Welcome to the AC-119 Gunship Association’s Website!

AC-119 Association Patch

Dedicated to all who maintained, flew, and supported AC-119G “Shadow” and AC-119K “Stinger” gunships during the Vietnam War. Home of the 71st, 17th, and 18th Special Operations Squadrons and personnel who served in AC-119s.

Our Mission — Why we exist

  • To preserve our fixed-wing gunship heritage and history
  • To remember our fallen and to keep lit the flames of our camaraderie–old friendships and new ones
  • To educate historians and the public about the mission, aircrew, groundcrew, and others associated with the AC-119 gunships

If you were assigned to, attached to, or supported the 71st, 17th, or 18th Special Operations Squadrons or their AC-119 gunship missions in any way, you are eligible to join the AC-119 Gunship Association.

The Most Important Thing Our Members Can Do

The best way we can accomplish our mission of “preserving, remembering and educating” others is to tell our stories, write our bios, and create oral history videos. We have been doing a great job at doing just that. Our bios, videos and stories are now available to all on this website and in the books we have just published, that can be found in the Quartermaster’s Store.

The best thing our members can do is read the bios and stories and watch the videos of their fellow 119ers.

The second best thing our members can do is to submit a bio and make an oral history video.

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Reunion Postponed

It is with great regret we announce the postponement of the 2020 Reunion until 2021. We will post new information as soon as we negotiate the appropriate hotel and event contract changes.


August 2020 Firing Circle Newsletter

November 2020 President’s Message


2021 Reunion T-Shirts

Surprise!!! This is the new 2021 version of our reunion t-shirt. The date on the front has been changed to 2021 so this t-shirt will work for Fort Walton Beach next year. The back lists the 2020 Reunion as COVID-19 2020 and FWB 2021 added. The t-shirts come in short sleeve, long sleeve and women styles. There is a choice of four colors and the prices range from $10.66 to $13.95 (plus shipping) for up to XL, and slightly more for larger sizes. This is bound to be a collector’s item (as the 2020 t-shirt already is :>)! To check out the design or order t-shirts, click on this T-SHIRT ORDER FORM. Questions call Roy Davis at (253) 549-2044.