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  • Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267 US Marine Corps
  • hmla-267 mcas futenmaAH-1Z & UH-1Y at MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Dec. 2, 2016

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 267

1966-1987 badge
The Stingers, tail code UV, was organized as HML-267 at MCAF Camp Pendleton, an outgrowth of VMO-5 in December 1966. VMO-5 was slated to receive all fixed wing OV-10A s at the time, so HML-267 received the UH-1E inventory from VMO-5. In 1987 with the reception of AH-1Ws became HMLA-267

On 2009 they made history with the maiden deployment of the UH-1Y Huey and by 2012 they transitioned completely from the AH-1W to the AH-1Z Viper

I was assignned to HML-267 as a PFC 6112/6124 in the fall of 1972 after completing training with TME33 on the same airfield. Our housing was in old WWII barracks in Area 14 just below the hill where Camp Pendleton's Red-Line Brig was located. It was a real pain in teh rear getting to "Champo Flats" and the flight-line. The bus schedule wasn't user friendly, and if you were young and without a car, were dependant upon it. I was first assigned to the "Check Crew" to receive more OJT, them moved to flight line. I received overseas orders in Feb 1973 and headed to Okinawa (HML-367 & H&MS-36) I also spent time aboard the USS Tripoli and Inchon. I returned to MCAS Yuma where I became the NATOPS crewchief Eval/Inst for SAR and ultimately returned to HML-267 and HML 167 in 1975 for training as we (Yuma) prepared to receive the UH-1N. I enjoyed my time with HML-267. The time has faded many memories but several stick out. One day (early 1973) HML-269 rolled an AH-1J Cobra over just off our flight line. I also remember the senior NCO for the Check crew broke both wrists playing combat volleyball over lunch in front of the hanger....he soon learned who his buddies were as with both hands in casts- needed assistance in the rest room! I often crewed weekend cross-country trips....most often to Yuma. I had fun on those trips and was probably one reason I requested stationing there upon return from Okinawa. The big reason was the small Search and Rescue unit stationed there. I also helped out in the ALSE hop. Since I could sew, I was asked to assist make the HML-267 aircraft VIP seat coverings. I got out of the Marines in 1976 to complete college. in 1980 I joined the AZNG as a crewchief (3/4 of us were former Marines) I attended Army Rotary Winged Flight School in 82-83 and retired with 38 years of service (25 active) in Mar 2010. I had 1400 hours of crewchief time and 4000+ as a pilot. My last aircraft was the Apache Long Bow.
I may have been with you. My name Larry Bettinelli (Zeke) I was a 1st lt at the time in HML 267 at the same time you where there. I was also in 462 the composite squadron on the USS Tripoli, New Orleans and the USS Okinawa With 362 in Op Eagle Pull I'm Looking for some information concerning a Medivac I did from 29 palms to North Island In Oct73
1966-1969, I was with VMO-5, HML-267 I loved this units. I miss my brothers who I went to rescue after a training mission and didn't make it. I think of you all the time and miss you. NCOIC of the T53-L11 Jet Engine shop and crew chief. If anybody remembers this accidents please email me. Sgt. H D Leal
1971-1977, I was in HML 267 before the new hangar was built crew chief uh-1e single engine, mine was 00

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