Da Nang International Airport IATA airport code is DAD and ICAO code is VVDN"
DAG - Daggett (California)
HHH- Hilton Head island (South Carolina)
VSD - Riverside (California)
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Thank you, Larry. This question is more complicated. Military aircraft are not always using the same terms for the same places. And it may not mean Da Nang. He was flying from the USS Hancock and the ship was on Yankee Station off the coast of Vietnam from October 1970 to April 1971. His flights to "DAG" and "VSD" were no more than an hour long. So it has to be somewhere close.
I will post the flight log and deployment history soon.
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Dear Mr. Crawford,
Thank you for contacting History Hub. The records in our custody very rarely contain any pilot’s log books, so it is very fortunate that you were able to locate those! Unfortunately, we have not been able to locate any listings of airport codes used by Navy pilots among the records in our custody. We suggest you contact the Naval History and Heritage Command and/or the National Naval Aviation Museum. Hopefully they will be able to assist you!
DaNang Naval Air Station to my knowledge did not have any identifier or code.As a Naval Aviator I flew in and out of DaNang 1969 1970, the entries in log books do not use airport codes but codes as explained in the log for the type of mission flown and the type of landing or pilot time involved. The Naval transient line /hangar was about 500 yds from our hangar/revets. Never used a code in nearly 7 years of flying. Hope this helps.
Thanks for responding, Richard. I think I am a lot closer. In log books there is the "Kind of flight code" category and there is the remarks section. I am referring to the remarks section. His kind of flight codes were "1R9". Daytime transport into and out of enemy fire area. I am talking with a lot of Navy pilots. Yankee stations is definitely not sufficient for VA purposes. Many pilots are telling me they did not document their every flight. "DAG" was used to mean Da Nang. As was "VSD". The nomenclature was not very consistent, but I have found more users.
Check these websites out: https://www.va.gov/vetapp16/Files5/1637164.txt searching for "DAG" and "Da Nang" within this BVA decision database turns up several more.
Also this: http://a4skyhawk.info/article/skyhawks-vietnam.
The judge in the BVA decision explains it best.
By the way Yankee station was considered in-coutry, you did not have to be on the ground to be considered in VietNam The Carrier on Yankee Station was sufficient.