Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Memorial Tree


Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association Memorial Tree

Dedicated to honor the helicopter pilots and crew members who died while serving in Southeast Asia from 1961 to 1975.

 

The helicopter came of age during the Vietnam War.  The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) estimates that over 100,000 helicopter pilots and crew members served during the conflict.  Over 4,800 of those were Killed in Action (KIA), and more than 300 are buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

 

In addition, Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place of helicopter crews whose remains were recovered many years after the end of the Vietnam War.  Helicopters played such an important role that Vietnam is often called America's "Helicopter War" because they provided unprecedented mobility throughout the war zone, rapid troop transport, close air support, resupply, medical evacuation, reconnaissance, and search and rescue capabilities.

 

View the list of Pilots buried or memorialized at ANC (as identified as VHPA)VHPA Pilots buried or memorialized at ANC

View the list of Crew Members buried or memorialized at ANC (as identified as VHPA)VHPA Pilots buried or memorialized at ANC

View the video of the Living Tree Memorial Dedication

UH-1N Iroquois helicopters flew over the Memorial Amphitheater and the memorial tree during the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association Living Tree Memorial Dedication at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 28, 2015.  A living tree, planted earlier, was dedicated to honor 5,000 Vietnam helicopter pilots and crew members who were killed during the Vietnam War.