Saturday, October 3, 2015
While in the Air Force, my cousin Brian Okes was stationed at Myrtle Beach. The base was established in 1940 as a World War II training facility and location for coastal patrols. It became a front-line USAF operation during the Cold War, Vietnam War, and the 1990 Persian Gulf War. Although the base closed in 1993, Warbird Park commemorates the men and women who served there with distinction. Many names are inscribed on the memorial wall. In addition to a walking trail, a F-100D, A-7D, and an A-10A, formerly assigned to the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing, are preserved and displayed.