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Mid-South Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association
Headquarters: Nashville, TN


Dissolution Meeting

It is the concensus of a majority of the active membership that it is
time to dissolve MSVHPA due to low participation and interest.
If you have suggestions as to worthy charitable causes to which
we should contribute our funds, please send them to the webmaster
or attend the final meeting:

1600 hrs 13 Dec 2011
Meeting room of MSVHPA member and past president Chris Horton's
Century 21 Office in Goodlettsville.
126 Long Hollow Pike
Goodlettsville, TN 37072
We will likely adjourn to a local restaurant for a final Dutch Treat meal.

Nashville Veterans Day Parade, 2010

It was an absolutely georgeous day, with temps in the '70's, a great
turnout by Nashville to honor its veterans, and several FNGs joined us!


L-R: Robert Colson, Mike Morrison*, Gordon Denniston*, Chris Horton,
Ross Rainwater, Boyd Mitchell*, Rhea Rippey, Dan Snell*
*First-time marchers, a/k/a "FNGs"

Nashville Veterans Day Parade!


Weather forecast is for mid-70's, sunny skies!

All area helicopter pilots who are flew in the
Vietnam War are invited to march with the
chapter on 11 Nov 2010.
Rally point is the 1500 block of
Broadway, Nashville (Jim Reed Chevrolet nearby).
Look for the MSVHPA Banner.
Please be there by 1030 hrs, since the parade
always steps off promptly at 1100 hrs.
The parade ends at 3rd Ave. Our group usually adjourns
to a nearby restaurant for a Dutch-treat lunch and a
few war stories!
Please notify the webmaster if you will be joining us.

In Memoriam:

Robert E. Bales Jr.

Robert E. Bales, Jr, 60, Clarksville, died Wednesday, February 17, 2010, at Gateway Medical Center.
The funeral was held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Chapel.
Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Funeral Home wass in charge of arrangements.

Bob and his company printed the t-shirts sold at the 1999 Nashville VHPA Reunion.


68 AHC (69-70)

Chapter Meeting:

1000 Hrs, 23 Jan 10
Century 21 Premier Office
126 Long Hollow Pike
Goodlettsville, TN
Purpose of this meeting is to determine how or if to continue
the chapter, given the low level of activities of the last few years.
Please RSVP to the webmaster if you plan to attend. If unable to
attend, please let the webmaster know your thoughts about this topic.


In Memoriam

Michael Haley

Dec. 11, 1948 - Nov. 26, 2009

Mike, Chair of the 1999 VHPA Reunion in Nashville,
and founder of the Mid-South Chapter, VHPA,
died suddenly of an apparent heart attack.

Services were held at Bond Memorial Chapel, Mt. Juliet, Dec. 1, 2009,
with additional services at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, Pegram.

Pallbearers from MSVHPA were Ken Culwell, Jim Clark,
Bill Hartbarger, Chris Horton, and Ross Rainwater;
and from the TNARNG, Jerry DeWitt.
All were helicopter pilots, as Mike had requested.

Obituary in Tennessean

Bond Memorial Chapel Notice

In Memoriam:

Richmond Stephens, 1949-2007

VHPA Database Information

In Memoriam:
Fred T. Zandri, 1948-2008
VHPA Database Information

Fort Campbell Tour

1200 Hrs 12 Feb 09

After-action Report

Flying Thunder Flight To The Wall

LZ: Lebanon, TN, 1230-1430, 20 May 08
MSVHPA Members provided manpower
and logistical (rations) support.

See the web site

Mid-South VHPA Meeting
  Saturday, 17 May 2008 at 1000 hrs
Uncle Pete's Truckstop
US 70 & I-40 Exit 239
(1210 Sparta Pike, visible just south of I-40)
Lebanon, TN 37090
(615) 449-0030

Purpose of the meeting will be to review final details and prepare for the
stopover of the UH-1's landing in Lebanon on 20 May, as a part of the
"Flying Thunder Flight to the Wall."
See the web site

There will be a film crew with them and we will all get a chance
to play "show and tell" with a REAL helicopter.

After-Action Report: Meeting Minutes 5 Apr 08

MSVHPA Cookout!
20 Oct 07


Meeting Minutes:
 14 Jul 07
Uncle Pete's Truckstop
US 70 & I-40 Exit 239
(1210 Sparta Pike, visible just south of I-40)
Lebanon, TN 37090
(615) 449-0030
Suitable charitable organization(s) to support
Visit the TH-55A rebuild site:

Early 2007 photos: Click here!

Photos taken just after this meeting! Click here!

2006 Veterans Day Parade!

Nashville 2006 Veteran's Day Parade photos!

of meeting held
1100 Hrs, 25 Feb 06
Blackhorse Pub
132 Franklin St
Clarksville, TN

Agenda and Considerations Discussed (distributed prior to meeting)

Nashville 2005 Veteran's Day Parade photos!

Special Presentation To First Chapter President!

New Organization:

Combat Helicopter Pilots Association

New Publication Just For National Guard Personnel: "GX" Magazine

Nashville 2004 Veterans Day Parade: Photos!

After-Action Report

Vanderbilt's Recap

Vanderbilt ROTC Picnic and We Were Soldiers Movie

Featuring We Were Soldiers Once and Young author Joe Galloway!

Sponsored by Vanderbilt ROTC and the Military Officers Association of America

28 Aug 04, 1300 hrs, Furman Hall Room 114, Vanderbilt Campus
with remarks by Joe Galloway at 1530, and BBQ picnic at 1630
under the trees near Furman Hall. Cost is $10, payable at the picnic.

Come be a part of this rare opportunity to meet--and influence--future
officers of our Armed Forces! (You might even hear a "Thank You!")

If you've ever heard Joe Galloway, you know he respects and loves
Vietnam helicopter pilots, calling us "God's Own Lunatics!!"

"In The Shadow Of The Blade" Comes To Nashville!

Award-winning documentary of the flight of a Huey
around the country, showing the response of veterans and non-veterans alike.

5 Aug 04, 1:30 pm and 7 pm, Nashville Sheraton Hotel, Downtown Nashville

5 Aug 04 After-Action Report

AAAA ("Quad-A") Conference
24-27 Mar 04 at the Opryland Hotel, Nashville!

L-R: Former Chapter Member Mark Stuart and Chapter Member Chris Horton
at VHPA/MSVHPA Booth, during the AAAA Conference.
Mark was there as a vendor, demonstrating a new "glass cockpit" array
installed in a gorgeous UH-IH painted battleship gray.

Want to show your support to wounded soldiers?

Click Here!

Click Here For "Blackhawk Down" Meeting Minutes and Photos

Letter From Home

A Letter From Home

Click Here For Chapter Membership Application Form

Meeting Minutes

A look back at the VHPA Reunion '99 in Nashville

For more information about joining the Mid-South VHPA:

Ross Rainwater, C Troop, 1/9 Cav

Next Chapter Meeting


Following Meeting: TBA

Dedication of "Blue Star 786" in Soddy Daisy, TN, 30 Jun 01

Chapter Members Marched in the Nashville Veterans Parade, 11/11/03,
followed by a short lunch meeting. Click Here for Minutes and Photos

Chapter Members marched in the 2001 Nashville Veterans Day Parade

Nashville Veterans Day Parade, 2000!

Nashville Veterans Day Parade, 1999!

Links to selected sites

Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association
Fort Wolters Chapter, VHPA
Florida LZ Chapter, VHPA
Ohio Valley LZ, VHPA
Rocky Mountain Chapter, VHPA
Vietnam Helicopter Flight Crew Network
Vietnam Heli-Vets
Army Aviation Museum
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
H Troop, 10th Cav
(Site maintained by Mid-South VHPA Member Mark Stuart)
Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Nashville CitySearch

WebMaster Email: Click Here