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Wilson County Veterans Museum

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Bernie Ash, left, and Linda Granstaff of the Wilson County Veterans Museum Committee, talk with Ronnie Vanhook of Phoenix Builders at Veterans Plaza. The Veterans Museum is scheduled to open in late October. Ash serves as veterans service officer for Wils

Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash is asking for the public's help in locating items to display in the Wilson County Veterans Museum.

The museum portion of the Veterans Plaza is scheduled to be complete this fall.

Ash said they are currently seeking anyone with helicopter experience - painting or repair - to work on a Vietnam era UH-1 Huey helicopter which will be housed inside of the museum. The Huey is on permanent loan from the State of Tennessee.

Military equipment enthusiast Chris Corley said the Huey was constructed in 1965 and sent to Vietnam in 1966. It has four bullet holes in the bottom.

Ret. Col. Jerry McFarland said it returned in 1968 and was taken to ARADMAC (Army Aeronautical Depot Maintenance Center).

"It was originally a D model and had an L11 engine. They brought her back in '68 and went thru ARADMAC and converted it an H model," he said.

The aircraft was used in the 48th Air Cavalry, known as "the Jokers," Corley added.

The Veterans Museum is also in search of veterans to be tour guides once the museum opens.

"Most importantly, if you have memorabilia or artifacts from your time in the service and you would like to donate or loan them to the museum for display, please contact us," said a release from the Veterans Service Office. "Donated or loaned items will be carefully displayed to preserve the integrity of the item and a plaque will describe the item, the soldier who used it and the person or family who donated the item."

For more information or to assist, call Ash at the Wilson County Veterans Service Office at (615) 444-2460.

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