VMO-6  "Klondike"

Marine Observation Squadron Six (VMO-6), call sign Klondike, served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1970.  In 1967, a Klondike flight crew, led by Captain Stephen Pless, conducted a daring rescue of four American soldiers, stranded on a beach near the village of My Lai, Vietnam, earning the Medal of Honor and three Navy Crosses in the action. VMO-6 History

Official VMO-6 Patch - 1967. This patch was worn by members of the squadron in 1966 and 67. The patch reflects the evolution of VMO-6 from a fixed wing observation squadron, flying small single engine airplanes over Okinawa in World War II and Korea, to a light helicopter squadron. In Korea, VMO-6 was the first helicopter squadron to conduct extensive medevac operations and thus the cat "Sylvester" is carrying a litter, binoculars, a radio, and a tail rotor. Image: VMO-6 cruise book.




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