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State Active Duty Missions 1925 - 1974

This is the beginning of an effort to catalog the Kentucky National Guard's service to its fellow citizens on sate active duty missions.

Research continues but below is a listing of events known so far for this time period. We hope to eventually have a page of information and photos on each event.

Please let us know if you have information you can share about a state active duty mission.

E=Exercise
32=Title 32 Status
P=Planned Event
D=Disaster / Emergency

From -  1957 Jan 31  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  FLOOD  Source of Information -  66 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA

From -  1962 Feb 26  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  Eastern Kentucky Flooding  Source of Information -  KY Guardsman April 1962  

From -  1962 March 12  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  FLOODS  Source of Information -  128 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 

From -  1963 March 13  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING  Source of Information -  148 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 

From -  1964 March 17  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING  Source of Information -  163 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 

From -  1967 March 27  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING  Source of Information -  226 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 

From -  1968 May 4  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  TORNADOES, SEVERE STORMS  Source of Information -  237 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 

From -  1968 May To June     Unit(s) -   No of Guard - 2,000    Event -  Civil Disturbance in support of local law enforcement officers Source of Information - James "Mike" Dawson & Ky Guardsman Oct 1969 P 3.  

From -  1969 Jul 15  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING  Source of Information -  265 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 

From -  1970 April 15  To -  April  15  Unit(s) - 149th MP Bn  No of Guard -    Event -  Support Covington LEO in the event of troubles at a planned demonstration at IRS office. KYNG support not required and returned to home station and released.  Source of Information -  Ky Guardsman June 1970 P1 - no pix 

From -  1970 Aug 10  To -  Aug 10  Unit(s) - 149th MP Bn  No of Guard -  14  Event -  SAD guarding critical crossings of the nerve gas trains chase 1 and chase 2. Moving cargo from Richmond depot to east coast for dump in ocean  assist KSP & other LEOs protect certain sections of and crossings of L&N railroad in Knox and Bell counties to Middlesboro and following train.  Source of Information -  KY Guardsman Oct 1970 P 3 No pix  

From -  1970 Feb 2  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  Heavy Snowmelt, Rains, Flooding  Source of Information -  282 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 

From -  1970 Jun 5  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING  Source of Information -  288 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 

From -  1970 May 6  To -  May 9  Unit(s) - HHD 138th AR Grp HHB 5-138th AR 441st Med Det (Hel Amb) 23rd and 38th Signal Platoons all from Lexington and 203rd GS Co Harrodsburg and Danville  No of Guard -    Event -  disorder, torching of AF ROTC Bldg UK Campus -KYNG and KSP tried to disperse crowds at locations across campus & patrolling during curfews at night and keeping campus open during the day.   Source of Information -  Ky Guardsman June 1970 P1 - two pix D 

From -  1971 May 10  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  TORNADO  Source of Information -  305 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 

From -  1972 April 1  To -  April  3  Unit(s) - Battery B & C 5-138th ART  No of Guard -  ?  Event -  River barge broke loose from tow and lodged in McAlpine Dam. Evacuation of portion of Louisville while Coast Guard offloaded cargo Support Louisville Jefferson County LEOs evacuation, law and order, protection of property  Source of Information -  Ky Guardsman May 1972 P1 - No pix D 

From -  1972 May 15  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  Heavy Rains, Flooding  Source of Information -  332 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 

From -  1972    To -     Unit(s) - AASF  No of Guard -  2  Event -  Helicopter Search and Rescue CPT Jere Roche called to search for 75 year old female who wandered away from Central State Hospital and missing for two days - mentions evacuations during flooding in Frankfort earlier in year  Source of Information -  Ky Guardsman Oct 1972 P 1 No Pix  

From -  1973 May 11  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  SEVERE STORMS, FLOODING  Source of Information -  381 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 
From -  1974 April 3  To -  April  5  Unit(s) -   No of Guard -  1,500  Event -  Between 3:40 p.m. CDT April 3 and midnight, at least 26 vicious tornadoes struck Kentucky-- in the worst storm disaster in the State's history. These tornadoes killed 77 persons, injured 1,377, and caused damage estimated at $110 million. Losses were sustained by 6,625 families, and between 1,800 and 2,000 of the State's farms were damaged to some extent. The tornadoes affected 39 counties within a strip some 150 miles wide extending from north to south through the central part of the State. SFC Billy Joe Pearson & Wife were to of 73 fatalities across state.  Source of Information -  Ky Guardsman 1974 Pix of SFC Carlos Almodovar & pix of guardsman on patrol in Brandenburg in ravaged area  

From -  1974 April 4  To -     Unit(s) -   No of Guard -    Event -  TORNADOES  Source of Information -  420 Major Disaster Declaration FEMA 

From -  1974    To -     Unit(s) - 1/149th  No of Guard -  20  Event -  Heidrick during flooding in Knox County protected life and property and evacuated Date?  Source of Information -  Ky Guardsman Pix of Gamma Goat going through high water  

 

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