During the U. S. Involvement in South East Asia from 1965 to 1973, men from the headquarters and detachments of the 1st Combat Evaluation Group (1CEVG) and other U. S. Air Force units were sent to strategic locations in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos.
Their mission was to select, construct and operate sites from which tracking radars could be employed to direct U.S. And allied aircraft to their release points so that pinpoint accuracy could be maintained during any weather condition, day or night, anywhere and anytime. Their mission, code named Combat SkySpot, and locations were classified and very dangerous.
The unit suffered the greatest loss of life of any ground U. S. Air Force action during the war. Of approximately 600 personnel, the unit lost 19 of its troops to enemy action. Ten are still listed as Missing In Action. CMSgt Richard L. Etchberger and TSgt Patrick Lee Shannon are the only two, from Lima Site 85 in Laos, known dead although the four survivors have stated some of the others were known dead. Also six men were lost during a survey mission for a site at Dong Ha, Vietnam and one other at Tan Son Nhut AFB, Vietnam. This Web site is dedicated to those men and their families who sacrificed so much. This is their story.
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