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The following imagery may be used in conjuction with our press release announcing the acquisition and restoration of the Bell Cobra Attack Helicopter 327 by the Martin County Veterans Memorial committee.

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One Veterans Story

The Stories of Martin County Veterans, Courtesy of the Martin County Historical Society

Dale Harbitz, NCO

The following is the account of the experiences of one Martin County veteran, Dale Harbitz. “Helicopters were the infantryman’s connection to where we had come from.” Harbitz had many experiences with helicopters and how they were utilized during his tour of duty while being in the infantry. The account of several of his experiences are as follows.

Dale Tauer, a Helicopter, and a Martin County Veteran

The following is the account of the experiences of one Vietnam veteran, Dale Tauer and a Martin County Veteran who saved his life. “He remembers the flash from the RPG as the enemy was only 30 feet away. If it weren’t for Randy Benck, Tauer would not be alive today.” The full account of his experiences are as follows.

Bob Neusch, Helicopter Mechanic

The following is the account of the experiences of one Martin County veteran, Bob Neusch, and his service in Vietnam. “…during the TET Offensive, they were subject to mortar attacks every night for about two to three weeks.” The full account of his experiences are as follows.

Doug Kahler, Door Gunner

The following is the account of the experiences of one Martin County veteran, Doug Kahler, and his time in Vietnam aboard a UH-1 Huey Helicopter. “As one might expect, a helicopter on missions in Vietnam would frequently be the target of enemy fire. Such was the case with the helicopter that Kahler was assigned to during his tour of duty.” The full account of his experiences are as follows.

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Please contact Steve Chase, Cobra 327 Dedication Chairman and MCVM Liasons Official at 612-799-3367 with questions regarding this News Release or the Dedication Ceremony.