The Pacifica Mascot, The Seawolf, was inspired by the Seawolf Helicopter Squadron (Vietnam).
Helicopter Attack Light Squadron Three (”HAL-(3)”) began its history as detachments of Navy Helicopter Combat Support Squadron One (HC-1) which began helicopter gunship operations in support of the ”Brown Water Navy” (Patrol Boats, River [PBR’s]), Special Seal Team Operations, and Army units in the Mekong Delta of South Vietnam on September 19, 1966.
The detachments of HC-1 adopted the name ”Seawolves”. The HA(L)-3 Seawolves was officially established on April 1, 1967, in Vung Tau, South Vietnam, and was the only active duty Navy helicopter gunship squadron in the history of Naval Aviation. During the squadron’s existence, the nearly 3,000 veterans of HA(L)-3 displayed extraordinary courage in support of United States military and political objectives in Vietnam. From 1966 to 1972, 44 veterans of HA(L)-3 gave their lives in support of military operations in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam.
The extraordinary performance of the veterans of HA(L)-3 earned numerous unit citations including 6 Presidential Unit Citations, 7 Navy Unit Commendations, 1 Meritorious Unit Commendation, a Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the Vietnam Service Medal. The valor of the veterans of HAL-(3) earned 5 Navy Crosses, 31 Silver Stars, 2 Legion of Merit Medals, 5 Navy and Marine Corps Medals, 219 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 156 Purple Hearts, 101 Bronze Stars, 142 Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses, over 16,000 Air Medals, 439 Navy Commendation Medals, and 228 Navy Achievement Medals, making it possibly the most decorated Navy squadron during the Vietnam War.