Bao Loc Milk Run

by Daniel L. Haulman

Operation Name: Bao Loc Milk Run
Location: South Vietnam
Date: November 17, 1966
Emergency: Food shortages plagued the people of Bao Loc, a town about 96 miles northeast of Saigon.
Organizations: 19th Air Commando Squadron
Airlifted: One pallet of powdered milk.
Aircraft Used: C–123 (one)

In November, the State Department’s Agency for International Development, aware of a food shortage at Bao Loc, a small town about 96 miles northeast of Saigon, requested a military airlift of milk.

Flying a C–123 Provider aircraft from the 19th Air Commando Squadron at Tan Son Nhut AB in Saigon, Capt. Dickie G. Poplin led a five-man crew on the mission on November 17. As the Provider touched down with a pallet of powdered milk on a small airstrip carved from the jungle around Bao Loc, it delivered the one millionth ton of cargo airlifted by the Air Force in Vietnam since January 1, 1964.

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