In October 1966 General Vandenberg went to Southeast Asia, where he commanded the 390th “Blue Boars” Tactical Fighter Squadron at Da Nang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. He completed 100 missions over North Vietnam.
He returned to the United States in June 1967 and was assigned to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., in the Office of the Director of Plans as a plans and programs officer. He entered the National War College in August 1968 and earned his master of science degree. After graduation in August 1969, he returned to the Pentagon for duty with the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In January 1971 he become commander of the 12th Flying Training Wing at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. The 12th Flying Wing’s mission was to train all the instructor pilots for the Air Training Command, as well as manage the Air Force Instrument Flight Center.
General Vandenberg was appointed vice commandant of cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., in August 1972. In February 1973 he assumed duties as commandant of cadets until his departure in August 1975.
Thes flight jacket belonged to my father Maj. Gen. (retired) Hoyt S. Vandenberg Jr.. The Puma knife was worn by my father ¡a the cockpit of his F 4 during 100 missions over North Vietnam. He refused to carry the standard issue GI survival knife as evidenced by the accompanying photo of him on the flight line at Da Nang wearing the Puma. The propaganda leaflet also carne to me from my father. The Lensatic compass as well. All of these items are owned by me and carne from my family.