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Korean War Marine Helos

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  • Korean War Marine Helos

    I have a question about the names of the Marine helicopters flown during Korean War: 1950-1953

    The HRS (H-19) was given the official name CHICKASAW

    The HTL (H-13) was given the official name SIOUX

    The HO3S was given the official name DRAGONFLY

    Did the Marines give any un-official names to these three types of aircraft? Like during Vietnam the CH-46 was a SEA KNIGHT but was more often called a FROG, and the UH-34 was called a DOG.

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    Re: Korean War Marine Helos

    Not the Helicopter its self but the HO5S engine we called the "Horribly Opposed engine" because the helicopter was so underpowered. Of Course it was a horizonally Opposed engine setting with the shaft up right. In hot weather we would run down the dirt strip with a load to get a takekeoff. Of course out in the field there was no place in the paddies to do that. (VMO-6; A-9, Tonga Rii Korea 1953) SF PM


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      Re: Korean War Marine Helos

      Allyn, Worked on HRS's from 1952 until 1959 including Korea 53-54. We always called them HRS's.


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        Re: Korean War Marine Helos

        I was with HMR163 53-54. What you always referred to as the HRS, our pet term for the 19 was the "Guppie" because of the distinctive shape.