By Gary W Parker; Frank M Batha; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division
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VMO-6 helicopters were used for liaison, observation, and medical evacuation. At the end of March, the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, located at Camp Pendleton, moved by truck convoy to Twentynine Palms and began a desert training exercise. Two HOKs from VMO-6 worked with the battalion throughout the exercise to refine methods of air resupply, while OEs from the squadron practiced aerial photography and observation. In 1960 a cadre system was established by which VMO-6 trained new pilots and ground crews for duty with VMO-2 on Okinawa.
Seven helicopters and their crews remained at Yonpo because 'of a shortage of shipping space. Loading'for the remainder of the squadron, eight OYs and two HO3S-ls, was finally completed on 14 December. The LST departed Uungnam the same day and arrived at Pusan two days later. The squadron's forward echelon then moved overland and established a camp at Masan, Korea. Meanwhile, the helicopters left at Yonpo had moved to an area on the beach at Hungnam for security reasons, and on 17 December three flew to the battleship USS Missouri' (BB 63) for transportation to Pusan.
Later, Captain spotting mission in an OY over enemy territory when their aircraft had a mid-air collision with a Marine Corsair. Friendly troops in the area witnessed Norman G. Ewers also made an attempt, but the OY spin to the earth, crash, and burn. Aircraft numerous enemy hits on his helicopter forced him to return to base. The next day planning continued in an effort to rescue the pilot, who had parachuted into enemy territory. A stretcher was rigged with the intention of lowering it through the tree canopy.
A history of Marine Observation Squadron Six by Gary W Parker; Frank M Batha; United States. Marine Corps. History and Museums Division