Keel, Holley V., MSgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
27150-Air Operations Specialist
Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1969-1970, 40th Tactical Airlift Squadron
Service Years
1943 - 1974
Enlisted Collar Insignia
Master Sergeant

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Barnwell, SC

Date of Passing
Sep 04, 1988
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His Silver Star Citation reads:

Master Sergeant Holley V. Keel distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 21 November 1970. On that date, Sergeant Keel flew as a Flight Engineer aboard an HC-130P aircraft in support of the Son Tay Prisoner of War Camp Raid under the cover of darkness deep within hostile territory. His superb aerial ability aided immeasurably in the extremely low level aerial refueling of the rescue helicopters despite the constant threat of hostile ground fire and air-to-air attacks. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Sergeant Keel has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
Other Comments:
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Air Transport Command (ATC)US Army Reserve (USAR)Field Maintenance Units
Air Transport UnitsTroop Carrier UnitsTest Units6091st Reconnaissance Squadron
3rd Organizational Maintenance Squadron29th Air Transport Squadron349th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron21st Tactical Airlift Squadron40th Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1943-1945, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1943-1945, Air Transport Command (ATC)
  1945-1948, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1951-1953, AAF MOS 747, 1605th Field Maintenance Squadron
  1953-1954, 1700th Air Transport Group
  1954-1954, 43131B, 78th Troop Carrier Squadron
  1954-1957, 1700th Test Squadron
  1961-1962, 6091st Reconnaissance Squadron
  1962-1964, 3rd Organizational Maintenance Squadron
  1964-1965, 29th Air Transport Squadron
  1965-1966, 349th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron
  1966-1967, 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1967-1967, 39th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron
  1967-1969, 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron
  1969-1970, 40th Tactical Airlift Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1966-1973 Vietnam War
  1970-1970 Vietnam War - Southwest Monsoon Campaign (1970)/Operation Kingpin (Son Tay Prison Raid)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-124 Globemaster II  C-130 Hercules  HC-130 Hercules  AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II  
  1953-1954, C-124 Globemaster II
  1962-1964, C-130 Hercules
  1966-1967, HC-130 Hercules
  1970-1974, AC-130H/U Spectre/Spooky II
  2003-2003, HC-130 Hercules
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