Hill, Thomas, MSgt

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Current Service Status
USAF Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Primary AFSC/MOS
39270-Maintenance Management Technician
Current/Last AFSC Group
Command and Control
Primary Unit
1980-1981, 39200, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Previously Held AFSC/MOS
42172-Aircraft and Missile Pneudraulic Repair Technician
43370-Maintenance Scheduling Technician
39200-Chief Scheduling Manager
Service Years
1961 - 1981
Master Sergeant

 Official Badges 

Air Force Retired

 Unofficial Badges 

US Air Force Honorable Discharge F-106 DART

 Military Association Memberships
Post 353Air Force Memorial (AFM)49th Fighter Squadron Association
  1983, American Legion, Post 353 (Vice President) (Ansonia, Ohio) - Chap. Page
  1985, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2006, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2009, 49th Fighter Squadron Association

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

I fish, hunt deer and turkey and camp whenever possible. I am currently working on my families genealogy.

Other Comments:
I retired from the AF in 1981, then went to work at Monarch Machine Tool Co. in Sidney, Ohio as a Field Service Rep. I worked my way up to Assistant Service Mgr. In 1995 I then accepted a position at Makino Inc. in Mason, OH as a Field Service Engineer. I retired from Makino in 2006. If there was a place I did not see while in the Air Force I saw it while working for the machine tool business. I met lots of interesting people, saw lots of interesting things, and visited many interesting places. In my civilian occupation, I traveled to Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Singapore, Japan, Denmark, and the Netherlands. My military travels took me to Panama, Venezuela, Costa Rico, Vietnam, England, Germany, Belgium, and Spain.

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Vietnam Air Offensive Phase IV Campaign (1968-69)
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End Year

This period was from November 1, 1968-February 22, 1969.
Following the cessation of bombing on October 3,. 1968, the United
States for the next 4 years restricted flights over North Vietnam
primarily to reconnaissance missions. The Air Force diverted
airpower resources committed to the campaign over North Vietnam to
the air campaign in Laos in an attempt to slow the flow of supplies
from North Vietnam down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. This interdiction
effort covered an area in the Laotian panhandle from about the 16th to
the 18th parallel and focused on the Laotian/North Vietnamese border
near the Keo Nua, Mu Ola, and Ban Karai Passes. Much information
about targets on the l-lo Chi Minh Trail came from air-dropped
electronic sensors. When American bombing choked the major
transportation arteries. the North Vietnamese directed truck convoys
along secondary roads where they became more vulnerable to tactical
air strikes. Throughout November and December 1968 U.S. tactical
aircraft and B-52s attacked targets in the Laotian panhandle. AC-130
gunships, flying at night and relying on infrared, radar, and other
sensors. proved especially effective in destroying trucks. To counter
the intense air attacks, the North Vietnamese quadrupled the number
of arttiaircraft guns along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, while adding logisti-
cal personnel in Laos for repair work and transport duties.

The USAF also provided close air support to hard-pressed Royal and
irregular Laotian forces in northem Laos, where on December 25,
North Vietnamese and Pathet Lao troops launched a strong offensive.
By late February 1969 the enemy had driven the Laotian forces back
across the Plain of Jars to Na Khang.

In South Vietnam, meanwhile. the Viet Cong suffered temporary
setbacks under Allied air and ground attacks. On November 1, 1968,
the Republic of Vietnam began a military and civic pacification
program intended to bring most of the onuttry quickly under government
control. Two operations underscored Allied military approaches to

In the first, the Allies learrted of a large enemy force moving into the
Savy Rieng Province, Cambodia. the so-called “Parrot's Beak" that
jutted deep into South Vietnam northwest of Saigon. To thwart this
penetration, between October 18 and November 11, 1968, the U.S.
Air Force airlifted 11,500 men of the U.S. lst Cavalry Division and
3,400 tons of cargo in C-130s over 500 miles from Quang Tri Prov-
ince in the north to Tay Ninh. Binh Long. and Phuoc Long Provinces.
northwest of Saigon. Until the tum of the year, these U.S. Anny
forces. working with the South Vietnamese, conducted operations in
the Cambodian/South Vietnamese border area along the Parrot‘s
Beak between the Vam Co Tay and Vam Co Dong Rivers. The
USAF supported these operations with tactical aircraft and B-52s
flying air support and interdiction missions against troop concentra-
tions, base areas, logistics complexes and transportation lines. In
the second major winter operation. starting the first week of Decem-
ber. the Seventh Air Force launched another air campaign in the A
Shau Valley, located near the Cambodian border some 30 miles
southwest of Hue. Afterward, in January 1969. U.S. Marines entered
the valley and found large amounts of materiel that the Communists
had abandoned unable to move it during the sustained air attacks.
After months of negotiations on January 18, 1969, representatives of
the government of South Vietnam and of the National Liberation
Front. the Communist political branch in South Vietnam joined the
United States and North Vietnam in the Paris peace talks. While
negotiations continued in France, the Communist forces in Vietnam
launched their first offensive of the new year.
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Oct 5, 2017
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  78 Also There at This Battle:
  • Bopp, Timothy, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Carnahan, James D., Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Cholewa, Joe, Sgt, (1966-1969)
  • Del Rossi, Richard, TSgt, (1968-2005)
  • Durnell, Dale L., SMSgt, (1964-1991)
  • Featherstone, Lee, TSgt, (1957-1978)
  • Ford, Patrick V. (Pat), Maj, (1965-1986)
  • Griffin, Roy, Sgt, (1965-1969)
  • Johnston, Wayne, CIA,CFE Ret, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Koerner, Richard, TSgt, (1961-1976)
  • Maltzan, Wm. David, Sgt, (1966-1969)
  • Miller, Donald, MSgt, (1966-2008)
  • Miller, Kenneth, 1stSgt, (1967-1987)
  • Pettek, Wayne, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Price, Dorsey, Capt, (1966-1981)
  • Rentschler, James, Lt Col, (1953-1977)
  • Richebacher, Dennis ( Rick ), TSgt, (1964-1986)
  • Ruud, Kenneth, Sgt, (1967-1971)
  • Sandoval, Joe, Sgt, (1966-1969)
  • Seals, Jim, Sgt, (1966-1970)
  • Snell, Gary, Sgt, (1967-1971)
  • Sugai, Jeffery, SMSgt, (1964-2003)
  • Taylor, Bruce W., Sgt, (1968-1974)
  • Velsko, Peter, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Warren, Jimmy, MSgt, (1966-1990)
  • Woodard, Howard, SSgt, (1965-1972)
  • Zolondek, Leonard Dominick, Maj, (1964-1987)
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