Navy Seawolves
 
Seawolf Facts
 

  • The first Wolf gram was issued from FT Benning, GA in March 1967. The author was Lt Allen Weseleskey.

  • First year operations statistics:
      13,761,000 .762 rounds fired
      155,000 2.75 inch rockets fired
      800,000 rounds of fifty and thirty cal rounds fired

  • During TET of 1968, 275 M60 barrels burned out. The squadron had to borrow barrels from a Marine unit in Da Nang. HMN-165 flew the emergency barrels to HA(L)-3 in an H46.

  • HA(L)-3 was decommissioned in March,1972. Approximately 3000 men were rotated through the squadron. We have found, to date, 686 Wolves.

  • Operations statistics 1969-1971

        1969

        Total Flight Hours: UH1B
        Total Flight Hours: UH1L
        Enemy Killed (Confirmed/Probable)
        Enemy Structures (Destroyed/damaged)
        Enemy Sampans
        Enemy Junks
        23,527
        318
        447/750
        1148/1783
        971/769
        44/55

        1970

        Total Flight Hours: UH1B
        Total Flight Hours: UH1L
        Enemy Killed (Confirmed/Probable)
        Enemy Structures (Destroyed/damaged)
        Enemy Sampans
        Enemy Junks
        26,099
        7,874
        755/1,128
        1,120/1,210
        1,641/1,476
        7/4

        1971

        Total Flight Hours: UH1B
        Total Flight Hours: UH1L
        Enemy Killed (Confirmed/Probable)
        Enemy Structures (Destroyed/damaged)
        Enemy Sampans
        Enemy Junks
        25,224
        9,599
        1,040/990
        593/1,057
        1,255/410
        37/24

  • The men of HA(L)-3 were awarded:

        5 Navy crosses
        31 Silver Stars
        2 Legion of Merit Medals
        5 Navy and Marine Corps Medals
        219 Distinguished Flying Crosses
        156 Purple Hearts
        101 Bronze Stars
        142 Gallantry Crosses
        Over 16,000 Air Medals
        439 Navy Commendation Medals
        228 Navy Achievement Medals
        6 Presidential Unit Citations
        2 Meritorious Unit Commendations
        1 Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation

  • Four modified LST's (Landing Ship Tank) were used to support TF-116 Gamewarden operations.

  • The Navy created three separate Task Forces to interdict enemy activity along the coast and in the delta.
          TF115 "Market Time," Coastal Surveillence Force
          TF116 "Gamewarden," River Patrol Force
          TF117 Mobil Riverine Force
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