I just seem to be more amazed as I check into my dads military story. I was searching thru all his records and found out he had 10 USAF Air Medals and also Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to him as he served as FAC in Vietnam. I am so thankful for this site as he never talked about it-BUT I feel it is important to document all of this. Thanks again.
I look forward to reading the story. I worked (on the other end of a radio link) with several FACs during my tour in Vietnam. Only rarely have I heard about things from their side of an operation. Whatever you learn will be worth it, I'm sure.
And it always seems that the real heroes (10 Air Medals!!!) never tell their stories. They should be told.
Unfortunately he passed in 2007 so I'm going to have to get the info from my brother....he really didn't talk about it much. I have all his military records-he didnt throw any of that out. He told me a few years back he had the distinguished fly cross awarded to him but never received it. I have all the paper work so I am pursuing it. I think he had other medals awarded that weren't on his DD214-so Vet Services checking that out for me. It is important to me.....
If I may...There's web sites of units in Vietnam.
If you know what units he served with, they might have forums.
And some of those veterans might have some information.
Another thing you might look for a web site that lists .
All the Air Force Distinguished Fly Cross awarded in Vietnam.
There might even be a citation.
This award say's that he did some flying in some air-craft .
You might also seek a web site for the Air Force Air Medals.
Now and maybe than, FAC serve with some ground units.
Much like a Forward Observer (FO) for a artillery unit.
That why I feel it's important to talk about our service.
Many have taken it on their passing.
Here's a few to start you off on your search
Thanks so much for you help...
I went to the USAF Museum at Wright Patterson AFB Sunday with my sister(she lives close in Springfield). We checked out the monument dedicated to FAC in the park...my sister says-"You know dads name could've been on there very easily." (my sister was only 6 months old when he left for Vietnam)and I would've never gotten to know my father". I replied-"It just wasn't his time to go-God was taking care of him and he lived 40 more years." We went inside and viewed some of the planes and the FAC display. I purchased a book about FAC and the lady cashier said her husband flew B-52's and many FAC's didn't return...just makes me appreciate everyone that serves and sacrifices made. It has been interesting getting my dads story together. I being the eldest remember the most and my sister the youngest doesn't remember much about military life. The stories need to be documented for future generations to appreciate.
My sisters son only being 10 needs this information documented as all the other family members...I guess it's up to me...the oldest always has to jog their aging memories....