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Silver Star Medal Vietnam

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  • "Silver Star" is an intermezzo composed by Charles L. Johnson in 1910. In 1911, William R. Clay added lyrics which tell of an Indian warrior eloping with an unnamed Indian maiden whom he refers to as his "silver star".

  • A decoration bestowed by the US Army upon a soldier for gallantry in action

  • Silver Star Medal: a United States military decoration for gallantry in action

  • The Silver Star is the third-highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United States armed forces for valor in the face of the enemy.

  • A country in Southeast Asia, on the South China Sea; pop. 82,689,000; capital, Hanoi; language, Vietnamese (official)

  • a communist state in Indochina on the South China Sea; achieved independence from France in 1945

  • Vietnam War: a prolonged war (1954-1975) between the communist armies of North Vietnam who were supported by the Chinese and the armies of South Vietnam who were supported by the United States

  • (vietnamese) of or relating to or characteristic of Vietnam or its people or its language ; "the Vietnamese countryside"; the Vietnamese tones"; "Vietnamese boat people"

  • decoration: an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event

  • Earn a medal, esp. in an athletic contest

  • A medal, or medallion, is generally a circular object that has been sculpted, molded, cast, struck, stamped or some way rendered with an insignia, portrait or other artistic rendering.

  • Medal were an English alternative rock band from Oxford.

Chico the Gunfighter, by Wade Meyers

Chico the Gunfighter, by Wade Meyers

20 x 31. Acrylic on panel
Completed 1999
Collection of Col. James D. Pewitt, USAF (Ret)

by Wade Meyers © 2001-2010

Things were getting pretty hot in northern South Vietnam during the spring 1972 North Vietnamese Army invasions across the DMZ. As a result, a somewhat unique mission for one F-4E Phantom, little known until this painting, was born of opportunity and circumstance, and not a little initiative on one officers part. At the time of this bold enemy offensive, the Da Nang based 366th Tactical Fighter Wing Gunfighters was the last F-4 Wing in South Vietnam, and very close to the DMZ. These factors inspired Gunfighters Director of Operations Colonel J. D. Pewitt to conceive the idea of operating one of the Wings F-4Es as a free-roaming and heavily armed strike-recce aircraft to help stem the fast-moving enemy tide and collect up to the minute feedback on rapidly changing NVA positions and operations.

This aircraft attacked targets based on intelligence information regarding troop movements, ammunition storage, POL, riverboat traffic and other assets in the areas near to and above the DMZ. There being no existing provision under the Rules of Engagement for such a unique aircraft operating alone, Chico operated administratively as a Stormy Fast FAC, which was one callsign of then-existing F-4 high-speed FACs at Da Nang.* Under the ROE, this allowed Chico to roam alone and unescorted. HQ 7AF assigned the callsign "Chico" for two reasons: First, it was an established FAC callsign (in keeping with the FAC persona). Secondly, the callsign was no longer in use, so there would be no confusion with real FACs performing controller duties. Accordingly, the Chico name alerted airborne FACs that a special F-4 was available.

After consulting with armament technicians, and subsequent approval for the unique mission from HQ 7AF, an F-4E-37-MC (68-339) belonging to the 421st TFS Black Widows was fitted with SUU-23/A gun pods on the outboard pylons; a pair of Navy Mk 20 Rockeye II Cluster Bombs on each inboard station; one AN/ALQ-71 ECM pod carried in the right front missile bay; two AIM-7 Sparrow radar missiles in the aft wells; and one 600-gallon centerline drop tank. The USN Mk 20 munition was readily available at Da Nang from the Marine Corps F-4 contingent deployed there, and was selected because it was deemed the best weapon for tank, boat, and ammunition dump attacks. It also provided more reliable coverage for highly transient targets such as trucks and missile transports than the usual Air Force Mk 82 Snakeye 500 lb. bombs or Napalm canisters. I believe, and the body of evidence sests, that Chico was likely the only USAF Phantom to employ Mk 20 Rockeye IIs in Vietnam. The SUU-23/A gun pod, an improvement of the SUU-16/A Ram Air Turbine driven pod, had been in use with the Gunfighters since the late 1960s. The Chico loadout was easily reconfigured so the aircraft could be used for normal daily strike missions.

Col. Pewitt flew this Phantom frequently from April to June 1972. In fact, there were only five pilots who flew 68-339 in her Chico configuration: Col. Pewitt; Lt Col Al LaGrou, 366 TFW Stan/Eval Chief; Capt. Jack G. Merrell, Jr., 366 TFW Command Post, and supplier of these five names; Col. George W. Rutter, 366 TFW Wing Commander; and a Brigadier General from Saigon (HQ MACV), who came up to Da Nang for a visit and one Chico mission. In June, the Wing moved to Takhli RTAB, Thailand, and, due to the distances involved, it was no longer practical to operate the relatively short ranged/short notice Chico the Gunfighter. The aircraft was utilized with devastating success in its intended purpose, but remained the only USAF F-4 operated in this configuration and mission. She was truly a special aircraft. The accompanying painting depicts a mission flown on 21 May 1972 in the Ashau River Valley just below the DMZ. Col. Pewitt and his WSO Lt. David "Bubba" Craighead earned their nomination for the Silver Star medal this day for successful repeated gun-strafe attacks on a very heavily armed enemy site pinning down friendly troops.

*There were a total of three F-4 Fast FAC callsigns in 1972, all with the 366 TFW at Da Nang: Chico, the subject of my painting (there was only one aircraft, F-4E 68-339, which operated as Chico), and the two regular high-speed FAC groups, Stormy and Gunsmoke. The all out North Vietnamese Easter invasions on three fronts into South Vietnam called for radical changes to the traditional way FAC operations were conducted up to that time. Now the enemy was pouring tremendous numbers of troops, AAA guns and SAMs, the latter including the SA-2 radar guided missile and the brand new SA-7 heat-seeker, into the region encompassing the DMZ and the northern sectors of Military Region I, in which Da Nang was located. With all this enemy firepower, it became necessary for Fast FACs to sustain speeds of at least 400-450 knots IAS at the

Colonel Lewis "Red" Millett, awarded The Medal of Honor in Korea, Commander at Fort Devens, ASA, 1960's

Colonel Lewis

This autographed photo of Col Millett is on display at the Fort Devens Museum.
Colonel Lewis Millett, Sr., a decorated army veteran of World War Two, Korea and
Colonel Millett was awarded this nations highest honor, The Medal of Honor, for his heroic
actions near Soam-Ni, Korea, at Hill 180, as Commander of E Company, 27th Infantry Regiment.
Finding that his platoons were in serious trouble with Communists forces firing down upon them,
Millett ordered his men to fix bayonets and charge uphill toward the enemy positions. Despite
being wounded by a enemy hand grenade, Millett pressed the bayonet attack until all the enemy
were either killed or retreated.
Hill 180 now has the nickname of "Bayonet Hill".
Colonel Millett continued his career by setting up Ranger Schools in Vietnam and participating in
several covert programs designed to attack the Viet Cong.
Colonel Millett served at Fort Devens in the 1960's as the Commander for those attending the Army Security Agency Training School. He was responsible for planing and building the realistic Viet Cong Village at Fort Devens, that was used for training soldiers.
Colonel Millett was awarded:
The Medal of Honor
The Distinguished Service Cross, The Silver Star, Two Legions of Merit, Three Bronze Stars,
Four Purple Hearts, Three Air Medals, The Army Commendation Medal and many foreign awards.
Colonel Millett passed away on November 14, 2009 and is buried at the
Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, California,
Section 2, site 1910.

Thank you Colonel Millett for your service to this great Country.

Doug Culver
Fort Devens Museum
94 Jackson Road #305
Devens, MA 01434

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