Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron-352 [VMGR-352]
Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron was activated April 1, 1943 at Cherry Point, N.C., as Marine Utility Squadron 352 and assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 35, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force and reassigned during march 1944 to the 9th Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force. It was redesignated on June 10, 1944 as Marine Transport Squadron 352 and relocated during December 1944 to El Centro, CA. and reassigned to Marine Aircraft Group 35, Marine Fleet Air, West Coast.
It was deployed during August 1945 to Ewa, Hawaii, and reassigned to Marine Aircraft group 15, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force detached during December 1945 from the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing detached during June 1947 from Marine Aircraft Group 15.
It was then redeployed during March 1949 to Barber's Point, Oahu,Hawaii and relocated during November 1949 to Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, Calif., and reassigned to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force reassigned during February 1950 to Marine Aircraft Group 25, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.
It was detached during August 1950 from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing elements and participated in the Korean War from October 1950 to March 1954. It was subsequently reassigned in September 1955 to the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific before being reassigned in February 1956 to Marine Wing Support Group 37, 3d Marine Aircraft Wing.
It was then again redesignated March 1, 1961 as Marine In-Flight Refueling Transport Squadron 352 before being redesignated on Feb.1, 1962 as Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352.
Squadron elements participated in the Vietnam War from June 1965 to October 1972. Additionally, the unit provided support to numerous training exercises during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. VMGR-352 was finally reassigned in July 1987 to Marine Aircraft Group 11. Since then, it has participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Southwest Asia from August 1990 to March 1991, as well as in Operations Restore Hope and United Shield in Somalia.
7 Marines from VMGR-352 were killed as a result of the crash of a KC-130/R aircraft in Pakistan on January 9, 2002. Elements of VMGR-352 were attached to Combined Task Force 58, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
On Sept. 20, 2004, Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, accepted Miramar's first KC-130 J aircraft from the manufacturer, Lockheed Martin Aerospace, with eventually all active duty Marine squadrons to make the change to the J models. Reservists will use the KC-130 T models.
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