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The highest award that the United States Air Force can bestow upon an individual for heroic action during combat is the Air Force Cross. A pilot from the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, earned that award for his heroic a…
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For more than a decade, the 354th Tactical Fighter Squadron conducted routine A-10 training missions which included numerous deployments and exercises. That routine came to an abrupt end in August 1990, when the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing was dep…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1XCG_lt-col-colin-arnold-clarke-a-war-memorial_Myrtle-Beach-SC.html
Lt Col Colin Arnold "Arnie" Clarke was born on August 31, 1935, in Seattle, Washington. Lt Col Clarke accumulated several hundred flying hours in United States Air Force aircraft, most notably the F-100 Super Sabre and the A-7D Corsair II. He joi…
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Mr. Fred Nash, at age 71, distinguished himself by heroism involving voluntary risk of life on August 18, 1958 at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. On that date, Mr. Nash observed an Air Force T-33 aircraft crash land and burst into flames at the Myrt…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1XCE_the-cuban-missile-crisis-a-war-memorial_Myrtle-Beach-SC.html
By many accounts, the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis was the nearest the world has come to nuclear war. In the summer of 1962, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev secretly decided to install intermediate range ballistic missiles in Cuba to counter an emer…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1XCD_the-berlin-crisis-1961-a-war-memorial_Myrtle-Beach-SC.html
The four fighter squadrons of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing were intimately involved in the Cold War from the time the Wing became combat ready until it was deployed to the Pacific Theater during the Vietnam War. From 1958 through 1965, the Wing…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1XC8_cold-war-dominican-republic-a-war-memorial_Myrtle-Beach-SC.html
In 1961, Dominican Republic Dictator Raphael Trujillo was assassinated. In the following years, turmoil and conflict were the order of the day on the island. President John F. Kennedy made it clear that it was time for democracy in the Dominican R…
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1XC6_vietnam-a-war-memorial_Myrtle-Beach-SC.html
From 1968-1970, the 113th Tactical Fighter Wing trained F-100 pilots for combat in Vietnam. Non-combat pilots were upgraded to F-100 fighter pilots in this RTU Replacement Training Unit. In 1968, the 355th's "Fightin' Falcons" received deployment …
historicalmarkerproject/markers/HM1XC0_major-general-james-franklin-hackler-jr-a-war-memorial_Myrtle-Beach-SC.html
Born in Marion, Virginia, General James Hackler grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1943. He was then assigned to the European …
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Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain) Anthony "Tony" Shine, a native of Pleasantville, NY, was a member of the 355th Tactical Fighter Squadron when the A-7D he was piloting disappeared beneath a cloud covering over the border of North Vietnam and Laos…
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