Introduction

In the spring of 1972 during the Battle of An Loc, Vietnam I was a Sundog FAC (Forward Air Controller). On two of my missions over An Loc, I carried a cassette tape recorder connected by an ear piece in my helmet. In this way, I recorded several hours of radio transmissions for my personal use. Four years ago, about thirty years after making the recordings, I finally had the time to listen closely to the tapes.

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62 Alpha, 62 India, Bounty, etc…these were some of the call signs of the Army Advisors on the ground who I spoke with day and night, while flying over An Loc so many years ago. Who were these men? Trying to find the answer led me to a project I started four years ago after retiring from flying. This An Loc website resulted from this project. It grew out of my desire to have the story of An Loc, one of the longest sieges during the Vietnam War, told by the men who were there.

The Battle of An Loc was part of the Easter Offensive launched by the North Vietnamese Army in April, 1972. These are their stories…

Sundog Air Liaison Officer Col. Robert Bob L. Murphy passed away on November 19, 2013