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

Spirit 03

AC-130H 69-6567

 
 
Spirit 03 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. Spirit 03 Marker
Inscription.
On January 31, 1991 while working a target over Kuwait
fourteen Spectre crewmembers reached out and touched
the face of God; they became true Ghostriders

Maj Paul J. Weaver SSgt Damon V. Kanuha TSgt Robert K. Hodges
Capt Thomas C. Bland SSgt Mark J. Schmauss TSgt John L. Oelschlager
Capt William D. Grimm SMSgt Paul G. Buege SSgt Timothy Harrison
Capt Arthur Galvan SSgt John P. Blessinger Sgt Barry M. Clark
Capt Dixon L. Walters SMSgt. James B. May II

 
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Location. 30° 24.8′ N, 86° 42.051′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Cody Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and 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. Memorial to the USAF Dead in Operation Eagle Claw (here, next to this marker); A.A.F. / U.S.A.F. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial (here, next to this marker); Jockey - 14 Memorial (here, next to this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (a few steps from this marker); Combat Talon Aircrew S-59 (a few steps from this marker); Combat Talon Aircrew S-01
Area view of Spirit 03 Marker (far left) among others. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. Area view of Spirit 03 Marker (far left) among others.
(a few steps from this marker); MC-130P Combat Shadow (a few steps from this marker); A-26 Counter-Invader (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Regarding Spirit 03. Throughout the nights of Jan. 29-31, four gunship crews supported U.S. Marines and special operations forces during the Battle of Khafji. These gunship crews decimated Iraqi targets under heavy anti-aircraft artillery fire, leaving a wake of damaged and destroyed Iraqi vehicles, armor and personnel.

In the early morning hours of Jan. 31, the last AC-130H on station, Spirit 03, had just finished firing on targets near the Saudi/Kuwait border and was hit in the left wing by an Iraqi SA-7 Grail, a man-portable, shoulder-fired, surface-to-air missile. The impact and explosion caused extensive damage to the aircraft. The crew initiated emergency procedures, but 14 seconds after the missile exploded, the left wing failed and the aircraft crashed into the Persian Gulf.
 
Also see . . .  Spectre Association - In Memory of the fallen of Spirit 03. (Submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceHeroesPatriots & PatriotismWar, 1st Iraq & Desert Storm
 
A similar AC-130 Spectre (located at Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
3. A similar AC-130 Spectre (located at Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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