2017 Reunion, June 7th-10th - The Maxwell Hotel, Seatle, Washington

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Marine Fighter Attack Squadron-333 (VMFA-333), also known as both "Bengal Tigers' and 'Shamrocks', was assigned with Marine Aircraft Group 31, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Fleet Marine Forces, Atlantic (FMFLANT), stationed at the Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, South Carolina. The squadron area, including the enlisted barracks, was affectionately known as either 'Shamrock Country', 'Tiger Country'. The squadron was the subject of a fictionalized movie named "The Great Santini", starring Robert Duvall. This is when the squadron was equipped with the McDonnell-Douglas F4J Phantom aircraft. The Shamrocks later flew the F4 Super J, F4S and F18 aircraft. The squadron was disbanded after the Gulf War, in 1992.


Our Most Recent

2015 Held in Charleston, South Carolina. Back in our old stomping grounds, With visits to MCRD Paris Island and of course our old home MCAS Beaufort.

Charleston, South Carolina

photo Courtesy Tom Merkle

A Grand Time Had by All

Put a bunch of "Shamie" Marines together. Throw in some beer and cocktails. What do you get? PARTEE!!!! WooHoo! Our entertainer was outstanding and also a Marine!


photo Courtesy Tom Merkle

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We Need You

The VMFA-333 Association is looking for an Historian!

As we Shamrocks age. We have a responsibility to record the deeds of the Squadron as a whole, individual heroics and group and individual stories. If we do not ensure that these things are recorded then after we have all received our PCS orders to MCAS Heavenly Gates. VMFA-333 will cease to exist. Oh we have our plaque in place at NMMC and honestly it's better than nothing. But all those good times and events that made 333 great will be lost forever. Those things will be gone unless you, yes you, write those things down and our Historian puts them in order for those folks to come, can read about the history we made and good times that we had. Contact the webmaster. Hey that's me!

Never Forgotten

Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there

I do not sleep
I am a thoGone but never forgottenusand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn rain

When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night

Do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there, I did not die

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