354th Fighter Group History, a War Memorial

354th Fighter Group History, a War Memorial (HM1XEJ)

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 Horry County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 39.639', W 78° 55.691'

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On November 19, 1956, the Air Force resurrected the unit as the 354th Fighter-Day Group and stationed it at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. It was then re-designated the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing in July 1958, flying the RF-80, and during 1959 began flying the F 100 Super Sabres.In 1966, the Wing began deploying its fighter squadrons to Vietnam, and in April 1968 the last squadron deployed. From mid 1968 until June 1970, the 354th served at Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. It then returned to Myrtle Beach, charged with combat crew training in the AT-33s, and also began flying the A-7.In 1972, the wing squadrons were once again deployed to Vietnam. The wing was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for its service from October 1972 through April 1973. It was also credited for dropping the last bomb at the end of the Vietnam War. The 354th then returned to Myrtle Beach and converted to the A-10 Warthog in 1977.
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1956 Aerial view of Myrtle Beach Air Force Base
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The first A-10 delivered to Myrtle Beach Air Force Base on March 9, 1977, marking a new era for the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing. The 354th was the first operational A-10 wing in the Air Force. Wing Commander Colonel Robert Reed chats with Captain Don Sorenson, who ferried the airplane
from the Fairchild Republic Plant.
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 692101 N 3726456
Decimal Degrees33.66065000, -78.92818333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.639', W 78° 55.691'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 38.34" N, 78° 55' 41.46" W
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Area Code(s)803, 843
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 514-598 Farrow Pkwy, Myrtle Beach SC 29577, US
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