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Aransas Pass community hoping to restore Vietnam era Army helicopter

Posted: 5:22 AM, Feb 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-14 06:38:24-05

An effort to restore an old landmark in Aransas Pass is taking off, and community members need help.

The Army Helicopter was donated to VFW Post 2932 in 1990. It was then put on a pedestal next to the VFW Hall. The helicopter stayed there until Hurricane Harvey blew it down, causing significant damage, in 2017.

Community members are now raising money to fix the chopper and put it back on its pedestal.

Army Helicopter outside of VFW Post 2932 in Aransas Pass before being damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

“I actually drove by the day after Hurricane Harvey hit, that was a Saturday morning, I was actually with a retired two star army general, we saw the helicopter laying on its side, we looked at each other and we said, we gotta do something,” Aransas Pass resident Bob Lacy said.

For information about how to donate, contact Post Commander Henry Diaz DeLeon at 361-443-1396. Replacement parts are also needed for the chopper, like skids and a main rotor blade.

Volunteers are also needed to help put the helicopter back together. Any current or former CCAD employees who wish to help can also contact DeLeon at the number above.

The helicopter dates back to the Vietnam era when it was used to transport troops and fly medevac missions.