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

Operation Ranch Hand Memorial

Vietnam

 
 
Operation Ranch Hand Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. Operation Ranch Hand Memorial
Inscription.

Ranch Hand
Vietnam
In Memoriam
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Capt Fergus C Groves III
Capt Robert D Larson
S Sgt Milo B Coghill
Capt Roy R Kubley
Maj Lloyd F Walker
Capt Harvey Mulhouser
Capt Howard L Barden
A 1st C Ronald K Miyazaki
Capt Thomas E Davie
Lt Col Everett E Foster
Maj Alan J Sterns
Maj Donald Stienbrunner
S Sgt Irvin G Weyandt
Sgt Le Tan Bo RVNAF
Capt William B Mahone
Capt Virgil K Kelly Jr
T Sgt Jacklin M Boatwright
T Sgt Harold C Cook
Lt Col Emmett Rucker Jr
Maj James L Shanks
Sgt Herbert E Schmidt
1st Lt Charles M Deas
M Sgt Donald L Dunn
T Sgt Clyde W Hanson
1st Lt Richard W O'Keefe
Lt Col Daniel H Tate

 
Location. 30° 24.839′ N, 86° 42.029′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Oneal Avenue south of Independence Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Avenue, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. C-123 Provider (a few steps from this marker); Lieutenant Colonel Joe Madison Jackson
Operation Ranch Hand Memorial next to C-123K Provider Tail # 55-4533 image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. Operation Ranch Hand Memorial next to C-123K Provider Tail # 55-4533
(a few steps from this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (within shouting distance of this marker); *A Grateful Nation Remembers* (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); Special Tactics Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Regarding Operation Ranch Hand Memorial. Memorial dedicated to Operation Ranch Hand personnel who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

Ranch Hand involved spraying an estimated 20 million U.S. gallons of defoliants and herbicides over rural areas of South Vietnam in an attempt to deprive the Viet Cong of food and vegetation cover. Areas of Laos and Cambodia were also sprayed to a lesser extent. Nearly 20,000 sorties were flown between 1961 and 1971.

The "Ranch Handers" motto was "Only you can prevent a forest"
 
Also see . . .
C-123K Provider used during Operation Ranch Hand in Vietnam. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
3. C-123K Provider used during Operation Ranch Hand in Vietnam.
 Wikipedia article on Operaton Ranch Hand in Vietnam. (Submitted on December 22, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Horticulture & ForestryScience & MedicineWar, Vietnam
 
Map of herbicide usage during the Vietnam war. image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain
4. Map of herbicide usage during the Vietnam war.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 22, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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