Warhawk Air Museum 50th Year Commemoration of the Vietnam War



 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War



  1. To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
  2. To highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of Federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the Armed Forces.
  3. To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
  4. To highlight the advances in technology, science, and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
  5. To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the United States during the Vietnam War.





 March 28, 2015: Intro to War

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Our opening speaker Lt. General Mark Schmidt, USAF, Ret. will kick off our six part series honoring the 50th commemoration of the Vietnam War. The first symposium will focus on an introduction to the war; led by Captain John Sterling, USMC, Ret. who served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne and 3rd Marine Division. Interactive exhibits, to remain throughout the series, will include a bunker, educational panels, artifacts, and maps. Topics will include a historical perspective on the war, war dissenters, national strategy, containment, statistics, myths, “Nam speak,” and Hollywood’s version of Vietnam. Captain Sterling will share his experiences of being a young man working as a teacher one day and dropped into the middle of a war the next. Lectures will include PowerPoint visuals and movie/documentary clips. There will be a Q&A session at the conclusion.

April 25, 2015: Ground War

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Ground War will address the life of the grunt, strategy and tactics of a super power fighting a guerilla war, the environment the G.I. had to endure, and the first airmobile test (the helicopter). Special guest speakers will include Ray Yost, who served as a Captain in Vietnam, and Captain John Sterling, USMC, Ret. who served as a tactical air controller in Vietnam. Other topics will include life on the LZ, the infantry in Vietnam, supporting arms, and the first responders/caregivers in the war.  There will be a Q&A session at the conclusion.  The film “Anderson Platoon” will be shown following the conclusion of the program.

May 30, 2015: Fixed Wing War

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Fixed Wing War will cover air to air combat, close air support, bombing campaigns, suppression of enemy air defenses, search and rescue, aerial refueling, and special missions.
A panel of Air Force and Navy Vietnam veterans, whose individual careers include anywhere from 117 to 300 combat missions, will discuss their experiences of air missions during the war. Other topics will include precision guided weapons, training, and aggressor programs. Christina Olds will give a presentation on her father, Brigadier General Robin Olds, USAF, Ret. who was a “triple ace” with a combined 16 victories in World War II and Vietnam. Christina will be focusing on his experiences as a pilot in Vietnam.  There will be a Q&A session and book signing at the conclusion. 

June 21: Helicopter War

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Helicopter War will cover the development, modifications, and importance of the helicopter to fill the need in Vietnam. Because of the significance of the Huey, special guest speakers will cover the importance and missions of Slicks (B, D & H model Huey Helicopters), Guns (C model Huey), and DUST OFF. Speakers will also discuss helicopters other than the Huey that were used in the war by the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force. This will include Heavy Lift, Observation, Crash Rescue (Jolly Green Giant) and the helicopters of the early war. There will be a slide show and brief discussion of helicopters used in Vietnam and their mission. There will be a Q&A session at the conclusion. The film “Shadow of the Blade” will be shown following the conclusion of the program.

July 25: POW/MIA

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The POW/MIA session will focus on the POW experience in Vietnam told by those that lived it, including a POW’s shoot down experience and time in captivity. The Idaho Air National Guard Honor Guard will perform a POW/MIA table ceremony. A Hanoi Hilton POW will speak about his experiences, and Lance Stephensen, whose father was MIA during Vietnam, will speak about what families experienced on the home front and the current on-going efforts to find and bring home MIA/KIA. First Sergeant Don Menger, USA, Ret. will talk about his experiences as a POW de-briefer who met with POWs before they were sent home.

August 29: End of War and Welcome Home Celebration

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Our closing speaker Major General Gary Saylor, Commanding General for the Idaho National Guard, will talk about how the war ended and the effects and contributions the Vietnam War as had on today’s military. Our 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War series will officially close with a coming home celebration for all Vietnam veterans and their friends and family.  


Event Brought To You By:
 Warhawk Air Museum
Laura Cunningham Foundation
John F. Nagel Foundation
KTVB Channel 7
John and Sue Paul
Cloverdale Funeral Home
ICF—Lindsey Family Foundation
Idaho Division of Veteran Services
Doug and Meredith Carnahan
Riverside Hotel
Bill and Dorothy Gornik
Idaho Power
Micron Foundation
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Idaho Division
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Veterans Home
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Idaho State
Veterans Cemetery
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Phone: 208-780-1300

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Josiah Dahlstrom
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Bill Heyob
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Phone: 208-780-1340

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