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USAFSS 1960's and 1970's
Yahoo GroupsThere are a number of USAFSS related Yahoo groups that may be worth joining.
- 6990th Century Club (rc-135 back-enders and more)
- Includes lists of crewmembers with 100 missions and lots of other stuff.
"THE CENTURY CLUB STORY...
Back in the late 1960's, in the days when Doyle E. Larson was the commander of the 6990ESG, there was a young (relatively speaking)
dogger former MA) named Red Haire. Apparently, the young Sgt Haire was a dedicated crewdog with a vast amount of experience in
EC-47s and RC-135s. One day, he presented to Lt Col Larson a letter requesting 6990ESG sponsorship of a club comprised of those
crewdogs with 100 or more operational sorties. This club would meet on Friday afternoons at the NCO club for a few beers."
- EC-47 History Site
- The motherlode of pictures, documents and links regarding EC-47 Operations.
"A History of the EC-47's Mission in SEA, with the 360th, 361st, 362nd
TEWS and the 6994th SS, 1966-1974."
J.C. Wheeler has also recently written a book:
- 6924th Security Squadron
Danang AB, Vietnam
"Congratulations!! You found the home page for the
6924th Security Squadron (USAFSS), Danang,
Vietnam and other locations.
For the proud veterans of the 6924th, we hope we can
preserve some of the history of the unit and help reunite
some of the squadron members. We also want to be
the focal point for your written experiences, yep, war
- Silent Warriors
- Former USAFSS fliers from the 50's and 60's.
"This Web Site is Dedicated to the "PROP WASH GANG"
THE PROP WASH GANG IS A MINI-FORUM OF FORMER USAFSS/ESC FLYERS WHO REMAIN IN TOUCH ON THE
INTERNET. IF YOU ARE A FORMER USAFSS/ESC FLYER AND ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER OF THE
PROP WASH GANG, CONTACT LARRY TART (email addr: LARRYTART@AOL.COM)."
- Class 6N-71
- DLISW Class 6N-71 Maintaineb by Rick Francona
"U.S. Air Force Detachment
Defense Language Institute (Southwest)
Biggs Field, Ft Bliss, Texas
March - November 1971"
- Class 02VN47B2469
- DLISW 02VN47K2169 1970 Maintained by Bob Milligan
"3345th Technical School, Detachment 2
Biggs Field, Fort Bliss, Texas
- 6927th Radio Squadron Mobile Onna Point, Okinawa
- Many of us shot the .38 in the habu grass here.
"This page is dedicated to the hundreds of airmen, non-commissioned officers and officers who served with the 6927th Radio Squadron Mobile;
a component of the 6922nd Radio Group Mobile of the 6902nd Security Wing, United States Air Force Security Service at Onna Point,
Okinawa. The squadron was established sometime in 1953 and was officially deactivated on March 15, 1971."
- The Cobra Den
- 6922nd Security Wing Clark AB. P.I. visited during typhoons.
"What is The Cobra Den? The Cobra Den was a bar/den/hangout on the 1st floor of
the barracks of the the 6922nd Security Wing/Group, U.S. Air Force Security Service,USAFSS, located at
Clark AFB, Republic of the Philippines, circa 1960's-1970's."
- 6922nd Security Squadron
"The 6922 Electronic Security Squadron (ESS) was established in 1951. It was located on Clark Air
Base, Republic of the Philippines, until the eruption of Mount Pinatubo forced the United States
presence in the Philippines to cease in 1991. A brief history can be found at this
- The Bat Page
- 6988th Security Squadron Yokota, Japan
"This is a Web Site for members of USAFSS's Voice Intercept mission in the 50s and 60s: 201s, 203s, 291s, 292s
and others in USAFSS in the 50s and early 60s. Dash twos and dash nines from Yale - Dash ones, Dash Es and others
from Monterey and Syracuse and Indiana and DLI - related specialities. In the 6988th at Yokota in Japan, the flight
crews were called, "Bats," but not all units used that term."
- Silent Warriors of East Asia
- 6929th/6988th/6903rd Osan AB, Korea
"This site is dedicated to all USAF Security Service (USAFSS) Korean Linguists
who proudly served in
the hostile skies of East Asia during the "Silent War" (1952-1983). It was
called the Silent War
because all information regarding these activities
during the Cold War was classified Top Secret until September 1997.We
operated under combat
conditions and were routinely targeted to be shot
down. The reconnaissance aircraft which we flew
in were RC-47's, EC-121's, RC-130's,
CT-29A's & RC-135's."
- 6987TH SG, Shulinkou AS, Taipei, Taiwan
"This web site is dedicated to all former military assigned to Shulinkou Air Station, Taipei, Taiwan. The base was
under the command of the United States Air Force Security Service (USAFSS). The "listening post" was active from
its opening in 1955 until its closing in 1977. A short period of time, lasting twenty two years. Shulinkou's military
mission was of a classified nature; however, we essentially intercepted, transcribed, decoded, analyzed, and reported
to higher authority on targeted foreign military radio communications within Asia."
- FTVA Freedom Through Vigilance Association
- USAFSS Alumni Group
"The Freedom Through Vigilance Association is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to the support
and perpetuation of the objectives of the US Air Force and USAF Security Service and its successor
Commands, and to the support of social, educational, and humanitarian services."
- Torii Station
- ex-ASA'er John Ambrose's extensive site on Torii and Okinawa topics.
The Koza and Virtual Torii Station
photos from the early 70's are must sees.
You have to get a Yahoo ID first and in some cases request membership.
"Renew acquaintances, meet a new friend or just remember the good times from your days with USAFSS. There's nobody else like us, thank Gawd!"
"Current and former USAFSS/ESC/AFIC/AIA members who flew as part of their duties. Members of other services assigned to the above noted commands may also be admitted to membership."
"Defense Language Institute - Open discussion about DLIFLC "
Other USAF Viet Nam Era and Related Viet Nam War Sites
- TLC Brotherhood
- Those who served in, around and over Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Lots of pictures of Udorn, Korat, and NKP.
"The Brotherhood stretched from across Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. We were civilians, military (all
branches of service). We were pilots, mechanics, cooks, navigators, weathermen, drivers, security police,
and more. We were on or over the front line, and we were the support personnel who made it possible."
- 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing Association
- RC-135 front-end crew units. Be sure to visit the write-ups on Vietnam action.
advantage of that, the RC-135Ms were moved from Japan, as the 82nd Strategic
Reconnaissance Squadron, and assigned to the 4252SW at Kadena (Okinawa) with
increased tasking against the conflict in Vietnam. That tasking grew heavier and
heavier until the RC-135Ms were flying a daily mission in the Gulf of Tonkin (twelve
hours on station). With the emphasis shifting so drastically from the SinoSoviet
mission to the Vietnamese conflict, the operations name was changed from "Burning
Candy" to "Combat Apple". That SIGINT (signal intelligence) platform was making
such significant contributions to the SEA intelligence effort that it was soon tasked to
provide 24 hour-a-day coverage. "
- Lockheed EC-121
- Comprehensive coverage of all variations and uses of 121's including those at Korat where many 6990th ops spent TDY's.
"The 552nd distinguished its self over seas during the Viet Nam conflict, earning several AFOUAs. The outfit overseas was
first known as Big Eye, then College Eye. They were flying out of Viet Nam then Thailand (southern operating
location) and Itasuki AB (northern operating location). The main operating location was in Taiwan. Later they flew
out of Kwanju Korea. While deployed oversea the EC-121s carried Security Service personnel and equipment"
Reconnaissance Aircraft, RC's, EC's, U's and Q's
- RECCE 135's
Don Earlywine's extensive collection of all models of RC-135's including separate model pages such as the RC-135M and those before and after. Lots of pictures and tail numbers.
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