PARADISE TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Several Vietnam veterans in the Poconos travel from event to event, educating the public about a national treasure. But little did they know, they’d discover a local treasure along the way.
10-year-old Vince Cardiello of Cresco can rattle off every detail about this aircraft, used more than thirty years before he was even born.
The Huey Helicopter is a rare survivor of the Vietnam War. For 25 years, the chopper sat slowly rotting on a farmer’s field in North Carolina, until Vietnam veteran pilot Bill “Moon” Mullen bought it.
He says, “and my idea is to restore it, take it around and teach people the history of Vietnam.”
But Bill needed a way to haul it from place to place.
Ed’s Towing in Mount Pocono offered to help. The owner’s son, Vince, tagged along one day.
In an hour, he memorized a lengthy fact sheet about the chopper.
“He said ‘Captain Moon, can I tell people about the helicopter?’ And I said ‘sure, go ahead’,” Mullen recalls.
Now Vince serves as a guide, teaching people half and twice his age. He even fits the part, with his own flight suit and patches.
Vince gives people a tour around the chopper, explains the M-60 machine gun, and points out bullet holes that have been patched up. He says, “so they can learn what the men who fought for our freedom were doing there.”
This educational project has certainly served its mission.
Vince says he’s interested in the Vietnam War because he has family members who served.
If you’d like to help restore the rare Huey Helicopter, tax free donations can be made to:
Have Huey Will Travel
PO Box 2082
Pocono Pines, PA 18350