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FAC & TASS Patches - Vietnam

Started by River Patrol , Feb 14 2007 09:34 AM

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#1 River Patrol

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 09:34 AM

Please show your original FAC (Forward Air Controller) and TASS (Tactical Air Support Squadron) Patches from the Vietnam War.


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.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 09:48 AM

Rustic FACs were part of the 23rd TASS based out of Ubon, Royal Thai Air Base, flying the OV-10s. A silhouette of the OV-10 is seen on this patch.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 10:03 AM

Helix FACs were part of the 20th TASS at the Chu Lai Air Base, I believe, in support of the Americal Division and flying OV-10s.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 10:36 AM

Very nice! I sure wish I had some of these to share. :(

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 03:07 PM

23tass2.JPG 23tass1.JPG This is a 23rd TASS Nite fac that is Thai machine embroidered directly to a party suit, plus a photo of the party suit.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:13 AM

23rd TASS is one I don't have yet. The Nite Nail rocker makes it even more special.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:25 AM

ALO FAC F19 patch -- This one is unknown to me, so if you have information about it, please share. I believe ALO is an acronym for Air Liason Officer (but could also be Aircraft Light Observation). So maybe this was a SVN Officer patch that acted as a Liason to the Army FAC units. I don't know...I'm just guessing. I'm unsure what the F-19 represents but it is also used on the companion patch (small diamond patch). The moto under neath the plane "Mot Minh Khong So" translates to "Alone and Not Afraid", which fits a FAC pilot's mission, flying alone in a single engine prop plane high above the jungles of Vietnam.

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 06:28 AM

F-19 companion patch. This patch is tiny (3 inches wide).

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Posted 15 February 2007 - 04:58 PM

Here are a couple...547th TASS and 704th TASS. Both used with that "been there, done that" look to them.
Dave

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.

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 04:54 AM

Steve, here are a few FAC patches for you. Hope you like them! Mike_Facs.jpg

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 04:58 AM

Steve, here is the second patch; Thai made and difficult to aquire.Covey.jpg

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Posted 16 February 2007 - 08:02 AM

HI DaveP: I'm not familiar with your TASS patches. Can you tell me alittle something about them? What time period are they from? Where stationed?

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 16 February 2007 - 01:27 PM

Many Covey "back seaters" were former Recon Team members. Their experience with recon enabled them to understand what the team on the ground was up against, which allowed them to effectively direct the team, or air support, in the right direction. John Plaster, Larry White, and Ken Carpenter were a few of the SOG recon men who flew Covey.

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Posted 17 February 2007 - 07:15 AM

We have (had?..he was shot down in May 1966) a close family friend who was with the 23 TASS out of Nakhon Phanom, flying O1s. I don't have any of his things, but I do have a few pieces of FAC/TASS insignia, and am always looking for more. (Original 23 TASS Jiminy Cricket patches seem to be as rare as hen's teeth...I have a modren repro from Jimmie Butler, and VN-made one that I believe is a repro, but if anyone's got a spare one for sale, please let me know.)

FWIW, here's a couple of great web sites dealing with the 23 TASS and the other RTAFB-based units:
http://www.squawk-fl...s/23rd_tass.htm
http://www.tlc-brotherhood.org/
http://www.tlc-broth...rg/patches.html

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 10:09 AM

Steve,
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.

Dave

P.S. Always looking for Vietnam era USAF patches and "party suits". Buy or Trade...

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 02:17 PM

@BillinVA Many Vietnam patch collectors are also looking for 23rdTASS, but I don't think that they are "as rare as hen's teeth". Actually in the past year, I've seen more of 23rd TASS than any other. When they have unusual rockers attached, like the Nite Nail shown in this thread, it really adds to their rarity.

@DaveP Thanks for the information concerning your patches. I'm not too familiar with groups beyond 1972.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 07:58 AM

Steve,
I was looking at the following site and it appears your ALO/FAC F-19 patch may be connected to the 21st TASS.
Dave

http://www.squawk-fl...ss_pictures.htm

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 01:52 PM

DaveP,
Thanks man....that looks just like my patch, except theirs has Kontum embroidered at the bottom.
Steve

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 04:59 PM

Steve, I've seen a few 23 TASS patches from time to time, but every one that I've seen has been a repro. IMHO, they may not be as rare as hen's teeth, but theyre' certainly as obscure as hen's lips.
Still looking....

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 07:59 PM

Here are two nice FACs.

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