The first Marine Corps squadron to be issued with the A4D-1 was VMA-224, based at MCAS El Toro, California. It received its first planes in January of 1957. The A4D-2 entered service with VMA-211 in September of 1957. The A4D-2N entered service with VMA-225 in March of 1960.
The Marine Corps attack squadrons rotated to Vietnam beginning in 1965, and carried out close-support missions. These missions continued until June 28, 1973.
The first Marine Corps unit to receive the A-4M was VMA-324 at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina. By 1976, all five active USMC light attack squadrons were using the A-4M.
The A-4Ms served with active-duty Marine Corps squadrons until February 27, 1990, when VMA-211 transferred its last A-4M to MAG-42, a reserve unit at NAS Alameda, California. This ended the operational career of the Skyhawk as an attack aircraft with Marine Corps and Navy regular squadrons. The A-4M continued to serve with Reserve units until 1994, when VMA-131 finally relinquished the last of its Skyhawks.
The following is a list of Marine Corps squadrons which operated the Skyhawk. For more details, please check out the Skyhawk association web site. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who has any additions or corrections.
Received A-4B in 1958.
Flew A-4F until 1989, when replaced by A-4M. Deactivated 1992.
Flew A-4F and TA-4J until 1983
The A4D-2 entered service with VMA-211 in September of 1957.
Issued A-4E in 1963. Transitioned to AV-8 in 1989 and A-4Ms were transferred to VMA-133.
Received A4D-2N in January 1961, replacing FJ-4. Received A-4F in August 1970, A-4M in 1975.
Transitioned to AV-8B October 1987.
Was first Marine squadron to receive the Skyhawk, getting the A4D-1 in January 1957.
Transitioned to A-6 in 1966.
Received A4D-2N in March 1960