Many Vietnam Veterans describe the UH-1 “Huey” helicopter as the “sound of our war.”
the beginning and the end | The last American helicopter left Saigon April 30, 1975 as the city fell to the North Vietnamese. In the beginning, “The first American units to arrive in Vietnam were transportation helicopter units. The 8th and 57th Transportation Companies (Light Helicopter) (CH-21) sailed to Vietnam with 82 H-21 Shawnee helicopters and 400 men aboard the USNS Card, a former US Navy aircraft carrier converted to a Military Sea Transportation Service ship. It docked at the port of Saigon on 11 December 1961. The 8th and 57th were the first two American light helicopter companies to arrive in Vietnam, symbolizing the beginning of America’s commitment of the South Vietnamese cause and heralded the age of air mobility.”
March, 1963 | This writer arrived in the Republic of Vietnam; within a few days we reported to the 8th Transportation Company in Qui Nhon. The helicopters we used then were the H-21s – the “Flying Banana.”
October, 1963 | In June, 1963 the unit had transitioned into the 117th Aviation Company in anticipation of receiving the new replacement helicopter, the UH-1B helicopter. All of us, pilots, crew chiefs, mechanics and support specialists went though “on-the-job” instruction about this new helicopter – at the same time, we continued our combat support missions. On 18 October, we received our “certificates of achievement” for completing the Bell Model UH-1B “curriculum II” training.
Tour II | Vinh Long with the 114th Aviation Company.
The protesters were right all along! | Country Joe McDonald’s anthem
Addiction tragedy | Family courage: to identify the culprit – Lancaster Online
OPINION | “Veterans don’t get to decide what ‘respecting the flag’ means” [“Our service doesn’t entitle us to get offended by Kapaernick’s choices or anybody else’s.”] – The Washington Post
It’s been done before! | “How the U.S. Government Misleads the Public on Afghanistan” – The New York Times
“Grand Old Party’s advantage” | A page one article in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster projects that while Lancaster County’s Democratic Party has outpaced the Republican party in registrations, voters registered Republican “represent 52 percent of registered voters in the county.” Persons registered as “Independent” have made gains, but represent only 9.2% of total registered voters, according to the article.
It’s Restaurant Week in Lancaster | “DEALS AVAILABLE FOR $10, $20, $30, AND $40″ Best part, though, is you can see the restaurant inspection outcomes for all of these restaurants at the State Website.
This week’s inspections at Lancaster Online.
Click here to go to the state’s Website of inspections … and the listing of the violations at each location. The statewide directory lists inspections for all municipalities in York County and Lancaster County.
… except those in Columbia – Columbia persists in having its own inspection system with its own forms and inspection items – rather than the one used statewide.