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Confederate Park Marker with fire station on left. image, Touch for more information
By Mark Hilton, October 29, 2016
Confederate Park Marker with fire station on left.
Florida (Okaloosa County), Auburn — Confederate ParkUncle Bill Lundy
Dedicated to Uncle Bill Lundy Florida's Last Confederate Veteran 1848 — 1957 And All Confederate Veterans of Florida — Map (db m86845) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Baker — F-801 — Baker High School
The Town of Baker, a stop on the Florida, Alabama and Gulf Railroad, was platted in 1910 and grew up around the timber and turpentine industries. The site of the original Baker High School was owned by J.W. and Mollie McCart who sold the property . . . — Map (db m73955) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Crestview — Carver-Hill H.S.1954-1966
"Home of the Panthers" Grades 1-12 An African-American Institution of Learning — Map (db m78712) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Crestview — Concord Lodge No. 50 F & AM
Chartered January 23, 1886 Crestview, Walton County, Florida Crestview Chapter 40 Royal Arch Masons erected building on this site in 1919 — Map (db m99238) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Crestview — Crestview Lodge #364 F&AM PHA
Chartered 1904, Augusta G. Conyers, WM Went inactive in 1942-43, Will Lewis, WM Reactivated October 1944, K.L. Popleon, WM Renamed J.R.L. Conyers Lodge #364, 1980 James R.L. Conyers, WM — Map (db m78705) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Crestview — F-77 — Okaloosa County
Okaloosa is one of the newer counties of northwest Florida. It was created by the State Legislature in 1915 from land taken from Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. The influence of State Senator W.H. Mapoles of Crestview was an important factor in the . . . — Map (db m72554) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Crestview — F-233 — Okaloosa County
Okaloosa County, created by the Florida State Legislature in 1915, was formed from parts of Santa Rosa and Walton Counties. The influence of W.H. Mapoles, Sr., then a legislative representative from Walton County, was an important factor in the . . . — Map (db m72555) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Crestview — Okaloosa County Veterans Memorial
In memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice in all wars, POW and MIA World War I Cain, William R.   USA · Harris, George O.   USA Cederstrom, Oscar.   USA · Henderson, Horace J. USA Copeland, Ernest USA · Hooten, Ralph . . . — Map (db m99255) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Crestview — Old Bethel Cemetery
Old Bethel Cemetery and first church established at this site in 1830's. Nearby Austinville community circa 1840's was on stagecoach route from Milton to Geneva, Alabama — Map (db m73956) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — A-10 Thunderbolt II
The A-10 Thunderbolt II also known as the "Warthog" is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close air support of ground troops. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground . . . — Map (db m102694) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — AC-130 Spectre
The C-130 gunship was a new weapon system in an old airframe. The high-wing design of this aircraft and its large capacity made it especially suited as a gunship. Having the guns below the wings eliminated the basic problem of the AC-47, also the . . . — Map (db m102696) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — AC-47 Spooky
Few aircraft are as well known or were so widely used for so long as the C-47 or “Gooney Bird” as it was nicknamed. The aircraft was adapted from the DC-3 commercial airliner which appeared in 1936. The first C-47s were ordered in 1940 . . . — Map (db m102692) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — AGM-109 MRASM Missile
The MRASM (Medium-Range Air-to-Surface Missile) was based on the AGM-109 "Tomahawk". In the late 1970s both the US Navy and the US Air Force had plans for a tactical air-launched medium-range cruise missile. By 1978 it had become clear that the . . . — Map (db m102665) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — AGM-28 Hound Dog Missile
The Hound Dog was designed as a long range, stand-off air to ground strategic missile. It was carried in pairs beneath the wings of B-52 aircraft. The overall mission of the Hound Dog was to aid B-52s in successfully carrying out the strategic . . . — Map (db m102709) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — B-17 Flying Fortress
The B-17 aircraft, designed by Boeing Aircraft in 1934, is one of the most famous aircraft ever built. The B-17 prototype first flew on July 28, 1935 and first went into combat in the Philippines and Hawaii on December 7, 941 in strikes against . . . — Map (db m102698) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — B-25 Mitchell
The B-25 medium bomber, named for General Billy Mitchell, was one of America's most famous airplanes of WW II. It was the type used by General Doolittle for the "Tokyo Raid" on April 18, 1942. Subsequently, it saw duty in every combat arena, being . . . — Map (db m102700) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — B-47 Stratojet
The B-47 was the world's first swept wing bomber and the first to use a bicycle arrangement landing gear, which was necessary because of the thin wings. It was also the first plane built solely for the delivery of nuclear weapons. The B-47 series . . . — Map (db m102650) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — B-52 Stratofortress
The B-52 was designed by Boeing Aircraft in October 1946 in response to the Army Air Corp request for a long range bomber capable of carrying a 10,000 lb payload 3000 miles at 300 mph. The B-52 flew for the first time on 15 April 1952. It's the . . . — Map (db m102707) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — B-57 Canberra
The B-57 is a modified version of the English Electric Canberra which was first flown in Britain on May 13, 1949. In March 1951 the USAF contracted the Glenn L. Martin Co. to build the B-57 in the US under a licensing agreement with Britain. The . . . — Map (db m102699) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Bernard A. Schriever Plaza
The Bernard A. Schriever Plaza Dedicated November 1989 In Recognition of the Eminent Accomplishments and Inspirational Leadership of General Bernard A. Schriever, USAF, Retired as National Chairman Of The Air Force Armament Museum . . . — Map (db m102711) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — CGM-13 Mace Missile
The Mace missile was a development of the TM-61 Matador missile, and was initially called TM-61B or "Matador B”. After several modifications, in 1964, was designated the CGM-13B Mace missile. The main reasons for the new development were the . . . — Map (db m102662) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Combat Wounded Veterans
Dedicated to All Men and Women Who Are Recipients of the Nation’s Oldest Military Decoration The Purple Heart My Stone Is Red For The Blood They Shed The Medal I Bear Is My Country’s Way To Show They Care If I Could Be Seen By All . . . — Map (db m102523) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Doolittle Raiders
April 18, 1942 Gallant men of the United States Air Force led by Brigadier General (then Lt. Colonel) James H. Doolittle flew from the USS Hornet eight hundred miles across the Pacific during World War II to bomb Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, . . . — Map (db m102701) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-204 — Eglin Air Force Base
Originally established on June 14, 1935, as Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Range with 1460 acres of land donated by James E. Plew, this site was renamed on August 4, 1937, for Lieutenant Colonel Frederick I. Eglin, killed in an airplane crash. Eglin . . . — Map (db m99234) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — EOD Memorial
EOD Memorial Dedicated to those who gave their lives in the performance of duty 1970Map (db m99714) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-100 Supersabre
The F-100 was the first operational aircraft capable of flying faster than the speed of sound (Mach 1) in level flight. The aircraft made its initial flight on May 25, 1953, and the first production aircraft was completed in October 1953. North . . . — Map (db m102657) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-104 Starfighter
The F-104 was originally designed as a supersonic superiority day fighter. It was produced in two major versions: a tactical fighter armed with a six-barrel M-61 20mm Vulcan cannon; and a day-night interceptor equipped additionally with . . . — Map (db m102651) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-111 Aardvark
Ordered in 1960, the F-111 originally a joint program to develop a deep-strike fighter-bomber for the AF and a long range interceptor for the Navy. The F-111 introduced many innovations, it was the first aircraft to have terrain following radar . . . — Map (db m102668) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-15 Eagle
The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to gain and maintain air superiority in aerial combat. The first F-15A flight was made on 27 July, 1972 and the first aircraft was delivered to the Air Force on . . . — Map (db m102669) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-16 Fighting Falcon
The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a compact, multirole fighter aircraft. It is highly maneuverable and has proven itself in Air-to-air combat and Air-to-surface attack. It provides a relatively low cost, high performance weapon system for the US Air . . . — Map (db m102693) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-4 Phantom II
First flown in May 1958, the Phantom II originally was designed for the US Navy and entered service in 1961. The US Air Force evaluated it for close air support, interdiction and counter-air operations in 1961 and, in 1962, approved an AF version. . . . — Map (db m102647) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-84 Thunderstreak
The swept-wing F-84F evolved from the straight-winged F-84 Thunderjet. The first prototype flew on June 3, 1950 and deliveries began in 1954, primarily to the Tactical Air Command as a ground support fighter-bomber. Republic Aviation built . . . — Map (db m102661) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — F-89 Scorpion
The F-89 was a twin-engine, all weather fighter-interceptor designed to locate, intercept, and destroy enemy aircraft by day or night under all types of weather. The F-89 made its maiden flight on Aug 16, 1948, with the first production model . . . — Map (db m102660) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Faithful Partner – Guardian of the Night
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Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — GBU-43/B MOAB
The GBU-43/B MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast) bomb, nicknamed "Mother of All Bombs" is a large, powerful and accurately delivered high explosive weapon. The MOAB is the largest-ever satellite-guided, air-delivered weapon in history. The 21,600 lb . . . — Map (db m102645) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Historic Aerospace SiteEglin Air Force Base
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Historic Aerospace Site Eglin Air Force Base The Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base, activated 14 Jun 1935 under command of Capt Arnold H. Rich, was renamed Eglin Field in 1937 for Lt Col . . . — Map (db m102521) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — IM-99 BOMARC Launch Platform
This launch platform was used to launch the BOMARC Missile. The BOMARC ("BO" Boeing and "MARC" from Michigan Aeronautic Research Center), originally designated as the XF-99, was later redesignated IM-99 then CIM-10A, was a surfaced launched . . . — Map (db m102659) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — Mac Baker
In Honor and Memory of Mac Baker Who undoubtedly would have been this museum’s most ardent fan. Yet, know as you read this, that he is here, just as the soul of this nation is embodied in the flag above. Know too, that like all Americans, his . . . — Map (db m102525) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — MH-53M Pave Low IV
The MH-53M Pave Low IV is a modified MH-53J model with the Interactive Defensive Avionics System/Multi-Mission Advanced Tactical Terminal or lDAS/MMAT. The system enhances pre sent defensive capabilities of the Pave Low. It provides instant access . . . — Map (db m102705) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — MIG-21 Fishbed
The MIG-21F is a short range day fighter-interceptor and the first major production version of the popular MIG-21 series. The MIG-21 is considered to be the most outstanding Soviet fighter aircraft designed since the end of WW II. The E-5 prototype . . . — Map (db m102648) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — MQM-105 Aquila
The Army's first major Unmanned Aerial vehicle (UAV) acquisition was the Aquila program. This program was started in 1979 and was originally estimated to cost $123 million for a 43-month development effort, followed by planned expenditures of $440 . . . — Map (db m102655) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — O-2 Skymaster
The twin engine O-2 aircraft was designed and built by the Cessna Aircraft Corp. The prototype was first flown in February 1961 and production began in 1962. Cessna built 1,722 of these aircraft for both military and civilian use. The O-2A . . . — Map (db m102646) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — RF4-Phantom II
In the early 1960s, the USAF recognized the need for more tactical reconnaissance aircraft to reinforce the RF-101s then in service. The Air Force chose a modification of the F-4C fighter. The RF-4C development program began in1962, and the first . . . — Map (db m102667) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — SR-71 Blackbird
The SR-71 was developed as a long-range strategic reconnaissance aircraft capable of flying at speeds over Mach 3.2 and at 85,000 feet. It was created by Lockheed's Advanced Development Division, commonly called "Skunk Works''. The SR-71 made its . . . — Map (db m102706) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — T-33 T-Bird
The two-place T-33 jet was designed for training pilots already qualified to fly propeller-driven aircraft. It was developed from the single-seat F-80 fighter by lengthening the fuselage slightly more than three feet to accommodate a second . . . — Map (db m102664) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — UH-1 Iroquois
The most widely used military, the Bell UH-1 series Iroquois, better known as the "Huey", began arriving in Vietnam in 1963. Before the end of the conflict, more than 5,000 of these versatile aircraft were introduced into Southeast Asia. "Hueys" . . . — Map (db m102666) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Eglin AFB — XM-800 Armored Reconnaisance Scout Vehicle
In reaction to the poor showing by the M114 Armored Command and Reconnaissance Vehicle, it was decided to design a new vehicle. Beginning in 1966, a requirement began to evolve for a 3-man vehicle weighing about 7 tons and armed with a 20mm cannon . . . — Map (db m102656) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — F-94 — Fort Walton
Originally called Camp Walton, this Confederate installation, constructed in 1861 to guard East Pass, was garrisoned by a company of Florida militia called the "Walton Guards". Several small skirmishes with federal landing parties occurred near . . . — Map (db m110313) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — F-569 — Indianola Inn, An Indian Midden Mound, and Civil War Cannons
Side 1 The Indianola Inn, the second hotel in this area, was built on this midden mound in 1912 – the only structure ever permitted to do so. The inn burned in 1962, but the steps, foundation parts, and well head have been . . . — Map (db m99232) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Okaloosa County Desert Storm Memorial
In honor of America's heroes in Operation Desert Storm — Map (db m99338) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Fort Walton Beach — Preserving and Protecting the Mound
Preserving the Mound Florida is home to a rich variety of cultural resources that represent our society. Many significant archaeological sites, like the Fort Walton Temple Mound, are in public ownership. The preservation of the temple . . . — Map (db m99254) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — *A Grateful Nation Remembers*Missing in Action Memorial
Dedicated to the missing in action. America's sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, who sacrificed to ensure the United States, the world's bastion of freedom, continues to flourish. Their devotion to duty, honor, and . . . — Map (db m99287) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — 1st Air Commando Group B-25 Medium Bomber
During the 1944-45 Allied campaign against Japanese forces in the China-Burma-India (CBI) theater, B-25Hs of the 1st Air Commando Group were used extensively in close air support and interdiction role on behalf of British General Orde Wingate and . . . — Map (db m99728) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — A.A.F. / U.S.A.F. Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial
This 2,000 pound, A/N M-34, General Purpose Bomb is dedicated to the memory of all A.A.F. Bomb Disposal/U.S.A.F. Explosive Ordnance Disposal men who gave their lives supporting Special Operations missions during World War II, the . . . — Map (db m99856) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — A-1E Skyraider
This aircraft memorial is dedicated to all USAF personnel and our fellow South Vietnamese airmen who flew the A-1 in the Southeast Asia conflict. It also commemorates all those who selflessly gave their lives in combat to preserve the ideals that . . . — Map (db m99860) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — A-26 Counter-Invader
First production model August, 1943 Last flown in combat 9 November 1969   This aircraft memorial is dedicated to all USAF personnel who flew the A-26 in World War II, Korea and Southeast Asia. It especially commemorates all those aircrew . . . — Map (db m99730) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — A-37 "Dragonfly"
The A-37 "Dragonfly" began service with the USAF as a trainer in the 1950s. The A-37 made its debut with the Special Operations when the USAF needed this low cost, high efficiency jet to deal with increased guerrilla activity around the world. In . . . — Map (db m99731) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — AC - 119 G/K (Shadow/Stinger)
In February 1968, the USAF approved a program to develop AC - 119 gunships for Special Operations duty in Southeast Asia. Their specialized missions included air interdiction, clandestine air support, armed reconnaissance, and air base defense. . . . — Map (db m99823) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — AC-130 Spectre"The Ultimate End"
The AC-130 Spectre gunship evolved into the most heavily armed aircraft in history. It has a distinguished history and was used extensively in a multitude of roles during the Vietnam conflict. The AC-130 also flew combat during the USS . . . — Map (db m99831) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — AC-130H Spectre"Wicked Wanda"
Project Pave Spectre began in 1971 to support combat operations in Southeast Asia. Eleven C-130Es were converted to AC-130Es and modified with 7.62mm, 20mm and 40mm guns, Infared and Low Light Level Television sensors, "Black Crow" detection set, . . . — Map (db m99912) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Air America Memorial
  Air America's origin dates back to the secret CIA purchase of Civil Air Transport (CAT) assets in August 1950. Air America/CAT operations were initiated in response to covert transportation requirements during the Chinese Civil War and Korean . . . — Map (db m99746) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Airman First Class John Lee Levitow3rd Special Operations Squadron
Airman First Class John Levitow was a loadmaster aboard a C-47 gunship on a night combat air patrol mission near Long Binh Army Post, Republic of Vietnam, 24 February 1969. His aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire. The enemy fire wounded half the . . . — Map (db m99749) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — AT-28D Trojan
First strike aircraft assigned to Special Operations Project "Jungle Jim". First special operations aircraft to fly combat in Southeast Asia. This aircraft memorial is dedicated to pilots of the United States and over 18 allied nations . . . — Map (db m99729) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Bird Air Memorial
  William Bird founded Bird Air in 1960 to support Special Operations Forces stationed in Southeast Asia. From 1960 until US withdrawal in April 1975, Bird Air and is complement of brave and skillful pilots flew many overt and covert missions in . . . — Map (db m99744) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — C-123 Provider
The C-123 aircraft was used extensively during peacetime operations and during the Southeast Asia conflict in a multitude of roles which included tactical airlift, Ranch Hand (aerial spray), Candlestick (night illumination), and Blackspot (sensor) . . . — Map (db m99919) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — C-46 Commando
The C–46 Commando aircraft is dedicated to the members of the 1st Air Commando Wing who served with distinction in this aircraft during its years of assignment to Hurlburt Field from 1962 to 1964. The C–46 is one of only three . . . — Map (db m99826) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — C-47 Sky Train
This memorial is dedicated to the tradition, courage and sacrifice of those who value her in the defense of this nation. Of all the airplanes ever built, the C-47 has far surpassed the others in faithful service, dependability and achievement. . . . — Map (db m99740) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Captain Hilliard A. Wilbanks21st Tactical Air Support Squadron
On the evening of 24 February 1967, Captain Hilliard A. Wilbanks was flying his 488th combat mission as a Forward Air Controller. While covering South Vietnamese Army Rangers and their American advisors in the O-1E Bird Dog, he discovered a . . . — Map (db m99772) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Captain Steven L. Bennett20th Tactical Air Support Squadron
On 29 June, 1972, Captain Steven L. Bennett and a Marine observer were flying near Quang Tri, Republic of Vietnam. Responding to a call from a South Vietnamese unit pinned down by the enemy, he requested tactical air support, but none was available. . . . — Map (db m99755) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Combat Talon / Here Am I; Send Me. Isaiah 6:8
Front Combat Talon This memorial is dedicated to the memory of the MC-130 COMBAT TALON aircrew members who made the ultimate sacrifice while flying one of our military’s most critical and dangerous missions. The . . . — Map (db m99243) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Combat Talon Aircrew S-01Lost During Combat Mission Into North Vietnam — 29 December 1967
Lieutenant Colonel Donald E. Fisher - Navigator Major Charles P. Claxton - Pilot Captain Edwin N. Osborne Jr. - Aircraft Commander Captain Frank C. Parker III - Electronic Warfare Officer Captain Gerald G. Van Buren - Pilot Captain . . . — Map (db m99875) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Combat Talon Aircrew S-59Lost In The Line of Duty In The Philippines — 26 February 1981
Major James M. Kirk - Aircraft Commander Capt. Norman Martel - Co-pilot Capt. Gregory S. Peppers - Navigator Capt. Terry D. Patterson - Navigator SSgt. John T. Felton - Flight Engineer MSgt. Barry R. Chumbley - Loadmaster TSgt. Gary . . . — Map (db m99874) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Desert Shield and Desert Storm
  From early August 1990 to late February 1991, AFSOC participated in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, the protection of Saudi Arabia and the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi forces.   Active duty, Air Force Reserve, and Air National . . . — Map (db m99797) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — First Lieutenant James Phillip Fleming20th Special Operations Squadron
First Lieutenant Fleming was the aircraft commander of a UH-1F transport helicopter near Duc Co in the Republic of Vietnam's central highlands, 26 November 1968. He unhesitatingly flew to the aid of a six-man Special Forces Long Range Reconnaissance . . . — Map (db m99815) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — HH-3E "Jolly Green Giant"
The Sikorsky Helicopter Company initially developed the H-3 for the Navy from which the Air Force developed a general-purpose version designated the CH-3E. Some of these were converted to HH-3E "Jolly Green Giants" for the Aerospace Rescue and . . . — Map (db m99902) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Hmong Special Guerrilla Units
During the Vietnam War between 1961 and 1975, Hmong Special Guerrilla Units (SGU) were defacto commando war fighters who sacrificed their lives to rescue American forces and protect Laos against North Vietnamese expansionism. The Hmong, which means . . . — Map (db m99743) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — In Honor of The American Gold Star Mothers
In Honor of The American Gold Star Mothers For Their Sacrifice, Service, and Patriotism A Mother's tears were shed today For a battle long ago. Her precious gift to a warrior son Whose fate....she'll never know . . . — Map (db m99827) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Jockey - 14 MemorialAC-130H   69-6576
On March 14, 1994, while flying enroute to Mogadishu, Somalia, in support of Operation Continue Hope, eight fellow Spectres lost their lives. Let peace be with them. Capt Anthony R. Stefanik Jr.   •  TSgt Robert L. Daniel Capt David J. . . . — Map (db m99726) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Lieutenant Colonel Joe Madison Jackson311th Air Commando Squadron
Lieutenant Colonel Jackson was the aircraft commander of an unarmed C-123 transport flying a tactical emergency evacuation mission to rescue three remaining survivors at the Special Forces camp at Kham Duc, Republic of Vietnam, on 12 May 1968. The . . . — Map (db m99813) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III602nd Special Operations Squadron
Lieutenant Colonel Jones flew an A-1H Skyraider on a rescue mission on 1 September 1968 in search of a downed U.S. pilot near Dong Hoi, North Vietnam. Although his aircraft was hit repeatedly by enemy fire, he continued his search until he sighted . . . — Map (db m99802) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Major Bernard Francis Fisher1st Air Commando Squadron
Major Fisher was an A-1E pilot at A Shau, South Vietnam on 10 March 1966. The Special Forces camp was attacked by 2,000 North Vietnamese Army Regulars. Tops of 1,500-foot hills were obscured by an 800-foot ceiling, limiting maneuverability and . . . — Map (db m99811) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — MC-130E Combat Talon I
Left side plaque The MC-130E Combat Talon I is a specially modified Lockheed C-130E Hercules designed provide a unique airpower capability for United States Special Operations Forces. From its origin in 1965, the Combat . . . — Map (db m99903) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — MC-130P Combat Shadow
The Combat Shadow first entered service in 1964 as the HC-130P. During the Vietnam War, the aircraft performed multiple missions including combat search and rescue, command & control, and helicopter air refueling. The aircraft was designed to carry . . . — Map (db m99869) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Medal of Honor RecipientsWorld War I
Medal of Honor Recipients World War I 2nd.Lt. Erwin R. Bleckley   Oct. 6, 1918, Binarville, France 2nd.Lt. Harold E. Goettler   Oct. 6, 1918, Binarville, France 2nd.Lt. Frank Luke Jr.   Sept. 29, 1918, Murvaux, France . . . — Map (db m99915) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Medal of Honor RecipientsKorea
Medal of Honor Recipients Korea Maj. George A. Davis Jr.   Feb. 10, 1952, Sinuiju-Yalu River, N.Korea Maj. Charles J. Loring Jr.   Nov. 22, 1952, Sniper Ridge, N.Korea Maj. Louis J. Sebille   Aug. 5, 1950, Hamch'ang, . . . — Map (db m99916) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Medal of Honor RecipientsVietnam
Medal of Honor Recipients Vietnam Capt.Steven L. Bennett   June 29, 1972, Quang Tri, S. Vietnam Col. George E. Day   Conspicuous Gallantry while POW Maj. Merlyn H. Dethlefsen   Mar. 10, 1967, Thai Nguyen, N. Vietnam . . . — Map (db m99918) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Medal of Honor RecipientsWorld War II
Medal of Honor Recipients World War II Lt. Col. Addison E. Baker · Aug. 1, 1943 - Ploesti, Romania Maj. Richard I. Bong · Oct. 10 - Nov. 15, 1944 - Southwest Pacific Maj. Horace S. Carswell Jr. · Oct. 26, 1944 - South . . . — Map (db m100432) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Memorial to the USAF Dead in Operation Eagle ClawDesert One, Iran — 1980
Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.   John 15:13 On the night of April 1980, these men gave their lives in the gallant attempt to free the American hostages in . . . — Map (db m100438) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — MH-53 Pave Low
In May of 1980, the Air Force's newly operational fleet of nine HH-53H Pave Low combat search and rescue helicopters was abruptly transferred to special operations forces due to a highlighted lack of dedicated, long-range, vertical lift platforms in . . . — Map (db m99873) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Montagnard Memorial
Dedicated to "The Forgotten Army"- the Montagnard soldiers of Vietnam The Dega people (termed Montagnards or "Mountaineers" by the French) of Vietnams' central highlands, was one of our most loyal and endearing allies. They fought and . . . — Map (db m99732) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — O-1E Bird Dog
The O-1 was a two-seat observation aircraft built by Cessna, first delivered to the Air Force in 1957. These planes were used extensively in Southeast Asia as Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft. Underwing pylons held smoke rockets, which were used . . . — Map (db m99769) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — O-2 Super Skymaster
The O-2A Super Skymaster was a push-pull twin-engine, three-seat, militarized version of the Cessna 337A Skymaster. Affectionately known as the "Oscar Duck." This rugged aircraft was flown throughout Southeast Asia in a variety of Forward Air . . . — Map (db m99775) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Okaloosa Armed Forces Memorial
Presented by Citizens of Okaloosa County in Honor of USAF Hurlburt Field FL. Capt. Richard L. Bakke Capt. Harold L. Lewis, Jr. TSgt. Joel C. Mayo Capt. Lyn D. McIntosh Capt. Charles T. McMillan, III USMC New . . . — Map (db m99722) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Operation Assured Response
  In April 1996, Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) responded to a crisis in Liberia, where a civil war endangered Americans and other foreign nationals. The US deployed forces quickly to save lives, protect the American Embassy, and . . . — Map (db m99776) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Operation Just Cause
On 20 December 1989, U.S. Forces invaded Panama and ousted dictator Manuel Noriega in order to reestablish democracy. Air Force special operations active, reserve, and guard units supported conventional and special operations forces in a crucial . . . — Map (db m99244) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Operation KingpinDedicated to the participants in the Son Tay mission — Planners--Supporters--Operators
  On 20 November 1970, U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces and the U.S. Army Special Forces made a daring raid deep in North Vietnamese territory on the Son Tay prison camp 23 miles west of Hanoi. The mission was to rescue 70 American POWs . . . — Map (db m99913) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Operation Provide Comfort
  Operation PROVIDE COMFORT began in April 1991 as a humanitarian effort to help an estimated 800,000 Iraqi Kurds who, fearing the Iraqi government's wrath for their rebellion, fled into the northern mountain region of Iraq and were dying at a . . . — Map (db m99795) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Operation Ranch Hand MemorialVietnam
Ranch Hand Vietnam In Memoriam ———— ———— Capt Fergus C Groves III Capt Robert D Larson S Sgt Milo B Coghill Capt Roy R Kubley Maj Lloyd F Walker Capt Harvey . . . — Map (db m100608) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Operation Restore Hope
  Violence in Somalia was precipitated by a series of civil war, famine, and disease which cost the lives of an estimated 350,000 people. In December 1992, US troops were sent to help contain the lawlessness in Somalia and create a safe . . . — Map (db m99782) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Operation Uphold Democracy
  Operation Uphold Democracy was the name given to the restoration of the democracy in Haiti. The US, expecting civil unrest and military opposition, deployed a large force to the area, which could overcome any opposition and restore order to . . . — Map (db m99778) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina1993-1998
  Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina took on many different names between 1993-1998. Whether it was Operation Joint Endeavor, Joint Guard, Deny Flight, Deliberate Force, or Joint Forge, the special operations mission remained relatively . . . — Map (db m99777) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — OV-10 Bronco
  The OV-10 was built by North American Rockwell and 157 were delivered to the USAF beginning in 1968. It arrived in Southeast Asia the same year and soon proved a rugged and reliable Forward Air Control (FAC) aircraft. Powered by two turboprop . . . — Map (db m99762) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Special Tactics Memorial
This statue is dedicated to the Special Tactics Operator We are a community bonded by sacrifice, service and dedication to duty. We are a product of American patriots: families and mentors who shape and guide us to a . . . — Map (db m99247) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — Spirit 03AC-130H 69-6567
  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 . . . — Map (db m99798) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — SpookyPuff the Magic Dragon
Front This monument is dedicated to those crewmembers that paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving on the AC-47 in Southeast Asia. You Will Always Be Remembered All Gave Some AC-47 Air Bases . . . — Map (db m99242) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — The Forward Air Controller
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 . . . — Map (db m100420) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — U-10A Super Courier
The U-10A, originally developed for the CIA, entered the Air Force inventory in 1958. With 231 square feet of wing surface area, and large flaps that covered three-fourths of the wing's trailing edge, this plane had superb Short Take-Off and Landing . . . — Map (db m99721) HM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — United States Navy VO-67
After training at Eglin Air Force Base with USAF Special Operations Command units from Hurlburt Field, and later based at Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, this top secret Naval Aviation squadron made aviation history. Flying missions under the operational . . . — Map (db m100423) WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Hurlburt Field — World War II Air Commando / Chindit Memorial
Center Panel 1st Air Commando Force At the Quebec conference in August 1943, President Roosevelt agreed to Prime Minister Churchill's request for U.S. air support of the British "Chindits" commanded by General Orde Wingate. . . . — Map (db m99336) HM WM
Florida (Okaloosa County), Wynnehaven Beach — F-616 — Dr. Beal's Shell Museum
Dr. James Hartley Beal (1861-1945) was an influential pharmacist, chemist, lawyer, educator, and scientist. Despite his busy life, he began collecting land and marine shells, purchasing his first specimen, in 1888. The Fort Walton Beach resident . . . — Map (db m64667) HM

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