Vietnam
Major

Richard D. Park

Air Force
360th Reconnaissance Squadron, 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Seventh Air Force

The 360th Reconnaissance Squadron monitored and located enemy radio transmitters and conducted psychological warfare operations in South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos from 1966 to 1972. Prior to this timeframe in 1964 to 1965, an Airborne Radio Direction Finding System (ARDF) was installed in C-47’s and deployed to Southeast Asia (SEA) under the unclassified code name “Hawkeye”. Then a Captain in the USAF, pilot Richard D. Park was listed among the “individuals that did the most to develop project ‘Hawkeye’ and prove the value of ARDF in SEA”. Their efforts convinced the Air Force Chief of Staff to expand the program to equip 48 C-47’s with ARDF known as code name “Phyllis Ann”. In a classified message dated 6 Mar 66, General Westmoreland, Commander MACV, commended the above individuals, their ground crews and factory
representatives for developing and refining techniques of locating certain types of enemy positions. As a result of this message, the personnel were recommended for, and subsequently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Hometown
Des Moines, Iowa