Volume 1 of Yankee air Pirates features a prominent chapter about USAF Air and Security Police units in Vietnam. Our interest for these rarely publicized units started when we found photos of 377th SPS personnel fighting to protect Tan Son Nhut Air Base during the 1968 Tet offensive, like this one:
At the time we were interested only in infantry units, like most collectors. But photos like these sparked our interest in these airmen who fought a different war on the air bases of South Vietnam and Thailand. Our books did not have any information about them, but we were lucky enough to find the VSPA website.
The Vietnam Security Police Association has more than 1,000 members and is open to "USAF Vietnam War veterans who served in Vietnam or Thailand between July 1, 1958 and May 15, 1975, as Air / Security Police (Permanent Change of Station, TDY, or as an Augmentee, and qualify for the Vietnam Service Medal)." Their website is the most comprehensive database ever assembled about Air and Security Police operations in Southeast Asia. Do not be rebuffed by its sometimes questionable design and awkward interface, it is worth a long visit! Ignore the annoying Java application prompt, and start with the Vietnam bases or Thailand bases menu. When you click on a base, at first all you will see is a low resolution psychedelic collage of photos related to the base. But wait! There's much, much more! Click on the top left menu and select "Stories and Photos". There you will find, in a more user-friendly format, hundreds of photos and very interesting information, provided by the veterans themselves or official USAF sources.
Back on the main page, click on the "Menus" tab and choose the first line, 7th AF Crests and Patches. There you will find a great selection of Air and Security Police patches, showing the extent of this seldom explored collecting field. The patches shown are not all from the Vietnam War era, but these pages are often very helpful from a collector's point of view.
So if you cannot wait until the book release on May 28th to find out more about Security Police squadrons in Vietnam, visit vspa.com now!