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“Memorial Day is a time to take stock of the present, reflect on the past, and renew our commitment to the future of America.”
Ronald Reagan, 1983

May 26, 2017 - May 29, 2017

In honor of Memorial Day, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is honored to display Steve Maloney’s mixed-media Sculpture Take Me Home Huey at the Reagan Library over the long weekend holiday. Take Me Home Huey is composed of a transformed boneyard U.S. Army Huey helicopter that served as an air ambulance during the Vietnam War. The historic helicopter was shot down in 1969 during a medical rescue in Vietnam. The serial number of the Huey is 67-17174; the aircraft is commonly known as #174. Crew Chief Gary Dubach and Medic Stephen Schumacher died bravely during the medical rescue attempt. Maloney’s Take Me Home Huey sculpture was inspired by the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War as proclaimed by the President of the United States and the Department of Defense.

Maloney partnered with Light Horse Legacy (LHL), an organization focused on supporting veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress and a USA Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, which acquired, restored, and delivered the Huey for transformation into a work of art. LHL Founder Dave Barron researched photographs and letters, as flight records had been destroyed, in order to reunite surviving crewmembers and the families of the fallen who were on this very Huey when it was shot down on February 14, 1969 during a Medevac mission in Vietnam. Two crewmembers, Gary L. Dubach and Stephen L. Schumacher died bravely during the mission.

The helicopter will be located outdoors near the Library’s main entrance. There is no fee to see this exhibit. Regular Museum admission applies to tour the main Reagan Museum and Air Force One Pavilion.

Steve Maloney working on the Huey Structure.

Installing vinyl Art Wrap