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Date Posted: Thu, April 26 2012, 11:33:27
Author: Tom Lorr (Requesting help to verify Vietnam medal)
Author Host/IP: cpe-98-155-42-247.san.res.rr.com / 98.155.42.247
Subject: Missing Vietnam Service Medal

I flew with the Blind Bats out of Ubon Thailand in 1967 and have many great memories of my service there. I was an airborne Nav Aides Technician, USAF SGT, E-4, on TDY rotations out of Naha, Okinawa 374th Troop Carrier Wing, PACAF. I got to volunteer to fly on our C-130 Blind Bat flare missions flying out of Ubon RTAF Base over Vietnam.

It wasn't until I applied for VA medical benefits last year that I realized that my DD-214 does not list me for a Vietnam Service Medal but only the National Defense Service Medal.

I have my original AFTO 781 Forms and letters documenting that I flew on "...fragged out of country missions subject to hostile fire..." and the dates; however, these do not specify the name "Vietnam." I sent these in with the DD Form 149 to correct military records to Randolph AFB Personnel Center; however, they are not allowing award of the Vietnam service medal without specific documentation that states the location Vietnam or affidavits to that affect. Where else would we have been flying out of Ubon at that time other than Vietnam, but the reviewing staff there are is seeing it that way.

Has anyone run into this problem or know of other service members who have? And were they able to get it corrected somehow?

I would appreciate any advice on this that anyone may be able to provide to helping me out. Thanks! tomlorr@yahoo.com

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