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.