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20th SOS UH-1P Crew waiting at Duc Lap FOB for the word to launch.
Note: History of the unit in SEA only is given.
Activated on 24 Sep 1965. Organized on 8 Oct 1965. Redesignated 20th Special Operations Squadron on 1 Aug 1968. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1972.
Pacific Air Forces, 24 Sep 1965; 2d Air Division, 8 Oct 1965 (attached to 6250th Combat Support Group, c. 10 Dec 19658 Mar 1966); 14th Air Commando (later, 14th Special Operations) Wing, 8 Mar 1966; 483d Tactical Airlift Wing, 1 Sep 19711 Apr 1972.
Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, 8 Oct 1965; Nha Trang AB, South Vietnam, 15 Jun 1966; Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 5 Sep 1969; Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam, 25 Sep 19701 Apr 1972.
CH3, 19651969; UH1, 19671972.
Combat in Southeast Asia, Dec 1965Mar 1972.
Vietnam: Vietnam Defensive; Vietnam Air; Vietnam Air Offensive; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase II; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase III; Vietnam Air/Ground; Vietnam Air Offensive, Phase IV; TET 69/Counteroffensive; Vietnam Summer-Fall, 1969; Vietnam Winter-Spring, 1970; Sanctuary Counteroffensive; Southwest Monsoon; Commando Hunt V; Commando Hunt VI; Commando Hunt VII; Vietnam Ceasefire.
Decorations. Presidential Unit Citations: (Southeast Asia), 8 Mar 19667 Mar 1967; 21 Jun 196830 Jun 1969. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 10 Jan12 Mar 1966; 1 Nov 19661 Apr 1967; 16 Jun 196720 Jun 1968; 1 Jul 196730 Jun 1968; 1 Jul 197030 Jun 1971; 1 Sep 197131 Dec 1971. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Palm: 1 Jan30 Aug 1968; 16 Jun 19671 Apr 1972.
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