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I know that there are many, many stories to be told of 333. From gunners be told to bail out of their SBD-5 to "Oh McDonald had a farm" soirees in the Q to close calls on the boat. We all know that our stories are what keeps 333 alive and breathing. It's what keeps the magic in it.

What happens when we're all gone or too old to remember them. What happens to the squadron then? Those stories that are embellished just a tad more every year are us, they are what make 333 now. When there are no more gunners, pilots, RIO's, plane captains, AMO's or NCOIC's to tell them, laugh or cry at them. If those stories leave this world with us. Who will remember 333 then? .... sadly, no one. 333 will only be a few lines in some official historians books.

You got a good story that deserves to be shared. Start now. EMail your story to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for publication on this web site and storage. Come'on don't be shy... I know you got a doozey.... Let's see now...  how was it that Captain Schmidle ended up with I think 9th Marines on Okinawa for 30 days or so. Oh yea...  and how did Gunny Riggles "Binjo-Bomber" end up at the top of a flag pole in a snow storm or that night of "Shore Patrol" in Iwakuni 1982 for all Staff NCO's and Officers. Just a few things that come to mind.

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2015 F4 Reunion Info


June 17 through the 20th, 2015

Charleston Plaza Hotel

4770 Goer Drive
North Charleston, SC 29406

Tel for Reservations: 1-888-747-1900
"Must give group name VMFA-333 and specify type of room they need: King, Double-Double, Disabled"

0 per night: Includes two hot breakfast Buffets - if more people in the room only an additional per person for breakfast

Wednesday June 17

Hospitality Suite Opens in early PM
Kids Room Opens: 6:00 pm - Games, TV, etc

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His Heroism Goes Beyond Athletics

Brigadier General

Frank Huey

It was his 31st mission, the night of April 21, 1966, in the midst of the Vietnam War and not long after a surge in deployment of American troops, when Frank Alvin Huey's fighter jet was shot down over Laos.

He'd been hotdogging it, gloves off, sleeves rolled up, painting a line of supply trucks with napalm on the Ho Chí Minh trail, when flames roared into the cockpit, searing the Marine's left hand before he managed to eject.

Huey had been a multi-sport star at Milford High and the University of Delaware, and is being honored with his induction into the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame on Thursday at the Chase Center in Wilmington. But before then, as a child, his teachers were all women until he reached seventh grade, when the men began returning home from World War II. This group included his football coach at Milford, a bomber pilot, and Huey, like many boys his age, admired them.

"They had a tremendous influence on us," he said.

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Marines Air Chief Nominated For Key Defense Advisory Role

Law360, Washington (February 18, 2014, 8:48 PM ET) -- U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Robert E. Schmidle Jr. has been nominated as principal deputy director of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation, advising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on the cost and feasibility of planned defense programs, the DOD announced Tuesday.
Schmidle, nominated to fill the CAPE role by President Barack Obama, is currently the Marine Corps’ deputy commandant for aviation, heading up policy for the Corps' aviation units and facilitating their manning, training and equipment, according to the DOD.

CAPE, which has held several names since its establishment in 1961 as the Office of Systems Analysis, works to combine the expertise of about 150 military officers and civilian workers across a range of disciplines with support from contractors to provide private, independent analysis to the defense secretary, according to the agency.

The agency's analysis extends to military plans, programs and budgets, assessing them — often against potential alternatives — on the basis of cost and available resources and whether programs meet defense objectives and policies. It also explores the impact of DOD spending on the U.S economy, it claims, and as such, Schmidle will play a key role in advising Hagel on the future of the military.

Among other duties, CAPE assists with development of joint programming guidance for the DOD, setting out the agency’s future plans, and with the direction of the military’s annual program review, although it does not have any direct decision-making authority.

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Beaufort on track to get 1st F-35 in June

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Marine Corps in South Carolina is getting its first futuristic F-35 fighter jets in June, a commander from the Air Station in Beaufort announced Wednesday.

Marine Air Group 31 commander Col. Bill Leiblien told members of the South Carolina Military Base Task Force that the first of dozens of aircraft and pilots are due to arrive by early to mid-June.

“We will be in full pilot production in October 2014,” Leiblien told the group of several dozen military officers and supporters.

Leiblien said it will take about eight to 10 months to train each pilot on the advanced aircraft, which is both stealthy and supersonic.

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333 History

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 333 (VMFA-333) was a United States Marine Corps fighter squadron consisting of F/A-18 Hornets . Known as the "Fighting Shamrocks" and “Trip Trey”, the squadron participated in action during World War II, the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm The squadron’s aircraft were easily recognizable by the row of three shamrocks painted on the vertical stabilizers of their aircraft. They were decommissioned on March 31, 1992.

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