114th Aviation Company
Reunion 2001
Newspaper Article

 

Columbia Daily Tribune

This article was published in the Columbia Daily Tribune, Sunday, June 10th, and expresses the 114th Aviation Company Association’s appreciation to the community for their contributions to our reunion.


THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE OF MID-MISSOURI!

The 114th Aviation Company Association held their Reunion in conjunction with an invitation from the Salute to Veterans Corporation to participate 2001 Memorial Day Weekend events.  The 114th Aviation Company was the first Huey unit to deploy to Vietnam in the Spring of 1963.  For their service in Vietnam until 1972, the Company received a Presidential Unit Citation, 2 Valorous Awards, a Meritorious Unit Accommodation and 4 Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with Palm.  The unit’s initial mission was in support of the Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) role as military advisors to the Vietnamese government.  Until the Spring of 1965, the American flag could not be flown on the Unit’s base camp in Vinh Long.  The Company’s Commander (Major George Young) wrote to the 50 state governors asking for a flag from their state to fly at the base camp. Fifty flags were received and flown bordering the Company street called the Avenue of States.  Thus fifty state flags were mounted and carried on our floats in the parade by the Boone County Fire Protection District.

The members who attended our Reunion were overwhelmed with the support and attention that they received from the organizations and the people of this community.  We want to thank the principal organizations that contributed to the success of our Reunion: the Salute to Veterans Corporation, Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Shelter Mutual Insurance Company and most of all, the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Thanks to the others who contributed to our Reunion:  Boone County National Bank, Mizzou Credit Union, Les Bourgeois Vineyards, Tiger Tales Bookstore, St. James Winery, Boot Scootin Tours, Days Inn, Ramada Inn, First Student and Home Depot.

One of our members expressed best the feeling of our members at this Reunion, “It’s the first time I have been honored in 34 years since my return (from Vietnam).  I was impressed by the way the City turned out for the parade.  It just made me feel great.”  Allen Jensen, Delta, Utah.

A major factor in our decision to hold our Reunion in Columbia was the opportunity for the parade that the Vietnam Veteran never had. The large number of people lining the parade route and their respectful response to our presence awed our members. 

Thank you Mid-Missouri!

Charles S. Shipman, LTC, US Army (Ret)

114th Reunion Chairman

 

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