May 2, 2014 - For Vietnam War Veteran John Wolf, grenades and canteens weren’t the only equipment he carried into combat. He also brought an 8mm camera, an object that would change his life.
With the camera in one hand and an M16 rifle in the other, the former infantryman chronicled the American soldiers based in 1971 Chu Lai. Between montages of fellow servicemen and combat equipment, the footage centered on anhistoric icon: the Huey helicopter.
Dubbed as a “taxi service to the bush,” the aircraft delivered aerial mobility, sustenance and combat orders to the soldiers. Today, a similar one rests in Holmdel, N.J.—and it delivers much more.
This helicopter, a 1964 Bell UH-1D Huey, was restored by a group of New Jersey Veterans, many of whom were Vietnam War pilots and maintenance technicians. The aircraft served tours in Vietnam with the 116th and 118th Assault Helicopter Companies; the 116th supported Wolf’s unit. Approximately 30 volunteers began the project last February, collecting parts and refurbishing the exterior. Soon the Huey will “land” at its new home, the Vietnam Era Museum and Educational Center in Holmdel, where a dedication ceremony is slated for May 7. read more>>>