Episode 971 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast will feature late breaking news about the National Vietnam War Museum. It has received four navy vessels from an South Carolina donor and its highly recognizable UH-1 “Huey” helicopter has been returned to its display platform fronting US Highway 180 about one mile east of Mineral Wells, Texas. There was a story about the museum happenings in The Weatherford Democrat website titled: National Vietnam War Museum accepts barge, remounts iconic ‘Huey’. The story was covered by David May of the Lone Star News Group.
Jim Messinger serves as treasurer of the Friends of the Museum, the organization that created and maintains the museum. He was the information source for May’s story. Even though he stays busy as a professor at Weatherford College Messinger is one of the primary movers and shakers at the Museum. He is always on the alert for new relevant items for the museum.
Recently they benefited from the generosity of someone in South Carolina who gave them a four vessel package of Vietnam Era navy vessels that included two mine sweepers, a captain’s launch and an admirals barge. Additions like this make the museum a truly Vietnam War museum not just concentrating on Army aviation exhibits,
Another item of interest in May’s story was the remounting of the iconic UH-1 “Huey” helicopter on its perch near the museum entrance. It had been taken down for periodic maintenance including a good cleaning, a paint job and installation of wire keep birds off the craft.
It cost the museum $30,000 to ship the four Navy crafts from South Carolina to Central Texas. They need some help to defray the expense of the move so donations are requested.
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