The Dignity Memorial
Vietnam Wall Experience
'To Honor and Remember'
Some of the 71st SOS attendees
at the Saturday, July 20 opening ceremonies included (L to R):
Jim Pyle, Boris Chaleff, Dick Morgan, Dick Rudkin, and John Lewis
(L to R) Former 434th Troop Carrier
Wing Commander Maj/Gen John W. Hoff; 71st SOS Commander Lt.Col.
Jim Pyle; Navigator Lt.Col. Boris Chaleff; Pilot Major Richard
Morgan; former Indiana Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb; CoPilot
Captain Richard Rudkin; and Pilot Lt.Col. John Lewis. The Bakalar
Air Force Base/Columbus Municipal Airport control tower appears in
During the opening ceremonies on Saturday, July 20, a faint but
very distinctive sound could be heard approaching the airport.
Event emcee Wes Roy paused as a Bell UH-1 Iroquois, or 'Huey' helicopter
arrived and landed near "The Wall." The Huey was
provided by the 138th Aviation Bn INARNG from Shelbyville, IN.
The Huey's sound evoked very poignant emotions
attendance, especially the Vietnam Veterans. A C-130 fly-over
during Friday's opening ceremonies was also a very stark reminder
of the Vietnam conflict. The C-130s were from the 165th Airlift Squadron,
123rd Airlift Wing of the Kentucky ANG.
Members, families, and friends
of The 71st Special Operations Squadron are very greatful to
Ronald W. Shadley, Myers Funeral Service, the Columbus area supporters,
and the staff of volunteers who made the appearance of the Vietnam
Dignity Memorial possible. The graphic above was included in
the event program.
'Miss Liberty' and a 'Thank You
Vietnam Veterans' banner welcomed visitors to the Atterbury/Bakalar