114th Aviation Co., First In Vietnam & Last to Leave, Reunion Reminds Nation of Legacy of Service

Media Advisory:Vietnam Veteran Pilots and Crew of the 114th Aviation Company Association salute soldiers past and present as they gather to remember their long sacrifice in Vietnam, as “the first to arrive and the last to leave” Vietnam.
By: 114th Aviation Company Association
"Shannon Wright Compound" Vinh Long, Vietnam, base for 114th Aviation Company
"Shannon Wright Compound" Vinh Long, Vietnam, base for 114th Aviation Company
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. - Aug. 22, 2015 - PRLog -- Contact:
Lane Ramsdell, National Director
114th Aviation Association
Jackie Wright,
415 525 0410


Vietnam Veteran Pilots and Crew of the 114th Aviation Company Association salute soldiers past and present as they gather to remember their nearly decade long sacrifice in Vietnam, as “the first to arrive and the last to leave” Vietnam.  Fallen Vietnam Hero Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr.’s daughter will share her June 2015 visit to Vietnam, 51 years after his death and one year after his 2014 burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

WHO-    Vietnam Pilots and Crew of the 114TH (One-Fourteenth) Aviation Company Association: Lane R. Ramsdell-National Director; Mike W. Schrumpf-Deputy National Director; Gene Boyle-Senior Member at Large; Roger Smithey-Junior Member at Large; Jim Wilson-Secretary; Robert G. Brown-Treasurer; Ivan Beal-Database Manager; Peter Anderson- Printer/Dispatcher; Frank Strobel-Membership Chairman; Joe Stogner-Unit Historian; J. P. Landal-Reunion Plans Coordinator; Charlie T. Brown-Nominating Committee Chairman; Terry Dell-Webmaster; Jeff Carr-Unit Quarter Master; Charlie Stone-Veterans’Affairs Coordinator; May Jones-Knight Newsletter Editor, and families.  Special Guest: Jackie Wright, daughter of Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr., for whom the “Shannon Wright” Compound, home of the 114th Aviation Company was named (www.114thaviationcompany.com website has a photo of the compound banner taken by Commanding Officer George J. Young).

WHAT-   Over 100 men and women of the 114th Aviation Company Association will gather in Pigeon Forge, TN to commemorate their nearly decade long service in Vietnam and acknowledge the sacrifice of soldiers that have served in most recent wars.  The 114th Aviation Company Association, originally out of Fort Knox, Kentucky, holds a reunion every two years. Sunday, August 30 completes this year’s reunion with a memorial service at 9 a.m.

WHERE- Country Cascades Hotel, 204 Sharon Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, 1-800-523-3919

WHEN-August 27-August 30, 2015.  Activity highlights include: “Don Airheart” Memorial Golf Tournament 8/26 for early arrivers; “Welcome Home Vietnam” Parade, 8/29; Smoky Mountain Military Show 8/29; Evening Banquet & Ceremonies at host hotel 7 p.m. 8/29; Memorial Service 8/30 at 9:00 a.m. at host hotel.

Contact Lane R. Ramsdell, National Director via cell at 254-289-2807 for more information. Charlie Brown, Nominating Committee Chairman or Ivan Beal, Database Manager can be reached at the host hotel, 1-800-523-3919.

WHY-   The 114th Aviation Company Association Biennial Reunion is a reminder of the sacrifices military soldiers and their families have made to make the United States of America a great country under the rule of law of the people, for the people and by the people.  The cost of democracy has been great and has been paid with the lives of many.  The Association’s reunion also speaks to the families who have been affected by the recent Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, as an example reminding families to make the most of life while remembering loved ones and supporting those who are still active duty.

The reunion says, “people care about the sacrifice and your service is of value.”  The reunion reminds the general public that all of the great accomplishments of the men and women of The 114th Aviation Company Association’s Reunion and that America should  “Never, Never, Never Forget.”

The pilots and crew of the 114th Aviation Company served in Vietnam from 1963 to 1972.  "The Knights of the Air" MOS- (mission occupation specialty) was one of the most dangerous in the war due to the necessity of helicopters for deployment and evacuation of soldiers and the visibility of the helicopters.

For more information about the 114th Aviation Company Visit: http://www.114thaviationcompany.com/.

114th Aviation Company, As First to Arrive Overcame Mission Hardships


Sp5 Wyley Wright who was the first war casualty of 114th Aviation Co. March 9, 1964 according to Steve Stibbens in “Knights Over the Delta”, thought of the moniker “Cobra” Helicopter and created the emblem. (Video includes the moniker & emblem)

Sp5 Wyley Wright Jr.-Related Media:

July 28, 2015 KPOO FM San Francisco "Sister to Sister" Interview


Father’s Day in Vietnam

Love Story at Arlington


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