SVN Wings Memorial to USAF Airmen. 1966
Đà Nẵng Air Base,
South Vietnam
. . .

Uplifted Wings Memorial
to fallen Airmen

by: Don Poss


Đà Nẵng, 1966

There were no U.S. Air Force Bases in Vietnam--only South Vietnam Air Bases. In early 1966, the Vietnamese Đà Nẵng Air Base commander approved a Memorial to Fallen Airmen, U.S. and South Vietnamese.

SVN Wings Memorial to USAF Airmen. 1966From my tent compound, I had watched construction of the monument for a few weeks, which was pretty fast considering the bureaucracy necessary to accomplish anything.

SVN Wings Memorial to USAF Airmen. 1966

For a major dedication ceremony, attendance was poor. True, there were flags, banners, spotlights sweeping a starry night sky, bonfires, civilians standing around ...



SVN Wings Memorial to USAF Airmen. 1966
... someone got a medal, and a Vietnamese civilian gave a speech which no one applauded. When it was over, the crowd faded quietly into the night.


SVN Wings Memorial to USAF Airmen. 1966 SVN Wings Memorial to USAF Airmen. 1966 SVN Wings Memorial to USAF Airmen. 1966

The memorial, Uplifted Wings, was touted as an eternal flame ...

... but sometime during that dedication night,


... the flame went out ...

and ...

... was never

... re-lit.

SVN Wings Memorial to USAF Airmen. 1966

 
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