Huey Plaza Dedication at NJ Remembrance Day
By Michael McMahon
About 18 months ago the Foundation acquired a 1964 Bell UH-1D Huey helicopter. It flew in Vietnam with the 116th Assault Helicopter Company at Ch Chi, and later with the 118th Assault Helicopter Company at Bien Hoa. A group of volunteers many of them former helicopter pilots and mechanics worked on restoring it to its original condition. They did a great job and it was recently set in place on a landing pad at the entrance to the Museum and Education Center. A New Jersey State statue designates May 7th each year as Vietnam Veterans’ Remembrance Day. As part of the ceremony for this day, the Huey was dedicated.
Over the winter I took pictures of the construction, including photos of the Huey and some of the museum exhibits, and on May 7th, I took pictures of the ceremony. Among the speakers was four time Super Bowl Champion and Vietnam Veteran Rocky Bleier, and NJ’s Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. In attendance was VVMF Board Member John Woods. As I mentioned, this helicopter was assign to the 116th Assault Helicopter Company. I understand Mr. Woods was assigned to the unit.