HMA-369 Gunfighters Patch – Sew On
Marine Light Attack
Helicopter Squadron 369
In 1972, during Operation Marhuk (MARine HUNter Killer), HMA-369 became the first Marine Corps helicopter squadron to conduct offensive operations against an enemy. The squadron was also the first FMF helicopter squadron to fire the “Zuni” rocket in combat (sorry 169!). The “Gunfighters” were the first Marine squadron on the scene during the Gulf War, and later participated in peacekeeping operations in Somalia. During 2003, HMLA-369 deployed with MAG-39 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
H&MS-36 Sub Unit 1 redesignated 1 Apr 1972 as Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 369.
Activated 1 April 1972 at Futenma, Okinawa, as Marine Attack Helicopter Squadron 369 and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.
Deployed during June 1972 – January 1973 in Far Eastern waters with the Seventh Fleet.
Participated in the Southeast Asia evacuations, Vietnam, April 1975.
Relocated during April 1977 to Camp Pendleton, California, and reassigned to Detachment Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing.
Reassigned during July – August 1978 to Marine Aircraft Group 39.
Participated in numerous training exercises throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Participated in the Unit Deployment Program between the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing on Okinawa and the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing in the United States during the 1980s.
Redesignated 15 September 1987 as Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 369.
Participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia, August 1990 – March 1991.
Participated in Operation Restore Hope, Somalia,
December 1992 – April 1993.
Participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003.
PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION
JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD STREAMER
1992 – 1993
NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER WITH 4 BRONZE STARS
1972 – 1973
1990 – 1991
MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION STREAMER
1986 – 1988
NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE STREAMER WITH 2 BRONZE STAR
ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER WITH 1 BRONZE STAR
VIETNAM SERVICE STREAMER WITH 1 BRONZE STAR
SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE STREAMER WITH 2 BRONZE STARS
GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY STREAMER
Nicknames: “Pistol Petes” (Vietnam); “Marhukers” (Vietnam); “Gunfighters”
ID Code: SM 1972-
Aircraft: AH-1J/W; UH-1N