Echoes of War 1968: Operation Liberty Canyon

‘The 834th division earned a Presidential Unit Citation for its support to besieged US Marines during the 1968 Siege of Khe Sanh’

The original caption reads: “Hercules - quick response. In what officials of the 834th Air Division called the biggest ‘quick response’ move of the Vietnam War, aircraft such as the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, transferred the entire division in operation Liberty Canyon. Infantrymen of the 1st Cavalry Division (Air Mobile) are seen jammed into vehicles before the troop cargo transports air lifted them from Camp Evans to their new headquarters near Tay Ninh.” Clearly evident in the picture, as well as the C-130 are a pair of MUTT 151A1 1/4-ton 4x4 utility trucks and a M35 series 2½-ton 6x6 cargo truck.

From mid-October 1966 onwards, the US 834th Air Division operated as the controlling agency for theatre airlift operations in South Vietnam. It served as a single manager for all tactical airlift operations in South Vietnam. In this role the 834th had operational control over 315th Air Division Lockheed C-130 Hercules assigned to duties in Vietnam.

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