Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
This aircraft memorial is dedicated to those who maintained and flew the C-123 in the defense of freedom. It especially commemorates those who selflessly gave their lives to preserve the ideals of freedom loving people everywhere.
Erected 1981 by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Military • War, Vietnam.
Location. 30° 24.842′ N, 86° 42.024′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker 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. Lieutenant Colonel Joe Madison Jackson (here, next to this marker); Operation Ranch Hand Memorial (a few steps from this marker); *A Grateful Nation Remembers*Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker); Special Tactics Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); A-1E Skyraider (within shouting distance of this marker); Major Bernard Francis Fisher (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
Regarding C-123 Provider.
C-123K tail #55-4533 history:
Built in 1955 and assigned to the 346th Troop Carrier Squadron, Pope AFB NC aircraft 55-4533 deployed to Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam until 1967 and returned to Eglin AFB, FL for upgrade to K-Model. Upon completion of maintenance the Provider returned to Vietnam at Phan Rang AB until reassignment to the USAFR in 1972 at Lockborne OH. Serving the reserves for 10 years and seven months the aircraft was reconfigured to depict a C-123 which dispersed the defoliants or Rainbow Herbacides “Agent Green,” ”Agent Blue,” “Agent Pink,” “Agent Purple” “Agent Orange” and finally “Agent White,” a configuration which 55-4533 never served under. On 11 Oct 1981 this Provider was dedicated at Hurlburt Field.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Fairchild C-123 Provider. (Submitted on November 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 282 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 23, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.