Was on a Herc crew out of UTapao Thailand on or about March 3-4, 73 that was the first US bird into Gia Lam that day dark and rainy morning in support of Operation HomeComing, second release. LtCol Ed Jackson DO, 777 TAS Pope AFB NC was the a/c. We stopped at Saigon Tan Son Nhut for an 0'DarkThirty pick up of the "CHIP" team and various support folks who were to oversee and support the release of our POWs plus we had some NVs on board also. Bird was a C130E, # 274 I think. As first in that day, we also acted as weather bird for the Star Lifter, out of Clark I believe, that came in (after the wx cleared out) to bring our men home. Wonder if that's a picture of our bird on the pock marked ramp at Gia Lam.
Thanks for putting up a great informational site on one of the most rewarding missions of the war.
- J.R.Repucci, Youngstown, Ohio