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USAFSS 6924th Security Squadron at DaNang Air Base - April 8, 1970

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  • USAFSS 6924th Security Squadron at DaNang Air Base - April 8, 1970

    Please respond to Jim Hartman

    Jim Hartman <>


    I was referred to your website by a friend of mine, John F. Dunn, Captain, USMC Retired. He thought you might be able to steer me in the right direction with regard to the following:

    In 1970 I served with the USAFSS 6924th Security Squadron at DaNang Air Base. On each side of our compound were MAG outfits, the 13th and the 11th. I do not remember if these were fixed wing outfits or not. On April 8, 1970 our compound took four direct 122 rocket hits, killing a young Airman named Paul Anthony and wounding many others. One of the Marines, I believe from MAG 13, made a valiant effort to provide assistance that night by climbing our compound fence (which was a top secret secured area) over consentantina and barbed wire at great risk to himself.
    I am now one the of the National Vice President's of our 6924th Heritage Association and our organization would like to reach out and thank this individual (we don't have a name) for his brave efforts that night. Our Gold Star Mother, Mrs. Willie May Anthony, still lives while in her 80's and I am sure she would like to thank this Marine who tried to save her son.

    Any help you could give on this would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Jim Hartman
    John "J.D." Barber
    Past President, Board Member
    USMC/Combat Helicopter Association
    HMM-263, 1970-1971, EG-11

  • #2
    Personnel - FMF Pacific

    In April, 1970, MAG 13 (fixed wing F-4's, A-4's and A-6's) under Col Thomas Murphree, consisted of VMFA-115, VMFA-122, VMFA-314, VMA-311 along with H&MS-13 and MABS-13, MWSG-17.

    In April, 1970, MAG-11 (fixed wing A-4's, A-6s and OV-10's) under Col. Grover S Stewart Jr consisted of VMCJ-1, VMFA-542, VMA(AW)-242, VMA(AW)-225, VMO-2 along with H&MS-11 and MABS-11.

    Each MAG had over 1800 men.
    Alan H. Barbour, Historian
    USMC Combat Helicopter Assoc
    "Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever"


    • #3
      Only MAG-11 was at Da Nang in April of 1970. MAG-13 was at Chu Lai.

      On April 8, 1970 a 122 rocket hit a MAG 11 compoundhooch killing Sgt. Randall Pell of VMO-2.

      Roy "ARM" Pitt can provide more info.

      Hostage IGOR
      Hostage IGOR


      • #4
        MWSG-17 was also at DaNang at that time. They may have been the other unit involve.


        • #5
          April 8, 1970

          Boy do I remember the night of April 8th, 1970. I was at the MAG-11 Bomb Dump with just a few days left before going home.
          MAG-11 and MWSG-17 were still there, on the West side of the base. MAG-13 was in Chu Lai.