Operation Restore Huey

A UH-1 Huey Helicopter with the tail number 68-15532 traveled across the states from Bennington, Vermont to Bennington, Nebraska on the back of a Freight 4 All, Inc. truck. Roger, a 70-year-old Iowa native, drove the truck with the “Bird of Mercy” on the back over 1300 miles along Interstate 90 through Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio and Interstate 80 through Illinois and Iowa. It took a 2-day detour to Lake View, Iowa to let Roger rest, then it was back on the road again via Highway 30, Interstate 29, and Highway 36 to Bennington, Nebraska. Along the way, Roger reported multiple people stopping to take pictures and ask about the #hueyonahighway. Roger was also excited to meet a UH-1 Huey helicopter pilot from the Vietnam War. Follow the restoration project of the UH-1 Huey 68-15532 on Facebook and Instagram. If you are interested in volunteering for #OperationRestoreHuey contact NVVMF.

UH-1 Huey 68-15532 Service in Vietnam

The UH-1 Huey Helicopter tail number 68-15532 came into service April 1969.  It joined the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Quan Loi, Vietnam. While part of the 3rd Brigade, 68-15532 flew 478 hours in support of operations from April ’69 to October ’69. Then, it joined the 229th Aviation Battalion (Assault Helicopters) in January ’70. Over the next 21 months, 68-15532 flew 2,262 hours with two reported incidents with zero wounded. It deployed for a short stint, only 73 hours, with the 244th Assault Helicopter Company in October ’71 and another 18 hours with the 114th Assault Helicopter Company before it landed with the 48th Assault Helicopter Company. During its time with the 48th AHC, 68-15532 flew 202 hours. The last flight for 68-15532 was in August ’72, when it was transferred to the 142nd Transportation Company. In the end, 68-15532 flew a total 3180 hours in Vietnam and returned to Texas almost unscathed. There is no record of it ever flying after serving 4 years in Vietnam, however it has spent a lot of time on highways across the United States. Check out the travel across the United States … #hueyonahighway.

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Location locked in

Tom Brown, President of the Nebraska Vietnam Veteran Memorial Foundation, and​ Papillion Mayor David P. Black sign​ed the Memorandum of Understanding on September 3, 2020; that the City of Papillion – Municipal Government will lease the land designated to be the site of the Nebraska Vietnam Veteran Memorial for the next 50 years. The site, next to SumTur Amphitheater is easily accessible off of Highway 370 and not far from Interstate 80, so Nebraskans from all over can visit the Memorial to #RememberThePast and #EducatetheFUTURE.

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Educational partnership with Bellevue University

Bellevue University is a non-profit, open access institution with more than 50,000 graduates worldwide. The University provides career-oriented, cost-effective education through undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong career success while making college affordable. Our Real Mastery® approach helps students not only learn, but master, the knowledge and skills employers expect. Students apply learning to real world situations, giving them the confidence to showcase their talents to a current or future employer.

Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military-friendly institutions, the University serves students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, just outside of Omaha, and online world-wide. Bellevue University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Located on the Bellevue, NE main campus is the Military Veteran Services Center, dedicated to serving the University’s Active Military students, Military Veteran students and the Veteran community at-large. In addition to Bellevue University staff, the center includes conference rooms, a lounge area, individual privacy suites, career services and transition assistance.  The center also includes space for Student Veterans Organization chapter, the Salute Honor Society chapter, Vet Xpress Creative Workshops, Disabled American Veterans DAV Chapter 47, and staff from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Bellevue University is rated among the top military friendly universities.

Bellevue University was established in 1966 by area leaders to serve the education needs of adults from the Offutt AFB community and is proud to continue that tradition both locally and world-wide. The University is proud to partner with the NVVMF, through technological and staff support, on the Nebraska Vietnam Veteran Memorial project.

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NVVMF now accepts donations via PayPal

Visit the NVVMF Donation Page to make your donation to the NVMM Foundation in support of the Nebraska Vietnam Veteran Memorial project. Your gift is an important and necessary component to the success of this project. Help us honor and educate young and old about the brave Nebraskans who “gave all” during the Vietnam War.

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Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation ​Receives Grant from Midlands Community Foundation

On April 24, 2020, Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation (NVVMF) received great news! Midlands Community Foundation, based in Papillion, NE, awarded a generous grant to NVVMF in support of the​ NVVMF project ​to build the Nebraska Vietnam Veteran Memorial.  The focal point of the memorial will be a plaza inclusive of memorial obelisks, memorial flags, and other memorial features. The grant funds will be used to retain the services of a professional historian who will write the text that will appear on 11 granite obelisks.  Each obelisks will represent one of the eleven years that the ​United States was engaged in the Vietnam War. For example, one face of ​the obelisk representing 1969 will incorporate the names of Nebraskans who were Killed In Action (KIA) or Missing in Action (MIA) from that year. Another face of the 1969 obelisk will summarize important events of the war, both in Vietnam and at home. The NVVMF wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Midlands Community Foundation for supporting this worthy and important project!