“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Cohoes in Albany County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Misty 17

Misty 17 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 7, 2011
1. Misty 17 Marker
Inscription. "Misty" was the call sign used by the F-110F Fast Forward Air Controllers (Fast Fac's) during the Vietnam War. There were 155 pilots officially assigned to fly missions over North Vietnam from June 15, 1967 to May 19, 1970. 21 other attached pilots flew occasional missions. There were also Intelligence Officers, Flight Surgeons, and Maintenance Officers assigned. It was a small, tight knit group of people given a difficult task in a terrible war.

Misty began with 16 pilots and four aircraft as Detachment 1, 416 Tactical Fighter Squadron, Phu Cat Air Base, Vietnam on June 15, 1967. It's official name was "The Commando Saber Operation".

The Misty mission was to interdict men and materials headed to South Vietnam and to prevent SAM (Surface to Air Missile) deployment in their area of responsibility.

The general tactics employed by the early Mistys included: staying fast, 400-500 knots; continually "jinking" (changing flight path direction every 5-7 seconds; the time of flight for a 37 mm round); and staying at 4500' or above, unless making targets, participating in a RESCAP (close air support for a rescue mission), or taking a close look at a particular target. Violating any of these rules dramatically increased chances of being shot down; observing them was by no means a guarantee of safety.

Of the 155 Mistys, 34 (22%) were shot down. Eight others were shot down when not flying with Misty. There were seven KIA, and four became POW's. There was also
Misty 17 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 7, 2011
2. Misty 17 Marker
The marker is attached to the stone monument on the right side of the photo.
one Medal of Honor recipient, two Air Force Chiefs of Staff, six General Officers, a winner of the Collier Trophy, a winner of the Lewis Bleriot Medal, a recipient of the Presidential Citizen's Medal of Honor, and the first man to fly non-stop, un-refueled, around the world. By any measure this was an unusual and exceptional group of men. Col. Robert R. Craner, the man we honor here was one of those unusual and exceptional men.

At the height of the Vietnam War almost 550,000 American and 800,000 South Vietnamese battled the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong in pitched battles on the ground and in the air. Over 300,000 American troops were wounded. A total of 650 POW's returned from the war. Four were Mistys:

Bud Day Bob Craner Guy Gruters P.K. Robinson

A total of 58,229 names are engraved on the Vietnam War Memorial "Wall" in Washington D.C. Eight were Mistys:

Howard "Howie" Williams
Michael "Mike" McElhanon
John F. Overlok
Laurent "Lee" Gourley
Jefferson "Scotty" Dotson
Patrick "Pat" Caroll
Lawrence "Larry" Whitford
Clyde Seiler

Bob Craner's story is intertwined with their story, and it is to him and this exceptional group of men that we humbly pay homage. The Mistys are more than a legend. They are the finest example of those who have come forward and gone in harm's way when our Nation has called.
Erected 2006 by the City
Bob Craner Veterans' Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 7, 2011
3. Bob Craner Veterans' Memorial Park
of Cohoes.
Location. 42° 47.026′ N, 73° 42.563′ W. Marker is in Cohoes, New York, in Albany County. Marker is on North Mohawk Street near Devlin Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cohoes NY 12047, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Park Named Craner * Cohoes Recalls a Hero (here, next to this marker); Cohoes Mastodon (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sightseeing / Cataract House, Cohoes Falls, N.Y. (about 800 feet away); The Cohoes Mastodont (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Erie Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Cohoes - Waterford Bridge (approx. 0.7 miles away); White Homestead (approx. mile away); First Power Mill for the Manufacture of Knit Fabrics (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Cohoes.
Also see . . .  Bob Craner Veterans' Memorial Park Dedication. (Submitted on March 12, 2011, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismWar, Vietnam
Misty 17 Painting image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, March 16, 2011
4. Misty 17 Painting
This painting is on display in Cohoes City Hall.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 664 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   4. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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