December 23, 1965


1965: Operation BLUE LIGHT. Through 23 January, the Military Airlift Command transports the 3d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, from Hawaii to Pleiku, South Vietnam, to offset communist forces in the area. The movement includes 231 C-141 sorties to move 3,000 troops and 4,700 tons of equipment. At the time, it is the largest airlift of troops and equipment into a combat zone.