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34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Thud Era

Korat RTAFB, Thailand - May 1966 to May 1969
100 Mission picture

100 Missions

From 1966 when the 34th TFS started combat operations at Korat until the spring of 1968 the tour for aircrews was 100 missions over North Vietnam. On March 31, 1968, President Johnson ended all bombing north of the 19th Parallel (shortly thereafter the 20th Parallel). Aircrews arriving in theater on July 1 or later were given a one year tour, regardless of where or what number of missions they flew.

Upon completion of 100 missions over North Vietnam it was customary in the 34th TFS to have your name added to a long, white scarf.

The Snoopy Wagon

In November 1967 it became normal to transport the 100 mission pilot to the club on a custom-built wagon.

Read the story here (new window).

Snoopy Wagon
Scarf at the 1988 River Rat Convention
The Scarf

Left to right: Lamont "Monty" Pharmer, Larry Bogemann, Dick Heyman, Harry Pawlik, Dave Waldrop.

The Scarf Check
Scarf Location

The original 100 mission scarf has been donated to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force along with an honor board that lists all of the names on the scarf plus those killed and POW's.

Museum Display

The Museum Display

The National Museum of the Air Force has a nice collection of pictures, stories, and other information on their site: Badge of Honor: 100 Missions Up North.

Names On The Scarf For 100 Missions

This list was compiled by Monthy Pharmer in 1988. Some of these pilots were attached or TDY to the squadron, but are certainly considered 34th TFS members. Names are listed below by date they completed 100 missions. Use the "Search" feature just above the table to find a name or date.