Above The Best: Helicopters and Their Crews in Vietnam

The “Helicopter War” in Vietnam

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The Vietnam War was known as the “helicopter war” because the United States relied heavily on the

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aircraft to transport troops and provide close-air support. And for those who were there it certainly was.

This week on Veterans Radio we will be taking a look at the helicopters and the crews that flew them in Vietnam from 1961-1975.

A New Monument at Arlington National Cemetery

It’s been three years in the making, but on Wednesday April 18, 2018, helicopter crews who flew during the Vietnam War will have their own monument at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) and Congress came together for the Vietnam Helicopter Crew Monument Act, directing the secretary of the Army to place a 2 1/2-foot by 2 1/2-foot monument at the cemetery in Virginia. It will be placed in Section 35 along Memorial Drive, not far from the Tomb of the Unknowns.

 

Our guests include  Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Bob Hesselbein, who flew AH-1 Cobra gunships in Vietnam, and helped spearhead the campaign for the memorial.

In April 2014, Hesselbein, legacy committee chairman of the pilots association, and other members went to Arlington Cemetery to discuss donating a tree. Instead, one of the historians suggested donating a monument.

“We discovered that the greatest concentration of combat casualties who operated helicopters in the Vietnam War are in Arlington,” he told Military Times.

“God’s own lunatics”

Join host Dale Throneberry, CW2 former UH1H (Huey) pilot and his guests this week on Veterans Radio. Journalist Joe Galloway called helicopter pilots and crews “God’s own lunatics”.

We want you “lunatics” to call veterans Radio this week and tell our audience what it was like so long ago.

Call us this Sunday at 5 pm eastern. 734-822-1600 or  844-838-1600

All Gave Some. Some Gave All. Always Remember

 

2 comments

    • Thanks, TJ. That show was really fun. I want to do some more pilot programs in the future. Any suggestions are always welcome.

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