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.
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.
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.
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.
Phil Keith talks about Vietnam
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. 🚁