Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Air America Memorial
Air America's origin dates back to the secret CIA purchase of Civil Air Transport (CAT) assets in August 1950. Air America/CAT operations were initiated in response to covert transportation requirements during the Chinese Civil War and Korean Conflict. Air America operations continued throughout the Vietnam War, ceasing in 1976.
In the 1960's and 70's, when communist troops from North Vietnam spread into Laos, Air America transported tens of thousands of troops and refugees, flew emergency medevac missions, search-and-rescue missions, covert insertion/extraction of personnel, nighttime airdrops, conducted photo reconnaissance, and numerous clandestine nighttime missions. Air America's/CAT 300 plus pilots, copilots, flight mechanics, and airfreight specialists recruited from all U.S. military services and commercial airlines were true professionals and performed superbly for the CIA.
In all 100 Air America personnel lost their lives in South East Asia. Without Air America's presence, the CIA's effort could not have been sustained, and the U.S. might have been forced to introduce military troops into Laos. Air America's
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Military • War, Vietnam. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1950.
Location. 30° 24.872′ N, 86° 42.006′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Memorial can be reached from Oneal Avenue. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hmong Special Guerrilla Units (here, next to this marker); Bird Air Memorial (here, next to this marker); Montagnard Memorial (here, next to this marker); Airman First Class John Lee Levitow (a few steps from this marker); C-47 Sky Train (a few steps from this marker); In Honor of The American Gold Star Mothers (a few steps from this marker); Spooky (a few steps from this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
Also see . . .
1. Air America. Organization website (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Air America(Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
3. Weird! Air America Huey Helicopter Shot Down Two Vietnamese Biplanes By Firing An AK-47 Out The Door. War History Online entry (Submitted on October 5, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 5, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.