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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hurlburt Field, Florida

Clickable Map of Okaloosa County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Okaloosa County, FL (133) Santa Rosa County, FL (67) Walton County, FL (14) Covington County, AL (17) Escambia County, AL (31)  OkaloosaCounty(133) Okaloosa County (133)  SantaRosaCounty(67) Santa Rosa County (67)  WaltonCounty(14) Walton County (14)  CovingtonCountyAlabama(17) Covington County (17)  EscambiaCounty(31) Escambia County (31)
Crestview is the county seat for Okaloosa County
Hurlburt Field is in Okaloosa County
      Okaloosa County (133)  
      Santa Rosa County (67)  
      Walton County (14)  
      Covington County, Alabama (17)  
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1Florida, 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
2Florida, 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
3Florida, 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
4Florida, 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
5Florida, 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
6Florida, 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
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7Florida, 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
8Florida, 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
9Florida, 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
10Florida, 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
11Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Airman First Class John Lee Levitow — 3rd 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
12Florida, 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
13Florida, 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
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14Florida, 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
15Florida, 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
16Florida, 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
17Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Captain Hilliard A. Wilbanks — 21st 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
18Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Captain Steven L. Bennett — 20th 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
19Florida, 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
20Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Combat Talon Aircrew S-01 — Lost 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
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21Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Combat Talon Aircrew S-59 — Lost 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
22Florida, 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
23Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — First Lieutenant James Phillip Fleming — 20th 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
24Florida, 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
25Florida, 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
26Florida, 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
27Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Jockey - 14 Memorial — AC-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
28Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Lieutenant Colonel Joe Madison Jackson — 311th 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
29Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Lieutenant Colonel William Atkinson Jones, III — 602nd 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
30Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Major Bernard Francis Fisher — 1st 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
31Florida, 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
32Florida, 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
33Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Medal of Honor Recipients — World 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
34Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Medal of Honor Recipients — Korea
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
35Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Medal of Honor Recipients — Vietnam
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
36Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Medal of Honor Recipients — World 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
37Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Memorial to the USAF Dead in Operation Eagle Claw — Desert 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
38Florida, 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
39Florida, 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
40Florida, 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
41Florida, 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
42Florida, 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
43Florida, 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
44Florida, 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
45Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Operation Kingpin — Dedicated 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
46Florida, 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
47Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Operation Ranch Hand Memorial — Vietnam
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
48Florida, 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
49Florida, 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
50Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina — 1993-1998
  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
51Florida, 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
52Florida, 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
53Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Spirit 03 — AC-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
54Florida, Okaloosa County, Hurlburt Field — Spooky — Puff 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
55Florida, 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
56Florida, 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
57Florida, 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
58Florida, 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
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Feb. 9, 2023