Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462


"The Screw Crew", "Heavy Haulers"



15. April 1944 VMF-462 established at MCAS El Centro CA
10. September 1945 VMF-462 disestablished at MCAS El Toro CA
1. November 1957 HMR(M)-462 reestablished at MCAS Santa Ana CA
1. February 1962 HMR(M)-462 was redesignated HMH-462


1957 - today YF



1944 - 1945



1957 - 1968
HR2S-1 (CH-37C)



1968 - 1971



1971 - 1983



1983 - 1989



1989 - present
VMF-462, HMR-462, HMH-462  Deployments 
19. April 1974 - 11. May 1975 CVAN-65 USS Enterprise CVW-14 CH-53A YF 00
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VMF-462, HMR-462, HMH-462 Commanding Officers 
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Marine Fighting Squadron 462 (VMF-462) was activated MCAS El Centro, California on 15. April 1944. On 10. October 1944 the squadron absorbed personnel and equipment from VMF-481 and they were redesignated a fighter pilot replacement training unit. The unit flew the Vought F4U-1 Corsair during this time. Shortly thereafter they transferred to MCAS El Toro, California and remained there until the end of the war. The squadron was quickly deactivated after the war's end on 10. September 1945.

On November 1, 1957, 462 was reactivated at MCAF Santa Ana, California as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron (Medium) 462 HMR(M)-462. In March 1958 the squadron received the Sikorsky HR2S-1 (CH
-37 Mojave), known as the "Deuce".Redesignated 1. February 1962 as Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462. Reassigned during August 1965 to Marine Wing Service Group 37.

In August 1968, under the command of LtCol R.E. Nelson, the squadron deployed to South Vietnam for combat operations. Assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 36 at Phu Bai Combat Base, the squadron was tasked with supporting the 3rd Marine Division.

On 20. October 1969 as part of Operation Keystone Cardinal, HMH-462 departed from Phu Bai to the USS New Orleans for transport to Okinawa to provide support to Marine forces in Japan. In 1975 HMH-462, still stationed in Okinawa, was assigned to the 9th MAB and 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. On 12. April 1975 the squadron operating from USS Okinawa, participated in Operation Eagle Pull, the evacuation of Phnom Penh. Seventeen days later from 2930 April, HMH-462 participated in Operation Frequent Wind, the evacuation of Saigon. Shortly thereafter, the squadron was embarked upon the USS Hancock and
sailed back towards Cambodia to participate in the rescue operation of the SS Mayaguez. The Mayaguez rescue was completed before the Hancock arrived on station and the Hancock returned to Subic Bay.

After nearly ten years of continuous overseas service, HMH-462 was relocated to MCAS Tustin, California and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 16. They also participated in the Unit Deployment Program to MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, In December 1989, a squadron detachment was assigned to participate in coup contingency operations in the Republic of the Philippines as part of Marine Aircraft Group 90.

In August 1990, the "Heavy Haulers" were assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 70 and deployed to Jubail, Saudi Arabia as part transport, MEDEVAC, VIP, and FARP support to Marine Expeditionary Force operations.

In February 1991, the squadron relocated to Tanajib, Saudi Arabia, where it provided support for Operation
Desert Storm. Following the conclusion of hostilities, the squadron returned to MCAS Tustin. In June, the Heavy Haulers took possession of their first CH-53E Super Stallion and began the transition process.

HMH 462 served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from February 2003 to October 2003 and Operation Enduring Freedom from September 2004 to May 2005. They flew many missions supporting logistics and combat missions involving insertion and extraction of special forces groups.



last update 7. March 2022

written  19. April 2009


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