Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Memorial Tree

The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Memorial Tree at Arlington National Cemetery

Dedicated in 2015, this tree honors the helicopter pilots and crew members who died while serving in Southeast Asia from 1961 to 1975.

Vietnam has been called America's "Helicopter War" because helicopters provided mobility throughout the war zone, facilitating rapid troop transport, close air support, resupply, medical evacuation, reconnaissance, and search and rescue capabilities. The Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association (VHPA) estimates that over 100,000 helicopter pilots and crew members served during the Vietnam War. Approximately 5,000 helicopter pilots and crew members were killed in action, and more than 300 are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.