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Colonel Richard (Rick) H. McDow

 
 
Colonel Richard (Rick) H. McDow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Keller, August 13, 2018
1. Colonel Richard (Rick) H. McDow Marker
Inscription.  Colonel Richard (Rick) H. McDow was the 354th Wing Commander tasked with closing out the flying operations at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. That phase of the base closure was successfully concluded when he led the last formation of four A-10 aircraft out on September 22, 1992.

During the previous four years, he had also served as the Operations Officer of the 353rd Tactical Fighter Squadron and the Commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron.

As the commander of the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron, the Fighting Falcons, he led the squadron to King Fahd Airport in Saudi Arabia from August 1990 to March 1991 in support of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Ultimately, the squadron flew over 1500 combat sorties before returning to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base.

Col McDow retired from the USAF in September 1994.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm.
 
Location. 33° 40.76′ N, 78° 54.949′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker can be reached
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from the intersection of Harrelson Boulevard and Jetport Road, on the right when traveling north. Located on the Whispering Pines Golf Course. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 900 Harrelson Blvd, Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel Herbert E. Ross (here, next to this marker); General Robert H. Reed (here, next to this marker); Major General Ervin C. Sharpe, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Colonel Michael G. Filliman (a few steps from this marker); Brigadier General Robert G. Jenkins (a few steps from this marker); Lieutenant General Joseph J. Redden (a few steps from this marker); Whispering Pines Golf Course (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Harold L. Price (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
 
Colonel Richard (Rick) H. McDow Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Charles Keller, September 11, 2018
2. Colonel Richard (Rick) H. McDow Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2018, by Charles Keller of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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