Vietnam War Copter Pilot To Share his Experiences
As guest speaker at Fort Devens on June 15th, Allen King will tell about his life as a helicopter pilot flying combat missions in Vietnam in 1970-1971. Starting at 1 p.m., his illustrated program will be part of the Museum’s day-long spotlight on the Vietnam War.
King, now a resident of Groton and Venice, Florida, grew up in Waltham and attended Northeastern University majoring in business management. His Army ROTC program at the university not only led to a commission as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers but also the opportunity to earn a private pilot’s license. Following basic and advanced helicopter flight training, he received his pilot’s wings on December 1969. In Vietnam he was first assigned a staff position in the 17th Aviation Group, then flew missions with the 192nd Assault Helicopter Company and subsequently as part of the 158th Aviation Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division. He left the Army in 1972 and went on to a career in banking and mortgage lending.
This program is part of the museum’s day of Vietnam Living History. A Veterans’ panel at 11:00 AM and King’s presentation at 1:00 PM will be held at the museum on the 3rd floor of 94 Jackson Road, Devens.
Outside at the YMC field (the corner of Jackson Road and Peggy Street) from 9 AM to 4 PM, uniformed reenactors will be present representing various U.S. Army roles from the Vietnam era. Vehicles on display will include two jeeps and a deuce and a half.
There is a $5 person/$10 family suggested donation for the event with Veterans admission free.
Fort Devens Museum
94 Jackson Road, Suite 305
Devens, MA 01434