Designated 561st Tactical Fighter Squadron, and activated on 1 May 1962. Organized on 1 Oct 1962.
23d Tactical Fighter Wing, 8 Feb 1964 (attached to 41st Air Division, 6 Mar–8 Jul 1965); 832d Air Division, 1 Jul 1972 (attached to 35th Tactical Fighter Wing, 1–14 Jul 1973).
McConnell AFB, KS, 1 Oct 1962 (deployed at Yokota AB, Japan, 6 Mar–8 Jul 1965; George AFB, CA, 16–26 May 1966, 23 Sep–17 Oct 1966, 17 Feb–9 Mar 1967, 4–18 Aug 1967, 23 Jan–8 Feb 1968, 18 Jun–3 Jul 1968, 15–27 Nov 1968, 6–21 May 1969, and 12 Nov–c. 2 Dec 1969).
Portion of squadron flew combat from Korat RTAFB, Thailand, Apr–Sep 1972.
Campaign Streamers. Vietnam: Vietnam Defensive.
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Combat "V"
Device: 6 Apr 1972–27 Jan 1973. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross
with Palm: 1 Apr 1966–28 Jan 1973.
Tail Code: MD and WW
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