This HMM-362 website is dedicated to two individuals
who are responsible for what we were in the 1960s and who we are today,
Archie Clapp and Tom Hewes. The Corps has never has a shortage of
leaders, but these two gentlemen have had a lasting effect on all of or
lives regardless of whether we served with them or not.
Archie Clapp took the Archie's Angels ashore in
April of 1962 forever insuring that this squadron would always hold the
distinction of being the first Marine tactical unit to serve in Vietnam.
Not only did he establish our place in Marine Corps
history, but also instituted so many innovations as to practically write
the textbook on combat-helicopter operations. In addition to being a great
leader and tactician, Colonel Clapp was a fine writer who wrote numerous
articles related to this deployment and the lessons learned from it.
Tom Hewes answered the call many years later by
single-handedly turning a small list of former Archie's and Ugly Angels
into the finest group of USMC/ Helicopter veterans on the planet. Starting
out he contacted one Marine after another. Beginning in 1996, he created
our own newsletter, always welcoming every "fng" and keeping us all
updated as to what was going on. When projects began to develop, Tom
formed the Ugly Angel Memorial Association to raise money and organize the
workers. This led to the two memorials that today serve as hallmarks of
HMM-362; the YL 42 restoration at the Museum of Naval Aviation at
Pensacola and The WING at MCB Quantico.
None of us can doubt that the pride we associate with being an
Archie's Angel or an Ugly Angel combat veteran would be a fraction of what
is is today if not for the work, professionalism and esprit de corps of
Colonels Archie Clapp and Tom Hewes.