October 1962. Tense times. VMF(AW)-235 was there. See more in the archives. Suggested read: One Minute to Midnight by Michael Dobbs.


We are saddened to report the death of LtCol. Matthew B. Peck, Jr., Buck passed away on Monday, 11 March 2015. Our long-time friend served in VMF-235 in 1960 and 1961. He was instrumental in the organization of our alumni group, The Death Angels. Buck served for many years as Editor of the Red Nose Review and continued to contribute his talents long after health issues dictated his retirement from that role.

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, 21 March 2015 at 10:00 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 7400 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA (Corner of Hampton Blvd and North Shore Road). Burial will be at sea.

Our thanks to all who have contributed photographs, super sea stories, and other valuable bits and pieces of information for use on our website. See the of Contributors on the Kudos page.

Have your name added to the Contributors list. Send us anything you think is appropriate. See our Log-In page for more information.

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Our thanks to new Death Angles contributors Rod von Lipsey and Michael “Juice” Sobyra for more photos and updated information on the Hornet and on VMFA-235 in Desert Storm. See these pages in the Archives and more Hornet pictures on the F/A18 page.

Mariner Fighter Squadron - 235


Support the Marine Corps Aviation Memorial, to be raised at the Semper Fidelis Memorial park at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Honor the late Col. Robert M. “Hondo” Ondrick, who contributed so much to our MCAA “At Large” Squadron: Squadron-235, The Death Angels, or any of your late USMC friends. Click here for details on how you can participate:  AVIATION MEMORIAL



Our October gathering at the Hammock Beach Resort near Palm Coast, Florida was a great success. Perfect weather and old friends make for a great time. Click the photos to see more.

Join Us for the 46th Annual MCAA Symposium/Marine Aviation Summit! The week will include events for both active duty Marines and retirees, from 17 to 20 May 2017 at the Hyatt in La Jolla, CA.

Go to the MCAA website link in the left sidebar and make your reservations today.



This is the home page of Squadron-235. The Death Angels. We are a small band of Marines all of whom served in one or more of the following Marine Aviation Squadrons: VMSB-235, VMF-235, VMF(AW)-235, VMFA-235. Our members, while in these squadrons, flew, crewed or serviced & maintained the SBD Dauntless, F4U Corsair, F9F Panther, FJ Fury, F8 Crusader, F4 Phantom II, or F/A18 Hornet aircraft during the period from 01 JAN 1943 to 14 JUN 1996.

We are an “At Large” squadron of the Marine Corps Aviation Association and we gather each year in conjunction with the MCAA Annual Symposium. If you served in one of the 235 squadrons and are not on our roster please notify us through the Contacts link. Welcome aboard and Semper FI.


We are saddened to report the death of Maj. Warren K. Wells. Wildcat passed away on Thursday, 07 January 2016. Our long-time friend served in VMF-235 and VMF(aw)-235 from 1960 to 1964. He later served with VMF-351, the Atlanta reserve squadron

Burial will be held on Saturday, 16 January 2016 at 2:00 pm in Vidalia, Georgia


We were saddened to learn of the death of Maj. Billy Adams. Billy passed away on 05 December 2015. Billy served in VMF-235 and VMF(aw)-235 in 1962 and 1963. At Billy’s request, his ashes were privately laid to rest.