FAC & TASS Patches - Vietnam
Posted 14 February 2007 - 09:34 AM
The 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS) was activated on 8 May 1965 at Pleiku. The only Medal of Honor bestowed to a Bird Dog FAC went to Captain Hillard Wilbanks, 24 February 1967, who was a member of the 21st TASS.
Posted 14 February 2007 - 09:48 AM
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P.S. I'm always looking to buy or trade for Vietnam War era USAF patches, especially F-105 and F-4 squadrons, but will consider all.
Posted 16 February 2007 - 04:54 AM
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Posted 16 February 2007 - 08:02 AM
Hi Mike: Good to see you here!! You know I like the Mike FACs! Here's mine! Covey Rider stuff is just impossible to find!! Nice patch!
MIKE FACs and Coveys were FAC pilots or Backseaters (2nd man in the small cabin of the prop plane sitting in the tiny back seat) whose missions were to support recon teams (usually SOG teams) far from their bases, relay radio traffic and information concerning the location and status of recon teams. They also coordinated air assets for fire support during extractions of the teams when required.
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Posted 17 February 2007 - 07:15 AM
FWIW, here's a couple of great web sites dealing with the 23 TASS and the other RTAFB-based units:
Posted 18 February 2007 - 10:09 AM
the 704th TASS was at Sembach Air Base, Germany from 1976-1984 flying the OV-10. However, my patch seems older than that, so I'm still searching on prior history to 1976.
The 547th was apparently at Hurlburt Field, FL flying the 0-2 at some point,
still searching for info on it as well.
P.S. Always looking for Vietnam era USAF patches and "party suits". Buy or Trade...
Posted 18 February 2007 - 02:17 PM
@DaveP Thanks for the information concerning your patches. I'm not too familiar with groups beyond 1972.
Posted 19 February 2007 - 01:52 PM
Thanks man....that looks just like my patch, except theirs has Kontum embroidered at the bottom.
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Posted 15 October 2007 - 05:47 PM
The construction of the patch is quite different of the others on the suit. The suit itself was made in Thailand but the unit was based in DaNang (this one has the digits starting with 2XX).
The patch must have been made in VN were the unit was stationned, then the pilot decided to have a party suit which was made in Thailand.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge !
Posted 17 October 2007 - 11:51 AM
Steve, here is a picture of your second unknown patch worn in Vietnam. I do not remember where I found it, but the file name says 19th TASS.
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