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NEXT REUNION

AUGUST 17-21 2017

WASHINGTON, DC

 

 

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Background of Birddog Units -

1963 was the BEGINNING  of the story........

                   1965 - 1971 was the MIDDLE of the story..........

                                    2015 is the CONTINUATION of the story ..........

 

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Army Commendation

 


Vietnam Service Medal

 


 

 

In Vietnam, the United States Military (Army, Marines & Air Force) needed a special kind of aviation unit. It needed a unit comprised of aircraft and personnel capable of performing missions so varied and wide spread that it was not unusual for unit commanders to not see their company personnel for weeks & months at a time as they flew out of tactical locations far from home base.

Starting in May 1963 through 1965, these special units would be created and deployed across all of Vietnam. In December 1971, the last of these units would leave Vietnam. It is in this period time where all the stories happened. This is when all the action would occur with the O-1/L-19 Birddog airplane and the personnel who would fly and support them. These are the times and people that will be commemorated and memorialized when we all GATHER TOGETHER IN 2015. (Not familar with the Birddog? Watch Video)

The terrain these units operated over was as diverse and dangerous as the missions themselves. Flying over mountains, jungles, rice paddies, oceans and rivers in hostile conditions where the weather, the enemy, and pure luck would all conspire against both aircraft and crewmembers to create what many have labeled to be "suicide missions".

To the pilots, crew chiefs, mechanics and all other unit support personnel, on the ground, the single engine O-1/L-19 Birddog was an airplane like none other. These units (Army, Marines and Air Force) were formed for duty in Vietnam and they used the Birddog in a combat role that supported military units on the ground of all types and from many countries. For the personnel on the ground in these supported units, the O-1 Birddog was their assurance of support and a lifeline when in trouble. To them, the Birddog was not just an airplane, it was a clear message that they were not alone.

This is the reason why in the year 2015, some fifty two years after being first deployed to combat in Vietnam, there will be for the first time, a reunion of personnel from all the military Birddog units who will come together to not only honor their own service and this incredibly versatile and rugged airplane, but also to honor those who fell in combat, who were lost when they made the ultimate sacrifice.

In 2015, those of us who still remain including many family members of those who were lost and personnel from other units who flew with us will have a chance to meet each other where stories will be traded and where many memories will be relived. For many this will be the first time since those traumatic days in the 1960's and 1970's that they will join together as a group.

More will come....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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