31st

Tactical Fighter Wing

Vietnam

 

 

 

 

Lineage

31st Tactical Fighter Wing on 1 Jul 1958; 31st Tactical Training Wing on 30 Mar 1981    

Assignments

 Seventh Air Force, 25 Dec 1966; 836th Air Division, 15 Oct 1970; Ninth Air Force, 30 Jun 1971    

Stations

Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 16 Dec 1966–15 Oct 1970  

Aircraft

F–100, 1957–1959, 1959–1970; F–4, 1970–1988     

Squadrons

68th: 15–30 Oct 1970. 

136th: 14 Jun 1968–25 May 1969. 

188th: 7 Jun 1968–18 May 1969. 

306th Fighter-Bomber (later, 306th Tactical Fighter Training; 306th Tactical Fighter): 25 Sep 1957–28 Sep 1970 (detached 8 Apr–16 Jul 1960, 15 Feb–1 Mar 1961, 20 Aug–1 Sep 1961, 24 Apr–19 Jul 1962, 27 Jun–30 Sep 1963, 1 May–8 Aug 1964, 7 Jul 1965– 27 Jan 1966); 30 Oct 1970–15 Jul 1971; 1 Jul 1978–1 Sep 1983; 1 Oct 1985– 1 Oct 1986. 

307th Fighter-Escort (later, 307th Strategic Fighter; 307th Fighter-Bomber; 307th Tactical Fighter; 307th Tactical Fighter Training; 307th Tactical Fighter) attached 27 Jul 1951–15 Jun 1952, assigned 16 Jun 1952–27 Apr 1966 (detached 7 Nov–7 Dec 1956, 25 Feb–17 Aug 1958, 15 Mar–19 Jul 1959, 8 Nov 1960–9 Mar 1961, 18–28 Feb 1962, 17 Dec 1962–16 Mar 1963, 27 Dec 1963–5 Mar 1964, 23 Nov 1964–14 Mar 1965, 24 Jun–7 Dec 1965); 15 Jul 1971–1 Jul 1989; (detached 29 Jul–31 Oct 1972); 30 Sep 1991–1 Nov 1991. 

308th Fighter-Escort (later, 308th Strategic Fighter; 308th Fighter-Bomber; 308th Tactical Fighter; 308th Tactical Fighter Training; 308th Tactical Fighter) attached 27 Jul 1951–15 Jun 1952, assigned 16 Jun 1952–2 Dec 1965 (detached 5 Dec 1956–7 Jan 1957, 15 Aug 1958– 19 Jan 1959, 11 Jul–c. Dec 1959, 7 Mar–c. 19 Jul 1961, 13 Mar–3 Jul 1963, 9 Feb–5 May 1964, 9 Mar–8 Jul 1965); attached 16–24 Dec 1966, assigned 25 Dec 1966–5 Oct 1970; assigned 30 Oct 1970–1 Nov 1991 (detached 28 Apr–29 Jul 1972, 11 Dec 1972–11 Jun 1973). 

309th Fighter (later, 309th Strategic Fighter; 309th Fighter-Bomber; 309th Tactical Fighter; 309th Tactical Fighter Training; 309th Tactical Fighter) attached 27 Jul 1951–15 Jun 1952, assigned 16 Jun 1952–5 Oct 1970 (detached 5 Jan–9 Feb 1957, 9 Jul–15 Nov 1960, 9 Oct–26 Nov 1961, 17 Jul–22 Dec 1962, 26 Sep– 31 Dec 1963, 5 Aug–27 Nov 1964, 18 Jan–24 Apr 1966); assigned 30 Oct 1970–1 Nov 1991. 

355th: 15 May 1969–30 Sep 1970. 

416th: 28 May 1969– 28 Sep 1970. 

436th: 15–30 Oct 1970. 478th: 15–31 Oct 1970. 508th Air Refueling: attached 10 Feb–1 Jun 1954; assigned 11 May 1956– 1 Apr 1957. 560th: 15–31 Oct 1970. 4431st Tactical Fighter Replacement: 1 Oct 1971–1 May 1973.

 

Operations

Moved to Southeast Asia in Dec 1966 and conducted combat operations, 16 Dec 1966–Sep 1970. Controlled interdiction strikes, conducted visual and photo reconnaissance, rescue combat air patrols, and suppressed enemy antiaircraft artillery. Conducted air operations against enemy forces during the TET Offensive and the Seige of Khe Sanh, Feb–Apr 1968. Flew close air support missions during the extraction of friendly troops from Kham Duc on 12 May 1968. Gained forward air control mission in May 1968. Returned to Homestead AFB, FL, without personnel or equipment on 15 Oct 1970 and absorbed new personnel and equipment. Conducted F–4 replacement training from 1 Jul 1971 and rotated components to Southeast Asia, Apr 1972–Jun 1973. 

Honors

Campaign Streamers.   Vietnam: 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  

Decorations.   Presidential Unit Citation: Vietnam, 1 May–31 Dec 1968. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 17 Dec 1966–30 Apr 1968. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards:  1 Jun–16 Dec 1966. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Palm: 17 Dec 1966–31 Oct 1970; 1 Jan 1968–19 May 1969.   


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Commanders

Col Warren R. Lewis, 28 Nov 1966; Col William J. Evans, 7 Dec 1967; Col Abner M. Aust, Jr., 3 May 1968; Col Cuthbert A. Pattillo, 8 Feb 1969; Col William B. Yancey, Jr., 8 Aug 1969; Col Gilbert D. Hereth, 15 Jun 1970; Brig Gen Wiltz P. Segura, 15 Oct 1970; Col David E. Rippetoe, Jr., 28 May 1971      


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