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Contact: Delores Ryan (708) 499-4599 (h)
REUNION GROUP BRINGING COPTERS INTO WAR MEET IN NKY
Hebron, KY/August 28, 2009—Their goal was to prove that helicopters could be a necessary tool in combat, and members of the 6th Helicopter Transportation Company/150th Military Group will relive those memories of the Korean War when they hold their 17th Annual Reunion September 2-5 at the Comfort Suites Cincinnati Airport.
The outfit was trained in San Marcus, TX by the Air Force as pilots of Sikorsky H-19s according to reunion organizer Delores Ryan. The men were stationed in Chunchon, Korea—30 miles from the 38th Parallel. Prior to the Korean War, helicopters had never been used in battle.
“The helicopters carried no armament. They were used to transport troops and equipment to and from the war zone and to carry the wounded to safety. As a result of the work of the mechanics and pilots the helicopter became an integral part of the Vietnam War and beyond,” said Ryan.
Approximately 15 surviving members of the 6th/150th are expected to attend the reunion with their spouses. Among their planned activities is a visit to the War Bird Museum in Batavia, a city tour by bus and a cruise aboard BB Riverboats on the Ohio River.
The mission of the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau is that of an aggressive sales, marketing, service and informational organization whose primary responsibility is to positively impact the Northern Kentucky economy through conventions, meetings and visitor expenditures. The direct economic impact of visitors’ spending in Campbell, Kenton and Boone Counties in 2007 was $325 million.