1966 SOG 1967-1971
2021-03-07 Barber John "JD" HMM-263 / 70-71
2021-03-07 Lepo Pete HMM-181 65/66; VMO-2 70/71
2021-03-07 Waters KD VMF-323 58-60, VMCJ-1&3- 60-62, VMT-1 62-63, VMO-1,2,3,5- 66-75, MAG -39 CO/XO 80-82
2021-03-07 Campbell William HMM-161?
2021-03-07 Davis Douglas HML-367/1975
2021-03-07 David Tunmire VMO-6 61-66
2021-03-07 FUNFAR BARRY FEB 1968-OCT 1969
2021-03-07 FUNFAR BARRY HML-167 & VMO-2
2021-03-07 Mayers Robert 77-80 Hml 167 VMO1 80-81
2021-03-07 Smith William HMM-164/ 1969-1970
2021-03-07 Crow Bruce HMM-361 '67-'68
2021-03-07 Sepulvado Gary L. HMM-262; Vietnam 1966-67
2021-03-07 Hogoboom Robert HML 167 69-70
2021-03-07 giddings john HMM163
2021-03-07 Doo Clyde 263 & 262/1969
2021-03-07 Reed James HMM 364 / 67-68
2021-03-07 Bibler Jay VMA-121 ~ 1960-1962 / VMFA-314 ~ 1962-1965 / VMFA-115 ~ 1967-1968, 1971-1973
2021-03-07 Rosser Dick VMO-6, HMM-164 67-68
2021-03-07 Shantry Buz HMM-363 66-67
2021-03-07 Munoz Juan HMM-164 1965 -1967 HMM-263 -1970-1971
2021-03-07 Dion Ronald HMM-364 1968-1969
2021-03-07 Boone Bill HML 167 - 1970
2021-03-07 Upshaw Richard HMM-265/1968-69
2021-03-07 Smith Mike "MA" HML-167, 69-70
2021-03-07 Pencek Barry HML-367 1970-71
2021-03-07 Viti Al 67-92
2021-03-07 Pizzuto Mike HMM164 & 165/1966-1967
2021-03-07 Hays Jamie HMM-402, 204, 261, 165, H&MS-26/'69-'77
2021-03-07 Johnson Dan HMLA-167/HMM261/266 _87-92, 96-99
2021-03-07 toettcher richard HMM361 65-66Vma21168-69
2021-03-07 Bibler Steve MACS-1 / 1991-1995
2021-03-07 Stoneking Donald B. HMM-263/265 - 1969
2021-03-07 Larkin G. Larry HMM-262 Vietnam 1967-68
2021-03-07 Cronin Jim HMM-262 70/71
2021-03-07 Andrews Kimo VMO-6, '66/'67, VMA-311, '70-'71
2021-03-07 Otto George Hmm-165, 1967-1968
2021-03-07 Marnin Phil 362 65/66
2021-03-07 Burns Skip HMH 362, 363, 462, 463 VMGR 152, 252, 362,
2021-03-07 Defeo George VMO-6 DEC 66_AUG68
2021-03-07 Casey Jim HMM-263/70
2021-03-07 Princess John HML-167/69-70
2021-03-07 ALLEN JIM HMM 163 6 2 VMO-2 67
2021-03-07 Hilton Jud HMH-463, VMA-211, BLT 2/4, all in RVN
2021-03-07 goodwin ron hmm36 1 66-67 vmo2 70-71
2021-03-07 Schoech Matt MAG16, MABS16 65/66
2021-03-07 Staerker George HML-167 (1970)
2021-03-07 Boulton Steve HML-167
2021-03-07 Stover Smokey HMM 261, 64-66, HMM 365, HMM 402, HMM 161, VMLO 2, VMO 6
2021-03-07 Kenyon Doug HMM 161/HMM 263 '70/'71
2021-03-07 LeCouteur Edward (Frenchy) HMM-161
2021-03-07 Dagley Bob HMH462 HML367, 66-70
2021-03-07 Stewart James HMM 365 ‘64-65
2021-03-07 Gauntner Bob HMM- 362 / 1968-69 VN
2021-03-07 Chellis Scott "Banford" HML-167/1970-1971
2021-03-07 Paskevich Tony Vmo
2021-03-07 Scanlan Gerard 463 /1958
2021-03-07 Beeman John HMM 363 '65, HMM 364 '66, HMM 361 '67, HMM 264 '68
2021-03-07 Barcelon LeRoy HMH-463 Det A (1966 - 67)
2021-03-07 Katz Slick USMC 68-04
2021-03-07 Olson Glenn VMO-6 1966/67; VMO-2 1970/71
2021-03-07 jensen Duane HMM-265 (1966) HMM-364 (1970-71)
2021-03-07 Love Chuck HMM-263/262/164
2021-03-07 Bryant Cody HMM-262/ 3 yr, HMX-1/ 6yr
2021-03-07 Atteberry George HMM-163 '65 VN
2021-03-07 Citrano Jim HMM-363/1967-1968
2021-03-07 Krywko Wally HMM-364/ 1965-66, HML-167 / 1967-68
2021-03-07 Herman Roger HMM-361 / 1967-68, VMGR-152 / 1970
2021-03-07 Beddoe Wally MAG-16 1981-1985