Artis, Herbert J., SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
60571-Air Transportation Supervisor
Last AFSC Group
Transportation and Logistics
Primary Unit
1970-1971, 60571, 8th Aerial Port Squadron
Service Years
1953 - 1971
Staff Sergeant

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Rose Hill
Last Address
Da Nang AB

Casualty Date
Jun 27, 1971
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Accidental Homicide
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery - Rose Hill, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03W 090

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Vietnam War - Commando Hunt VI Campaign (1971)
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This period was from May 15-October31, 1971.
During the wet season from May to October 1971, when bad weather
restricted air attacks along the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. North Viet-
namese troops lengthened and improved roads and added to their air
defenses. For the first time, they installed surface-to-air missile sites in
Laos. Meanwhile, the USAF flew as many interdiction missions in the
Laotian panhandle as weather permitted.

Allied pilots also supported Royal Laotian forces struggling to hold the
Bolovens Plateau. an area in the panhandle encompassing the towns of
Saravane. 315 miles southeast of Vientiane; Pakse, 60 miles southwest of
Saravane; and Attopeu, about 65 miles southeast of Saravane. On May
17, 1971, the North Vietnamese took the last Laotian positions on the
Bolovens Plateau; Royal Laotian forces subsequently began an offensive
to recapture the area. On July 28 they recaptured Saravane and began an
advance on Palt Song, a hamlet some 30 miles east of Palrse and 35 miles
south of Saravane. The Laotians recaptured Pak Song on September 14,
The royal forces were successful despite the fact that poor weather and
lack of coordination between the Laotian govemment and the Seventh
Air Force combined to limit the U.S. role to occasional close air support
and the airlift of some troops and supplies.

In northern Laos the Seventh Air Force also aided Royal and irregular
Laotian troops which recaptured most of the Plain of Jars during the
summer of 1971. Unfortunately, the Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese
remained entrenched on the northem and eastem rims. On September 26
the Laotians recaptured their former base at Muong Sotti. Then, in mid-
September. as the roads dried. the Pathet Lao ltd North Vietnarneae
began moving men and supplies from North Vietnam into northern Laos
preparatory no a new offensive. To counter this threat, USAF tactical
aircraft flew interdiction and close air support missions during the day.
and at night AC-130 and AC-119 gunships flew armed reconnaissance
and close air support missions for the Laotian government and irregular

Throughout the fall of 1971 the USAF also conducted periodic raids on
North Vietnam. For example, on September 21 almost 200 fighter-
bombers escorted by 50 other aircraft dropped bormbs on petroleurn and
logistical storage areas and military barracks near Dong Hoi. The
bombers using all-weather tactics and equipment, achieved excellent
results despite the poor weather. The all-weather tactics. based on the
use of advanced electronic equipment for navigation and target selection.
would serve the USAF well in subsequent missions against Nonh

In Cambodia the USAF flew frequent interdiction missions and occa-
sional close air support missions. On June 2, 1971, U.S. bombers and
helicopters struck Communist troop concentrations to forestall an
imminent invasion of South Vietnam. The ARVN reentered Cambodia
on September 20, as it had done a number of times since June 1970,
This time the troops cleared the road between Tay Ninh, South Vietnam,
50 miles northwest of Saigon, and Krek, Cambodia, about 30 miles
northwest of Tay Ninh and 70 miles east of Phnom Penh, capital of
Cambodia. The USAF supported this operation with tactical air strikes
and B-52 missions.

During COMMANDO HUNT VI, U.S. forces continued to withdraw from
South Vietnam. On July 12. 1971, the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing
inactivated at Phan Rang Air Base, on the coast 160 miles nonheast of
Saigon. The Seventh Air Force received a new Commander. Gen. John
D. Lavelle. on August 1, The 460th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing
inactivated at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon on the last day of the
month. Shortly afterwards the USAF transferred operation of Bien Boa
Air Base to the Vietnamese Air Force and on September 20 the 14th
Special Operations Wing inactivated at Phan Rang. The VNAF, mean-
time, activated several squadrons to operate aircraft received from the
USAF, such as the AC-119 gunship, and to perform new functions, such
as airlifting fuel front 1 locale to another. By October 31, 1971, less than
200,000 U.S. troops remained in South Vietnam.
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  • Donovan, William, Lt Col, (1959-1980)
  • Kirby, Steve, SSgt, (1989-1991)
  • Miller, Kenneth, 1stSgt, (1967-1987)
  • Nolan, Dan, SMSgt, (1970-1997)
  • Williams, Paul, Col, (1956-1991)
  • Worley, Stephen, SMSgt, (1968-1994)
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