By Bernard C Nalty
Offers with the position of the us Air strength in advising the South Vietnamese Air strength and waging struggle in South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos from 1968 via 1975.
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26 Scattered among several billets in Saigon, the crews of the Fairchild C–123s operating out of Tan Son Nhut did not receive a recall notice and were cut off by the January 31 fighting. Relief crews had to be flown in from Phan Rang for the C–123s, since the 834th Air Division, the headquarters responsible for airlift in South Vietnam, had decided to transfer these aircraft and all other Tan Son Nhut-based transports not parked in protective revetments to safer airfields. Within forty-eight hours, the stranded crewmen made their way to Tan Son Nhut and caught flights to Phan Rang where they rejoined their assigned airplanes.
The members of the press visiting the city included Walter Cronkite, a popular and influential television commentator, who had initially accepted the idea that the United States was successfully waging war to help the South Vietnamese create a nation. By the outbreak of the Tet offensive in 1968, however, he had begun to doubt reports of steady progress, and the house-by-house fighting that he saw at Hue further disillusioned him. He came away convinced not only that the enemy was far more tenacious than American officials had been willing to admit, but also that the conflict was destroying, rather than building, a South Vietnamese nation.
Nazzaro; to the Commander in Chief, Pacific, Adm. U. S. Grant Sharp; and to the Joint Chiefs of Staff. For some overriding reason, such as interference with another more critical activity, any of the reviewers might veto a strike. If they remained silent, and they usually did, the 3d Air Division headquarters issued an operations order for the specific day, formally authorizing the attacks and establishing takeoff times. Radar operators in Southeast Asia directed the actual bombing, using the Combat Skyspot radar targeting equipment and techniques developed over the years.
Air War Over South Vietnam, 1968-1975 by Bernard C Nalty