Vietnam War helicopter reenactment staged on Great Lawn - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

Vietnam War helicopter reenactment staged on Great Lawn

Posted: Updated:
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.

Copyright 2014 WAVE 3 News. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Couple arrested for having sex on public beach in broad daylight

    Couple arrested for having sex on public beach in broad daylight

    BRADENTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - People are outraged after a Florida couple was caught having sex on a public beach Sunday afternoon in front of dozens of people including children. Bradenton Beach policeMore >>
    People are outraged after a Florida couple was caught having sex on a public beach Sunday afternoon in front of dozens of people including children.More >>
  • Are Louisville food trucks making the grade?

    Are Louisville food trucks making the grade?

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:06:24 GMT
    WAVE 3 News Troubleshooter Eric Flack's investigation into food trucks last summer was one of his most talked about stories in years. His undercover video and health department interviews stirred a fiery response. Now, a new report about food truck safety has been released by the Institute for Justice, and it's good news for the industry and food truck operators.More >>
    WAVE 3 News Troubleshooter Eric Flack's investigation into food trucks last summer was one of his most talked about stories in years. His undercover video and health department interviews stirred a fiery response. Now, a new report about food truck safety has been released by the Institute for Justice, and it's good news for the industry and food truck operators.

    More >>
  • Armed robbers continue to target fast food restaurants

    Armed robbers continue to target fast food restaurants

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:20:47 GMT
    They are popular, successful and most of the time they are safe places to be, but now police are investigating the third fast food robbery in as many weeks.More >>
    They are popular, successful and most of the time they are safe places to be, but now police are investigating the third fast food robbery in as many weeks.More >>