The Pictures and stories concerning the "Arc Light Memorial" and the
"Combat Skyspot Memorial" were donated by MSgt Jeffrey K. Brochu
Copyright 2001,2002

The COMBAT SKYSPOT memorial at Andersen AFB Guam, September, 1999.  The memorial consists of an AN/MSQ-77 (AN/TSQ-81) parabolic antenna poised at 45 degrees elevation.  It is situated directly behind the ARC LIGHT Memorial, a B52D Stratofortress which flew dozens of missions over North Vietnam.  The aircraft and the radar are facing the Vietnam theater, in solemn tribute to the men who flew the weapons and the men who directed them over targets of opportunity.  Two bronze plaques at the memorial scratch the surface of the legacy . . . .

"The Northernmost plaque inscription reads:"

"The introduction of the B-52 into the Vietnam war brought an incredibly devastating weapons system within the control of ground force commanders.  However, the delivery accuracy was often limited by a complete lack of cultural radar returns and suitable geographic points.  To solve this problem, SAC began using ground based radar equipment operated by the 1st Combat Evaluation Group (CEG) to direct aerial bombing raids.  This tactic was labeled Ground Directed Bombing (GDB) and given the code name COMBAT SKYSPOT.  CEG personnel would guide the bombers along a designated route and, at the proper moment, signal the aircrew to release their weapons.  COMBAT SKYSPOT not only provided flexibility in targeting, but its accuracy soon surpassed that of the B-52.  In fact, these GDB sites were so formidable, the enemy conducted daring raids to eliminate them or force their relocation.  During their 90 month period of service in Southeast Asia, COMBAT SKYSPOT crews directed over 300,000 USAF, Navy, Marine and RVN re-supply, reconnaissance, rescue, and tactical air missions, as well as 75 percent of all B-52 strikes."


"As I read this plaque, pride and honor welled up in me, and the base seemed strangely silent and muffled.  I proceeded to the other plaque . . . ."

"The Southernmost plaque inscription reads:"

COMBAT SKYSPOT

Seventy-five percent of the B-52 combat missions flown over Southeast Asia were directed from the ground by a technique code-named COMBAT SKYSPOT.  Over 3000 men of the 1st Combat Evaluation Group (CEG) manned ground radar sites in South Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos 24 hours a day from March 1966 until August 1973.  This memorial is dedicated to the eighteen members of CEG who gave their lives in this effort

WE WILL NOT FORGET

LT COL CLARENCE F. BLANTON         TSGT BRUCE E. MANSFIELD
TSGT JAMES H. CALFEE                    TSGT ANTONE P. MARKS
SSGT JAMES W. DAVIS                      SSGT JERRY OLDS
CMSGT RICHARD L. ETCHBERGER     SSGT DAVID S. PRICE
SSGT HENRY G. GISH                         TSGT PATRICK L. SHANNON
SSGT JOHN P. GUERIN                       TSGT LOWELL V. SMITH
SSGT WILLIS R. HALL                         TSGT DONALD K. SPRINGSTEADAH
TSGT MELVIN A. HOLLAND                 SSGT EPHRAIM VASQUEZ
A1C RUFUS L. JAMES                         SSGT DON F. WORLEY

"A tear welled in my eye--the story I'd heard only shreds of until now was clearer.  I had the names of the men who served and fought so bravely,
and, as I would later learn, died so unnecessarily.
"

 

"This memorial is eerily calm . . ."

The ARC LIGHT memorial at Andersen AFB Guam, September, 1999.  The COMBAT SKYSPOT memorial is visible under the tail of the aircraft.  This B-52D, aircraft number 55-0100, flew many Arc Light sorties culminating with the climatic Linebacker II strikes, and is symbolically pointed toward the Vietnam theater, dependent upon the guidance of a handful of highly trained and incredibly dedicated ordinary people; simply put:  The best damn radar troops ever to walk the face of the earth;  may you all sit at the right hand of God.  We will not forget.

YAHOO! Club "Combat Evaluation Group" Where 303's get together

The Combat Skyspot Memorial Trophy story will follow as soon as more information is gathered.

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