17th Special Operations Sqdrn - Vietnam

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Note:  Photos courtesy of  Dave Voisey 17th SOS

Squadron Emblem at Phan Rang -1970

Bill Zito, AG, 17th SOS Phan Rang - 1970

Bill Kitts, IO, 17th SOS Phan Rang - 1970
Calvin Churchill, IO, 17th SOS, Phan Rang - 1970

Calvin Churchill, IO, 17th SOS, Phu Cat - 1971
Calvin Churchill, IO, 17th SOS, Phu Cat - 1971
Dave Voisey, AG and Rodney Freise, IO 17th SOS, Phan Rang - 1970
David Voisey
Dusty Rhodes, FE, 17th SOS Phu Cat, 1971
Fire Circle AC-119G Phan Rang - 1970.  Four guns firing at high rate.  Time lapse photograph by Mike Drzyzge, AG
  Sequence of an AC-119G "Shadow" and AC-119K "Stinger" flying in formation.  Location Unknown.  

The "K" Model has jet engines and the "G" Model does not.

The "G" Model is serial number 0-25908

The "K" Model has the famous "Flying United"  artwork.  

 

 
 
In this photograph you can see the "Flying United" artwork
 
 
AC-119G crew at DaNang   Standing, L-R  Davis Voisey, AG, Capt Unidentified, Nav, Capt Barry Harmer, AC, Capt Robert Lindley, Nav, 1Lt Newell Lee, Co-Pilot.  Front Row, L-R, Jim Greig, AG, Calvin Churchill, IO, "Dusty" Rhodes FE
AC-119G Instrument Panel
AC-119G Phan Rang - 1970  Unidentified ground support personnel
Jim Greig, AG, Bill Zito, AG, Daivd Voisey, AG, Rodney Freise, IO, 17th SOS Phan Rang - 1970
Jim Greig, AG 17th SOS Phu Cat - 1971
Unidentified Line Chief -  CMSgt, 17th SOS, Phan Rang - 1971
Major Lee - Unidentified location
17th SOS "B" Flight - Shadow Calling Card
AC-119G Mini Gun
1Lt Newell Lee, Co-Pilot, 17 SOS Phan Rang - 1970
AC-119G at Phan Rang -1970  aircraft has "Shadow III" and "Charlie Chasers" Nose Art as seen at the top of this page
SSgt "Ski" Sledzinski at Phan Rang - 1970
L-R Mike Drzyzga, AG, David Voisey, AG, George Renfrow, AG, Bill Zito, AG, Rodney Freise, IO.  Taken at Phan Rang - 1970
L-R Sgt Dill, George Renfrow, AG, Bill Zito, AG Mike Drzyzga, AG, Rodney Freise, IO.  Taken at Phan Rang - 1970
17th SOS Enlisted Day Room
Shadow 61 starting number #2 engine - Phan Rang - 1970    Unidentified ground personnel
AC-119G   Maj - Unidentified, 1Lt Newell Lee, Maj - Unidentified
Shadow 61 - Phan Rang - 1970  
Rodney Freise    Photo taken by Mike Drzyzga
"Shadow" the Squadron Mascot.  Notice he is wearing "Dog Tags" as required by regulation

 

 

Note:  History of the unit in SEA only is given.

 

17th 

Special Operations Squadron

 



Lineage

17th Special Operations Squadron (constituted on 11 Apr 1969; activated on 1 Jun 1969; inactivated on 30 Sep 1971).

Assignments

14th Special Operations Wing, 1 Jun 1969–30 Sep 1971.

Stations

Nha Trang AB, South Vietnam, 1 Jun 1969; Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam, 15 Aug 1969–30 Sep 1971.

Aircraft

AC–119, 1969–1971

Operations

Combat in Southeast Asia, 1 Jun 1969–30 Sep 1971.

Honors

Vietnam: TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI.

DecorationsPresidential Unit Citation: Southeast Asia, 1–30 Jun 1969. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 1 Jul 1970–30 Jun 1971. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Jun 1969–30 Sep 1971.     


Tail Code:  

Aircraft:  AC-119  

Vietnam Service:  6/69 - 09/71

Mig Kills:  0


Famous "Flying United" Nose Art


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