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By Michael Herrick, March 18, 2017
353rd Tactical Fighter Squadron Marker
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — 353rd Tactical Fighter Squadron
The 353rd Tactical Fighter squadron was formed on November 15, 1942. During World War II the fighter squadron was known as the "Fighting Cobras,“ and served with distinction in England, France and Germany, flying the P-39, P-51 and P-47 . . . — Map (db m102103) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — 354th Fighter Group History
On November 19, 1956, the Air Force resurrected the unit as the 354th Fighter-Day Group and stationed it at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. It was then re-designated the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing in July 1958, flying the RF-80, and during 1959 began . . . — Map (db m102127) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — 354th Fighter Group World War II History
The 354th Fighter Wing has a long and distinguished past. The wing saw action in every major conflict in which the United States was involved, except for the Korean War. Activated at Hamilton Field in California on November 15, 1942, as the 354th . . . — Map (db m102125) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — 354th Fighter Group World War II History
The 354th Tactical Fighter Wing (TFW) had its genesis as the 354th Fighter Group (FG) in November 1942 at Hamilton Field, California. In October 1943, it was moved to England and began aerial combat operations flying P-51s. In November 1944, it . . . — Map (db m102126) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron
November 1956 saw the reactivation of the 356th as the "Green Demons" at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, flying the F-100D Super Sabre. The 356th participated in numerous deployments to Europe during the late 1950s and early 1960s, and also deployed . . . — Map (db m102101) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron Operations
The 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron Operations (Green Demons), building 347, was located in the area now occupied by the Myrtle Beach Police Department office and Training Facility. The 356th Tactical Fighter Squadron was activated in November . . . — Map (db m102102) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Activation of the 354th Fighter Day Wing
In the Fall of 1956, officers and airmen from the United States Air Force were assigned to newly constructed Myrtle Beach Air Force Base to start a new fighter wing. Their task was reactivation of the famous World War II “Pioneer Mustang . . . — Map (db m102124) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Archaeological and Historical Data
Settlers from the Waccamaw Neck attempted to extend thei plantations to what was called Long Bay. Many families received land in 1735 just south of the Withers Swash when the colonial government began issuing grants. Independent farmers and . . . — Map (db m102106) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Battlefield Cross
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 34-3 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Battlefield Cross Dedicated 04 July 2015 Honor – Respect - Remember — Map (db m102135) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Brigadier General James Howell Howard
General Howard was the only fighter pilot awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroic combat flying in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. While flying his P-51 on a bomber escort mission near Berlin in 1944, he . . . — Map (db m102039) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Brigadier General Thomas Merrit Knoles III
Brigadier General Thomas M. Knoles, a command pilot in the United States Air Force, was born in 1927 in Flagstaff, Arizona, and graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1945. He attended the University of Arizona prior to enlisting in the Army Air . . . — Map (db m102100) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Captain Stephen Richard Phillis
Captain Stephen Phillis, a native of Rock Island, Illinois, was an A-10 pilot at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base during the time when the United States military was preparing for Operation Desert Storm in response to the lraqi occupation of Kuwait. . . . — Map (db m102041) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Cold War - Dominican Republic
In 1961, Dominican Republic Dictator Raphael Trujillo was assassinated. In the following years, turmoil and conflict were the order of the day on the island. President John F. Kennedy made it clear that it was time for democracy in the Dominican . . . — Map (db m102073) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Colonel Edsel J. "Coupe" DeVille
Colonel Deville, was born and raised in Eunice, Louisiana, in the heart of Cajun country. He received his bachelor's degree in industrial technology from Louisiana State University and his masters in business management from Georgia College. . . . — Map (db m102104) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Desert Storm
For more than a decade, the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron conducted routine A-10 training missions which included numerous deployments and exercises. That routine came to an abrupt end in August 1990, when the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing was . . . — Map (db m102066) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Empty Chair POW MIA Memorial
Let this empty chair serve as a memorial to those who served our great Nation, but have never returned to us. They are Prisoners Of War and our Missing In Action Dedicated to City of Myrtle Beach by Rolling Thunder, Inc. South . . . — Map (db m102134) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II
Battlefield tank-killer, heavily armored and built around a powerful 30 mm gun and its enormous munition drum. The large unswept wing, the two turbofan engines in pods on top of the fuselage, and twin tailfins are all designed to keep the A-10 . . . — Map (db m23620) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Forgotten Warriors
“Forgotten Warriors” Honored by the Grand Strand June 28, 2008 Wolmi-Do Island   Pusan Inchon   Sudong Seoul   Chosin Reservoir Korean Conflict June 25, 1950   -   July 27, 1953 Donated By Rolling Thunder, Inc. . . . — Map (db m102133) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Grand Strand
Grand Strand The phrase “Grand Strand” is often seen or heard while vacationing in Myrtle Beach. Grand Strand refers to the virtually uninterrupted 60 mile stretch of beach between Georgetown and Little River, SC. Each of the many . . . — Map (db m100734) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Hurricane Hazel
Hurricane Hazel Oct. 15, 1954 On the afternoon on the 15th emerging to find their physical and economic world shattered, local residents could not have envisioned that their resolve to rebuild would set their provincial resort of small, family . . . — Map (db m100719) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Hurricane Hazel
Hurricane Hazel Oct. 15, 1954 Hurricane Hazel made landfall at 9:15am 30 miles north of Myrtle Beach. Wind gusts of 160 mph and sustained winds of 140 mph coupled with an abnormally high lunar tide resulted in an 18 foot storm surge. 80% of the . . . — Map (db m100723) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Hurricane Hugo
Hurricane Hugo Sept. 22, 1989 Hurricane Hugo, a Category 4 Tropical Cyclone with sustained winds of 138 mph, made landfall 100 miles to the south near Charleston, SC. Hugo was so intense a storm it ravaged the coast far from its center. The Grand . . . — Map (db m100724) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Joe W. Blizzard
Joe W. Blizzard was born October 19, 1915 in Dillon, South Carolina. He was South Carolina's youngest amateur golf champion at just 16. He attended Clemson College and Furman College in South Carolina. During World War II, he served with the . . . — Map (db m102105) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Justin W. Plyler Boardwalk Park
Justin W. Plyler Boardwalk Park Dedicated during the Sun Fun Festival, June 3, 2005 Justin Whitaker Plyler was an early visionary who loved Myrtle Beach and saw what it could become. In the 1940s, he dreamed of a reasonably priced destination . . . — Map (db m100733) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Lieutenant Colonel Anthony "Tony" Shine
Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain) Anthony "Tony" Shine, a native of Pleasantville, NY, was a member of the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron when the A-7D he was piloting disappeared beneath a cloud covering over the border of North Vietnam and Laos. . . . — Map (db m102037) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Lieutenant William Glover Farrow
Lieutenant William Farrow, a Darlington, South Carolina, native, was a member of the famed Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. This daring raid against the capital of Japan was the first major attack on the Japanese homeland in World War II. After completing . . . — Map (db m102099) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Lt Col Colin Arnold Clarke
Lt Col Colin Arnold "Arnie" Clarke was born on August 31, 1935, in Seattle, Washington. Lt Col Clarke accumulated several hundred flying hours in United States Air Force aircraft, most notably the F-100 Super Sabre and the A-7D Corsair II. He . . . — Map (db m102067) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — LTV A-7 Corsair II
The A-7 is a straightforward, shoulder-wing aircraft with swept flight surfaces, provision for inflight refueling, and narrow-track tricycle landing gear. The A-7 is armed with a single M61A1 Vulcan 20-mm cannon, routinely carries two AIM-7L . . . — Map (db m23621) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Major General James Franklin Hackler, Jr.
Born in Marion, Virginia, General James Hackler grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1943. He was then assigned to the European . . . — Map (db m102036) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Marine Amphibious Assault
Marine Amphibious Assault 1864 In April of 1864 the footprints in the sand before you would have included those of Union Marines. On April 23, embarking in longboats from the USS Ethan Allen, marine raiders landed without being engaged at Cane . . . — Map (db m100721) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Mayors of Myrtle Beach
Mayors of Myrtle Beach 1938 – 1939   W. L. Harrelson 1939 – 1941   Ben M. Graham 1941 – 1943   W. L. Harrelson 1943 – 1947   O. C. Callaway 1947 – 1949   H.W. Tallevast 1949 – 1954   J. N. Ramsey . . . — Map (db m102132) HM WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Merchant Marine Monument
In Memory and to Honor All Men of The Merchant Marine Lest We Forget Donated By The John T. Schmidt Palmetto Mariners Chapter of South Carolina In Peace And War 1775 Dedicated 2016 — Map (db m102136) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Morris Island LighthouseFolly Beach, SC
As early as 1673, there is a record of a light burning at what was then known as Charles Towne colony. On May 30, 1767, the cornerstone for a new light was laid on a group of three small islands then referred to as Middle Bay Island. The Charles . . . — Map (db m16465) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Mr. Fred Nash
Mr. Fred Nash, at age 71, distinguished himself by heroism involving voluntary risk of life on August 18, 1958 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On that date, Mr. Nash observed an Air Force T-33 aircraft crash land and burst into flames at the . . . — Map (db m102068) HM WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
To commemorate the history of the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base and the people who were a part of it, the City of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority erected a signage program to capture and display the history. . . . — Map (db m102035) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Historical Origin
The very beginning of a military base in Myrtle Beach can be traced to a meeting of the Myrtle Beach Town Council on October 16, 1939. At that meeting, the Council agreed to purchase 135 acres for a municipal airport, and at the next meeting, named . . . — Map (db m102109) HM WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — 26 19 — Myrtle Beach Army Air Field / Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
Myrtle Beach Army Air Field. Myrtle Beach Army Air Field operated here 1940-47 and grew out of city plans to expand the municipal airport from two grass landing strips to a more permanent facility. In 1940-41 the U.S. Army Air Corps trained . . . — Map (db m23506) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — 26 17 — Myrtle Beach Colored School
Marker Front: Myrtle Beach Colored School stood here from the early 1930s to 2001. The first public school for African-American students in Myrtle Beach, it was a six-room frame building similar to the schools funded in part by the Julius . . . — Map (db m23510) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — 26-22 — Myrtle Beach Pavilions
A succession of four beach pavilions stood here or nearby from 1902 to 2006, all built by the Burroughs & Chapin Co. or the Myrtle Beach Farms Co. The first, built in 1902, was a simple oceanfront shelter. The second, built in 1907, was a frame . . . — Map (db m36810) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Nance Plaza
In honor of Daniel Wayne Nance and Mary Ellen Todd Nance for their significant contributions to Myrtle Beach’s early civic, business and religious growth. A master builder, Daniel Wayne Nance was responsible for many downtown buildings near . . . — Map (db m37989) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Prisoners of War and Missing in Action
On May 17, 1974, Major Anthony Shine was honored in ceremonies at the Base Chapel. The event was the dedication of a Freedom Tree to honor not only Major Shine, but also those who were prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. The . . . — Map (db m102042) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Reactivation of 354th Fighter Day Wing
Address by General O.P. Weyland, United States Air Force Commander, Tactical Air Command at Reactivation of 354th Fighter Day Wing Ceremony Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina December 7, 1956 Governor Timmerman, Mayor . . . — Map (db m102129) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Replacement Training Unit (RTU) 1968-1969
On April 22, 1968, the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing was replaced at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base by the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing, a former District of Columbia Air National Guard (ANG) unit which had been recalled to active duty January 26, 1968. . . . — Map (db m102130) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Salt Works
Salt Works 1861-1865 Used to tan leather, preserve food and as a dietary supplement, salt was a necessary commodity for the southern war effort. To meet demand, salt works operated all along the Confederacy’s Atlantic & Gulf coasts. Seawater . . . — Map (db m100722) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Site Of The Seaside Hotel
In Memory of Manzy Avender Gause Jan. 18, 1892   Oct. 26, 1966 Myrtle Spivey Gause Sept. 13, 1893   Nov. 22, 1970 Site Of The Seaside Hotel Manzy And Myrtie were instrumental in the dreams and creation of early Myrtle Beach's hospitality . . . — Map (db m100735) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Splinter City
In March 1942, units of the United States Army Air Corps opened formal operations at what was named the Myrtle Beach Bombing and Gunnery Training Range, which also encompassed the Beach airport. Construction began to meet the urgent needs for . . . — Map (db m102128) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — The Berlin Crisis 1961
The four fighter squadrons of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing were intimately involved in the Cold War from the time the Wing became combat ready until it was deployed to the Pacific Theater during the Vietnam War. From 1958 through 1965, the Wing . . . — Map (db m102071) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — The Cold War Era 1956 - 1958
After its re-activation at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in 1956, the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing achieved "combat ready" status on July 1, 1958. During the next eight years, in addition to maintaining tactical fighter squadrons on rotational duty . . . — Map (db m102098) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — The Cuban Missile Crisis
By many accounts, the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis was the nearest the world has come to nuclear war. In the summer of 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev secretly decided to install intermediate range ballistic missiles in Cuba to counter an . . . — Map (db m102069) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — The F - 100D at MBAFB, 1956 - 1970
On 19 November 1956, after more than 10 years of inactive status, the 354 Fighter Group was reactivated at Myrtle Beach AFB. The first maintenance training aircraft was flown in on 7 December 1956 by the Fighter Day Wing Commander, Colonel Francis . . . — Map (db m23622) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — The King’s Highway
The King’s Highway 1735 By the mid 1700’s a 1,300 mile continuous road linked all thirteen colonies. Called the “King’s Highway” the thoroughfare stretched from Boston, Massachusetts to Charles Town, South Carolina. It took at least . . . — Map (db m100720) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Valor in CombatAward of the Air Force Cross
The highest award that the United States Air Force can bestow upon an individual for heroic action during combat is the Air Force Cross. A pilot from the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, earned that award for his heroic . . . — Map (db m102065) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Vietnam
From 1968-1970, the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing trained F-100 pilots for combat in Vietnam. Non-combat pilots were upgraded to F-100 fighter pilots in this RTU Replacement Training Unit. In 1968, the 355th's "Fightin' Falcons" received deployment . . . — Map (db m102074) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — Wall of Service
Wall of Service Dedicated To The Men And Women Military and Civilian Who Served Honorably At the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base From 1941 - 1993 — Map (db m102108) WM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — 26-1 — Washington’s Southern Tour
On April 27, 1791, President George Washington spent the night nearby at the indigo plantation of Jeremiah Vereen. He wrote in his diary that he was “entertained (& very kindly) without being able to make compensation.” The next day . . . — Map (db m27332) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — William Bartram TrailTraced 1773–1777 — South Atlantic Region
In 1776, naturalist William Bartram traveled through this area, noting the “cliffs of rocks” now known as Hurl Rocks. — Map (db m852) HM
South Carolina (Horry County), Myrtle Beach — World War II Missions Performed at Myrtle Beach Army Air Field
One of the first missions to be carried out at the base was that of coastal defense in the wake of the United States' entry into World War II. The dominant wartime mission of the base was training air crews for combat duty. Several bombing and . . . — Map (db m102123) WM

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