345th

Troop Carrier

Squadron

(345 TCS)

 

 

 





C-130E 63-7825 from the 345th Troop Carrier Squadron.
Image courtesy of Joseph W. Brown Jr.


History of the 345th Troop Carrier Squadron in Southeast Asia..


Lineage
345 Troop Carrier Squadron on 8 Dec 1965; 345 Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 Aug 1967

Assignments
 315 Air Division, 27 Nov 1965 (attached to 6315 Operations Group, c. 27 Nov 1965-25 Mar 1966); 314 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium (later, 314 Troop Carrier Wing, 314 Tactical Airlift Wing), 25 Mar 1966; 374 Tactical Airlift Wing, 31 May 1971
 
Stations
 Naha AB, Okinawa, 27 Nov 1965; Ching Chuan Kang AB, Taiwan, 20 Mar 1966; Kadena AB, Japan, 1 Dec 1973
 
Commanders
 Lt Col Leland A. Younkin, 5 Nov 1965; Lt Col Robert J. Craig,16 Oct 1966; Lt Col John A. Zimmerman, 3 Jul 1967; Lt Col Edward T. Davis,1 May 1968; Lt Col Loren A. Stoddard, 1 Jul 1968-unkn; Lt Col Thomas J. Leonard, by 30 Sep 1970-unkn; Lt Col William F. Ellis, by 31 May 1971; Lt Col Philip J. Riede, 4 Feb 1972; Lt Col James S. Kinney, 31 Jan 1974;

Aircraft
 C-130, 1961-1963, 1963-1965, 1965-1993.

Operations
 Transitioned to cargo aircraft; trained to airlift troops, equipment and supplies into combat zones, to resupply forces, and evacuate casualties, 1956-1993.
Served in the western Pacific region, 1965-1993.
Flew C-130s to augment task forces and other operational organizations during Vietnam War, 1966-1973.
Provided tactical, aeromedical, and operational support to Department of Defense (DOD) agencies throughout the Pacific region, 1975-1993.

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


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