During the Vietnam War, the defense of
Air Bases mirrored the conflict itself: There was no rear echelon once
the entire country became a battlefield. Air Bases relatively,
unaffected by ground forces in past wars, were no longer considered safe
havens. They, too, suffered from costly ground assaults and mortar shelling.
Within easy reach of North Vietnamese troops, Air Bases in Vietnam and
Thailand were attacked 478 times from 1964 to 1973. One hundred and
fifty-five Americans were killed and 1,702 wounded, along with 375 allied
aircraft being destroyed and 1,203 damaged. In fact, more U.S. planes were
lost in ground action (101) than in dogfights with MIGs (62).
Bien Hoa Air Base, located 15 miles north of Saigon, was the first U.S. air
base in Vietnam to taste the damage a small, well-trained force can inflict.
A hit-and-run mortar attack destroyed five B-57 bombers and damaged 15
others. The Viet Cong, in less than five minutes, wiped out an entire
The attack hammered home a hard message. To fight in the air, the Air Force
had to be able to fight on the ground." Above Published in AF Times
VSPA K-9 Memoriam
Military Dog History
- Stories of SEA
- (Southeast Asia)
Download PDF Files
The Handlers of
South-East Asia (SEA)
worksheet list all Air
Force handlers assigned to Vietnam & Thailand Bases. Also known US Navy handlers at Naval Support Activities Da Nang AB & Cam Ranh
Bay are listed. Over 4,000+ Tour Assignments for handlers are listed.
The Dogs of SEA Worksheet list all known dogs assigned
to Vietnam & Thailand Air Force/Navy bases and some Army dogs used in
Vietnam and Thailand. The list also specifies the dogs that were returned in
1975-76 to the DOD Dog Center, Lackland AFB, Texas. Over 1,600 + dogs are
listed by name, brand number, and bases assigned.
Both worksheets show
multiple tours/assignments of handlers and dogs. Please
send me any additions to our records.
Air Base Defense
of Vietnam, including attacks on bases
Complete Lists of attack dates
for RVN & Thailand, sometimes needed for VA
Military Working Dogs or Contractor Working Dogs
Supporting Deployed Troops
History of Vietnam
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Photos Above: Safe Conduct Passes, Courtesy of Bruce Pritchett
Links of Interest
Vietnam Dog Handler Association