Activated 1 March 1942 as Headquarters and Service Squadron 13 at San Diego, the Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 was deployed to the Pacific Theater during World War II, where it earned a Presidential Unit Citation, and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign streamer, and a World War II Victory Steamer before being deactivated in November 1945.

Although it was reactivated during the Korean War (March 1951), it was not deployed overseas until September 1966 after it had been reassigned to the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade, Fleet Marine Forces Pacific. During its four years in Vietnam, the squadrons garnered several awards from the government of the Republic of Vietnam, including three Meritorious Unit Citations (two silver and one bronze star), a Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm streamer, and a Meritorious Unit Citation in Civil Actions Color.

The unit provided aviation logistics support for Marine Aircraft Group 13 of the 3d Marine Expeditionary Forces during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and was deployed to Southwest Asia to provide a Remote Expeditionary Support Package for a half-dozen AV-8B Harrier II Jump Jets. In January 2003, over 200 Marines from the squadron were deployed to Al Jaber Air Base in Kuwait and An Numiniyah Expeditionary Air Field in Iraq; they returned to their home base at Yuma in May of the same year.

This patch is unofficial and is not authorized for wear with Marine Corps uniforms, and consequently there is no official explanation for the symbolism it employs.
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