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4th Annual Seawolves Luncheon to Honor HA(L)-3 Seawolves Unit

January 3, 2017 | by Michael Balsley

High schools across the country have mascots- only Pacifica Christian High School in Santa Monica has a Squadron

Pacifica is once again honored to host members from the Seawolf Helicopter Squadron as part of our Homecoming Weekend on January 7, at its 4th Annual luncheon. This years’ event, taking place from 11:00am-12:45pm at Pacifica, is being hosted by the newly founded Pacifica Sports Booster Club

Beginning in 1966, specialized helicopter squadrons were established to support patrol boats, Special Seal Team operations and army units in South Vietnam. The Seawolves were officially established on April 1, 1967 during the Vietnam War as the only active duty Navy helicopter gunship squadron in the history of NAVY aviation. From 1966 to 1972, 44 members of the Seawolves gave their lives in support of military operations.  The Seawolves earned over 16,000 air medals, ranging from the six Presidential Unit Citations to 156 Purple Hearts.

Many of these veterans have come to know the Pacifica Seawolves community over the year’s, and this luncheon is a small way to give back to these men who gave so much for our country.  Says Jack Watkinson, Athletics Booster Club committee member, “We would like to invite all Pacifica Parents and any other adults interested in this unique period of time in the history of the United States to attend a special presentation/luncheon to hear more about the Seawolves incredible story!” 

The luncheon, free and open to the public, will have an 11:00am star and include a meet and greet, presentation on the history of the Seawolves’ unit, and opportunities to hear unique stories from various attendees about their personal experiences as part of the squadron. Lunch will be served and we expect to be wrapped up by about 12:45 pm.

Don’t miss out on this unique and very personal opportunity to hear this story, meet some of our veterans and honor these men and their families who have given so much to our country.  “We expect it to be a very memorable event that you won’t soon forget,” continues Watkinson. “We will also be honoring the Seawolves during halftime of the boys’ basketball game on the evening of January 7.”

 Please RSVP at your earliest convenience to Jack Watkinson at jwatkinson1@ca.rr.com and feel free to call with any questions at (310) 216-4226.