Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Colonel Robert P. “Pancho” Pasqualicchio
Captain Robert F. Pasqualicchio was part of the initial cadre that opened Myrtle Beach Air Base in 1956 and was the first commander of the newly formed 356th Fighter squadron of the 354th Fighter Group. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in 1942. He was a combat fighter pilot with three combat tours and more than 350 combat missions.
Upon his return from Korea in 1951 he was summoned to the White House and was personally commended by President Harry S. Truman for his role in the rescue of five United States airmen that were shot down behind enemy lines.
His extensive career in fighter aviation was highlighted by his performance as "top gun" as a member of the winning fighter group of the United States Air Force Fighter Group gunnery competition in 1956. He is the recipient of numerous combat awards for his actions.
Colonel Pasqualicchio retired from the Air Force in 1973 and made Myrtle Beach his home. He then became Director of Airports for Horry County until 1986.
Location. 33° 39.817′ N, 78° 56.286′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Farrow Parkway, on the right when traveling north on Howard Avenue. Touch for map. Located
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Major General Joseph J. Kruzel (here, next to this marker); Mrs. Wilma Hucks Tirrell (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Master Sergeant James Cope (within shouting distance of this marker); Brigadier General Robert G. Jenkins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chief Master Sergeant Jimmy E. Davis (about 400 feet away); Brigadier General Joel T. Hall (about 400 feet away); Hoyt L. Hendrick (about 400 feet away); Colonel Charles E Cook, Jr. (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
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