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A History of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323

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A History of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323
  • by Colonel Gerald R. Pitzl, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
    • History and Museums Division, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C., 1987
      • 74 pages, 29 photos, 1 illustration, 2 maps
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This publication traces the history of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 323 (the "Death Rattlers") from its commissioning in 1943 through warfare in the Pacific in World War II, three years of combat action in the Korean War, intensive involvement in Vietnam, and a number of significant peacetime accomplishments during the 1980s.


  • Commissioning and Preparations for Combat
  • Combat in the Okinawa Campaign
  • Post-World War II: 1946-1950
  • Action in Korea, 1950-1953
  • El Toro and the Dominican Republic Episode: 1953-1965
  • The Vietnam Years: 1965-1969
  • El Toro Again: 1969-1984
  • Notes
  • Appendices
    • Chronology
    • Commanding Officers
    • Honors
    • Glossary of Japanese Aircraft Code Names and Brief Description
    • Aces of VMF-323
    • VMF-323's Song
    • Squadron Insignia

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