Vietnam helicopter pilots sought for South Alabama group

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 7, 2012

Locals who served as helicopter pilots in Vietnam during the 60s and 70s are being sought to join a local organization of helicopter pilots.

Organizer Roscoe Souders said the group has been active for “a little while,” but they are actively seeking new members from the Covington County area.

The group meets once every three months on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. There is no designated place to meet.

The mission of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association is to “enhance and accredit the cohesiveness, esprit de corps and traditions of valor of rotary wing aircrews that flew in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam era.”

“There’s a chapter in Northern Alabama and we started this one at Fort Rucker,” Souders said. “We thought (Fort Rucker) would be the place since that’s where they are trained, but it didn’t take off like we’d hoped. It seemed that people just want to be left alone, or that they don’t know about it.

“We hope we can spread the word and get some new members,” he said.

Souders said the group has fellowship time and has a meal at meetings.

Souders said the membership fee is $25 a year.

Those interested in becoming a member can contact Souders at 334-806-8248, or Bill Voth at 334-347-2944.