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Vietnam War helicopter reenactment staged on Great Lawn

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A MedEvac Huey comes in for a landing. (Source: WAVE 3 News) A MedEvac Huey comes in for a landing. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Soldiers loading into the Huey for evacuation. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Soldiers loading into the Huey for evacuation. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
People look for the names of loved ones on the Vietnam Wall replica. (Source: WAVE 3 News) People look for the names of loved ones on the Vietnam Wall replica. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
A moment to remember after a name is located on The wall. (Source: WAVE 3 News) A moment to remember after a name is located on The wall. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – People along the Louisville waterfront were able to watch a reenactment of one of many heroic rescue missions from the Vietnam War. 

The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association put on a helicopter rescue to tell the tale of how veterans saved a downed or wounded soldier during the war. As part of the reenactment, a helicopter symbolic to the war, the Bell UH-1, better known as the Huey, was used. The pilots, two Vietnam veterans, flew the Huey in the war. Both men were shot down, but not captured.

Chris McLaughlin was one of the spectators. He came down to watch and support his father, a Vietnam veteran.

“Obviously he was a very young man,” said McLaughlin, “and he was only 20 years old when he was over there and it had a big impact on his life and he's a member of the various associations.”

Those who came down to waterfront Park also got to see an exact replica of the Vietnam War Memorial that's in Washington, D.C. Many family members went down to the traveling wall to try and find their loved ones names on the wall.

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