Unfortunately, due to real world events and the extension of our current deployment, the Commanding Officer has decided to cancel the upcoming Marine Corps Birthday Ball and VMFA-323 70th Anniversary celebration. Our current return date is unknown and this is the best decision to avoid any financial obligations for all those involved in the event we do not make it home in time. Fortunately this will allow us to begin planning next year’s celebration. We would still like to host a Snake reunion to celebrate the 71st anniversary and will send out any information that we have to all those interested. Please contact Captain Josh Southerland or Kimberly Hall with any questions you have.
Semper Fi, Captain Josh Southerland
Marine Fighter Squadron 323 (VMF-323) was commissioned on 1 August 1943. The aircraft and the Marines have changed over the years but their devotion to Duty, Country and Corps has not. Some served in the harsh conditions of combat or as Prisoners of War, while others trained during peace time. Some made the ultimate sacrifice. This Web Site is dedicated to them, The Few, The Faithful, The Proud, The Marines of VMF-323, VMA-323, VMF(AW)-323, and VMFA-323. Our Motto says it all!
“COME TO FIGHT—COME TO WIN”
You are Invited to Drop Your Tail-Hook and Taxi Through the History of Marine 323 Death Rattler Squadron With Us. Line up on the Meatball and have a smooth landing.
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Special Notices and Reunion Information
1. The F8 Crusader Death Rattlers will be holding their next reunion in Pensacola, Fl in 2014. Date to be announced later so check back often for updates. POC is TC Crouson.
2. The 1st MAW Association-Vietnam Service will have their next reunion in New Orleans in 2013 from 22-25 August. Click here for more info.
3. F4 Phantom Marines are having a reunion in either2014. Date and place to be announced later so check back often for updates. Pilots and Ground Crews are welcome. So check back often.
4. Marine Air Groups will hold a reunion in Branson, MO 17-21 Oct 2012. POC is Jim Jordan. Click here for more info.
5. Check out the NEW COFFEE MESS pages and get some great Death Rattler items and gear. Click Here for the Coffee Mess page.
6. The F4 Phantom being restored in Santa Rosa, Ca. by Don Ricci and is dedicated to Maj John Dunn and CWO3 John W. Frederick, Jr. Click Here to view progress. The Phantom has VMFA-323 markings and flew with the squadron at Chu Lai, South Vietnam in 1968.
7. The USS Alabama Battleship Park Museum has restored a F/A18 Hornet that flew air strikes against Lybia on 15 May 1986. Click here to view the Hornet. The Hornet now has VMFA-323 markings.
8. The Palm Springs Air Museum has restored a F/A18 Hornet dedicated to LtCol John C. Spahr and Capt Kelly C. Hinz. Click here to view the aircraft.
9. The USS Interpid Air, Sea and Space Museum in New Your City has a VMFA-323 Phantom on the flight deck. Click here to view the aircraft.
10. The Proud Bird Restaurant across from LAX has VMF-323 F4U Corsair on display. Click here to view.
11. The San Diego Air & Space Museum has restored a AU-1 Corsair dedicated to Capt Jerry Coleman who flew with VMA-323 in Korea. Click here to view the progress.