Note: Photos courtesy of David Galvan and Jim Green - 20th SOS
|UH-1P Crew waiting at Duc Lap FOB for the word to launch.|
|UH-1P Slick on return flight to Ban Me Thout after a day on alert.|
|UH-1P and O-2 FAC bird circa 1970. The FACs kept touch with the ground teams in the field and provided guidance for aircrews to pick the teams up.|
|Packing the Drag Chute.
Jim Green (L), Tom Kriedler (C) Brian McGregor (R)
|20th SOS at Thieu Atar, a forward operating location along the border of Laos. 1971|
|SSgt Dave Galvan at the Tuy Hoa equipment room cleaning weapons that were just issued. 1970|
|Tripod mounted XM174 grenade launcher. The 40mm automatic grenade launcher was carried as backup on the gun birds in case one of the Miniguns failed beyond repair. It used a 12 round canister. Not the most reliable due to canister problems.|
|The Burning Chopper. Near where Dave Galvan went down on tail no. 484. Located near Mondol Kiri, Cambodia. First mission 25 September 70.|
|Waiting for Action - Capt Dave Frutchey reading while Sgt Bud Crowell gets some rest. Near Mondol Kiri, Cambodia.|
|Gunbay - UH-1|
20th SOS UH-1P Crew waiting at Duc Lap FOB for the word to launch.
Note: History of the unit in SEA only is given.
Activated on 24 Sep 1965. Organized on 8 Oct 1965. Redesignated 20th Special Operations Squadron on 1 Aug 1968. Inactivated on 1 Apr 1972.
Pacific Air Forces, 24 Sep 1965; 2d Air Division, 8 Oct 1965 (attached to 6250th Combat Support Group, c. 10 Dec 1965–8 Mar 1966); 14th Air Commando (later, 14th Special Operations) Wing, 8 Mar 1966; 483d Tactical Airlift Wing, 1 Sep 1971–1 Apr 1972.
Tan Son Nhut AB, South Vietnam, 8 Oct 1965; Nha Trang AB, South Vietnam, 15 Jun 1966; Tuy Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 5 Sep 1969; Cam Ranh Bay AB, South Vietnam, 25 Sep 1970–1 Apr 1972.
CH–3, 1965–1969; UH–1, 1967–1972.
Combat in Southeast Asia, Dec 1965–Mar 1972.
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; Commando Hunt VII; Vietnam Ceasefire.
Decorations. Presidential Unit Citations: (Southeast Asia), 8 Mar 1966–7 Mar 1967; 21 Jun 1968–30 Jun 1969. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with Combat "V" Device: 10 Jan–12 Mar 1966; 1 Nov 1966–1 Apr 1967; 16 Jun 1967–20 Jun 1968; 1 Jul 1967–30 Jun 1968; 1 Jul 1970–30 Jun 1971; 1 Sep 1971–31 Dec 1971. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses with Palm: 1 Jan–30 Aug 1968; 16 Jun 1967–1 Apr 1972.
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