Aerospace Rescue and Recovery





The 38th ARRS was located at Tan Son Nhut AB with 32 HH-43B/F helicopters.  The HH-43 helicopters were used at 14 different locations throughout Vietnam and Thailand for Local Base Rescue (LBR). Falling under the direct control of the 38th ARRS, headquarters at Tan Son Nhut AB, the HH-43 11 Pedros were positioned at bases which 1aunched tactica1 air strikes.  The Pedros provided local base and area rescue service and were used for fire suppression when necessary.

38th ARRS Detachments (HH-43B/F)

Det 1

Phan Rang AB, RVN

Det 2

Takhli RTAFB, Thailand

Det 3

Ubon RTAFB, Thailand

Det 4

Korat RTAFB, Thailand

Det 5

Udorn RTAFB, Thailand

Det 6

Bien Hoa AB, RVN

Det 7

Da Nang AB, RVN

Det 8

Cam Ranh Bay AB, RVN

Det 9

Pleiku AB, RVN

Det 10

Binh Thuy AB, RVN

Det 11

Tuy Hoa AB, RVN

Det 12

Nha Trang AB, RVN

Det 13

Phu Cat AB, RVN

Det 14

Tan Son Nhut AB, RVN


Above information from: "The USAF Helicopter in SEA 4 Dec 1968  - Approved for public release, distribution unlimited www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a586313.pdf

Lineage.   Constituted as 38 Air Rescue Squadron on 17 Oct 1952.  Activated on 14 Nov 1952.  Inactivated on 18 Sep 1957.  Activated on 30 Jun 1965.  Organized on 1 Jul 1965.  Redesignated as 38 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron on 8 Jan 1966.  Inactivated on 1 Jul 1971. 

Assignments.  Air Rescue Service, 1 Jul 1965 (attached to 2 Air Division for operational control, 1 Jul 1965-c. 7 Jan 1966); 3 Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Group, 8 Jan 1966-1 Jul 1971. 

Stations.  Tan Son Nhut Afld (later, AB), South Vietnam, 1 Jul 1965-1 Jul 1971.

Commanders.   Lt Col Edward Krafka, 1 Jul 1965; Lt Col Donald F. Karschner, 16 Oct 1965; Col Arthur W. Beall, 18 Nov 1965; Lt Col James L. Blackburn, 8 Jan 1966; Lt Col John A. Price, 4 Sep 1966; Lt Col Norman V. Rudrud, 14 Sep 1967; Lt. Col Edward J. Renth Jr., 22 Nov 1967; Lt Col James L. Price, 5 Jul 1969; Lt Col Donald E. Jensen, by 30 Jun 1970; Lt Col John F. Ward, by 30 Jun-1 Jul 1971.

Aircraft/Missiles.   CH/HH-3, 1965-1966; HH-43, 1965-1971. 

Operations.   Operated 14 search and rescue detachments in Vietnam and Thailand, 1965-1971.

Service Streamers.   None.

Campaign Streamers.   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.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.

Decorations.  Presidential Unit Citations (Southeast Asia): [1 Jul]-31 Jul 1965; 1 Aug 1965-30 Jun 1966; 1 Jul 1967-31 Jan 1969; 1 Feb 1969-30 Apr 1970; 1 May 1970-1 Jul 1971.  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V" Device: 1 Jul-31 Dec 1966.    Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Apr 1966-[1 Jul 1971].


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