The NCVHPA has been to The Virginia International Tattoo and had the must wonderful time! Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the pilots participated in the Tattoo with a matinee and evening performance, Saturday with an evening and Sunday with a matinee performance. This video is of an evening performance with awe inspiring patriotism! We hope you enjoy! Please forgive the slow start and don't lose patience!
The reading of the MIA names, Raleigh, NC, first Saturday in Febr
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Vernon Poole
· November 15, 2017
Thank you all for your tireless hard work, educating the public, bringing these warbirds out to public events for all to see! Thank you all for your service!

The NCVHPA making us proud... Again!

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Details regarding Arlington Cemetery dedication April 18, 2018

Thank you for seeking more information. The Vietnam Helicopter Pilot and Crew member Monument Dedication Ceremony is scheduled for 4:00 PM, April 18, 2018 at the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater (located directly behind the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier). No tickets are required, and there are no fees. All are warmly invited to attend.

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The NCVHPA held it's annual meeting today, beginning with the annual MIA/POW ceremony on the Capitol Grounds in Raleigh, NC. The first Saturday in February each year, the NCVHPA reads the names of North Carolina soldiers still missing in Southeast Asia.

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Happy New Year! Thanks for a great’s to 2018!!

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Once a pilot, always a pilot. 😊 The drone is out of the box and flying! 🤗

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At the National Archives, just before the panel discussion.

L to r standing back row:
Phil Keith, Lynn Stephens, Jerry Seago, Edmund Hughes, Gerald Phelps, Terry Lanier


Front row, kneeling l to r:
Joseph Edward Armstrong, Robert Inglis, Peter Gotch

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Jerry Seago and David S. Ferriero, 10th Archivist of the United States, at the National Archives, Washington, DC.

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All brothers, sharing a once-in-a-lifetime event at the National Archives in Washington, DC. No doubt, Joe Joseph Edward Armstrong is holding court.

Left to right: Joe Armstrong, Phil Keith, Lynn Stephens, Jerry Seago

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This picture was taken at the reception on Tuesday evening at the National Archives in Washington, DC. This is a private opening of the REMEMBERING VIETNAM display before the display opened to the public the next morning.

The United States Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and the Constitution are right behind these guys. More than appropriate.

Left to right: Gerald Phelps, Robert Inglis, Lynn Stephens, Jerry Seago, Joe Dalfonzo, Edmund Hughes, Terry Lanier, Phil Keith, Joseph Edward Armstrong, and Peter Gotch.

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Phil Keith talks about Vietnam

The Vietnam War impacted attitudes, policies and the way Americans view their government and their nation’s place in the world. It altered the way the govern...

Yesterday, November 17, 2017, Susan Mann Kimbrell laid to rest her husband, Gary Kimbrell. Gary was one of the 16 original pilots who helped form the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association. For many years, Susan and Gary were active participants in NCVHPA, traveling across the state of North Carolina displaying the helicopters and telling people about his role as a Scout pilot, flying an OH-6 in Vietnam.

After many years, Gary's back began to bother him extens...ively and they came less often. He and Susan invited us to his hometown of Abingdon, Virginia, one year and we participated in the Virginia Highland Festival. There was a street dance where Chubby Checker performed the peppermint twist. We all sang along and danced like we were teenagers.

Gary's funeral was very personal and explained a lot about him. The back problems came from a helicopter crash in Vietnam and haunted him all his life.... Both mentally and physically... As he had crew members that were lost. It was a sweet service where his brother spoke lovingly of Gary, of growing up with his older brother. His brother told how Gary aspired to be an actor.... How he had just been accepted at the North Carolina School of the Arts when he got his draft notice from the Army in the late 60s.

Gary's Army best friend spoke of their basic training, which sounded more like the Gary we all knew.

Gary also sang in the praise band at his United Methodist Church. He was loved by his church and community for his service to them. He was a devoted member of his community giving his all to Abingdon community. If you find yourself in Abingdon and see one of those painted wolves on a street corner, Gary was responsible for that project.

Rest in peace, Gary. Leave the Scotch at the Pearly Gates. 🚁

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