Kent Vietnam Veterans to dedicate Huey on Memorial Day


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Kent Vietnam Veterans to dedicate Huey on Memorial Day

John R. Sabanosh, Sr., a Vietnam "Dustoff" (medevac) crew chief and pilot.

John R. Sabanosh, Sr., a Vietnam “Dustoff” (medevac) crew chief and pilot.

A 2 p.m., ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, will see the dedication of a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter by Kent County Chapter 850, Vietnam Veterans of America.

The chapter acquired the aircraft last November and have been readying it to be displayed above the Vietnam Memorial at the Kent County Veterans Memorial Park on South Little Creek Road, Dover.

“This will be a great day not only for our chapter, but for every Vietnam veteran in the state,” said Joe Startt Jr., chapter 850 president. “The Huey and its crews are responsible for saving thousands of lives in Vietnam, including my own.”

The keynote speaker will be John R. Sabanosh, Sr., a Vietnam “Dustoff” (medevac) crew chief and pilot who served in Vietnam from 1969-1970. More than 1,000 Dustoff pilots and crew were killed in action. Their slogan was “So Others May Live.”

Mr. Sabanosh enlisted in Army in August 1968 and trained as a Huey Helicopter mechanic who later applied for and entered flight training at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia.

After completion of flight training he was assigned to the 45th Medical Co. (AA) and was assigned as a Dustoff Crew Chief/Pilot who later flew more than 1,000 missions in hostile environments, rescuing wounded from the battlefield. He was shot down five times.

Credited with saving the lives of more than 350 American GIs in addition to Vietnamese soldiers, civilians, and even enemy troops, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, 14 Air Medals, an Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Medal, and a Presidential Commendation.

Following military service Mr. Sabanosh served as a police officer in New Jersey in municipality, county and state capacities for 30 years, including traffic crash response, reconstruction, engineering, and training and investigation roles.

Now a consultant in those areas, he travels throughout the country for private companies and government agencies. He resides in Bishopville, Maryland with his wife Gail. They have four adult children.

The rain date will be Saturday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Click on for more information on the Huey.


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