Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
For more than a decade, the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron conducted routine A-10 training missions which included numerous deployments and exercises. That routine came to an abrupt end in August 1990, when the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing was deployed as one of the first units in the Persian Gulf to support Operation Desert Shield. When Desert Storm's air war began in January 1991, wing pilots initially flew against early warning radar and Scud missile sites.
The 354th Tactical Fighter Wing also flew search and rescue missions; Captain Paul Johnson earned the Air Force Cross when he and Captain Randy Goff, also of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, rescued a downed Navy pilot 200 miles inside lraq. As the conflict evolved, the Wing turned its attention to deep interdiction missions and the Iraqi Republican Guard. Finally when the ground war commenced in late February, the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing performed the mission it had been trained to do before the war — close air support.
By any account, the devastation was considerable. By the end of the conflict, A-10s throughout the theater destroyed more than 950 tanks, 900 artillery pieces, and two helicopters in air-to-air combat. Despite the rout, the victory was not without cost to the Wing. Captain Stephen Phillis died while protecting his downed wingman,
The 354th Tactical Fighter Wing returned home from the Gulf in March 1991 and was redesignated the 354th Fighter Wing in October of that year.
Location. 33° 40.05′ N, 78° 56.393′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Hackler Street and Howard Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Hackler Street. Touch for map. Located in Market Common Valor Memorial Garden. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lt Col Colin Arnold Clarke (here, next to this marker); Mr. Fred Nash (a few steps from this marker); The Cuban Missile Crisis (a few steps from this marker); Valor in Combat (a few steps from this marker); The Berlin Crisis 1961 (a few steps from this marker); Cold War - Dominican Republic (within shouting distance of this marker); Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cold War Era 1956 - 1958 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Categories. • War, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm •
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