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Lineage and Honors History Of the 774 Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (ACC)


Lineage.

Constituted 774 Bombardment Squadron (Heavy) on 19 May 1943. Activated
on 1 Aug 1943. Redesignated 774 Bombardment Squadron, Heavy c. 29 Sep 1944.
Inactivated on 25 Sep 1945. Redesignated 774 Troop Carrier Squadron Medium, on 1
Dec 1952. Activated on 16 Jan 1953. Redesignated: 774 Troop Carrier Squadron on 8
Dec 1965; 774 Tactical Airlift Squadron on 1 Aug 1967. Inactivated on 15 Sep 1972.
Activated on 1 Aug 1973. Inactivated on 1 Oct 1986. Redesignated 774 Expeditionary
Airlift Squadron, and converted to provisional status, on 4 Dec 2001. Activated on 20
Apr 2002. Inactivated on 18 Mar 2003. Activated on 4 Oct 2004.
Assignments. 463 Bombardment Group, 1 Aug 1943-25 Sep 1945. 463 Troop Carrier
Group, 16 Jan 1953; 463 Troop Carrier (later, 463 Tactical Airlift) Wing, 25 Sep 1957
(attached to 315 Air Division, 21 Mar-19 Jun 1961; 322 Air Division, c. 15 Mar-20 Jul
1962; and Jan-Apr 1964); 405 Fighter Wing, 31 Dec 1971-15 Sep 1972. 463 Tactical
Airlift Wing, 1 Aug 1973-1 Oct 1986 (attached to 322 Tactical Airlift Wing, 6 Oct-16
Dec 1973; 513 Tactical Airlift Wing, 3 Sep-16 Nov 1974; 435 Tactical Airlift Wing, 4
Aug-15 Oct 1975; 513 Tactical Airlift Wing, 3 May-7 Jul 1976; 435 Tactical Airlift
Wing, 3 Jun-7 Aug 1977; 313 Tactical Airlift Group, 3 Mar-5 May 1978, 28 Sep-5 Dec
1979, 3 Feb-7 Apr 1981, 5 Apr-15 Jun 1982, 4 Aug-7 Oct 1983, 3 Dec 1984-9 Feb 1985,
and 9 Apr-11 Jun 1986). Air Combat Command to activate or inactivate anytime after 4
Dec 2001. 320 Expeditionary Operations Group, 20 Apr 2002-18 Mar 2003. 376
Expeditionary Operations Group, 4 Oct 2004; 455 Expeditionary Operations Group, 6
Jan 2006-.


Stations.

Geiger Field, WA, 1 Aug 1943; Rapid City AAB, SD, Aug 1943; MacDill
Field, FL, 4 Nov 1943; Lakeland AAFld, FL, 2 Jan 1944; Hampton Roads (Camp Patrick
Henry), VA, 3-12 Feb 1944; Bari, Italy, 10 Mar 1944; Celone Airfield, Italy, 15 Mar
1944-25 Sep 1945. Memphis Muni Aprt, TN, 16 Jan 1953; Ardmore AFB, OK, 10 Aug
1953; Sewart AFB, TN, 15 Dec 1958 (deployed at Clark AB, Philippines, 21 Mar-19 Jun
1961; Evreaux-Fauville AB, France, c. 15 Mar-20 Jul 1962); Langley AFB, VA, 1 Apr
1963-15 Nov 1965 (deployed at Evreaux-Fauville, France, Jan-Apr 1964); Mactan Isle
Airfield, Philippines, 23 Nov 1965; Clark AB, Philippines, 15 Jul 1968-15 Sep 1972.
Dyess AFB, TX, 1 Aug 1973-1 Oct 1986 (deployed at Rhein Main AB, Germany, 6 Oct-
16 Dec 1973; RAF Mildenhall, England, 3 Sep-16 Nov 1974; Rhein Main AB, Germany,
4 Aug-15 Oct 1975; RAF Mildenhall, England, 3 May-7 Jul 1976; Rhein Main AB,
Germany, 3 Jun-7 Aug 1977; RAF Mildenhall, England, 3 Mar-5 May 1978, 28 Sep-5
Dec 1979, 3 Feb-7 Apr 1981, 5 Apr-15 Jun 1982, 4 Aug-7 Oct 1983, 3 Dec 1984-9 Feb
1985, and 9 Apr-11 Jun 1986). Ali Salem, Kuwait, 20 Apr 2002-18 Mar 2003. Bishkek
Manas, Kyrgyzstan, 4 Oct 2004; Bagram AB, Afghanistan, 6 Jan 2006-.


Commanders.

Capt Carroll A. L’Ecluse, Aug 1943; Maj Nolan D. Baker, Nov 1943;
Capt Carroll A. L’Ecluse, Dec 1943; Maj Emerson Tolle, 27 Jan 1944; Maj Joseph
Compton, Sep 1944; Capt Oren Crum, 16 Nov 1944; Lt Col Charles F. Scott Jr., 19 Nov 1944-1945. Maj Albert C. Hegenberger, by Mar 1953; Lt Col Barrie C. Burnside, by Dec 1953; Maj Leon W. Steffy Jr., c. 1 Oct 1954; Lt Col Roland R. Jehl, Nov 1954; Maj Milburn E. Estes, May 1955; Lt Col Edwin L. Hibner, Oct 1955; Lt Col John E. Mclure, c. 2 May 1957; Maj George B. Clark, c. 25 Sep 1957; Maj Joseph G. Nellor, Jan 1958; Maj Lawrence E. Spears, 25 Jul 1958; Lt Col Oscar N. Tibbetts, by May 1959-26 Dec 1962; Unkn (manned only as paper unit, 27 Dec 1962-31 Mar 1963); Col George C. Welch, 1 Apr 1963; Lt Col Elmer H. Cryer, 1 Jul 1963; Maj Harris B. Cargill, 18 May 1965; Maj Lewis B. Senter, 24 May 1965; Lt Col Robert C. Kimble, 2 Sep 1965; Lt Col Elmer H. Cryer, 22 Sep 1965; Lt Col Robert C. Kimble, 31 May 1966; Lt Col Elmer H. Cryer, 21 Jun 1966; Lt Col Robert F. Regan, 1 Nov 1966; Lt Col Joe H. Whittington, 18 Mar 1967; Lt Col Paul L. Green, 4 Apr 1967; Col Malcolm M. MacWilliams, 1 Oct 1967; Lt Col Claude B. Dodson, 8 Dec 1967; Lt Col Donald C. Meyers, 24 Oct 1968; Lt Col Lester W. Robinson, 28 Dec 1968; Lt Col Samuel S. Palmer, 26 Oct 1969; Lt Col Lester W. Robinson, c. 1 Jan 1970; Lt Col Charles O. Hopingardner, 19 Feb 1970; Lt Col Lester W. Robinson, by May 1970; Lt Col Charles O. Hopingardner, 15 Jul 1971-15 Sep 1972. Lt Col Floyd D. Wood, 1 Aug 1973; Lt Col Theodore M. Faurer, 26 Feb 1976; Lt Col George W. Hillyer III, 1 Mar 1977; Lt Col Lowell G. Fathera, 17 Feb 1978; Col Clifford A. Hodge, 9 Jul 1979; Lt Col Charles P. Fortenberry, 29 Dec 1981; Lt Col William B. Orellana, 19 Oct 1983; Lt Col Steven F. Tomhave, 12 Jun 1985-27 Jun 1986; none (not manned), 28 Jun-1 Oct 1986.


Aircraft.

B-17, 1943-1945. C-119, 1953-1957; C-130, 1956-1962; 1963-1972. C-130,
1973-1986.


Operations.

Combat in the MTO and ETO 30 Mar 1944-26 Apr 1945. Transported men
and material in support of the crises in Lebanon, Jul 1958, Taiwan, Aug 1958; Berlin,
Sep 1961, Cuba, Oct-Nov 1962, and Dominican Republic, Apr-Oct 1965. Rotated
aircraft and crews for combat support operations in Vietnam and Thailand, Dec 1965-
Aug 1972. Worldwide airlift, 1973-1986.


Service Streamers.

None


Campaign Streamers.

World War II: Air Offensive, Europe; Rome-Arno; Normandy;
Northern France; Southern France; North Apennines; Rhineland; Central Europe; Po
Valley; Air Combat, EAME Theater.
Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers. None


Decorations.

Distinguished Unit Citations: Ploesti, Rumania, 18 May 1944; Germany,
24 Mar 1945. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards with “Combat V”Device: 1 Jan 1967-
31 May 1968; 1 Jun 1968-30 Jun 1969; 1 Jul 1970-31 May 1971. Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards: 15 Dec 1960-1 Apr 1961; 1 Jul 1964-15 Jun 1966; 1 May 1977-15 Jul 1978; 16 Jul 1978-30 Jun 1979. Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm: 1 Jan 1967-31 May 1971. Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation: 21 Jul-15 Aug 1972.

Lineage, Assignments, Stations, and Honors through 6 Jan 2006.
Commanders, Aircraft, and Operations through 1 Oct 1986
Supersedes statement prepared on 4 Dec 2001.
Emblem. Approved on 7 Dec 1973
Prepared by Daniel L. Haulman.

 

 

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