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Huey helicopter to adorn Veterans Memorial Park

Huey Helicopter (Airwolfhound/WikiCommons)

A Huey Helicopter, still bearing the damage it sustained during two combat tours in Vietnam, will be the newest addition to the Carlsbad Veterans Memorial Park.

The helicopter was purchased by the Veterans Memorial Park committee with a $37,500 grant from The Carlsbad Community Foundation.

The helicopter is not operable and will be placed at the park following transportation to the City of Carlsbad from Cleburne, Texas, though a timeline was not yet established.

“The committee has been on the lookout for a helicopter to display for more than five years,” said Executive Director of the Carlsbad Community Foundation Mike Antiporda.

“Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Carlsbad Veterans Memorial Park Fund, the Foundation is able to make this grant award to bring this to our community in partnership with the committee and the City of Carlsbad.”

A representative group from the City of Carlsbad — Committee Chair Dagmar Youngberg, Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway, Ray Westall and Steve Angell — traveled to Texas June 24 to inspect and purchase the helicopter.

“The Carlsbad Veterans Park has been coming together for many years as a way of recognizing the incredible sacrifice our veterans make for our country and our freedoms,” Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway said.

“The presence of a Huey Helicopter at the park is going to make visiting especially meaningful. Thanks to all of the generous donors, as well as to Steve Angell, Dagmar Youngberg, Ray Westall and all of the park’s committee members who made this possible.”


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