National VHPA Site
|To enhance and accredit the cohesiveness,
esprit de corps, and traditions of valor of rotary wing aircrews that
flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era. To
seek out, using whatever means available, individuals who piloted rotary
wing aircraft in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era and inform them
of the existence of the VHPA and encourage all eligible individuals to
Membership is open to all helicopter pilots who
flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era (1961-1975).
The Washington State Chapter of the VHPA will meet Saturday, 6 Feb, 2016
at Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que, in Tacoma, WA. The address is
1901 S. 72nd St, Ste. C-39, Tacoma Place Shopping Center.
We have the meeting room from 1100 to 1400 hrs. Please come early, have
some coffee, and pick up some chapter t-shirts, hats, patches, coins,
etc. We will start the official meeting about 1145 and enjoy lunch
is also election time for our chapter council. Please step up and help
us operate this great organization. Your current council has served two
years on a one year obligation. We need assistance and some new blood.
Email or call John Combs at
if you have questions or have a topic for chapter consideration.
Events of Interest
15th Medical Battalion -- First Cav Division (Air Mobile) Reunion
This link provides details of this
event to be held in Olympia April 11-16.
This link leads you to a
number of chapter activities including the UH1 restoration project, special
events and other interest projects.
The chapter coordinated the
retirement of CW4 Joseph Long's retirement after 44 years of service.
He's the oldest helicopter pilot to serve in Vietnam.
Click here for the rest of the story.
Reference the UH-1, we have experienced problems with the cranking
system of the trailer for attaching the hitch to a truck and vice versa.
Mr Jim Fleming came up with a plan to convert to a hydraulic system with
either crank or electric controls. A cost analysis proved the electric
to be the least expensive at around $1200. The chapter offered to split
the cost with the museum and they have agreed. We will also approach the
hydraulic company about a donation to the effort in exchange for some
Several of our members attended the National
Reunion in Washington DC. The highlight of the event was the election of
our own John Shafer to the office of National Vice President.
Congratulations John, you make us proud. By the way, the 2016 Reunion will be held in Reno, NV from 5 to 10 July. Finally they are closer
Finally, here is a word about your chapter officers. We are
approaching the last half of our second year on the job. We will need
some new folks to take the reins in February. I will advise the members
on which positions will need to be filled and give everyone a chance to
talk to us with any questions you may have. Please give this issue a lot
Bruce P. Crandall (Ret.), husband, father, explorer, pilot, Vietnam War
hero, engineer, civic leader and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient,
addressed Antioch University Seattle’s (AUS) 2015 graduates at the
university’s commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 21 at Town Hall
Seattle. He shared insights about demonstrating social courage and the
inner determination to choose the right path, which may not always be
the safest or easiest route.
“Colonel Crandall exemplifies the definition of courage and bravery, not
only because of the extreme danger that he faced during his military
service, but also because of his willingness to face danger in pursuit
of helping others and at great personal risk,” said AUS president Daniel
Hocoy. “Standing up for one’s beliefs is difficult enough – doing so in
the most extreme of circumstances is the true mark of a courageous
leader and hero.”
The local chapter of the VHPA is proud to include Col. Crandall as one
of our members.
The Washington State Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots
Association (VHPA) was founded in September, 2000 by Jack Salm, Jr. It
holds regular meetings in Washington state including sites on both sides
of the Cascades.
Check out the VHPAWA Gear page to see our
new Chapter Challenge Coin.
Check out the
pictures and videos that show what aviators and their crews
experienced in Vietnam.
Washington State Chapter of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association
(VHPA) is a totally separate, independent entity and is not authorized
to act as an agent, or representative, of the VHPA or any of the other
VHPA-WA 2015 Officers
Members at Large
||Jack Salm Jr. Founder, National VHPA President (2009)
||Tom Wie (had to drop out, Jack Salm reelected)
||Jack Salm Jr.
||Dick Glasgow (Died Feb. 21, 2007)
||David P. Eck
||Frank Jones (Health issues Feb. 2010)
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