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Huey Arrives in Dover for Vets Park


DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - The Kent County chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America welcomed its new Huey to Dover Monday morning.

The helicopter, technically the Bell UH1 Iroquois, was used heavily during the Vietnam War.
For some, the arrival of the Huey was occasion for dancing. For Paul Davis, Delaware Vietnam Veterans of America Council president - a man some called a "dog with a bone," others called a "mongoose with a cobra" - it was the culmination of years of hard work.

"As a result of that, I was notified in October that we would be the recipient of a Huey Helicopter that we used in Vietnam," he said.

The chopper sat in front of what will become its home the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park. Davis says it will be mounted and placed to the left of main part of the park.

He says Vietnam vets have a special connection with these aircraft.

"They've actually witnessed what those pilots did, the lives they saved," said Davis. "I refer to it as a flying angel. It saved a lot of lives in Vietnam. And it removed a lot of soldiers that were killed in action."

"I'm really tickled. I know these folks worked tirelessly with the county and some of our congressional folks. They've done a wonderful job," said Walter LeKites, who flew Hueys in Vietnam, and attended Monday's arrival ."We'd get calls in the middle of the night to get these folks out of the brush. It was scary for everybody. It was intense."

Before the helicopter can permanently call the park home, it needs to have some work done in Leipsic. When it's finally up, that will obviously be a big deal for the vets. But waiting for that didn't diminish their joy Monday.

"This was an issue that was close to each and every one of us. Today, you can see the brotherhood out here," Davis said.     

Davis says technically the helicopter is on-loan and remains the property of the US government. The vets are hoping to have it mounted and in place in 2014.

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