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This Week in 31st Fighter Wing History: F-100s serve in Vietnam

Posted 12/17/2010   Updated 12/17/2010 Email story   Print story


12/17/2010 - An F-100 Super Sabre flies over Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, in 1966. The 31st Tactical Fighter Wing moved to Tuy Hoa AB on Dec. 16, 1966, remaining in Vietnam until Oct. 1970, flying over 100,000 combat sorties and contributing to several tactical victories, including the Tet Offensive and the Battle of Khe Sahn. For its actions, the unit received an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device. (Source: 31st Fighter Wing History Office/U.S. Air Force photo)

5/28/2015 4:37:10 PM ET
I deployed in Dec 1966 from HST with the 31st. We lost Col. Jabara in a car wreck and Major Cole Lt. Sigler in a landing crash at HST before deployment. I had taken Major Cole out to his plane before the crash.Left AF in 1968 for engineering school. Now a retired Environmental Engineer.
Andy Austin, Miami
1/30/2015 4:49:41 PM ET
I was transported from Homestead AFB by C-141 in Dec of 1966. While at Homestead we lost our Base Commander and two pilots due to accidents. We lived in tents initially during the winter monsoon season until more permanent barracks were built. We worked 12 hour shifts in the bomb dump when the Army re supplied us with munitions from across the mountains.I extended twice and finally left Nam in Feb of 1968.
William P Forsstrom, Dunlap TN
1/27/2015 12:30:02 AM ET
My father Angelo Testa served in Tuy Hua from October 28 1967 to October 24 1968.He was in maintenance of F-100Ds.
Joe Testa, DallasTX
10/15/2014 9:38:29 PM ET
I was a member of the 431st MMS at Tuy Hoa from Dec 66 to Dec 67 I also arrived on one of the first C-141 from Homestead AFB.I worked in the Bomb Dump Just found out that there was a 31TFW reunion in Ohio last year.
Robert J Powell, Syracuse NY
9/11/2014 6:32:18 PM ET
I was stationed at Tuy Hoa from October 1967 through October 1968 as part of the field maintenance squadron specifically the AGE shop. Would like to make contact with any of the guys I served with.
Les Coker, Shawnee Oklahoma
7/22/2014 11:41:32 AM ET
I was deployed from Nha Trang AB to Tuy Hua in June of 1967. I belonged to the Air Police Squadron. I left in Feb of 1968
Allan Birch, Glendale AZ
1/6/2014 4:47:08 PM ET
I was stationed at Tuy Hoa from April 1969 to March 1970 with the 31st TAC Maintenance Squadron Pneudraulic Shop working on F-100 O2B and an occasional C-130. Would like to hear from some of my shop buddies.
Gordon Hendry , Riverside CA
8/9/2013 1:31:17 PM ET
Was stationed at Tuy Hoa in 1970 with the 431st MMS munitions maintenance..... bomb and weapon loader. Would like to hear from some of you who served there.Take CareJerry
Jerry Dahlback, West Salem WI
5/11/2013 4:37:50 PM ET
I am assisting a veteran in writing his military story. His name is Norman McVey. He was there at Tuy Hoa in October of 1966 working on the temporary runway in the capacity of the electrical. He also assisted the Provincial Chief Col. Ngyuan in lighting a bridge. If anyone has any pictures from that time or knows what happened to Col. Ngyuan would they please contact me jbux@usa.net. Do any of you remember a Staff Sgt. Norman Mac McVey
Bee Buxkemper, Abilene Texas
2/25/2013 12:12:15 AM ET
I was in the 309th TFS when the unit went to Tuy Hoa in December 1966 and was a Crew Chief on the F 100 planes. While assigned there my first son was born and now is with the 31st Fighter Wing at Aviano assigned to the 31st Operational Group as Commander
Don E. Walker, Las Vegas Nevada
10/6/2012 7:17:02 PM ET
I was an 18 year old jet-mechanic with the New Mexico Air National Guard stationed at Tuy Hoa in 1968. I turned 19 shortly after arriving in country. Tuy Hoa Airbase was probably one of the better airbases to serve at in South Viet Nam. I am proud to have been a part of my units' deployment. The F-100 fighter plane was the transitional fighter plane leading to more modern aircraft.
Joe Martin, Las Vegas
5/21/2012 7:49:10 PM ET
F-100 in the photo SK741 was from the 188th. TFS The Enchilada Air Force Tuy Hoa AFB Vietnam.
George A. Bontya, Murrells Inlet SC
1/17/2012 9:27:22 PM ET
I was on the 2nd C-141 arriving at Tuy Hoa from Homestead Dec 2 1966. I had sent files to the former historian of the Wing a few years ago. I believe I also sent a DVD of the deployment and building of Tuy Hoa.Best regards to all and I appreciate your service
Bob Plummer, Houston Texas
12/23/2010 9:08:22 PM ET
My father was stationed at Aviano AFB beginning in 1961 and I remember this vividly. We were in the era of a Cold War at the same time. Aviano was a very special place. I was in the elememtary school at the time. I loved watching the F-100's take off. Pordenone was a very special place in the 1960's...beautiful. Alex Bell
Alex Bell, Hoover Alabama U.S.A
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