Photo Above Courtesy of Scott Baker
A1C Bob Woodsen and his dog at Phu Cat AB, January 1967

VSPA K-9 Sections

"First Line of Defense"

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 squadron.    

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


USAF Bases in SEA
(Southeast Asia)

Homepage VSPA



Bien Hoa Air Base Don Muang RTAFB
Binh Thuy Air Base Ko Kha RTAS
Ban Me Thout AB   No AF Dogs Korat RTAFB
Cam Ranh Bay AB Air Base Nakhon Phanom RTAFB
Da Nang AB Air Base Takhli RTAFB
Dong Ha AB  No AF Dogs Ubon RTAFB
Monkey Mountain, No AF Dogs Udorn RTAFB
Nha Trang Air Base U-Tapao RTAFB
Phan Rang AB Air Base  
Phu Cat AB Air Base Special Gift To Thailand
Pleiku AB Air Base  
Qui Nhon Air Base, No AF Dogs  
Tan Son Nhut AB Air Base  
Tuy Hoa Air Base Non-VSPA Websites
Project Safeside USAF History


Natural Balance Rose Parade Float  2013

    First parade float to honor military working dogs!

VSPA K-9 Memoriam

Military Dog History

History WWI & WWII

Pacific Theater

Vietnam To Present

Top Dog

National Geographic Story

VFW Story

Super Dogs

Soldiers' Keepers:
 Dogs of War
Patrol  Ver. Sentry

Your dog's fate.

Steadfast Sentinel

Dog School

1st Patrol Dog Class

Last Sentry Dog

Why Dogs? K-9 Replacements Missing in America Project! Death of a Warrior
Stories of SEA
(Southeast Asia)

Blackie # 129X

Dusty #770E King #326F 35th ISPD
Stories: Da Nang AB Stories: Da Nang AB  2 Stories : Phan Rang AB Story : Pleiku AB
Snake Stories! Barracks of SEA Sugar Comes Home GI Named K-9
Ubon - Story Story of Lex Loci Dog Training Attack Training
U-T  Stars & Stripes Another Warrior Veterinarians Rex's Dentist

Cold Nose-Brave Hearts Legendary War Dogs 

from Elks magazine Courtesy of  Don (Jack) Kelly Korat RTAFB 'Nov 71-72'


Nemo - Hero of Tan Son Nhut AB

Attack on Bien Hoa, AB, RVN


Attack on Phan Rang AB, RVN

Attack on Ubon, RTAFB


Attack on U-Tapao

Attacks on Da Nang AB, RVN


To submit stories or photos.

Download PDF Files

 The Night Beat  TSN Sentry Dog Manual

USAF History of MWD

Parade Article

NKP, RTAFB Booklet


Kirkuk Paper

Agent Orange Report

Last Sentry Dogs


Dogs in PACAF

Cold Nose-Brave Hearts Legendary War Dogs

KIA List:  Current


Nemo's New Home

  Air Base Defense of Vietnam,
including attacks on bases

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 

  3. 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 Claims!

Adopting of Military Working Dogs or Contractor Working Dogs

Supporting Deployed Troops

History of Vietnam

Vietnam The Country French Legacy Dien Bien Phu
RVN Military   Who you calling Ho?

Issues !

Missing In America

Attack on America

War Crimes

Tibet's Gamble

Do you have health problems?

Chemical Exposure or Cancer Risk!   

Testicular Cancer Study ?

Agent Orange in Thailand ?

Malathion Exposure

Bulletin Boards

K-9 Bulletin Board  Chemical Exposure

K-9 Reunions

Texas Handlers Da Nang AB Handlers U-Tapao Handlers
  Korat Handlers  PACAF Reunion at Branson

Photos Above: Safe Conduct Passes, Courtesy of Bruce Pritchett  

Links of Interest

Vietnam Dog Handler Association