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(VR-21)

There was a time when we took pride
in just getting there.

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VR-21 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
JAN 1945 - APR 1945 Flag Transport Units One and Two formed
JAN 1945 - JAN 1950 Squadron flying R5D RY-1 PB2Y PB4Y and JRB aircraft
APR 1945 - NOV 1946 Utility Transport Squadron One (VRJ-1) formed
NOV 1946 - SEP 1948 Utility Transport Squadron One renamed to VRU-1
SEP 1948 - JUL 1957 VRU-1 redesignated Air Transport Squadron Twenty-One (VR-21)
JAN 1950 - AUG 1951 VR-21 now flying R4D PBY PBM TBM P2V JRB/SNB and OY-2
JAN 1951 - DEC 1952 Middle Pacific
MAR 1951 - MAR 1951 Distinguished Flying Crosses presented to crew of VR-21 P2V-3Z
JUN 1951 - JAN 1954 Midway Island/Korean War
NOV 1952 - MAR 1977 VR-21 begins flying R6D-1/C-118B Liftmaster
JUN 1956 - JUL 1966 VR21 RECTAD Flight Crews from VR1 for West Pac- Viet -Nam
JUL 1957 - OCT 1966 VR-21 absorbs VR-23 Det. Atsugi and VR-5 Det. North Island
JUL 1957 - OCT 1966 VR-21 now flying TF-1/C-1A COD and R4Y-1/C-131F aircraft
JUL 1957 - AUG 1976 VR-21 redesignated as Fleet Tactical Support Squadron Twenty-One
JAN 1965 - FEB 1968 VR-21 aircrewmen receive 362 Air Medals for Vietnam flights
JAN 1965 - JAN 1967 West Pac
JAN 1965 - JAN 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
JAN 1965 - SEP 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1965 - AUG 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUN 1965 - AUG 1965 West Pac-Viet Nam
SEP 1965 - JAN 1966 VR-21 acquires two EC-130Gs for TACAMO detachment
NOV 1965 - JAN 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
DEC 1965 - FEB 1967 VR-21 Barbers Pt HI
JAN 1966 - JAN 1967 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAR 1966 - MAR 1977 VR-21 acquires three cargo/passenger C-130Fs
JUN 1966 - JUL 1966 VR1 NAS Patuxent River Det. Flightcrews toVR21 West Pac-Vie Nam
JUN 1966 - JUL 1966 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 11 JUL 1966 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1967 - JAN 1969 West Pac
FEB 1968 - DEC 1970 vietnam 1968-1970
MAY 1968 - MAR 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
MAY 1968 - MAR 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
JUL 1968 - JUN 1970 VR-21 receives Meritorious Unit Commendation for SE Asia flights
SEP 1968 - JAN 1971 West Pac-Viet Nam
OCT 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1968 - Pacific Ocean
JUN 1969 - APR 1971 VR-21 Det. Atsugi\'s three C-130Fs transferred to VRC-50
SEP 1970 - OCT 1970 Rota Spain
AUG 1976 - MAR 1977 VR-21 redesignated as Fleet Logistic Support Squadron Twenty-One
MAR 1977 - MAR 1977 VR-21 disestablished

VR-21 General Specifications