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Control & Detection Units

Korean War Era

1st SHORAN Beacon Squadron, 5th AF, FEAF

Guided B-26 and B-29 Bommbers to their targets

SHORAN is addressed in the book, Gunships - A Pictorial History of Spooky, by Larry Davis, page 3:
"In Korea a device called SHORAN ...... was developed for the night combat role."  


Japan made Bullion, lots of wear, RFU Jacket, well-worn in Used Condition.....(sold)

see these links for info:  http://www.csd  dot  uwo.ca/~pettypi/elevon/baugher_us/b029-12.html
http://en.wikipedia  dot  org/wiki/SHORAN
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Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line


circa 1958 - 1959

large 6 1/8", UnUsed...(sold)
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partial History
The DEW Line was a "Detection/Tipoff" operation only!
The DEW Line was the First Line of Detection for aircraft flying over-the-Pole
The other 2 lines of defense were the Pinetree Line and the Mid-Canada Line

Tactical Air Support
Squadrons & Groups

7th Air Force Command and Control "BLUE CHIP"
Blue Chip controlled out-of-Country Combat Operations
Not on the USAFPatches web site - I believe this one is an UnCommon patch
  See listing on the Command page.....7th AF section
 F-19 Insignia Common to ALO/FACs
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Forward Air Controller F-19 Diamonds

older Viet HE FAC diamond, UnUsed.....inquire

Vietnamese Hand-embroidered F-19 FAC diamond, Unused......inquire

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Designed circa summer-1964 by a III Corps ALO/FAC Pilot

Translated into English the phrase "MOT MINH KHONG SO" means "I may be alone, but I am not afraid"

Strict translation of the Vietnamese words:
MOT (one) MINH (person ) = Alone
KHONG (not) SO (afraid) = Unafraid

Hand-embroidered Vietnamese Made, Unused.......inquire

HE in the RVN, Unused.......inquire

ALO = U. S. Air Liaison Officer with RVN Forces
FAC = Forward Air Controller
F-19 = "L-19" ( Cessna O-1 Bird Dog Aircraft )
MACH .2 = very slow
 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron (Light)
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19th TASS(L), DI depicting a Gremlin wearing a blue suit

scanned at 300dpi = all the Maker's imperfections show
( Reverse side = clear tape put on posts to prevent scratching the glass on the scanner bed )

DI made in Asia, it was made with a small-curve so it could fit on a Bush Hat crown, Used......inquire

19th's Emblem
On a white disc, border black, piped white, a gremlin proper, wearing a blue suit trimmed with collar, cuffs, and three buttons, all red, red shoes and cap, diving through the air, peering forward under the cupped right hand while holding brown briefcase in the left hand; binoculars strung about the neck by black straps and flowing to rear.
 The insignia typifies the function of the squadron, speedy courier service, observation, reconnaissance, and liaison.
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19th TASS(L) "FAC" dog DI

scanned at 300dpi = shows all the maker's imperfections

Beercan made in Vietnam, Used......inquire
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19th TASS(L) "Curse you .harl.." Beercan DI

scanned at 300dpi = all the scratches show

Vietnam made, does not lay flat, Used.....inquire

( I have a similar Beercan in UnUsed Condition )
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19th TASS FAC callsign Sleepy Time

Night rocket CAP for the Saigon AO
Later expanded the AO to other parts of III Corps
Flew O-2s from Bien Hoa, were phased-out to fly RUSTIC Night missions in Cambodia 1970-71 era


made in Vietnam, RFU, Used..........inquire
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OV-10 SEA made neckbib, as-new condition, Used......(sold)
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circa August 1968 - February 1969


OV-10A, Thai made, border tear above the "T" when removed from uniform, writing on back has bled-through to the front under the left wing, Used.....inquire
Pilot was stationed at Bien Hoa AFB, Vietnam

Combat Bronco partial History
In August 1968 the USAF began a 6-month Combat Evaluation of the Rockwell OV-10A Bronco in Vietnam under the Project Name "Combat Bronco" .
The OV-10As were: disassembled & flown to Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam in C-133s and assigned to the 19th TASS to be evaluated under the "Combat Bronco" program as FACs.
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19th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Asian made, UnUsed....inquire
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Black Panther Division patch from a 19th TASS Pilot's Estate


Made in Thailand, UnUsed......inquire
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from a RUSTIC FAC Pilot's estate


Cambodian Highway Patrol, made in Thailand, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire
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partial History
Constituted 19th Observation Squadron (Light) February 5, 1942; Activated March 2, 1942
Redesignated 19th Observation Squadron July 4, 1942; Re-designated 19th Liaison Squadron April 2, 1943; Inactivated December 1, 1945
Redesignated/Activated 19th Tactical Air Support Squadron (Light) June 17, 1963; Organized July 8, 1963; Discontinued/Inactivated August 8, 1964
Activated October 16, 1964; Organized October 21, 1964; Inactivated October 1, 1993
Pacific Air Forces  June 17, 1963
34th Tactical Group July 8 1963 - August 8 1964
Pacific Air Forces, 16 Oct 1964
34th Tactical Group, 21 Oct 1964
6251st TFW July 8 1965 (attached to 6250th TAC Air SUP GP(PROV) August 1 - NOV 8 1965)
505th Tactical Control Group November 8 1965
 (attached to Tactical Air Support Group, Provisional, 6250, 1 - 9 Sep 1966;
          attached to Tactical Air Support Group, Provisional, 6253, 9 Sep - 8 Dec 1966)
504th Tactical Air Support Group December 1966
314th Air Division, 15 Jan 1972; 51st Composite Wing (Tactical) , 30 Sep 1974;
5th Tactical Air Control Group, 8 Jan 1980; 51st Fighter Group, 1 Oct 1993.
  Miami Municipal Airport, Florida, 2 Mar 1942;
  Jacksonville Municipal Airport, Florida, 7 Mar 1942;
  Pope Field, NC, 11 May 1942;
  Morris Field, NC, 19 Oct 1942;
  Camp Campbell (later, Campbell Army Airfield), Kentucky, 3 Apr 1943;
  Aiken Army Airfield, SC, 22 Jun 1941;
  Camp Anza, Calif, 28 Mar 1944;
  Bombay, India, 9 Apr 1944;
  Kanchrapara, India, c. 15 Apr 1944;
  Ondal, India, 29 Apr 1944;
  Chabua, India, 17 May 1944;
  Kunming, China, 29 May 1944;
  Chengkung, China, 28 Mar 1945;
  Nanning, China, 18 Aug 1945;
  Calcutta, India, c. Oct 7 - Nov 1945;
  Fort Lewis, Wash, 30 Nov -1 Dec 1945.
  Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 8 Jul 1963 - 8 Aug 1964.
  Bien Hoa AB, South Vietnam, 21 Oct 1964;
  Phan Rang AB, South Vietnam, 1 Aug 1971;
  Osan AB, South Korea, 15 Jan 1972;
  Suwon AB, South Korea, 1 Aug 1989;
  Osan AB, South Korea, 1 Oct 1990 - 1 Oct. 1993  
0-1 1963-1971
0-2 1968 - 1975
OV-10 1968 - 1971, 1975 - 1983, 1985 - ?
OA-37 1983 - 1985
Combat in Southeast Asia July 1963 to September 1971
Description: on a white disc, border black, piped white, a gremlin proper, wearing a blue suit trimmed with collar, cuffs, and three buttons, all red, red shoes and cap, diving through the air, peering forward under the cupped right hand while holding brown briefcase in the left hand; binoculars strung about the neck by black straps and flowing to rear. Significance: The insignia typifies the function of the squadron, speedy courier service, observation, reconnaissance, and liaison. Approved on 11 Oct 1943.
20th Tactical Air Support Squadron

Patch and FAC Beercan found together

scanned at 300dpi

1965-1973 era at Danang, 2 15/16"(V), fine-mesh backing, UnUsed......(sold)

Vietnam made Beercan DI, Used.....inquire

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9592CR - COVEY FAC Party Suit

see on USAF Gear page
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partial History of Covey FACS
COVEY FACS became fully operational on September 4, 1965 as a unit of the 20th TASS
20th TASS assigned to 505th TACG
On December 8, 1966, the 20th TASS became a part of the 504th TACG assigned to Danang AB, RVN
The COVEY callsign was used to identify out-of-country SOG Operations
FACS operated from Danang/other locations flying into Laos & NVN locations known as "Route Package One"
COVEYs flew in support of the battle at Khe Sanh; as well as providing support for other USMC Units in Northern I Corps
Supported "out-of-country" SOG Operations/OPs for: SHINING BRASS, PRAIRIE FIRE, & PHU DUNG road watch teams
COVEY FACs flew: O-1 E/F Birddogs 1965 - ?, O-2As 1967 - ?, and OV-10s 1969 - ?
20th TASS was de-activated on March 27, 1973; OV-10 pilots reassigned to 23rd TASS at NKP RTAFB, Thailand
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callsign 'BARKY' patch with Name Tape and 5th Infantry Division(Mechanized) SSI
Barky FAC (Quang Tri) flying O-2s & OV-10s was a forward Operating Location of the 20th TASS HQS at Da Nang
The Barkys supported the 1st Brigade, 5th ID(Mech)

I think it is an UnCommon patch as several Gurus had never seen it

Grouping removed from a 1968 Lime-Leaf Camo shirt, Patch and Name Tape made in Vietnam, RFU, puckered from washing, Used......inquire

Anyone know what the orange-signals mean emitting from his left paw or are these sounds coming from his mouth?

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Covey FACs Laotian Highway Patrol

Laotian Highway Patrol, Thai made, UnUsed..........inquire

Lao HWY Patrol, Interstate shield design, Thai made, UnUsed.......inquire

Fully embroidered, Thai made, UnUsed.......inquire

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from "Covey" FAC Pilot's Grouping

Okinawa, Japan made, 2 3/4"+, no stitch marks, probably never worn(?), UnUsed.....inquire
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20th TASS "Tiger Hound"

Tiger Hound, the Code Name of a special Army, USAF, Navy, and Marine Task Force that began interdiction of the South-Eastern most region of Laos on December 5, 1965 and ended November 11, 1968.


Vietnam made, RFU, Used......inquire
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TIGER HOUND Beercan, made in Vietnam, Used.....inquire
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partial History for Operation Tiger Hound and 20th TASS
Operation Tiger Hound was a covert USAF and Navy TF-77 aerial interdiction campaign conducted in Southeastern Laos from December 5, 1965 through November 11, 1968.  The geographic boundary of the operation was carved from the area of Laos already under bombardment under Operation Steel Tiger. This was done at the behest of General William C. Westmoreland, who saw the area of Laos that bordered the five northernmost provinces of South Vietnam as an extension of his area of operations. Unlike Operation Barrel Roll and Steel Tiger the bombing in the new area would be conducted by aircraft of the VNAF and by USAF units based in South Vietnam (aircraft participating in Barrel Roll and Steel Tiger were generally based in Thailand).
In the latter part of 1965, the 20th TASS was assigned the out-of-country mission, which entailed flying interdiction missions over the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos. Its area of operations (AO) was designated TIGERHOUND. To meet its mission requirements it was necessary to establish a number of forward operating bases (FOB) to support the operation. Initially, FOBs were established at Khe Sanh, Kham Duc, and Kontum. Eventually, the sites were expanded to include Danang, Dong Ha, Dak To, and Pleiku
In mid-July 1966, the 20th TASS was assigned another mission and AO. The new mission was designed TALLY HO. The AO was part of the STEEL TIGER area located in North Vietnam from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to about 30 miles north of the DMZ. The TALLY HO missions were flown from Dong Ha. During this period, it was decided that all out-of-country tactical call signs would carry the name of COVEY.
The 0-1, whether by design or accident proved to be an outstanding FAC aircraft. It provided exceptional visibility, was not complicated, and was surprisingly easy to fly. However, as the weapons of the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese regulars became more sophisticated, the 0-1’s vulnerability was accentuated. This vulnerability was countered by a new FAC aircraft.
The new FAC aircraft was the Cessna 0-2A, which was a modified Cessna 337. It was an inline dual engine aircraft with one propeller pushing and the other pulling. From late 1966 until late 1968, approximately 350 0-2s were contracted for by the Air Force. The first 0-2s, to arrive in country were assigned to the 20th TASS. They were then assigned to Dong Ha and Khe Sanh to provide a more substantial FAC aircraft to deal with the improvements in the enemy’s weaponry. By reading some of the narratives submitted by 0-2 pilots, the reader will become acutely aware of the 0-2’s capabilities and limitations.
The 0-2 was an interim aircraft, but it filled a void while the 0V-10 was being developed. The 0V-10 was a more sophisticated and durable FAC vehicle: it had greater ordinance carrying capability, more loiter time, a bit more power, and a greater array of conventional navigation aids and in-flight instrumentation. The 20th TASS received its first 0V-10s in July 1969. The arrival of the 0V-10s to complement the O-2As resulted in the transfer of the 0-1s to other units.
By October 1969, the 20th TASS, while supporting five US Army and six South Vietnam force locations, as well as the out-of-country operations, was operating from Danang and eleven FOBs. As the US Army began to gradually reduce its presence in 1972 and 1973, the 20th TASS began withdrawing from its FOBs.
In response to the North Vietnamese spring offensive of 1972, the 20 TASS reestablished some of its former FOBs. It is notable to mention that in June 1972, the 20th TASS had tripled its pre-invasion sorties. Further, Covey FACs from Danang using 0V-10s were a vital and integral part of base defense operations during that year.
In January 1973, the 20th TASS ceased operations at its last FOB, and flew its final missions in Vietnam. The 0-2s were turned over to the Vietnamese Air Force, and the 0V-10s were assigned to other USAF units in Southeast Asia.
On January 25, 1973, the 20th TASS moved, without personnel or equipment, to George AFB, California.
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Task Force "Tiger Hound" DI & "JAKE" FAC Business Card

both items came from the same Pilot

scanned at 300dpi

Jake FAC Business Card, probably made in Thailand, UnUsed.....inquire
( Callsign "JAKE" was assigned for use on October 1, 1966 )

Task Force Tiger Hound Beercan DI, Vietnam made, Used....(sold)

TF Tiger Hound/Tally Ho partial History
Task Force Tiger Hound/Tally Ho reported to 7th AF but was attached to the 20th TASS at Danang
TF moved to other airfields in Vietnam/Thailand but used Danang as their home field.
One job assigned to this TF was interdicting Supply Routes into I Corps.
The callsign "Covey" was used by, at least, one Tiger Hound Pilot.
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Supported the 101st Airborne Division in I CORPS


Made in Thailand, UnUsed.......inquire
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post-1973 Insignia

20th TASS "FIRST ON TARGET", modern insignia, UnUsed.....27.00
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partial History
Constituted 20th Transport Squadron on 22 Nov 1940;  Activated on 15 Dec 1940
Redesignated: 20th Troop Carrier Squadron on 5 Jul 1942; 20th Troop Carrier Squadron (Special) on 13 Nov 1943;
20th Troop Carrier Squadron on 12 Apr 1944; 20th Troop Carrier Squadron, Heavy, on 17 Jun 1948;
20th Troop Carrier Squadron, Medium, on 4 Oct 1948; Inactivated on 20 Oct 1949
"Redesignated" 20th TASS (Light) & Activated 26 Apr 1965
Inactivated 1 Apr 1973
"Redesignated" 20th TASS and activated 1 Oct 1973 as part of the 601st Tactical Control Wing;
Inactivated 30 Sep 1984
Activated on 1 Apr 1990 as part of the 507th Tactical Air Control Wing
France Field, Canal Zone, 15 Dec 1940;  Howard Field, Canal Zone, 19 Feb 1942;
Albrook Field (later, Albrook AFB) Canal Zone, 9 Jun 1943-20 Sep 1948; Bergstrom AFB, Texas, 4 Oct 1948;
Da Nang AB, South Vietnam, 8 May 1965-15 Jan 1973; George AFB, Calif, 15 Jan-1 Apr 1973.
Wiesbaden AB, West Germany, 1 Oct 1973;
Sembach AB, West Germany, 8 Jan 1976-30 Sep 1984.
Shaw AFB, SC, 1 Apr 1990 - ?
0-1 1965-1969;  0-2 1967-1973,1973-1974;  OV-10 1969-1973, 1974-1984

( below verbage has not been edited for details )
20th TASS organized 8 May 1965 at Da Nang AB, Republic of Vietnam. It received its first O-lF aircraft in late May and began operations in Aug 1965. Provided visual reconnaissance and airborne forward air control for tactical offensive operations, and also gave theater indoctrination flight checkouts in assigned aircraft for newly assigned aircrews in Southeast Asia. As the squadron expanded its operations, it established several detachments at forward locations throughout South Vietnam. In Jan 1969, received first OV-10A, and in July transferred its last 0-1. By Oct 1969, the 20th operated from Da Nang and eleven forward locations, supporting five U.S. Army and six South Vietnamese Army forces locations.
The U.S. Armed Forces gradually withdrew from South Vietnam in 1970-1972, and the 20th discontinued its forward operating locations in 1971 and early 1972.
Then, after the North Vietnamese invaded the south in Apr 1972, the 20th again set up forward operating locations. In Jun 1972, it flew three times the missions it had in mar, prior to the invasion. In addition to FAC, liaison, observation, and reconnaissance missions, the 20th, in response to enemy rocket attacks on Da Nang AB during 1972, provided base defense with the OV-10A aircraft equipped with small bombs, 2.75 inch rockets, and 7.62 mm guns. In Jan 1973, the squadron discontinued its last forward operating location, flew its last mission, turned its 0-2As over to the Vietnamese Air Force and its OV-lOAs to other USAF squadrons in Southeast Asia.
On 15 Jan 1973 the squadron moved, without personnel or equipment, to George AFB, Calif, where it remained unmanned until it inactivated on 1 Apr 1973 .
On 1 Oct 1973 the 20th TASS activated at Wiesbaden AB, West Germany, to provide forward tactical air control for U.S. Army, Europe, and Seventh Army operations. The squadron had only three 0-2A aircraft available until Jul 1974, when it began flying OV-10A aircraft. Engaged in close air support training during USAFE, NATO, and U.S. Army exercises, its pilots served as both ground and airborne forward air controllers
( above verabage has not been perused for details )
21st ARVN Infantry Division, "PADDY FAC"

Design depicts a tail-dragger and a strike jet


MACV Advisory Team-51 supported the 21st ARVN, UnUsed......inquire
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Partial History of the 21st ARVN Infantry Division

The ARVN 1st and 3rd Light Divisions were formed in 1955; ReDesignated 11th & 13th Light Divisions in 1956
11th & 13th Consolidated to form the 21st Division in 1959 serving in the Saigon and Mekong Delta AOs

31st ARVN Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 31st ARVN Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 31st ARVN Infantry Regiment
3rd Battalion, 31st ARVN Infantry Regiment

32nd ARVN Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 32nd ARVN Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 32nd ARVN Infantry Regiment
3rd Battalion, 32nd ARVN Infantry Regiment

33rd ARVN Infantry Regiment
1st Battalion, 33rd ARVN Infantry Regiment
2nd Battalion, 33rd ARVN Infantry Regiment
3rd Battalion, 33rd ARVN Infantry Regiment

Division Support
21st Engineer Battalion
21st Recon Battalion  

Division Artillery Support
1st Battalion, 21st ARVN Artillery Regiment  
2nd Battalion, 21st ARVN Artillery Regiment  
3rd Battalion, 21st ARVN Artillery Regiment
 21st Tactical Air Support Squadron


21st TASS, hand-embroidered in Vietnam, UnUsed......inquire
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21st Tactical Air Support Squadron Beercan DI


Callsign "CAGEY"

left picfile shot by a camera - right scanned at 300dpi
tough DI to put in a picfile

 Large 1 11/16" 21st TASS Beercan, Vietnam made, Used......inquire
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21st TASS

This design rcognizes the Enlisted "Radio Operator, Maintainer, and Driver" (ROMAD) - see more info below

3 1/4" (vertical), plastic backing, circa 1982 at Shaw AFB, NC flying O-2As, Unused.......inquire

some History for this patch
The blue/green/gold/black was the patch worn by all members of the Squadron: Pilots, Enlisted ROMADs and Staff circa 1983 - 1986 while stationed at Shaw AFB.
The symbols represent the relationship between the: FAC (the large blue wedge in the center), the fighter air support (flight of 4 fighters in the upper field under the blue (air force) arc), and the Army units (the green square with 2 "X"s on top(represents a basic Army map symbol for a division) above the green (Army) arc).  The elements are connected by jagged lines symbolizing radio (electronic) communication with the FAC being the central coordinating element.  The blue and green arcs also represent sky and ground.
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partial History of the 21st TASS
21st TASS activated on May 8 1965
Went Operational August 1, 1965 and attached to the 6250th Tactical Air Support Group (Provisional)
Organized at Pleiku, RVN with 30 O-1E/F aircraft
November 8, 1965 the 6250th was redesignated 505th Tactical Air Support Group
Squadron was reassigned and relocated to Nha Trang September 1966 and attached to the 14th Air Commando Wing
December 8, 1966 the 505th TASG was re-designated 504th Tactical Air Control Group
21st TASS Headquarters remained at Nha Trang until October 1969, then moved to Cam Ranh Bay
Final relocation was back to the 377th Air Base Wing at Tan Son Nhut on March 15, 1972
Deactivated February 23, 1973 at TSN, RVN
The  21st TASS provided visual reconnaissance and airborne forward air control support of tactical offensive operations
Only Medal of Honor won by a Bird Dog FAC in South Vietnam went to Captain Hillard Wilbanks, 21st TASS
Aircraft losses while engaged in combat were: 18 x O-1E;  14 x O-1F;  9 x O-1G;  16 x O-2A;  1 x  OV-10A

More History from a Veteran
"In 1974 I was assigned to Shaw Air Force base as a member of the 703 TASS. We flew H-3 helicopters supporting the 507th Tactical Air Control Wing. The 21 TASS under the command of Lt Col Val Cleland flew 0-2 and OV-10 aircraft for the same wing. In 1976, the 703 TASS was disbanded (only to re-emerge in 1978) and became “C” flight of the 21 TASS. For this brief period of time, this one squadron flew three different airframes."
Circa 1982, 21st TASS stationed at Shaw AFB, NC flying O-2As

More History from a Veteran (email 100527)
"..................I know the unit known as the 21 Tass at Shaw pre-dated this time by a few years as I was a member of the 704 Tass at Shaw from 1972 (when I arrived there) until it was reorganized as the 21 Tass some few years later. I cannot recall the exact date or even the year, but I was discharged from the USAF from Shaw and the 21st Tass in May of 1976. The unit had to have been known as the 21st for at least a year maybe 2 before that date as I had all my uniforms changed from the 704 Tass patches ( the one with Snoopy throwing a rocket and the upper banner saying "Hit my Mark") . We all used to jokingly say it really meant "Hit my MRC"
We had to have velcro patches sewn onto all our fatigue shirts as there was only 3 or 4 21st Tass patches available per man, and we had to move them from shirt to shirt to take to the laundry. Plus we had one sewn permanently to our Field Jackets. These were the patches shown with the delta wing signifying the FAC, and the Army Batt. mark below and the 4 delta wings signifying the fighter aircraft. I was part of the original experiment unit tapped to run the trial for the subdued Air Force insignia. This was probably 1975. I think I still have the trial patches we were given for the trial. I was discharged before the subdued insignia were approved,, but I remember the first time I saw them used a few years later on all Air Force fatigues. We had to carry a survey sheet around with us on exercises with the Army, and have various Officers and other personnel fill out the survey as to whether they "liked" the subdued patches, were they subdued enough. etc. I recall the Army guys laughing at our bright blue and white insignia prior to that, so it was a relief to see it was being addressed. I am trying to recall who our last commander was, or for that matter any of the commander names, but I may recall later. I do remember a Major Wheeler who flipped his O-2a forward on landing one day at Shaw. We received about 5 OV -10s about 6 months before I was discharged. I was a Romad and was discharged as a Sergeant. I stayed at Shaw the entire time I was in as I was a Paratrooper assigned to the 82nd at Ft. Bragg, As well as did duty with the 101st and the 3rd ID at Ft. Stewart. (I was stationed at Shaw) and They just never moved us around much unless we wanted to drop our Parachute rating. I don't recall many of us Airborne guys really wanting to do that. It was a whopping $55.00 a month extra you know. I only made about $250 a month without it if I recall right. We were approx 50/50 with Jumpers and Non jumpers in the unit. The Non jumpers were never assigned to go with the Army Airborne on exercises for obvious reasons. I still have a couple of those 21 tass patches on my old uniforms I kept all these years. I recall one of them I had the 21 Tass in white letters while the others were in black. Could have been the other way round but just one of those details you remember when there is so much other stuff you should remember. I just wanted to add my recollections about the dates as i noticed it did not seem too clear when the 21 Tass (since deactivating from Viet Nam) actually re-emerged at Shaw. We also received a large number of MRC 108s, from Viet Nam after that, and before becoming the 21st Tass. We had mainly MRC 107a's. I remember us still having a couple MRC 107's with the manually tuned HF radios when I got there in 1972, but they were soon taken away and upgraded to MRC107A's...................."

More History from a Veteran (email 110315)
"I was stationed at Shaw AFB, SC during the late 70s and early 80s.
The 21st TASS was made up of two sections: First section was the pilots flying O-2 aircraft and known as the Flying FACS. I was in the second section, the ROMADS.
The ROMADS consisted of Airborne personnel attached to the 82nd Airborne in NC and Nonairborne ROMADS who general shipped out for overseas duty or to an Army post.
When I was there it was common knowledge the 21st TASS had been at Shaw for several years. Some of the personnel were veterans of Vietnam.  
Lt. Col. Shane was the squadron commander. When Reagan became President things changed a little.
First, the 21st TASS was put on Reagan's Rapid Deployment Force. A couple of guys went on to become the first USAF personnel to graduate from thew 101st Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
In the mid-1980s the 21st TASS ceased to exist.
After that, ROMADS from Shaw AFB had a decision to make: continue into the developing Special Operation arena created as a result of Reagan's Rapid Deployment Force or move on to other things.
As for the O-2 pilots, the 21st TASS ended up with OV-10 aircraft at Patrick AFB, Florida.
Due to AF restructuring the ROMADS at Shaw AFB became part of the 682nd ASOS.
I don't know what happened to the 21st TASS flying FACS."

More History from a Veteran (email 120223)
"I was a ROMAD assigned to the 21st TASS Apr 70-Apr 71. I arrived at Cam Rahn Bay as an E2 (supposedly, me and three others were the first Air Force E2s in country) and spent the next 10 days ripping up dead palm trees around the Officer's Club and dragging out old mattresses from barracks being renovated. We finally got our gear and orders and I was flown north to Ninh Hoa to join a TACP in support of the Korean White Horse Division. Our main call sign was Cutie Control and my call sign was Cutie 101.
Our group at Ninh Hoa consisted of 6 Air Force and 6 Army personnel with a rotating OIC. We shared a communications bunker with the Koreans and directed FACs and fast movers in support of Korean operations. We deployed to the field with the Koreans 3 or 4 times that year, with our MRC 108. Always a blast loading up and being transported by a Chinook (S..T Hook). Other that occasional, harassing mortars and rockets, our group came through pretty much unscathed. I don't recall his name, but we did lose one FAC (O-2A) during the year."

anyone knowing more history of this unit after 1970, contact: Jack@LJMilitaria.com

22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron
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4 x variations

Yellow thread with very-coarse gauze backing, UnUsed......inquire

gold thread, coarse gauze backing, staple marks, above bird, when it was displayed on a board, UnUsed.....inquire

3 5/8", yellow thread, UnUsed.....inquire

yellow/gold thread, staple marks above bird when it was displayed on a board, UnUsed.....inquire

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partial History
22nd TASS (Light) constituted and activated April 26 1965; Inactivated 22 Sep 1988
PACAF April 26 1965; 2nd AD May 8 1965; 505th TAC CT GP November 8 1965; 504th TAC Air SUP GP December 8 1966;
5th TAC CT GP May 15 1971; 6486th ABW September 1971; 15th ABW November 1971; 326th ADApril 1980 - Sept 1988
Binh Thuy AFB, RVN May 8 1965; Bien Hoa AFB January 15 1970; Wheeler AFB, Hawaii May 15 1971 - 22 Sept 1988
 Aircraft:  0-1 1965-1971;  0-2 1967-1971; 1971-1983
Organized at Binh Thuy, RVN and performed: Visual Reconnaissance, convoy escort, and other missions
Operated Cessna 0-1 aircraft 1965-1971; Cessna 0-2 aircraft 1967-1971
Absorbed by the 19th TASS January 15 1971
Unit designator Transferred on paper to Wheeler AFB, Hawaii May 15 1971

Information from a Veteran of the 22nd circa 1966-1967
""Andy" was the call sign of our Air Force FACs stationed in the ARVN 7th Division of IV Corps in the mid to late 1960s.
I was a ground radio operator. We were small groups assigned to "Advisory Teams". There were 4 provinces in ARVN 7th Division, of which Moc Hoa (near the Cambodian border) was one. I was at My Tho, but spent some time out at Moc Hoa. Talk about the end of the earth. Anyway, all of our FAC call signs were Andy (70-76 at the time). We devised an unauthorized local patch with Andy Capp on it - mostly just his head with his big green cap down over his eyes - and the words "Flip You Charles" on it. Very amateurish and unauthorized, sewn up by a local vietnamese tailor. We wore them on our (equally unauthorized) berets and the pilots sewed them on their flight suits. This was in fall of 1966 through fall of 1967, and there really weren't that many of us out there. We lived with the Army but they didn't have a clue what we were there for. Our Air Force "unit" consisted of 4 pilots, 3 radio operators, a couple of aircraft mechanics and an intelligence kid who made up the maps for the pilots. And we were the largest of the 4 units out there! We were "officially" assigned to the 22nd TASS down in Binh Thuy, but I was never inside squadron hq. They kept sending me farther and farther out into the sticks until I felt sure they were going to forget me and leave me there. But no. :) I still have my old Andy-patched beret in a box out in the garage somewhere."
? 22nd TASS Detachment at Moc Hoa ?

? or is it a 199th RAC Swamp Fox supporting MACV Team 85 at Moc Hoa ?

If you have info contact: Jack@LJMilitaria.com

( 22nd TASS at Moc Hoa wore an "Andy Capp" patch, holding a Beer, captioned "Flip You Charlie" in the 1967-68 era and used the callsigns "ANDY 72 - 76" )

also on the UI  & Army Aviation 199th RAC pages
 23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron

Day Callsign = "Cricket"

Night Callsign = "Nail"

Design approved by the Disney Studio

A bit of History from the 1967-68 era:
The Black background patch was for a "tour" of "Night Missions" (a "tour" of NIght Missions was for 28 days)
The "Day Missions" patch had a Blue background  
( information from a Pilot )
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See 21st SOS  for SS Mayaguez Plaque for the 23rd TASS
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23rd TASS "FAC", Jiminy Cricket with Radio and Umbrella


Made in Thailand, Unused......(sold)
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Name Tag


23rd TASS FAC Name Tag  made in Thailand, UnUsed....inquire

23rd Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS) Thai made patch, stationed at Nakhon Phanom(NKP).......(Sold)
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23rd TASS Medal for having Brass Balls

Presented by the Pilots to one of their own for the Greatest Feat of "Daring-do".

scanned at 300dpi

made in Thailand, the brass balls actually rattle, a "Real" pinback, UnUsed.........(sold)
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3509HA - NAIL 78's Coffee Cup


3509HA - 23rd TASS "NAIL 78" Coffee Mug, Used........inquire

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Issue Patches


"BEST IN THE WEST", UnUsed....inquire

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Modern patch with plastic back

23rd TASS, UnUsed....inquire
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partial History of the early years
Constituted as 76th Bombardment Squadron (Medium) 20 November 1940; Activated 15 January 1941 at Salt Lake City, UT; Assigned to the 42d Bombardment Group (though an air echelon was attached to 45th Bombardment Group, ca. 21 may 1942; Army Air Forces Antisubmarine Command, 13 October 1942; and 26th Antisubmarine Wing, 20 November 1942–9 March 1943). Aircraft operated by the squadron included the B-18(1941); the B-26(1941-1942); and the A-29(1942-1943).
During 1943, the unit operated the B-25 aircraft. That same year, on 12 February 1943, it was reasssigned to the 41st Bombardment Group. It was subsequently redesignated on 3 March 1943 as the 23d Antisubmarine Squadron (Heavy) upon its reassignement to AAF Antisubmarine Command. On 9 March 1943, it was again reassigned, this time to the 26th Antisubmarine Wing, (though attached to Trinidad Detachment, Antilles Air Command, 5 August–December 1943). The squadron was reassigned to I Bomber Command, on 15 October1943 and to XX Bomber Command, on 6 February 1944, Disbanded at Clovis AAFld, NM on the same date.

It was reconstituted, and consolidated on 19 September 1985 with the 23d Troop Carrier Squadron and the 23d Tactical Air Support Squadron.

The 23d Troop Carrier Squadron was itself constituted on 11 November 1944 and activated on 21 November 1944 at Pope Field, NC, assigned to the 60th Troop Carrier Wing, flying the C-46(until 1946) and C-47(until 1947) aircraft. It was reassigned to the 349th Troop Carrier Group, from 1 December 1944 to 7 September 1946. The unit inactivated on 8 January 1958.

1956 - 1975, 23rd TASS  partial History for the RVN era
The 23d Tactical Air Support Squadron(TASS) Constituted February 24, 1956 at Stewart AFB, TN; Reactivated there July 9, 1956 equipped with H-21s and Assigned to Eighteenth Air Force; Reassigned to 322d Air Division November 1, 1956 to January 8, 1958 flying missions in Europe; Inactivated April 8, 1966 upon its assignment to PACAF

Organized April 15, 1966 at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand (the Squadron was created from DET-3, 505th TCGp)
Assigned to the 505th Tactical Control Group April 15, 1966
(The “Head-shed” with the Personnel and Pay records were in Udorn but the Flying sections were at NKP)
Attached: 6250th Tactical Air Support Group Provisional September 1 - 8, 1966; 6253rd Tactical Air Support Group Provisional September 9 to December 7, 1966
Reassigned to:
504th Tactical Air Support Group December 8, 1966
56th Special Operations Wing March 15, 1972
13th Air Force June 30, 1975 (attached to 656th Special Operations Wing June 30 to September 22, 1975)
Inactivated September 22, 1975
Flew Reconnaissance and Forward Air Control missions over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in SEA circa April 1966 to January 1973
Provided  Tactical Air Control for the evacuation of Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the SS Mayaguez incident in April and May 1975
Aircraft flown included the O-1(1966-1968), O-2(1967-1971), & OV-10(1968-1975)

post-RVN partial History
Reactivated November 30, 1975 at Bergstrom AFB, TX assigned to 602d Tactical Air Control Group (later, 602d Tactical Air Control Wing; 602d Air Control Wing) & operated O-1, O-2 aircraft(until 1981), & OV-10(until 1980). Transitioned to the OA-10 in 1987 and relocated to Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ July 1, 1980, where it remained until its Inactivated November 1, 1991. During that period, the squadron had been tasked with training forward air controllers circa November 1975 to October 1991.

Redesignated 23rd Flying Training Flight December 22, 1993; Reactivated January 15, 1994 at Fort Rucker, AL and Assigned to 542nd Operations Group flying UH-1Hs.
Since January 1994, the squadron has provided helicopter training with the US Army to future USAF helicopter pilots in the UH-1H "Huey" helicopter.
Reassigned to the 58th Operations Group, on 1 April 1994; Redesignated 23d Flying Training Squadron December 21, 1999.
24th Tactical Air Support Squadron

supported Operation Just Cause with their OA-37 Dragonfly aircraft

24th TASS based at Howard AFB, Panama, UnUsed.......inquire
27th Tactical Air Support Squadron


older, RFU jacket, Used.....inquire

Modern, UnUsed....inqnuire

 71st Air Support Group

"Guiding The Sword"


71st TAS Gp, 4 1/8", UnUsed......inquire

Not much History:
the 23rd TASS was assigned to the 71st in 1973 while the 23rd was still in SEA
103rd Tactical Air Support Squadron


Insignia used a short time = December 1989 to March 1992,


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partial History
Redesignated 103rd TASS May 27, 1969
Converted to Fairchild OA-10As on December 31, 1989
Redesignated 103rd Fighter Squadron March 15, 1992
137th Tactical Air Support Squadron


"The Dog" flying a "sucker-blower" O-2A, RFU, Used.......inquire


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partial History
137th FS allotted to New York ANG in 1946
REDES FIS in 1952
REDES Aeromedical Transport Squadron in 1961
REDES ATS in 1962
REDES MAS in 1966
Redesignated 137th TASS May 28, 1969 flying Cessna U-3A/Bs
Converted to Cessna O-2As in April 1971
Redsignated 137th MAS May 1, 1984, received C-5As in 1985
169th Tactical Air Support Squadron


169th TASS, RFU, Used.......(sold)
549th Tactical Air Support Training Squadron


549th TASTS, RFU, washed=puckered, Used......inquire
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scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
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partial History
Stationed at Hurlburt flying OV-10s
703rd Tactical Air Support Squadron

"The Magnificent Men"

 703rd TASS, UnUsed.......inquire
Direct Air Support Flights

5th Direct Air Support Flight

405th Fighter Wing


( see on Air Force Gear page for details )
Tactical Control


Tactical Air Control

5th Tactical Control Group


5th TAC CT GP, looks Korean made, RFU, Used.......inquire

( I might have got this with the Combat Control Team Grouping? )
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Unit may have been associated with the 51st CVOMP WG in Korea
11th Tactical Control Group


11th TAC CT GP, 3", UnUsed.....inquire
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Partial History from a Veteran of the unit, circa 1983 to 1988
"The 11th Tactical Control Group's mission was to train, equip and provide combat ready crews to manage and operate the Alaska North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Region Operations Control Center (ROCC) at Elmendorf AFB, AK. They were responsible for executing the NORAD air sovereignty mission for the Alaskan Region which encompassed over 1.3 million square miles of airspace and the Joint Task force - Alaska tactical air missions. The unit provided operational control over 20 long range radar sites and 3 combat alert centers.
The 11th TCG was Deactivated in late 1988 or early 1989. It was replaced by the 744th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron which was tasked with the same missions."
71st Tactical Control Flight



71st TCF,  looks like it has been starched and ironed but I can find no stitch-holes, UnUsed......inquire
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partial History
Constituted 71st Tactical Control Flight June 24, 1969 & Activated the next day; Redesignated 71st TCSAugust 15, 1988; 71st Air Control Squadron November 1, 1991
4464th Tactical Control Squadron 25 June 1969
729th Tactical Control Squadron 15 October 1969
507th Tactical Air Control (later, 507th Air Control) Wing 1 March 1977
56th Operations Group 1 May 1992
347th Operations Group 1 October 1993 -
Stations: MacDill AFB, FL 25 June 1969; Moody AFB GA 1 October 1993 -
103rd Tactical Control Flight

152nd Tactical Control Group


circa 1971 - 1977, RFU (was handsewn to a shirt), Used.....(sold)

( I researched the Flight; mainly tidbits, nothing exact = best I could determine was the time-frame )

Anyone know more info?  
505th Tactical Control Group



Excellent Hand embroidery in Vietnam, small 505th TAC CT GP, UnUsed.......inquire
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partial History
505th ACWG Re-activated as 505th Tactical Control Group (TCGp) November 2, 1965 Replacing the 6250th Tactical Air Support Group (which had been Activated 3-months prior) located at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, RVN ; Assigned to 2nd AD, then to 7th AF
The 505th provided Command and Control in SEA  and operated RADAR installations in the SEA Area of Operations (AO) circa 1965 - 1973
Controlled the O-1 Bird Dog FACs in the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, & 23d Tactical Air Support Squadrons(TASS) circa 1965-66
507th Tactical Air Control Wing


507th TACW, looks 1960s construction with the khaki base-cloth, UnUsed.....inquire

partial History
Was a "Group" at Shaw AFB in 1964
Was a "Wing" in 1990
1975 - 1991 at Keesler AFB
1994 - at Offutt AFB
August 1975 - 7th ACCS was assigned

( Not much on this unit...if you know info send it to me or let me know of a good site )
605th Tactical Control Squadron, Korean War era

Large Japan made patch - circa 1950 to 1953

Unit assigned to Korea in the early Fighting


605th TAC CT SQDN circa 1950-53, UnUsed......inquire
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partial History
Assigned to the 502nd Tactical Control Group in Korea circa 1950 - 1953, attached to the Far East Air Forces, 5th Air Force

Assigned/Attached Units to the 502nd TCGp
605th Tactical Control Squadron
606th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
607th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
608th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron November 2, 1951 - ?
6132d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron October 9, 1950 - November 2, 1951
1st Shoran Beacon Unit (later, Squadron) attached September 27 - December 1, 1950; September 6, 1952 - ?
Pope AFB, NC
Pusan, South Korea September - October 1950
Units moved to various locations in South Korea circa October 1950 - July 1953

605th TCSq later assigned to the 5th Tactical Control Group at Clark in the 1960s
606th Tactical Control Squadron



606th TCS, UnUsed......inquire
 619th Tactical Control Squadron


 Hand-Embroidered - Vietnam made


619th TCS "VIS A TERGO", tailor's glue bled through to the front, UnUsed....inquire
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partial History
Constituted 619th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron July 2, 1946; Activated August 1, 1946; Inactivated April 1, 1949 Redesignated 619th TCS August 1, 1953; Activated Nov 1, 1953; Inactivated Jan 18, 1959
Activated Dec 10, 1963; Organized April 8, 1964; Inactivated March 15, 1973; Activated Dec 15, 1989
501st TCW December 18, 1957 - January 18, 1959
PACAF December 10, 1963
5th TAC CT GP April 8, 1964
505th Tactical Control Group November 8, 1965 - March 15, 1973
5th Tactical Control Group December 15, 1989 -  
Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Republic of South Vietnam  April 8, 1964 - March 15, 1973
Osan AB, ROK December 15, 1989 -
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620th TCS Tactical Control Center - North Sector

Monkey Mountain (Son Tra)  Vietnam

Possibly DET-1

( if interested - I have a 600dpi JPEG of the emblem )

stamped "ZAIMA CORD", well-constructed-probably made in Japan, very nice emblem, not much wear, Used.....(sold)

( also on Lighter page )

( see their web site for information:   http://www.squawk-flash  dot org/620th_tcs/620th.htm )
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621st Tactical Control Squadron

"PRO OBSERVATIO POSITIVA" = For Positive Control

"ASRT" = Air Support RADAR Team

621st TAC CT SQ , Thai made, UnUsed.....inquire

621st TCS "ASRT SUPPORT JOCKEY" "RADIO RELAY", Japan made, UnUsed.....inquire

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circa 1976 - 1978?


Subdued 621st TAC CONTROL SQ, Asian made, Used.......inquire
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partial History
621st Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron was formed July 2, 1946; Activated August 1, 1946; Inactivated February 3, 1958
Redesignated 621st Tactical Control Squadron & Activated  February 7, 1966; Organized February 23, 1966
41st AD 15 Mar 1955 - 3 Feb 1958
Pacific Air Forces February 7, 1966
505th Tactical Control Group, 23 Feb 1966
432nd Tactical Reconnaissance (later, 432nd TF) Wing March 25, 1973 (attached 7th AF 25 Mar 1973 - 1 May 1975)  
13th AF 1 May 1975
17th AD July 1,  1975
13th AF January 1, 1976
51st Composite Wing (Tactical)  8 Jan 1976
5th Tactical Air Control (later, 5th Tactical Control) Group 8 Jan 1980 -
Sado Shima, Japan, 14 Oct 1954 - 3 Feb 1958
Udorn Airfield (RTAFB), Thailand, 23 Feb 1966 - 8 Jan 1976
Osan AB, ROK January 8, 1976 -  
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( good site for the 505th TAC CT GP  http://www.squawk-flash  dot  org/  )
 727th Tactical Control Squadron


727th TAC CON SQ, 2 15/16", UnUsed......inquire
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partial History
previously known as  727th AC&W SQ
Assigned to USAAF Air Warfare Center (USAFAWC) at Hurlburt AFB, FL in 1979
Redesignated 727th Air Control Squadron November 1, 1991
807th Tactical Control Squadron


807th TAC CT SQ, UnUsed....(sold)
 Tactical Air Control Party

Beret Qualification Badge for TACP

"Death on Call"
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1 5/16"+ (horizontal)

Excellent details on this badge as compared to the bottom badge


heavyweight construction, UnUsed.......inquire
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Larger 1 9/16" Badge


U. S. Air Force badge, looks Asian made(?), heavyweight construction, UnUsed.....inquire

( If anyone knows the History of the TACP badge please e-mail    Jack@LJMilitaria.com  )
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Tactical Air Control Party (TACP)
Air Force Specialists, wearing Black Berets, that are assigned to Army combat maneuver units around the world.
  TACP Mission: planing, requesting, & directing Air Strikes against enemy targets in close proximity to friendly forces.

partial History
Close Air Support (CAS) has it's roots in WWI and was greatly expanded in WWII.
Korea brought further development and Vietnam experience made it a necessity for Ground Troops.

Vietnam brought forth the term ROMAD ( enlisted Radio Operator, Maintainer, and Driver) as it was determined
that Pilot's sent to Ground Units for CAS operations were not fully-functional without Radios that worked
or without dedicated vehicles to transport their equipment. Enter the ROMAD who was a Jack-of-all-trades!

Later the Enlisted Terminal Attack Controller (ETAC) Career Field was developed.  An ETAC is a highly trained ROMAD who
can order a Close Air Strike(thus eliminating the need for a Pilot Officer).
ETACs are assigned to Tactical Air Control Parties (TACPs) in all types of manuever units: Airborne, Air Assault, Armor, Mechanized, Ranger, and Special Operations.

Information sent to me from an Active Duty USAF Sergeant
"Heraldry of the TACP Flash and Crest
U.S. Air Force ordinary holds the position of honor. It is supported by the erect wings, which symbolize the combat-ready Air Force, and the Theater Air Control System (TACS). At the bottom of the wings rest the TACP ordinary, representing the most forward element of the TACS. The sword symbolizes the strength and firepower controlled by the TACP, while the lightning bolt represents a modern day standard for communications, the backbone of the TACP. The 8-point omni-directional star symbolizes the worldwide mobility commitment of the TACP as well as its ability to navigate over all terrain via any means. The scarlet border of the cloth flash symbolizes the immense firepower that can be brought to bear when Air Force and Army assets are combined. The dovetail red divider symbolizes the strong, interlocking relationship between the Army (the field of green) and the Air Force (the field of blue) created by the liaison functions of the TACP."
( I have not edited this information )

( see this site for more information:  www.romad.com )
Direct Air Support Center/Controllers

604th Direct Air Support Squadron

604th DASS, large 4.5", 1968 - 1975 era, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire

604th DASS, 1968 - 1975 era, scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.......inquire

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partial History
604th DASS activated September 15, 1968 at Wheeler AFB, Hawaii
Staffed with personnel from the 7th Direct Air Support Flight that was deactivated September 15 1968
It deployed Direct Air Support Center(DASC) and Tactical Air Control Party(TACP) Elements of the Tactical Air Control System
as directed by CINCPACAF
604th DASS Deactivated May 17, 1976
I CORPS Direct Air Support Center

made in Thailand


I Corps "I  DASC", Unused......inquire

Direct Air Control Center for the Nothern Military Region in South Vietnam
Combat Control Team

Combat Control Team Grouping

"STRAC" Trooper - lots of starch

All but the bottom 2 x new condition Korean Badges were RFU, some sewing threads still in the badges (tough to pull = too much starch)

I will sell these seperately...............inquire

( I might have got this Group with the 5th TAC CT GP Patch? )

( also on ALLO and SF pages )
Combat Control Team

"First In, Last Out"


"P272XOD" ( = AFSC "Job Code" ), large patch, pre-Maroon Beret era, UnUsed........inquire

partial History
Combat Control Teams (CCT) were merged into Aerial Port Squadrons In March of 1953
Re-Assigned to Director of Operations in 1977
Re-Assigned to: Squadrons or Detachments July 1984 reporting to Air Forces
Re-Assigned to Wings in 1991

( also on UI Page #97, in CT & SUP Box )
 Combat Control Team

Flash/Qualification Badge


pre-1984 Flash, worn on the Red Beret, by N.S. Meyers, INC., of New York City, Unused.....inquire

partial History from a Veteran of the Pope Team, crica 1982-86
".........worn on the red beret............pre-1984 before the teams were placed under squadrons. After(wards) they switched to a smaller and darker version of the same flash that many of us didn't care much for, but were made to change to.  When the USAF switched their dress uniforms to polished hardware, the CCT flash followed suit, where it is today. Before the flash was authorized, CCTs wore jump wings on their berets that coincided with their jump rating of basic, senior or jumpmaster.
( I have deleted/added to the above )

( If anyone knows more of the History of the CCT badges please e-mail    Jack@LJMilitaria.com  )

( also on UI Page #97, in CT & SUP Box )
Airborne Early Warning & Control

551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing

"Videre est Parari"
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551st AEW&C WG, 3 1/2", scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....(sold)
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551st AEW&CW, scrapbook book residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
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partial History
Established 51st Transport Wing May 30, 1942; Activated June 1, 1942: Redesignated 51st TCW July 4, 1942; Inactivated January 5, 1948; Disestablished June 15, 1983
Reestablished, & Consolidated (July 31, 1985), with 551 AEW&C WG (which was established October 11, 1954); Activated December 18, 1954; Inactivated December 31, 1969.
Redesignated 551st AW&C WG July 31, 1985; Consolidated (April 6, 2006), with the Battle Management Systems Wing (which was established NOV 23, 2004); Activated DEC 17, 2004; Redesignated 551st Electronic Systems Wing AP 17, 2006.
Air Transport (later, I Troop Carrier) Command, 1 Jun 1942; Eighth Air Force, c. 18 Aug 1942; Twelfth Air Force, 20 Oct 1942; XII AF Service Command, 5 Jan 1943 (attached to: XII Troop Carrier Command [Provisional], 21 Mar 1943-19 Feb 1944; IX Troop Carrier Command [Provisional], 16 Jul-c. 25 Aug 1944); AAF Service Command, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, 15 Aug 1945; United States Air Forces in Europe, 31 Aug 1945-5 Jan 1948. 8 Air Division (Airborne Early Warning and Control), 18 Dec 1954; Eastern Air Defense Force, 1 Jul 1957; 26 AD (SAGE), 1 Jul 1959; First Air Force, 1 Apr 1966; 21 AD; 4-31 Dec 1969. Electronic Systems Center, 17 Dec 2004-.
Wings. 302 Transport: attached 4 Sep-c. 9 Dec 1945.
Groups. 27 Transport: 4 Sep-15 Oct 1945. 31 Transport (later, 516 Troop Carrier): 4 Sep 1945-30 Sep 1946. 60 Transport (later, 60 Troop Carrier): 1 Jun-14 Sep 1942; 20 Oct 1942-25 May 1945 (detached 22 Mar-20 Apr 1943 and 1 Apr-5 Oct 1944); 30 Sep 1946-20 Dec 1947. 61 Transport (later, 61 Troop Carrier): 1 Jun-6 Aug 1942; 30 Sep 1946-20 Dec 1947. 62 Transport (later, 62 Troop Carrier): 1 Jun-14 Sep 1942; 20 Oct 1942-4 Jun 1945. 64 Transport (later, 64 Troop Carrier): 1 Jun-14 Sep 1942; 20 Oct 1942-25 May 1945 (detached 20 Apr-c. 20 May 1943; Jun-11 Jul 1943 and Apr-Jun 1944). 313 Transport (later, 313 Troop Carrier): 30 Sep 1946-25 Jun 1947. 314 Transport (later, 314 Troop Carrier): 4 Sep 1945-15 Feb 1946. 441 Troop Carrier: 4 Sep 1945-30 Sep 1946. 442 Troop Carrier: 4 Sep 1945-30 Sep 1946.
Squadrons. 960 Airborne Early Warning and Control: 8 Mar 1955-31 Jul 1969. 961 AEW&C: 18 Dec 1954-31 Dec 1969. 962 Airborne Early Warning and Control: 8 Jul 1955-31 Dec 1969. 966 Airborne Early Warning and Control: 1 Feb 1962-1 May 1963; 1 Jul-15 Nov 1969. 4753 AD (Training): 22 Apr 1968-31 Dec 1969.
Pope Field, NC, 1 Jun-19 Jul 1942; Greenham Common, England, c. 4 Sep 1942; Tafaraoui, Algeria, 14 Nov 1942; Algiers, Algeria, 23 Nov 1942; La Senia, Algeria, 28 Mar 1943; Mascara, Algeria, 13 May 1943; Goubrine, Tunisia, 24 Jun 1943; Gela, Sicily, 29 Aug 1943; Catania, Sicily, 29 Sep 1943; Lido di Roma, Italy, 29 Jun 1944; Siena, Italy, 8 Jan 1945; Wiesbaden, Germany, 30 Aug 1945-5 Jan 1948. Otis AFB, MA, 18 Dec 1954-31 Dec 1969. Hanscom AFB, MA, 17 Dec 2004-.
C-47, 1942-1947; C-53, 1942-1946; CG-4 gliders, 1943-1944; C-46, 1945-1946; C-109, 1945-1946; C-54, 1946-1947. C-121, 1955-1969; RC-121, 1955-1962; EC-121, 1963-1969.
The 551 AEW&C Wing activated in Dec 1954 and trained to perform airborne early warning and control operations within a specific air defense identification zone (ADIZ), extending radar coverage seaward beyond coverage provided by naval picket ships. Later added hurricane reporting and warning to the wing's missions. Became fully operational on 1 Jul 1956. Also participated in Air Defense Command exercises and assisted aircraft movements across the Atlantic.
552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing


552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing
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large 552nd AEW&C Wg, UnUsed.......inquire
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Variation of the "winged" Tower


Large patch, Unused........inquire
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Mission based in Florida to monitor any U-2 Pilot's call of "May Day" and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
I think this Mission was also known as Detachment-1 at "McCoy".

( Note: U-2 "May Day" call frequencies were also monitored by other Services/Sites around the world. )


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SEAOR-62 = Southeast Asia Operational Requirement-62

Category: I, II, and III Stage patches

The CAT III patch is for the EC-121T ( notice the "T" on the "Fat Cow" )

Prefer to sell as a Group, made in Thailand, UnUsed.....inquire

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 552nd AEW&C Wing, Crew 386?

EC-121D type aircraft with a "Belly Dome"

"Gunslingers" = assisted the F-4s in shooting down a MIG?

Found with 7th ACCS "Orbit" patches
(USAF.com has this ID'd as the 7th ACCS but the aircraft looks more like an EC-121??)


UI#50 - "CREW 386" "ABLE GUNSLINGERS", Thailand made, UnUsed...(sold)

( also on 7th ACCS(SP OPS SQDNs #1) page )
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552nd Airborne Warning and Control Division (552nd AWAC DIV)

Designated a Division from October 1, 1983 to April 1, 1985


high-quality mesh-backing, RFU, used for 18 months (probably an uncommon patch), a variation is listed on the USAF.com web site, Used.....inquire
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552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing



552nd AW&C WG, UnUsed.......inquire
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partial History
Established 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing March 30, 1955 & Activated July 8, 1955
Redesignated 552nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Group  July 1, 1974; Inactivated  April 30, 1976
Redesignated 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing  5 May 1976; Activated  1 Jul 1976
Redesignated 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Division  1 Oct 1983
Redesignated 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing  1 Apr 1985
Redesignated 552nd Air Control Wing  October 1, 1991
8 Air Division (Airborne Early Warning and Control), 8 Jul 1955; Western Air Defense Force, 1 Jul 1957; 28th Air Division (SAGE), 1 Jul 1960; Fourth Air Force, 1 Apr 1966; Tenth Air Force, 15 Sep 1969; Aerospace Defense Command, 15 Nov 1969-30 Apr 1976. Tactical Air Command, 1 Jul 1976; 28 Air Division, 1 Apr 1985; Tactical Air Command, 29 May 1992; Air Combat Command, 1 Jun 1992; Second Air Force, 1 Oct 1992; Twelfth Air Force, 1 Jul 1993; Eighth Air Force, 1 Oct 2002-.
3rd Airborne Command and Control: 1 Aug-1 Nov 1986
7th Airborne Command and Control: 1 Oct 1976-1 Apr 1985
8th Tactical Deployment Control: 1 Jan 1978-1 Mar 1986
41st Electronic Combat: 1 Jul 1980-1 Apr 1985.
960th Airborne Warning and Control Support (later, 960 Airborne Warning and Control): 1 Sep 1979-1 Apr 1985
961st Airborne Warning and Control Support (later, 961 Airborne Warning and Control): 1 Oct 1979-1 Apr 1985
963rd AEW&C (later, 963 Airborne Warning and Control): 8 Jul 1955-30 Apr 1976; 1 Jul 1976-29 May 1992
964th AEW&C (later, 964 Airborne Warning and Control): 8 Jul 1955-30 Jun 1974; 1 Jul 1977-29 May 1992
965th AEW&C (later, 965 Airborne Warning and Control): 8 Aug 1955-30 Jun 1971; 1 Jul 1978-29 May 1992
966th AEW&C (later 966 ABN Warning and CONT Training): 1 May 1963-1 Jul 1969; 15 Nov-31 Dec 1969; 1 Jul 1976-29 May 1992
McClellan AFB, CA July 8, 1955 - April 30, 1976
Tinker AFB, OK July 1, 1976 -
RC-121 ( later redesignated EC-121D ) 1955-c. 1959, c. 1961 - 1963
TC-121 1959-c. 1961, 1967 - 1969
EC-121D ( formerly called a RC-121 ) 1963-1976
C-121 1967-1976
EC-130 1976-1985, 1992-1993
WC-135 1977-1982
E-3 1977 -
EC-135 1979-1986, 1992-1996
C-135 1979 - 1981, 1983-1986, 1992 - 1996
In Southeast Asia the 552nd AEW&C Wing flying unarmed aircraft aided in: downing enemy planes, directed U.S. aircraft to Aerial Refuelers, & guided SAR aircraft to downed aircrews
 April 4---"Big Eye" TF deploys to SEA
July---An EC-121D assists 8th TFW's F-4 in first SEA MIG kill
July---Big Eye Redesignated Project College Eye
The last TC-121C left the Wing; "C" models were replaced with "G" models
December---552nd receives first EC-121R
August---Project College Eye flies last active combat mission
November---DET-1 relocates from Kwang Ju, Korea to Korat RTAFB, Thailand
May---DET-1 ("College Eye") Inactivates and assests Return to McClellan AFB, CA
915th Airborne Early Warning & Control Group


915th AEW & C GP, more to be added....inquire
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partial History
On Dec. 1, 1976, the Reserve activated the 915th Airborne Early Warning and Control Group
at Homestead AFB, Florida to provide control and command supervision over the 79th AEW&CS
960th Airborne Early Warning & Control Squadron

960th Airborne Warning and Control Support Squadron

964th Airborne Early Warning & Control Squadron

960th Airborne Early Warning & Control Squadron, 1955 - 1969 era, UnUsed........inquire

964th Airborne Early Warning & Control Squadron "PAX IN VIGILANTIA", 1955 - 1974 era, RFU, Used.......inquire
( made by sealing a paper insignia between 2 layers of plastic - common for this unit )

( see cloth 964th "pink elephant" patches below )

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960th Airborne Warning and Control Support Squadron

"Protection through Detection"

Designated 960th AWACSS circa 1979 – 1982 flying E-3 Sentries out of NAS Keflavik, Iceland


960th AWACSS, UnUsed.....inquire
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partial History for 960th AEW&CS (AWACSS)
60th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) (1940–1944)
60th Bombardment Squadron, Very Heavy (1944–1954)
960th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron (1954–1979)
960th Airborne Warning and Control Support Squadron (1979–1982)
960th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron (1982–2001)
960th Airborne Air Control Squadron "Viking Warriors" (since 2001)
[edit] Assignments[2]39th Bombardment Group (1941–1945)
551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing (1953–1969)
552d Airborne Warning and Control Division (1979–1985)
28th Air Division (1985–1992)
552d Air Control Wing (since 2001)
Fort Douglas, Utah (1941)
Felts Field, Washington (1941)
Geiger Field, Washington (1941–1942)
Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona (1942–1944)
Dalhart Army Air Field, Texas (1944)
Smoky Hill Army Air Field, Kansas (1944–1945)
 North Field, Guam (1945)
Camp Anza, California (1945)
Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts (1955–1969)
Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland (1979–1992)
Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma (since 2001)
B-17 Flying Fortress (1941–1942)
B-25 Mitchell (1941)
B-24 Liberator (1942–1944)
B-29 Superfortress (1944–1945)
C-121 Constellation (1955–1969)
E-3 Sentry (1979–1992) (2001- )
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partial History for 964th AEW&CS
Constituted 964th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron 8 Dec 1954 and Activated on 8 Mar 1955;
inactivated on 30 Jun 1974; redesignated 964th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron on 7 Feb 1977
 961st Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron

circa 1954 - 1969 flying EC-121s

( patch is NOT round; it is oval-shape 4 1/2 across by 4 13/16" vertical )


961st AEW & C SQ, unusual peel-off backing, been in a scrapbook, it is not round as depicted (see verbage above), UnUsed....(sold)
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961st Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron

with pigtail, UnUsed.......inquire


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partial History
961st Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron constituted October 11, 1954 and Activated December 18, 1954; Inactivated December 31, 1969
Redesignated 961st Airborne Warning and Control Support Squadron December 31, 1979 and Activated October 1, 1979
Redesignated 961st Airborne Warning and Control Squadron January 1, 1982; 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron August 1, 1994
551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, 18 Dec 1954–31 Dec 1969. 552d Airborne Warning and Control Wing (later, 552d Airborne Warning and Control Division), 1 Oct 1979; 28th Air Division, 1 Apr 1985; 313th Air Division (attached to Fifth Air Force for operational control) 1 Oct 1990; 18th Operations Group, 1 Oct 1991–.
Otis AFB, MA, 18 Dec 1954–31 Dec 1969. Kadena AB, Japan, 1 Oct 1979–.
Aircraft: EC–121 Constellation, 1955–1969. E–3, 1979 –
Radar surveillance along eastern coast of US, 18 Dec 1954–31 Dec 1969. Coverage of salvage operations of downed Korean Airliner, Flight 007, 1–10 Sep 1983. Airborne command and control for Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Command and supported US forces counter air interdiction, close air support, rescue, reconnaissance, and airlift operations, 1980–
962nd Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron


Eagle with Spy Glass, nearly 4 7/8", Unused.......inquire
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partial History per the USAF
Constituted 862d BS(H) 14 Sep 1943; Activated 1 Nov 1943; Redesignated 862d BS(H)(??) 21 Feb 1944; Inactivated 28 Aug 1945
Consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with 962d AEW&CT SQ  which was constituted on 30 Mar 1955, Activated 8 Jul 1955; Inactivated  31 Dec 1969
Redesignated: 962d Airborne Warning and Control Support Squadron on 31 Jul 1979; 962d Airborne Warning and Control Squadron on 19 Sep 1985. Activated on 1 Jul 1986. Redesignated 962d Airborne Air Control Squadron on 1 Aug 1994.
493d Bombardment Group, 1 Nov 1943–28 Aug 1945 (attached to 3d Air Division, 17 Feb–7 May 1945). 551st Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, 8 Jul 1955–31 Dec 1969. 28th Air Division, 1 Jul 1986; 552d Operations Group, 29 May 1992; 3d Operations Group, 1 May 1993–.
McCook AAFld, NE, 1 Nov 1943–1 Jan 1944; Elveden Hall, England, 1 Jan 1944; Debach, England, 17 Apr 1944; Wormingford, England, 17 Feb 1945; Debach, England, 18 May–6 Aug 1945; Sioux Falls AAFld, SD, c. 13–28 Aug 1945. Otis AFB, MA, 8 Jul 1955–31 Dec 1969. Elmendorf AFB, AK, 1 Jul 1986–.
B–24, 1944; B–17, 1944–1945; P–51, 1945. C/RC/EC–121, 1955–1969. E–3, 1986–.
Combat in ETO, 6 Jun 1944–15 Feb 1945; weather reconnaissance in ETO, 17 Feb–7 May 1945. Airborne surveillance and combat control, 1955–1969 and 1986–. Supported combat operations in Southwest Asia, Jan–Feb 1991.
Emblem approved  February 14, 1957
963rd Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron

light-blue disc, UnUsed.........inquire

"963", has a "storage-fold" below the 963, UnUsed.......inquire

Dark-Blue, Unused......inquire

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partial History
3d Search Attack Squadron (Heavy) (constituted 3d Sea–Search Attack Squadron [Heavy] on 7 Dec 1942; activated on 10 Dec 1942; redesignated 3d Search Attack Squadron [Heavy] on 22 Nov 1943; disbanded on 10 Apr 1944; reconstituted on 19 Sep 1985) consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with the 163d Liaison Squadron (constituted on 11 May 1944; activated on 15 May 1944; inactivated on 27 Jan 1946; activated on 3 Oct 1946; inactivated on 1 Apr 1949) and the 963d Airborne Warning and Control Squadron (constituted 963d Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron on 8 Dec 1954; activated on 8 Mar 1955; inactivated on 30 Apr 1976; redesignated 963d Airborne Warning and Control Squadron on 5 May 1976; activated on 1 Jul 1976). Redesignated 963d Airborne Air Control Squadron on 1 Jul 1994.
1st Sea–Search Attack Group (later, 1st Sea-Search Attack Unit; 1st Search Attack Group), 10 Dec 1942–10 Apr 1944. III Tactical Air Division, 15 May 1944; Army Air Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas, 20 Jan 1945 (attached to Tenth Army for operations, 20 Jan 1945–); Seventh Air Force, 14 Jul 1945 (remained attached to Tenth Army to 10 Aug 1945); VII Bomber Command, 1 Dec 1945; Pacific Air Command, US Army, 25 Dec 1945–27 Jan 1946. Ninth Air Force, 3 Oct 1946; Tenth Air Force, 1 Dec 1948–1 Apr 1949. 8th Air Division, 8 Mar 1955 (attached to Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, Provisional, 8 Mar–7 Jul 1955); 552d Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing (later, 552d Airborne Warning and Control Group), 8 Jul 1955–30 Apr 1976. 552d Airborne Warning and Control Wing (later, 552d Airborne Warning and Control Division; 552d Airborne Warning and Control Wing; 552d Air Control Wing), 1 Jul 1976; 552d Operations Group, 29 May 1992–.
Langley Field, VA, 10 Dec 1942–10 Apr 1944. Cox Field, TX, 15 May 1944; Brownwood AAfld, TX, 8 Oct 1944–1 Jan 1945; Schofield Barracks, TH, 20 Jan–6 Apr 1945; Okinawa, 3 May 1945; Ft William McKinley, Luzon, c. 24 Dec 1945–27 Jan 1946. Marshall Field (later, AFB), KS, 3 Oct 1946–1 Apr 1949. McClellan AFB, CA, 8 Mar 1955–30 Apr 1976. Tinker AFB, OK, 1 Jul 1976–.
B–18, 1942–1943; B–24, 1943–1944. L–5, 1944–1945; UC–64, 1944; L–4, 1945. L–5, 1946–1949; C–45, 1946–1947; R–5, 1947–1949; R–6, 1947; L–13, 1948–1949; H–5, 1948–1949. RC–121, 1955–1959, 1961–1963; TC–121, 1959–1961, 1972–1975; EC–121, 1963–1972; C–121, 1969–1976. E–3, 1977–.
Tested electronic equipment and trained crews for antisubmarine operations; antisubmarine patrols, 1943. Replacement training unit, Jun–Oct 1944. Combat in Western Pacific, 16 May–c. 1 Jul 1945. Long–range surveillance, 1955–1974. Rotated aircrews to Southeast Asia, c. 4 Apr 1965–17 May 1974. Combat support in Panama, 20 Dec 1989–24 Jan 1990, and Southwest Asia, 17 Jan–6 Mar 1991
964th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron

"Pax in Vigilantia"

964th AEW&CS, RFU, soiled, Used......inquire

RFU, Used......inquire

( Both from same Veteran )

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964th AEW&W Sq


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partial History
Constituted 964th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron 8 Dec 1954 and Activated on 8 Mar 1955; inactivated on 30 Jun 1974
Redesignated 964th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron on 7 Feb 1977
Redesignated 964th Airborne Air Control Squadron in 1994
8th Air Division in 1955
552d Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing from 1955 to 1974
552d Air Control Wing from 1977  to Present
McClellan Air Force Base, California from 1955 - 1974
Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma from 1977 to Present
RC-121 from 1955 to 1963
EC-121 Warning Star from 1963 to 1974
E-3 Sentry from 1977 to Present
Rotated aircrews to Southeast Asia circa April 1965 to May 1974
965th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron

Insignia design changed on January 31, 1979, so this must be an earlier patch
( see Official Air Force verbage on the emblem below )


pre-1972 insignia, UnUsed.......(sold)
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partial History
Constituted 965th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron April 28, 1955
Activated August 8, 1955;  Inactivated June 30, 1971
Redesignated 965th Airborne Warning and Control Squadron February 28, 1978 & activated July 1, 1978
Redesignated 965th Airborne Air Control Squadron July 1, 1994
552d Airborne Early Warning and Control Wing, 8 Aug 1955 – 30 Jun 1971
552d Airborne Warning and Control Wing (later, 552d Airborne Warning and Control Division; 552d Airborne Warning and Control Wing; 552d Air Control Wing) July 1, 1978
552d Operations Group, 29 May 1992–
McClellan AFB, CA 8 Aug 1955–30 Jun 1971
Tinker AFB OK, 1 Jul 1978–
RC–121, 1955–1963; EC–121, 1963–1971. E–3, 1978–1979, 1984–
Long range surveillance, late 1950s
Rotated aircrews to Southeast Asia, c. 4 Apr 1965–c. Jun 1971
Not operational, c. Sep 1979–1 Jan 1984
Combat support in: Panama, 20 Dec 1989–24 Jan 1990; SEA 17 Jan – 6 Mar 1991
On a Blue disc edged with a narrow Black border, arising in base a Black mountain with three White peaks surmounted by an eagle in descent, (head, neck and tail feathers White, body, upper legs and beak Yellow, lower legs, eye, claws, and details Black) grasping a Yellow lightning bolt; in the top of the disc an arc of three White five-pointed stars. Approved on 31 Jan 1979 (KE 67966); replaced emblem approved on 4 Sep 1956 (K 4705)
Aircraft Control & Warning


All USAF ground RADAR units began as AC&W squadrons.

With the introduction of SAGE, circa early-1960s, units in CONUS were Redesignated as RADAR Squadrons.

Sites in Alaska and Overseas Retained their AC&W designations.

607th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron
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607th AC&WSq "KOREA" - Made in Japan


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3509GP - 607th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron
KOREA 1952 – 1953 B-14 style Tour Jacket
Last-4 stamped on lining; could be researched.
3509GP - 607th AC&W SQ modified-M1943 Field Jacket, map of Korea painted on back by “KIM”, M43 modified in a B-14 Flying Jacket style, pen and cigarette pockets applied to sleeves and his stripes sewn-on the pockets, “permanent pleats” sewn into the jacket, minor stains, cuffs have very-minor fraying, overall in excellent condition, Used....(sold)
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partial History
Assigned to 5th AF, 502nd TAC CT GP in Korea
640th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron

653rd Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron

640th AC&WS "SEMPER VIGILANS", UnUsed......inquire

 653rd AC&WS, scrapbook residue on back, Unused.......inquire
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partial History for 640th
640th AC&W Squadron located at Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada
655th Aircraft Control &  Warning Squadron



655th AC&WS, UnUsed.....inquire

( same patch also used by the 655th RADAR Squadron = see on USAF.com page )
663rd Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron

765th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron

663rd A&WS "EVER ALERT", UnUsed......inquire

765th AC&WS "QUI VIVE?", UnUsed.....inquire

667th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron
Unit moved to the H-3 site at Hofn, Iceland in 1961


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed......inquire

partial History
May 1952, elements of the 9th AF's 103d ACW SQ combined with 932d ACW SQ and deployed to site "H-1" (Remote Radar Head One (RRH-1) in Iceland Oct 1, 1952
667th ACWS operated H-2, on Langanes Peninsula in northeast Iceland, from 1957 until 1961
933rd ACWS operated H-3, located at Stokksnes Peninsula near Hofn, in southeast Iceland, from 1955 until 1960
934th ACWS operated H-4, on the isolated Straumnesfjall, a 1400-foot mountain in northwest Iceland, from 1958 through 1960.
933rd and 934th were inactivated in 1960 when sites H-3 and H-4 closed.
In January 1961 high winds damaged H-2, and the 667th moved to Hofn (H-3)
682d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron


ID'd on the USAFPatches web site


682nd AC&W Sq, "R" has been repaired, UnUsed.......inquire
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partial History
Unit operated a site on Mount Umunhum near San Jose, CA from 1958 to 1980
687th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron

Large 687th AC & W SQ, older patch, UnUsed......inquire
 727th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron


727th AC & W SQ, 1960s era, UnUsed....(sold)
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partial History
727th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron, Detachment 4, Shaw AFB, Sumter County, South Carolina
redesignated  727th TAC AIR CT
765th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron

listed above with another patch

774th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron



774th AC&WS, RFU, was hand-sewn on a uniform, Used.....inquire
848th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron



848th AC & W SQDN, RFU, scrapbook residue on back, Used......inquire

  RADAR Units

( Formerly AC&W Squadrons )

All USAF ground RADAR units began as AC&W squadrons.

With the introduction of SAGE, circa early-1960s, units in CONUS were Redesignated as RADAR Squadrons.

Sites in Alaska and Overseas Retained their AC&W designations.

655th RADAR Squadron


( same patch as the 655th AC&WS = see above for details )
664th RADAR Squadron


664th RADAR SQ, Warner Brother's Bugs Bunny on the Scope, UnUsed.......inquire
670th RADAR Squadron (1950 - 1961)

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Japan made


670th RADAR SQ, UnUsed.......inquire
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partial History
 670th AC&W Squadron 1950 - 1961
670th Radar Squadron (SAGE) 1961 - 1974
 542d Aircraft Control and Warning Group May 5, 1950
 544th Aircraft Control and Warning Group November 27, 1950
 27th Air Division 6 February 1952
 Los Angeles Air Defense Sector October 1, 1959
 27th Air Division April 1, 1966
 26th Air Division November 19, 1969 - April 1, 1976
 Camp Cooke, CA May 5, 1950
 San Clemente Island AFS, CA February 1, 1952
 Fort MacArthur, CA April 1961 - April 1, 1976
682nd RADAR Squadron



scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....(sold)
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Border a little-light above the "PRU", UnUsed......inquire
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partial History
682nd operated a site on Mount Umunhum near San Jose, CA from 1958 to 1980
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682d Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron


( see the 682nd AC&W SQ in above section )
728th RADAR Squadron


stationed at Pope AFB, UnUsed....inquire
751st RADAR Squadron (SAGE)


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
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753rd RADAR Squadron


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754th RADAR Squadron



scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
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755th RADAR Squadron (SAGE) (1960 - 1969)

Formerly 755th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron

General Surveillance Radar squadron providing Air Defense for the United States


755th RADAR SQDN, UnUsed.....(sold)

partial History
Activated as 755th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron January 1, 1951
Re-designated 755th Radar Squadron (SAGE) October 15, 1960
Inactivated September 30, 1969
541st Aircraft Control and Warning Group January 1, 1951
30th Air Division February 2, 1952
4706th Defense Wing February 16, 1953
37th Air Division July 8, 1956
Chicago Air Defense Sector June 1, 1959
20th Air Division April 1, 1966
30th Air Division December 1, 1967
34th Air Division July 1, 1968 to September 30, 1969
Elkhorn, Wisconsin January 1, 1951
Site re-designated as Williams Bay AFS, Wisconsin December 1, 1953
Arlington Heights AFS, Illinois April 1, 1960 to September 30, 1969
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758th RADAR Squadron


khaki-cut-edge, UnUsed.....(sold)
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761st RADAR Squadron (SAGE)



763rd RADAR Squadron

763rd RADAR SQDN, Lockport, New York Air Force Station


scrapbook residue on back has puckered the bottom of the patch, long pigtail, UnUsed.......inquire
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775th RADAR Squadron


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
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776th RADAR Squadron

This variant is not on the USAFPatches.com site

776th RADRON with rattlesnake, RFU, Used......(sold)
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partial History
Constituted as 776th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron November 14, 1950; Activated November 27, 1950
Redesignated 776th Radar Squadron (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) January 15, 1961
Redesignated 776th Radar Squadron February 1, 1974; Inactivated September 30, 1980
Activated October 1, 1985;  Inactivated September 16, 1991
 542d Aircraft Control and Warning Group, 27 November 1950
 28th Air Division, 6 February 1952
 San Francisco Air Defense Sector, 1 July 1960
 Portland Air Defense Sector, 1 August 1963
 26th Air Division, 1 April 1966
 27th Air Division, 15 September 1969
 26th Air Division, 19 November 1969 - 30 September 1980
 24th Air Division 1 October 1985
 Northeast Air Defense Sector, 1 December 1987 - 6 September 1991
 Point Arena AFS, California, 1 January 1951-30 September 1980
 Bangor ANGB, Maine, 1 October 1985-6 September 1991 (HQ Site)
 Moscow AFS, Maine (OTH-B Transmitter site) Columbia Falls AFS, Maine (OTH-B Receiver site)
823rd RADAR Squadron


scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....inquire
827th Air Defense Group

General Surveillance Radar station 5 miles SW of Keno, Oregon


827th AIR DEF GP, RFU OG Fatigue Shirt with a White-on-Blue name tape, Used.......inquire
866th RADAR Squadron



RFU, probably 1950s patch, Used......(sold)

partial History
 Station built on Mount Brock near Tonopah, Nevada, operated in the 1950s and into the early 1960s
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907th RADAR Squadron (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment)


This variant is not on the USAFPatches.com site


907th Radar Squadron(SAGE), scrapbook residue on back, UnUsed.....(sold)

partial History
Established as the 907th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron; Activated at Syracuse AFS (P-5), New York May 26, 1953 (not manned or equipped)
Moved to Bucks Harbor AFS in February 1955; Redesignated 907th Radar Squadron (SAGE) on 1 October 1959; Inactivated June 30, 1979
 32d Air Division, 26 May 1953
 4711th Air Defense Wing, 1 November 1954
 37th Air Division, 1 March 1956
 Bangor Air Defense Sector, 15 August 1958
 36th Air Division, 1 April 1966
 35th Air Division, 15 September 1969
 21st Air Division, 19 November 1969
 21st ADCOM Region, 8 December 1978-30 June 1979
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4754th Radar Evaluation Squadron

( see patch on Flying Squadrons page )

Air Control & Support Units       

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19th & 21st TASS FACs
(The 19th and 21st TASS combined some PRETZEL & RASH FAC missions in the same Aircraft & Flight)
(PRETZEL FACS supported the 5th Special Forces)
21st TASS "PRETZEL FACS" flew O-2A aircraft, Thai made, marked: 19th & 21st TASS, OV-2, & TSN Bien Hoa, UnUsed..
(PRETZEL FACS supported: 5th Special Forces, Salem House, Zone Charlie, Quan Loi, TSN, & Bien Hoa in 1970-71)  
19th TASS "RASH FACS" flew OV-10A Bronco aircraft, Thai made, marked: OV-10, 19 & 21 TASS, UnUsed...
(RASH FACs supported the 2nd & 3rd Brigades of the 1st Cavalry Division in: Quan Loi, Bien Hoa, Phouc Vinh in 1970 and 1971)
19th TASS rare cartoon patch
19th Tactical Air Support Squadron "SNAP FACS", Viet made, flew the Capital Military District to the Rung Sat Special Zone,
written on the back is: "19 TASS", UnUsed....(sold)
19th TASS "A... .IL.EY'S BOYS  WE FAC ANYTHING", written on the back is: "19 TASS OV-2A BIN THUY",
minor stains-look like they are from the maker (I hope), UnUsed...(sold)
UnCommon 19th TASS Novelty O-2A Skymaster Patch
(O-2As had several nicknames: Oscardeuce, Suck & Blow, and etc. - know of more, send me an e-mail)
19th Tactical Air Support Squadron "PARTICIPANT CESSNA DIVISION  SOUTH EAST ASIA WAR GAMES", 5 3/8" wide, Viet made, I think this is UnCommon or Rare, UnUsed....(sold)
19th Tactical Air Support Squadron FACS
( these FACs were still flying during the battle for An Loc in 1972 )
( In February-March of 1972 the MIKE FACS(CCS) at Ban Me Thuot (BMTE) became SUN DOGs )
 ( Sun Dog FACs supported SF Operations in: IV Corps Tactical Zone (IV CTZ) & Cambodia )
19th TASS "CHICO" FAC, Thai made, Flew O-2As Skymasters out of TSN, marked: "OV-2 19 TASS Tan Son Nhut  FAC" on back, UnUsed....(sold)
(Cessna Model 337 Super Skmasters are similar to the military O-2As)
19th TASS "SUN DOG" FAC, SEA made, flew O-2As out of Tan Son Nhut, probably an early patch(?), UnUsed..(sold)
(flew Cambodian FAC missions along with the RUSTIC FAC callsigns)
( good page for SUN DOG FACs  www.oneko dot org/sundog/history.html )- - - -
19th Tactical Air Support Squadron in Cambodia
19th TASS "RUSTIC FAC", Thai made, Rustic was the callsign used for Cambodia, UnUsed..(sold)
(one web site has the 23rd TASS as the "Rustic FACs"(?), see:   www.tlc-brotherhood dot org/bases.htm )
19th Tactical Air Support Squadron (TASS), Asian Made for the OV-10 era, UnUsed...(sold
DET 1, 552nd Airborne Warning and Control Wing
ELF ONE Command began flying over Saudi Arabia in October 1980
Detachment 1, 552nd AW & C Wing, UnUsed........(sold)
flew E-3 AWACS out of Saudi Arabia, controlled by USAFE and then by Central Command
( ID is from Mr. Polder's Book 4, page 160 )
774th Air Control and Warning Squadron
("Watchdog of the Valley" = San Joaquin Valley (Central Valley) of California)  
774th AC&WS, Madera Air Force Station in the 1950s, UnUsed..(sold)
966th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron
966th AEW & C SQ, 1962-1969 era, part of the 552nd Wing at McClellan, AFB, CA, flew EC-121Ds, Used, GC.......(sold)
partial History
Constituted 966th Airborne Early Warning and Control Squadron
Activated on 18 Dec 1961; Organized on 1 Feb 1962; Inactivated on 31 Dec 1969
664th RADAR Squadron
3", Warner Brothers' Bugs Bunny at the scope, UnUsed.....(sold)
partial History
stationed at Bellefontaine AFB, OH
768th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron
768th AC & W SQ, only 1950s references on the Web, older patch due to the straight-wing Jet aircraft, Unused...(sold)
partial History
768th AC&W Squadron (Mother Goose), Moriary Air Force Station, New Mexico
607th AC&WS - Korean War era
Japan made backpatch
"E Legitimus Non Carborundum"
607th AC&WS, "SIX ON NATURAL" "SWAMI OF THE AIRWAYS", Japan made, UnUsed.......(sold)
552nd A.E.W. & C. WG patches
552nd A. E. W. & C. WING. 4 5/8", 1960s era, patch obtained while on SEA duty, UnUsed.....(sold)
Detachment 5, 621st Tactical Control Squadron
Stationed at NKP RTAFB, Thailand 23 February, 1966 to October 1, 1975
621st TCS, DET-5, UnUsed.....(sold)
504th Tactical Air Support Group
Very Rare Instructor's Insignia
Instructor's Patch from "FAC U" at Cam Rahn Bay, circa 1969-70
(504th TASGP controlled: 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, & 23rd TASS)
Thai made, VERY Rare patch forCallsign DART 08, "OV-10 Hot Brake Award", I assume only one Patch was ever made for this Instructor Pilot, One of the Rarest from an Outstanding Unit, UnUsed.....(sold)
(DART was the callsign used by the Insturctors for OV-10 FACs at Cam Rahn Bay)
678th Aircraft Control & Warning Squadron
678th ACWRON "PARATI, VOLENTES ET POTENTES", UnUsed....(missing)
19th TASS working with the Thailand Volunteer Division
( First Forward Air Control (FAC) Squadron in the Republic of Vietnam )
19th TASS in support of the Panther Division of the RTAVF, Vietnam made, flew in the Long Thanh Area of Operations (AO), UnUsed..(sold)
(RTAVF = Royal Thailand Volunteer Force - Panther Division, arrived in-country in 1968)
(cut from a Party Suit - I believe this is an UnCommon patch)
23rd TASS Photographic MIssion, Vietnam made, cut from a party Suit, Used.....(sold)
Handmade Flag removed from same Party Suit
Handmade U. S. Flag removed from 23rd TASS PHOTO FAC Pilot's Party suit, Used.......(sold)
( One of the better quality HE flags from SEA )
20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, Vietnam made..(sold)
F-19 Diamond
Have an extra, or unwanted, F-19 diamond patch  
"F-19"  Viet made.....(sold)   
20th TASS, 1965-1973 era at Danang, 2 7/8", cheesecloth backing, UnUsed..(sold)
23rd TASS
Thai made
( Both squadrons were under the 504th Tactical Air Support Group )
22nd Tactical Air Support Squadron, Thai made, UnUsed......(sold)
23rd TASS, "FAC", insect under an umbrella, Thai made, Unused.......(sold)
23rd TASS Pilot's Grouping from NKP
(all Thailand made, one still in Tailor Shop's plastic bag)
23rd TASS FAC, removed from K-2B Flight suit (was worn on right shoulder), Used.....(sold)
56th SOW, UnUsed....(sold)
7th AF, UnUsed....(moved to Air Forces page)
7/13th Air Force(s), Mint-in-Opened-Plastic-Bag, UnUsed......(moved to Air Forces page)
6147th Tactical Control Group in Korea 
Japan made patches - circa 1953
3 1/8" "MOSQUITO", RFU, comes with his K-47 (APO 970) Airmen's Open Mess Card, Used.......(sold)
4 1/4" "MOSQUITO", Japan made, UnUsed.....(sold)
History of the Group
6147th Tactical Control Squadron activated August 1, 1951 providing target spotting for Tactical aircraft
In April 1951 the 6147th was redesignated to Group status and Organized 3 Squadrons
Squadrons Formed after Group was Activated in April 1951:
6148th Tactical Control Squadron April 25, 1951
6149th Tactical Control Squadron April 25, 1951
942nd Forward Air Control Squadron attached June 20, 1953
6150th Tactical Control Squadron April 25 1951 to June 20, 1953
6147th TCG earned three Distinguished Unit Citations during the war
Vietnamese Hand-embroidered F-19 FAC diamond, Unused......inquire