Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362 (HMH-362) is a United States Marine
Corps helicopter squadron consisting of CH-53D Sea Stallion transport
helicopters. The squadron, known as the "Ugly Angels", is based at Marine Corps
Base Hawaii and falls under Marine Aircraft Group 24 (MAG-24) and the 1st Marine
Aircraft Wing (1st MAW).
The mission of HMH-362 is to provide assault support transport of combat troops,
supplies and equipment during expeditionary, joint or combined operations. Be
prepared for short-notice, worldwide employment in support of Marine Air-Ground
Task Force operations.
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, stationed at Marine Corps Base Hawaii was
activated on April 30, 1952 as Marine Helicopter Transport Squadron 362.
The Marine Corps' operational involvement in the Vietnam War began on April 9,
1962 when the HMM-362, Archie's Angels, with their Sikorsky UH-34s, arrived at
Soc Trang in the Mekong Delta south of Saigon. The task unit was called "Shufly"
and its first operational employment involved lifting Vietnamese troops into
2 CH-53D helicopters from HMH-362 coming into the landing zone.The unit has
additionally been involved in numerous contingency and combat operations since.
These include deploying to Saudi Arabia for Operation Desert Storm and service
aboard an aircraft carrier during Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti.
Global War on Terror
In March of 2002, HMH-362 opened a new chapter when it became the first CH-53D
squadron from MAG-24 assigned to the Marine Corpsí Unit Deployment Program at
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan for a six-month period. HMH-362 ended
2002 with a culmination of over 59,000 Class A mishap-free flight hours.