510th

Tactical

Fighter Squadron 

 

 





History of "The Buzzards of Bien Hoa".


Lineage

Redesignated as 510 Tactical Fighter Squadron on 11 Mar 1959.  Activated on 9 Apr 1959.  Inactivated on 15 Nov 1969. 


Assignments

3 Tactical Fighter Wing, 16 Mar 1964-15 Nov 1969 (attached to 405 Fighter Wing, c. 8 May-17 Aug 1965)

Stations

Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 10 Nov 1965-15 Nov 1969


Commanders

Maj Allen S. Nelson, c. 18 Mar 1964; Maj Harold M. Christiansen, 21 Jun 1966; Lt Col Robert E. Erikson, 1 Oct 1966; Lt Col Alonzo W. Groves, 1 Mar 1967; Lt Col Lloyd G. McBride, 10 Nov 1967; Lt Col Robert H. McIntosh, 1 Aug 1968; Lt Col David P. Proctor Jr., 1 Feb 1969;  Maj Ronald M. Clements, 6 Sep 1969; Lt Col William I. Chenault, 10 Oct-15 Nov 1969. 

Aircraft

 F-100, 1959-1969

Operations

Combat in Southeast Asia, 12 Nov 1965-15 Oct 1969. 

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.

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers.  None.

Decorations

 Presidential Unit Citations (Vietnam): 8 Jun 1966-16 Apr 1967; 6 Mar 1968-31 Jul 1969.

Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 31 Jan-5 Mar 1968; 1 Aug-16 Nov 1969

Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Palm: 25 Nov 1965-19 May 1969; 1 Apr 1966-15 Nov 1969.

 

Tail Code:  CE

Aircraft:  F-4D  

Vietnam Service:  11/65 - 10/69

Mig Kills: 

 


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