THE DAYTON FAC MEMORIAL

 

AT THE

 

National Museum of the United States Air Force

 

  Memorial Park

 

This Memorial, is dedicated to our fallen comrades from SEA. The theme - "All Gave Some - But Some Gave All" was chosen.  The Memorial is meant to symbolize a fallen comrade, leaning against his comrades in arms. The story of FACs and a little about our history is written on the vertical stones. Unit patches of the 504th TASG and the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd TASS, and the Ravens are on the sloped area of the base. The dedication took place during the 2006 FAC Reunion in Dayton on Thursday Oct 5th, 2006   A special effort was made to invite the families of all those who served, especially those who lost loved ones.

(Click on the pictures below to see an expanded view)

 

                     

 

                                     Front Side                                                                                 Back Side 

 

 Zot Barazzotto,  (call sign- Covey 250 / Rustic 55), the 2006 FAC Reunion Chairman, tells how the Dog Tag concept came about.

   " While traveling in Vietnam during the Spring of 2004 Stacy Hansen, a firefighter/paramedic from California found about 300 dog tags, one of which was from KIA Covey FAC, Rick Meacham. Stacy's goal was to return the tags, first to the owner (if they are still living,) then to the family of KIA/MIAs and in the event neither is available, she would the offer the tag to someone who would treasure it.

    Stacy reported that she found Rick's daughter, Mindy Meacham and Rick's dog tag now is home with her.  Mindy was at the reunion and participated in the dedication for the Memorial. Incorporating the Dog Tag into the memorial seemed to be a fitting way to honor our fallen and bring closure to their loved ones. 

    The Memorial is meant to symbolize a fallen comrade, leaning against his comrades in arms. The story of FACs and a little about our history is written on the vertical stones. Unit patches of the 504th TASG and the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd TASS, and the Ravens are on the sloped area of the base.

    The site was built with volunteer labor, almost all of whom were Vietnam Vets.  While the site was build we incorporated lots of nickels, dog tags, POW/MIA bracelets, wings and other items of significance into the foundation.  Even today we occasionally find a nickel on the Memorial."

    The weather on the day of the dedication was perfect the fly bys went off without a hitch.  Denny Crouch, the FAC Association President, introduced guests and those who would be reading the names of the FACs and support personnel whose names are engraved on the monument. 

 

 

    

        Denny Crouch

                                                                 General Eberhart                                    Mindy Meacham

 

After the reading of names, many pictures were taken ...................

 

 

 

Some of the "Ravens"                                                    The Gormans

 

 

To read a complete list of the names on this memorial  CLICK HERE

 

 

For those who have never seen the Hurlburt Memorial, here is a link to pictures

This is a link to the remarks made at the dedication of the Hurlburt Memorial