Son Tay Raid Historical Project

$6,540 of $120k goal

Raised by 37 people in 40 months
Nichole Vild  EGLIN AFB, FL
This project is to save and restore the last remaining barracks used during the planning of the Son Tay Raid. The Son Tay Raid, conducted in 1970, is a significant event in Special Forces and Joint Military Operations history. The barracks is currently scheduled for demolition under a footprint reduction plan. We want to relocate it to the nearby 7th Special Forces Group area on Eglin Air Force Base and restore it into a heritage center, dedicated to the history of the Son Tay Raid and the Special Forces.

Initially the building relocation will cost between $65 and $115k. This is dependent on variables such as the presence of asbestos, power line movement, etc. The building will then require renovation to bring it up to current construction codes and building the history displays. The follow on work has not yet been estimated as we hope to use internal labor for as much as possible.

News Article in the NW Florida Daily News

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Update 10
20 months ago

All, unfortunately we are not going to be able to save the building intact. An email will be sent out to all donors this week explaining the situation and options for your generous donations.
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Update 9
26 months ago

Update from project lead, John Cathell

We recently had a meeting with the 96th CES out of Eglin regarding the Son Tay buildings. Having exhausted all official channels to move the buildings to the Compound, we made the mutual decision to pursue special legislation in Congress to have the buildings donated so that they can be moved off base.

Currently, we are coordinating with the city of Niceville to determine the feasibility of moving the barracks to vacant city land behind the Niceville library. The barracks could then be renovated and turned into a historical or military museum, maintained by a private organization.

We would also like to have the former Bull Simons HQ building donated to the SFA, to be used as a team house. Location still to be determined.

Sam has met with a staffer from Congressman Miller’s office, and they need additional background/historical information in order to craft special legislation. To that end, we would like to have a meeting on the Compound this Thursday at 1030 with all interested parties. Can you reach out to the Raiders again and see if any of them can come? Also, if they can bring any of their documentation, photos, etc I can capture them all at the meeting for the purpose of helping Congressman Miller’s office with the legislative process.
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Update 8
29 months ago

All, thank you for your continued support and patience. We are encountering many roadblocks, legal and financial, but are continuing forward momentum (although very slow). We hope to have good news in the near future, thanks to some very dedicated community leaders in the Crestview area.
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Update 7
35 months ago

Today marks the 43rd anniversary of the Son Tay Raid. I'm honored to have received communications from some of my favorite Raiders (regardless if they persist in calling me Nikki). Here's to hoping we can save the barracks as a symbol of gratitude from current and future Soldiers to those who refused to leave their Brothers without hope.

"Thanks for trying"

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$6,540 of $120k goal

Raised by 37 people in 40 months
Created July 2, 2013
Michael Mayo
34 months ago
Ron Adams
35 months ago

Let's not forget what those guys did!

Joe Torre
35 months ago

For Rewine 6

Christopher Blaylock
36 months ago
Kevin Talbot
37 months ago

A great way to say "they were NOT forgotten, and yes we do care!" KRT

Kenneth Crandall III
38 months ago
SGM(r) Ed Britt
38 months ago (Offline Donation)
Michael Cundiff
38 months ago (Offline Donation)
S. Jakovenko
38 months ago (Offline Donation)

I Thank You and 7TH Special Forces Group for the time and Contribution to the Memory of the night of 21 November 1970 when we told The World ! America did not Forget Its POW's and put great Retribution on North Vietnam

Blue Force Gear
38 months ago

We at Blue Force Gear are proud to support this significant effort to preserve such a historical event that honors the community we serve.

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