21st

Special Operations

       Squadron 

 

 

 

 

 

History of the 21st Special Operations Squadron in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.



Lineage

Activated on 30 Jun 1967. Organized on 15 Jul 1967. Redesignated 21st Special Operations Squadron on 1 Aug 1968. Inactivated on 22 Sep 1975.

Assignments

Tactical Air Command, 30 Jun 1967; 507th Tactical Control Group, 15 Jul 1967; 56th Air Commando (later, 56th Special Operations) Wing, 27 Nov 1967; Thirteenth Air Force, 30 Jun-22 Sep 1975 (attached to 656th Special Operations Wing, 30 Jun-22 Sep 1975).

Stations

Shaw AFB, SC, 15 Jul-27 Nov 1967; Nakhon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand, 27 Nov 1967-22 Sep 1975 (air echelon operated from Ubon RTAFB, Thailand, 11-13 Apr 1975; the USS Midway, 20 Apr-2 May 1975; and U-Tapao RTNAF, Thailand, 2-5 May and 14-16 May 1975).

Aircraft

CH-3, 1967-1971; CH-53, 1970-1975.

Operations

Combat in Southeast Asia, Nov 1967-Aug 1973. Airlifted personnel from Saigon, Apr 1975 and airlifted US Marines in rescue of the SS Mayaquez, May 1975.

Campaign Streamers
Vietnam
: 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): 1 Nov 1968-1 May 1969; 1 Oct 1969-30 Apr 1970; 1 Apr 1972-22 Feb 1973. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 1 Sep 1970-30 Apr 1971; 1 Dec 1971-29 Feb 1972; 23 Feb 1973-28 Feb 1974; 24 Jan-2 May 1975.  Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: [27] Nov 1967-28 Jan 1973.


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