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Note: History of the unit in SEA only is given.
Taxing out of the Alert Area. Note the Weapons Load. Centerline Vulcan 20mm Gun Pod, LAU-3 2.75 rocket launchers on the wing station and missiles along the fuselage.
557th Tactical Fighter Squadron, was constituted, and activated, on 17 Apr 1962. Organized on 25 Apr 1962. Inactivated on 31 Mar 1970.
Tactical Air Command, 17 Apr 1962; 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, 25 Apr 1962; 836th Air Division, 8 Nov 1965; 12th Tactical Fighter Wing, 1 Dec 196531 Mar 1970.
MacDill AFB, FL, 25 Apr 1962Nov 1965; Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam, 1 Dec 196531 Mar 1970.
Combat in Southeast Asia, 1 Dec 196510 Mar 1970.
HonorsVietnam: 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.
Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 1 Dec 196530 May 1966; 1 Jun 196631 May 1967; 1 Jun 196731 May 1968; 1 Jun 196831 May 1969; 1 Jun 1969 Mar 1970. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: [1 Dec] 1965 Mar 1970.
Tail Code: XC
Mig Kills: 0
Two fully loaded 557th birds Filling Up
More photos of the Alert Area
The majority of the Information on this page is from the USAF Historical Research Agency: http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/afhra/
557th Patch courtesy of http://www.larrystonebooks.com
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