We are sad to announce that Rich Duff "returned to base" on Oct. 19, 2014. Rich was our Association's webmaster and was responsible for building and maintaining our website. He served in HMM-265 for a brief period during 1970.
Lt. Col. Richard H. Duff, Jr. USMC (Ret.) of Manassas, VA died suddenly on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 at the age of 69.
Lt. Col. Duff earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Drexel University in Philadelphia and received his M.S. (with distinction) in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
A retired naval aviator and a Vietnam veteran, Lt.Col Duff was a career Marine officer, serving from 1968 to his retirement in 1989. His last assignment was at the Pentagon. Formerly a presidential helicopter pilot, he flew Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.
In retirement he was V.P. of Information Technology at Insight, Inc. He was also the Deputy Team Lead of the National Museum of the Marine Corps Public Outreach Team.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Cheryl Davis Duff, his daughter Joanne Duff of Atlanta, GA and his son Richard Jeremy Duff and wife Jennifer, Grandsons Caleb and Aaron of Burke, VA.
A memorial service and burial were held at the Quantico National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requested contributions be made to the Marine corps Scholarship Foundation at mcsf.org or the Marine Corps Heritage Center at marineheritage.org.
Retired Staff Sargent Elmer Frank Durbin passed away on Oct. 10, 2014. Frank fought cancer for over three years. He was just a month short of his 80th birthday.
I had the Honor of being able to assist Frank and his wife of 49 years,Terry during the last year or two. When Frank was not able to drive I was able to take him and Terry to his Chemo sessions. I was there the day the Doctor told Frank he had done everything that he knew. Then looking at Frank and his determination, the doctor said "Maybe there is another combination we can try". Frank said "Go for it".
Frank was a Crew Chief in HMM-265 while they still had H-34's and continued with the Squadron until he left Vietnam in May of 1967. He met his wife Terry while on the Caribbean Cruise in 1965 and they were married in Feb. before he left for Nam in April of 1966. They had two children and now have 5 Grandchildren.
Frank was interred in the VA National Cemetery in Salisbury, NC with full military Honors, his family and about 20 Squadron mates in attendance and escorted by a contingent of Rolling Thunder Honor Guard.
Welcome to the official site of the HMM-265 Veterans Association...
Anyone who has served in HMM-265 is eligible for membership in the HMM-265 Veteran's Association.
To apply for membership, select the "Contact Us" menu item, then the "FNG" menu item, and submit the form provided. Our membership officer will review your submission. Upon approval, you'll be contacted and added to the roster.
The site is organized as follows:
News: Latest Association news.
Admin: Information such as our RTB List, MIA List and ultimately our roster (the roster has not yet been implemented)..
Reference: Reference materials of interest to HMM-265 Veterans Association members.
Links: Links to web sites of interest to HMM-265 Veterans Association members.
Reunion 2015: Watch this space for information about our 2015 Marine Corps Birthday Reunion Cruise as it comes available. Cruise schedules will be published in the Spring and early Summer of 2014.
Past Reunions: Information about our last two reunions in 2012 & 2013
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Note: At the current time, all material on the site is in the public area -- no login is required. Ultimately, we'll have a private area for members only. When the private area is operational, the membership will be notified and provided with access instructions.