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Marine Corps Squadron Celebrates 70th Anniversary April / 24 / 2014
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing’s Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462, assigned to MCAS Miramar, is scheduled to
celebrate its 70th anniversary 4 p.m. Saturday.

HMH-462 traces its lineage back to April 1944 when it taught replacement aircrew how to fly the Vought F4U-1 Corsair in World War II. In 1957, the squadron was reassigned as a medium lift helicopter squadron. Other notable HMH-462 accomplishments include:
  • Supported NASA’s aircraft recovery testing for the Mercury Space Capsule
  • Named honorary members of the Havasupai Indian Tribe for providing humanitarian assistance
  • within the Grand Canyon National Park in the early 1960’s
  • During the Vietnam War, participated in Operations Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind, which
  • evacuated US nationals and allies from Cambodia and Vietnam
  • Supported Operations Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom
  • Continual support for Marine Expeditionary Unit detachments and routine overseas
  • deployments
Today, HMH-462 flies the CH-53E Super Stallion and provides heavy-lift capabilities for assault support missions throughout the world. The unit returned from a 7-month deployment to Afghanistan in February.

Four former commanding officers and past and present Marines will be in attendance for the celebration. In addition, an F4U-1 airplane and CH-53E helicopter will be on display.

Interested media must RSVP to (858) 336-3622 or miramarmedia@usmc.mil by 4:30 p.m. Friday.


Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Media Officer
Public Affairs Office P.O. Box 452017 San Diego, CA 92145-2017

Phone: (858) 577-6000