Transcript: Vietnam War – Huey Helicopter

Samuel W Black, director of African American Program at the History Center:

One of the featured artifacts in the exhibition is a UH-H1 Huey Helicopter that was actually used during the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1970. Helicopters were introduced to the U.S. military during the Korean War. By the mid-60s, the Huey helicopter had advanced that technology and was used in a number of different ways. Troop transport from base camp into the field, into the battlefield. It was used as attack helicopters. They were used as medivacs, like this one. As you can see the red cross on the front of it indicates that it was for medical evacuation of injured troops from the battlefield.

The Huey helicopter became the ubiquitous war machine of the Vietnam War and most often when people think about the Vietnam War in terms of the campaign in the war, they think of the Huey helicopter.