Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
354th Fighter Group History
On November 19, 1956, the Air Force resurrected the unit as the 354th Fighter-Day Group and stationed it at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. It was then re-designated the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing in July 1958, flying the RF-80, and during 1959 began flying the F 100 Super Sabres.
In 1966, the Wing began deploying its fighter squadrons to Vietnam, and in April 1968 the last squadron deployed. From mid 1968 until June 1970, the 354th served at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. It then returned to Myrtle Beach, charged with combat crew training in the AT-33s, and also began flying the A-7.
In 1972, the wing squadrons were once again deployed to Vietnam. The wing was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for its service from October 1972 through April 1973. It was also credited for dropping the last bomb at the end of the Vietnam War. The 354th then returned to Myrtle Beach and converted to the A-10 Warthog in 1977.
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1956 Aerial view of Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
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The first A-10 delivered to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base on March 9, 1977, marking a new era for the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing. The 354th was the first operational A-10 wing in the Air Force. Wing Commander Colonel Robert Reed chats with Captain Don Sorenson, who ferried the airplane
Location. 33° 39.639′ N, 78° 55.691′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Farrow Parkway and South Kings Highway, on the right when traveling north on Farrow Parkway. Touch for map. Located in the Warbird Park next to Myrtle Beach International Airport. 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. 354th Fighter Group World War II History (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named 354th Fighter Group World War II History (here, next to this marker); 354th Tactical Fighter Wing A-7D (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Air Force Base 1980 - 1990 (a few steps from this marker); Myrtle Beach Army Air Field / Myrtle Beach Air Force Base (a few steps from this marker); Reactivation of 354th Fighter Day Wing (a few steps from this marker); Activation of the 354th Fighter Day Wing (within shouting distance of this marker); Forgotten Warriors (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 86 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.