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Mission
 

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 become members.

Membership is open to all helicopter pilots who flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era (1961-1975).

Chapter Profile

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.

Future Meetings

The Washington State Chapter of the VHPA will be meeting for the first time in 2015 at 11 AM on Saturday the 7th of February. Once again, we will meet at the Famous Dave’s BBQ, 1901 South 72nd Street Tacoma, WA 98408 (253)722-0500. Famous Dave’s opens its doors at 11 AM, so come on time, have a cup of coffee with your friends while we conduct our meeting. We’ve got hats, patches, pins, stickers and our own "challenge coin", so you might bring some cash in case you see something you like. Following our meeting a BBQ lunch will be served, so bring your appetite.

What's New?

Check out the VHPAWA Gear page to see our new Chapter Challenge Coin.

Media

Check out the pictures and videos that show what aviators and their crews experienced in Vietnam.

Last Meetings

On November 8th, our chapter participated in the City of Auburn’s 49th Annual Veterans Day Parade. We were joined by over 200 groups totaling over 5,500 individual participants in what has become our annual fall chapter get-together. The weather gods smiled on us again this year and we were grateful for a dry parade. The cooperating weather resulted in bringing out several thousand of our fellow citizens to cheer us and our newly refurbished Huey as we marched along the parade route. Our aircraft is truly a thing of beauty! Special thanks to Pat Staeheli (USN ’67) for coordinating our participation and Dave Saunders (68-01) for transporting the Huey for the parade. See pictures from the event here.

Events of Interest

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.
 


The 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 chapters.

VHPA-WA  2013  Officers

President: J C Combs  206-660-2187 hooker44@comcast.net
Vice President:   Hal Thornton 509-829-0737 hnbthorn@aol.com

Members at Large

Mid Term: Steve Lodwig 206-930-8521 stevelodwig@gmail.com
Senior: Dave Eck 253-447-4993 david@lighthousefg.com
Junior: Bill Lyons 253-631-0371 bill60lyons@comcast.net
Secretary:  Bill Lyons 253-631-0371 bill60lyons@comcast.net
Treasurer: John Schafer 253-874-1306 johnshafercpa@comcast.net
Web Master: Bill Vaughn  425-556-9025 billva@betav.com
Sgt at Arms: Jim LePenske 206-714-3283 jimlep3@comcast.net
Parade Coordinator Pat Staeheli 253-859-4185 pgstaeheli@yahoo.com
Chaplin: Padre Francis Jeffery 253-588-3478 fjeffery@aol.com
Photos/Camera: Dan Fox 253-531-8242 two-foxes@msn.com

Past Presidents

2000 Jack Salm Jr. Founder,  National VHPA President (2009)
2001-2002 Tom Wie   (had to drop out, Jack Salm reelected)  
2002-2003 Jack Salm Jr.
2004 Pat Staeheli 
2005 Dave Rosenkranz 
2006 Dick Glasgow   (Died Feb. 21, 2007)
2007 Chris Farwell 
2008 Paul Fleming
2009 David P. Eck     
2010 Frank Jones (Health issues Feb. 2010)
2010 Bob Brown
2011 Mark Hansen
2012 Mark Hansen
2013 Don LeMaster  

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