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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Forward Air Controller

 
 
The Forward Air Controller Marker (Front middle) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. The Forward Air Controller Marker (Front middle)
Inscription.
This memorial is dedicated to honor those special aviators who lost their lives during the Southeast Asia war while serving as Forward Air Controllers (FACs) in the 0-1, 0-2, OV-10, U-10, U-17, PC-6 and T-28 aircraft.

From 1962 through the end of formal hostilities in 1975, thousands of USAF officers trained at Hurlburt Field in these aircraft. Flyers of all ranks and backgrounds learned the basics of aerial reconnaissance, airpower employment , command and control, damage assessment, and rescue operations.

Once deployed they were assigned to Air Commando detachments, the 504th Tactical Air Support Group, and the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadrons.

[Base inscription]
Gone... but not forgotten, are the unit, mission and personal "call signs" used by FACS to identify themselves to others, in the air and on the ground.

[Left side monument list of those lost between 1962 - 1967]

I Bare You On Eagles' Wings,
And Brought You Unto Myself.
Exodus 19:4

1962
Capt Herbert W. Booth Jr T/Sgt Richard L. Foxx

1963
1/Lt Billy J. Coley 1/Lt Donald A. Mollicone

1964
Capt Kurt C. McDonald Capt Homer C. McIntyre 1/Lt Uwe-Thorsten Scobel Capt R. L. Whitesides

1965
1/Lt Robert M. Carn Jr 1/Lt Jerome Elkins Capt Francis E. Geiger Capt Donald R. Hawley Capt James C. Kindel Capt Don R. Lewis Maj Wm. W. McAllister Capt John D. Musgrove Capt George H. Norton Maj Harley B. Pyles 1/Lt Thomas A. Sanders Capt Paul J. Simon Capt Thomas J. Tolliver Capt Paul R. Windle

1966
Maj Stuart
The Forward Air Controller Marker (Left Front) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. The Forward Air Controller Marker (Left Front)
M. Andrews Maj Fred E. Bailey 1/Lt Craig S. Blackner Capt Joseph O. Brown Capt David A. Farrow Capt Joseph B. Fearno Maj Lawrence J. Frahman Capt Charles S. Franco A1C Andre R. Guillet Capt Harlow K. Halbower Capt Lee D. Harley Capt David H, Holmes Capt Marshall M. Holt Jr Capt John C Jacobs Capt Donald L. Jacobsen 1/Lt H. Walker Kaiser Capt Joseph A. Machowski Capt Paul A. Meiners Capt Dan B. Packard Capt William L. Schultz Capt William W. Smith Capt Warren P. Smith Jr Capt Charles F. Swope Capt Edmund F. Thornell Capt Ronald E. Tinsley Capt Thomas H. Wolfe Capt Karl E. Worst

1967
1/Lt Arthur J. Abramoff Capt James H. Bennett Jr Capt Gardner Brewer Capt Richard W. Budka Capt D. H. Butterfield Maj Morrison A. Cotner Maj Ommie T. Cox Jr. Maj John C. Egger Jr



Base inscription of Call Signs
Speedy Spike Sundog Tamale Tigerhound Thursty
Tilly ToGo Tonto Toy Trail Tum Viper Vulture Walt
Wire X-Ray Zipgun Zipon

[Right side monument list of those lost between 1967 - 1968]

Yea, He Did Fly Upon The Wings of the Wind
Psalms 18:10

1967
Capt Tonie L. England Jr 1/Lt Walter H. Forbes III Capt Lucius L. Heiskell LTC Lester E. Holmes Capt Kenneth D. Krehbiel 1/Lt Alva R. Krogman Maj Billy E. Lankford 1/Lt George B. Menges Capt Edgar E. Nuschke 1/Lt Albert F. Sayer Jr Maj Jerry A. Sellers Capt William G. Sipos LTC Norris R. Smith Maj Wilbur T. Stair 1/Lt John W. Vandeventer Capt Hilliard A. Wilbanks Capt Derex S. Williams Jr

1968
Maj Robert Ball Maj Charles D. Ballou Capt Sam F. Beach Jr Capt Thomas J. Beyer Maj Charles E. Blair
The Forward Air Controller Marker (Front right) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
3. The Forward Air Controller Marker (Front right)
Maj David G. Brenner 1/Lt Ivan J. Campbell Capt Jerry L. Chambers Capt. Larry J. Clanton 1/Lt Johnnie C. Cornelius Capt Bruce A. Couillard Capt George J. Bedrossian LTC Andrew Matyas Capt George M. Cunningham Capt am M. Deichelman Maj Freddie D. Dickens Capt Richard L. Edwards 1/Lt Albert A. Englehardt Capt William H. Fabian Maj Allen E. Fellows Maj Wayne A. Ferguson Capt Bruce B. Greene Capt Charles F. Griffin 1/Lt George B. Hamilton Capt Gregg Hartness Maj Carl F. Karst Capt James F. Lang Capt Harreld P. Martin Maj Edward E. McBride Capt Anthony J. Pearson Capt Jack C. Plumb Maj Marion E. Reed Capt Lon D. Richards Capt G. E. Scarborough Capt Marlin L. Siegwalt Maj Wilbur A. Skarr Jr Capt Lewis P. Smith II Maj Herman Smits Jr Maj Robert E. Staley Maj Richard C. Swift Capt Ralph R. Wensinger Maj Robert F. Woods Maj Louis C. Zucker Capt Harold R. Vogel

Base inscription of Call Signs
Allen Andy Antar Ascot Aunt-Tilly Barry Baron Bart
Bat-FAC Beaver Big Bilk Bird-Dog Blue Boy Bomber
Boron Bronco Bully Butterfly Cagey Charlie Chico

[Rear left side monument list of those lost between 1969 - 1970]

The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed is Death
I Corinthians 15:26

1969
Capt John J. Bach III 2/Lt John R. Baldridge Jr Capt Francis J. Birchak LTC Frank H. Briggs Capt William O. Burkett Capt Joseph K. Bush Maj Harry J. Coates Jr 1/Lt Glenn R. Cook 1/Lt Daniel R. Davis Maj Philippe B. Fales 1/Lt James R. Gilmore Capt Remi H. Greeff Capt Kenneth J. Hamrick 1/Lt Hal K. Henderson Capt James D. Hoag Capt Charles L. Karr Maj David L. Knott Capt Donald A. Luna 1/Lt Phillip L. Mascari
The Forward Air Controller Marker (Rear left) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
4. The Forward Air Controller Marker (Rear left)
Capt Leon J. Pierce LTC Walter A. Renelt Capt Robert F. Rex 1/Lt Kennard E. Svanoe Capt James C. Woods Maj Mannifred Yates

1970
1/Lt Henry L. Allen Maj James P. Allenberg 1/Lt James S. Baird 1/Lt Jerry E. Bevan Capt Wendell L. Brown Capt Robert W. Brunson Capt Park G. Bunker 1/Lt James M. Butler Maj Joseph L. Chestnut Maj James W. Clement Capt James E. Cross 1/Lt Thomas A. Duckett 1/Lt John E. Duffy 1/Lt Garrett E. Eddy Capt Richard G. Elzinga 1/Lt Robert D. Hauer Capt Gerald E. Hull Capt William A. Justice 1/Lt Paul F. Klug 1/Lt Peter J. Landry 1/Lt John A. Lehecka Capt Michael J. McGerty Capt Richard W. Meacham Jr LTC Robert K. Milbraith 1/Lt Steven A. Mueller 1/Lt Jose N. Ortiz Capt Jerry N. Phillips Capt John P. Powell LTC Jerry W. Pyle Capt G. David Reese III

Base inscription of Call Signs
Chirp Chmaba Cider Cobra Cookie Copperhead
Cottonmouth Covey Cricket Cutie Dart David
Delta-Covey Dora-Corn Dragon Drama Eagle-Red Easy

[Middle rear monument]

Hit My Smoke!

Flying day and night at low altitudes in slow aircraft, FACs probed enemy targets, directed tactical air strikes in support of embattled ground units, interdicted enemy infiltration routes, and coordinated rescue operations.

FACs were the eyes, ears, and voices above the battlefield. Gallant airmen who provided the vital link between troops in the field, the various command and control agencies, and the U.S. and allied war planes.

This memorial endures to celebrate the courage, bravery and self-sacrifice of those killed in action while flying this unique and perilous mission.
All Gave
Hit My Smoke! Marker (Rear Middle) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
5. Hit My Smoke! Marker (Rear Middle)
Some — Some Gave All


Base inscription of Call Signs
Elliot Falcon Filter Gilt Gimpy King-Snake Golf Gombey
Hammer Headhunter Helix Herb Hound-Dog Hunt
Hussey Issue Jade Jake Kenny Lopez Lover Mike Nail
Nile Pant Panther Pedro Pen Pretzel Puppy-Love Python

[Rear right side monument list of those lost between 1970 - 1973]
We Which Are Alive And Remain Shall Be Caught Up Together With Them In The Clouds,
1 Thessalonians 4:17

1970
1/Lt John L. Ryder Capt William S. Sanders Maj Owen G. Skinner Capt James L. Smith Capt Rodney H. Stone Capt Ronald E. Storz 1/Lt Michael S. Vrablick

1971
Maj Richard H. Defer 1/Lt Charles E. Engle 1/Lt William R. Finn 1/Lt James L. Hull 1/Lt John W. Kennedy Maj Harold B. Lineberger Maj Hebert Miller Capt Denis E. Morgan Capt Charles P. Russell 1/Lt Robert E. Ryan 1/Lt John M. Rydlewicz 1/Lt Stephen R. Scrivener Capt Douglas M. Seeley 1/Lt Daniel W. Thomas 1/Lt Timothy M. Tucker 1/Lt Willis G. Uhls Maj William E. Wood Jr

1972
Capt Barry K. Allmond 1/Lt Vincent C. Anderson Capt Steven L. Bennett Maj John L. Carroll 1/Lt Richard N. Christy II Capt Francis X. Egan 1/Lt Arthur H. Hardy Capt Richard W Herold 1/Lt John H. Haselton Capt Paul V. Jackson III Capt Thomas J. Josefowski LTC Carl O. McCormick Capt Harold L. Mischler 1/Lt George H. Tousley III 1/Lt Richard S. Voigts 1/Lt Bruce C. Walker Maj George B. Waring Capt David L. Yoakum

1973
1/Lt Joseph Gambino Jr 1/Lt Richard T. Gray Capt Ted B. Hallenbeck Capt George W. Morris Jr 1/Lt Mark A. Peterson

Base inscription of
The Forward Air Controller Marker (Rear right) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
6. The Forward Air Controller Marker (Rear right)
Call Signs

Ragged- Scooper Rake Ramrod Rash Raven Red Marker
Rod Rustic Scatback Sidewinder Sleepytime Slugger
Smokey Snake Snap Snoopy Snort Snug Spaf Spat
 
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Location. 30° 24.929′ N, 86° 42.042′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Independence Road and Cody Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park on the south side of the Hurlburt Chapel. Access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. O-1E Bird Dog (here, next to this marker); Captain Hilliard A. Wilbanks (here, next to this marker); O-2 Super Skymaster (a few steps from this marker); United States Navy VO-67 (a few steps from this marker); Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina (a few steps from this marker); Operation Uphold Democracy (a few steps from this marker); Operation Provide Comfort (a few steps from this marker); Operation Restore Hope (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
More about this marker. Although inscribed on the memorial as 0-1 and 0-2 (numerical) aircraft, they actually are O-1 and O-2, the 'O' standing for observation.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on Forward air control during the Vietnam War. (Submitted on December 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, Vietnam
 
The Forward Air Controller Marker in front of a Cessna O-1E aircraft. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
7. The Forward Air Controller Marker in front of a Cessna O-1E aircraft.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 281 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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