Gowanda in Erie County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Bell Huey UH-1H Helicopter
The following crew was lost while training at Ft. Riley, Kansas prior to the unit going to Vietnam. [3 names]
This helicopter served with the above unit the entire tour they were in Vietnam. 67-17611 was one of the original twenty aircraft, and was the only original one still assigned to the unit when it was returned to the states in December of 1971. The bird saw action in Northern I Corps flying from the basecamp at Camp Evans to such places as Hamburger Hill, the Ashau Valley, CCN and SOG Missions, the Demilitarized Zone Area, The Evacuation of Firebase Ripcord, and the Lam Son 719 Invasion into Laos. She accumulated a total of 2554 flying hours in Vietnam, and served many other units stateside before being retired.
Deep appreciation goes to American Legion Post 409 for allowing us to honor our fallen and this helicopter.
Erected by American Legion Post 409.
Location. 42° 27.784′ N, 78° 55.972′ Touch for map. Memorial is at the parking lot for the American Legion Post at the end of Legion Drive. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Legion Derive, Gowanda NY 14070, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gowanda Historic Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gowanda Shrine Club No.1 (about 400 feet away); Ahaz Allen (approx. 1.2 miles away); “Taylor Tract” (approx. 1.8 miles away); Town of Perrysburg (approx. 3½ miles away); Tree With Bank Account (approx. 3½ miles away); The First Pioneers (approx. 7.6 miles away); The Lincoln Maple (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gowanda.
Categories. • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 9, 2017, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.