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73 SPECIAL OPERATIONS SQUADRON (AFSOC)

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Lineage. Organized as 73 Aero Squadron on 26 Feb 1918. Demobilized on 4 Jul 1919. Reconstituted and consolidated (16 Oct 1936) with 73 Headquarters Squadron which was constituted on 18 Oct 1927. Redesignated 73 Pursuit Squadron on 8 May 1929. Activated on 15 Jul 1931. Redesignated: 73 Attack Squadron on 1 Mar 1935; 73 Bombardment Squadron (Medium) on 17 Oct 1939. Disbanded on 1 Nov 1943. Reconstituted and consolidated (19 Sep 1985) with the 3 Strategic Support Squadron, which was constituted on 26 Oct 1950. Activated on 16 Nov 1950. Inactivated on 15 Jun 1961. Redesignated 73 Special Operations Squadron on 19 Sep 1985. Activated on 1 Oct 2006. 

Assignments. Unkn, 26 Feb-Nov 1918; 2 Day Bombardment Group, Nov 1918-1919; unkn, 1919-4 Jul 1919. 17 Pursuit (later 17 Attack; 17 Bombardment) Group, 15 Jul 1931; 28 Composite Group, 3 May 1941; Second Air Force, 6 Oct-1 Nov 1943. Second Air Force, 15 Nov 1950; 4238 Strategic Wing, 1 Jul 1959-15 Jun 1961. 16 Operations Group, 1 Oct 2006-. 

Stations. Waco, TX, 26 Feb 1918; Call Field, TX, 1 Mar 1918; Garden City, NY, 16 Jul-13 Aug 1918; St Maixent, France, c. 5 Sep 1918; Delouze, France, c. 20 Sep 1918; Colombey-les-Belles, France, c. 5 Oct 1918; Ourches, France, c. 15 Nov 1918-1919; Hazelhurst Field, NY, 19 Jun-4 Jul 1919. March Field, CA, 15 Jul 1931; McChord Field, WA, 26 Jun 1940-10 Mar 1941; Elmendorf Field, AK, 14 Mar 1941 (detachments operated from Ft Randall, Umnak, Adak, and Amchitka, AK, 1942-1943); Umnak, AK, Apr 1943; Amchitka, AK, Jun-30 Aug 1943; Paine Field, WA, 14 Sep 1943; Pyote AAFId, TX, 6 Oct-1 Nov 1943. Hunter AFB, GA, 16 Nov 1950; Barksdale AFB, LA, 5 Jan 1953-15 Jun 1961. Hurlburt Fld, FL, 1 Oct 2006-. 

Commanders. 1Lt Loren W. De Motte, 26 Feb 1918-c. 4 Jul 1919. Unkn, 15 Jul 1931-1932. 1Lt Hugh C. Minter, 1932; unkn, 1932-1936; Maj Louie C. Mallory, 1936-unkn; unkn-26 Mar 1941; Capt Jack N. Donohew, 27 Mar 1941; Maj Henry S. Taylor, 15 Dec 1942; Capt Warren E. Beth, 13 Apr-1 Nov 1943. Maj Hugh B. Vail, 16 Nov 1950; Lt Col James R. Wiley, 8 Dec 1950; Lt Col Joseph W. Donovan, Apr 1951; Lt Col Robert E. Copley, by Jan 1952; Maj Fred Q. Stalker, 18 Aug 1953; Lt Col Carroll B. Markel, 1 Sep 1953; Lt Col Elmer T. Harshbarger, 6 Apr 1956; Maj Vinson S. Huegele, 1 Jul 1956 (temporary); Lt Col Elmer T. Harshbarger, 20 Aug 1956; Maj Vinson S. Huegele, 1 May 1958 (temporary); Lt Col Frank M. Newman, 23 Jun 1958; Maj Vinson S. Huegele, 25 Jul 1958; Col Frank M. Newman, 24 Sep 1958; Lt Col Courtney A. Remele, by Jul 1960-c. 15 Jun 1961. Lt Col Thomas A. Markland, 1 Oct 2006-. 

Aircraft. Unkn, 1918-1919. P-l2, 1931-1934; P-26, 1934-1935; P-12, 1935-1936; A-17, 1936-1940; B-18, 1939-1942; B-26, 1942-1943; B-25, 1942-1943. C-124, 1950-1961. 

Operations. Managed an airpark with Second Army, c. 15 Nov 1918-1919. Trained for pursuit and attack missions (1931-1939) and for bombardment missions (1939-1941). Reconnaissance in support of flood-relief in southern California during Mar 1938. Combat in Northern Pacific, Dec 1941-Aug 1943. Flew airlift support for SAC bases in CONUS and overseas from 1950-1961. 

Service Streamers. World War I Theater of Operations. 

Campaign Streamers. World War II: Aleutian Islands; Air Combat, Asiatic-Pacific. 

Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None. 

Decorations. Air Force Outstanding Unit Award: 4 Apr 1956-31 Dec 1957. 

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 1 Oct 2006. 

Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 15 Jun 1961. 

Supersedes statement prepared on 20 Dec 2005. 

Emblem. Approved on 27 Jun 2007. 

Prepared by Patsy Robertson. 

Reviewed by Daniel Haulman.







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