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Document Details


Title: John Hodgin
Local code: OH0264
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Texas Tech University. Vietnam Archive
Collection: Vietnam Archive Oral History Project
Description: (USAF) John K. Hodgin, originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1959 until 1981. Departing from Pope AFB (NC) as a member of the 347th Tactical Air Squadron, John first went to Vietnam on the first Operation RANCH HAND mission in January 1962 as a navigator in the C-123. He continued to rotate back to South Vietnam over the next years to perform various missions. Between February and July 1963, John took part in Operation MULE TRAIN and completed another RANCH HAND mission between November 1963 and April 1964 as a member of the 778th Squadron, both as a C-123 navigator. In November 1965, he was sent to Nha Trang with the 5th Air Commando Squadron and flew various missions as a C-47 navigator performing leaflet drops, loudspeaker flights, and cargo flights. In December 1966, John was sent to Kadena, Japan, as part of 315th Tactical Air Squadron and flew more cargo missions in South Vietnam in the C-130 for the next three years. He flew more missions in South Vietnam helping evacuate American assets from the country from January 1975 until the fall of the country in April 1975. John eventually retired from the USAF in 1981. OH0264 - part of the John Hodgin Collection
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Hodgin, John
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker place of birth: Greensboro, NC; North Carolina; United States; North America
Speaker occupation: Military personnel; Pilot
Document date: Undated
Historical events discussed: Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975
Locations discussed: Asia; North America; United States; Vietnam
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Military camps--Vietnam; North America; Oral history; United States; United States--Armed Forces; United States--Military history; Vietnam; Vietnam Conflict, 1955-1975; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Atrocities; Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975--Veterans
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0025329-27178