This history is one of a series being prepared by the Marine Corps History and Museums Division to bring to light the achievements of individual squadrons while at the same time showing the growth and development of Marine aviation. Marine Attack Squadron 223 has a long and illustrious career of outstanding accomplishments and has produced some of the finest aviators in the history of the Marine Corps. This work sketches the achievements and personalities that have made VMA-223 such an outstanding Marine squadron. This history was compiled for the purpose of providing a concise and accurate record of a distinguished squadron's accomplishments. It is the author's belief that a thorough knowledge of the past contributes immeasurably to the development of strong unit integrity. Just as "Espirit de Corps" is instilled in a Marine by a thorough knowledge of Marine Corps history, unit pride can be instilled by the awareness of unit's accomplishments. The history of Marine Attack Squadron 223 has been one of constant endeavor. The original ''Bulldogs'' at Guadalcanal initiated a tradition that has continued for over 30 years. It is sincerely hoped that this work will assist in the continuation of that tradition.