Free talk at New York State Military Museum discusses New York Air Guard in Vietnam War on Feb. 23

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A New York Air National Guard C-97. Units based at Scotia, Newburgh and on Long Island flew this transport plane to Vietnam in the 1960s.

LATHAM, NY (01/31/2019) (readMedia)-- Historian and author Patrick Chaisson will host a multimedia presentation on the New York Air National Guard in the Vietnam War at the New York Military Museum and Veterans Research Center on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.

The program is free.

Chaisson, himself the son of an Air Guard veteran and a retired Army officer, relates the story of how the New York Air National Guard went from a poorly-funded "flying club for weekend warriors" - as some saw it - to a professional organization that served with distinction in South Vietnam from 1965 to 1969.

His talk will combine period photographs with modern computer technology to share the story of Air Guard flight crews in combat. Those who attend may be surprised how many New York Air National Guard service members fought in the Vietnam conflict - including airmen who lived and served in the local area.

Veterans and the general public alike will enjoy this lively, fast-paced presentation about a little-known but important role played by the New York Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.

This presentation complements the New York Military Museum's recently-opened exhibit, "Hot Spots In The Cold War: Korea and Vietnam".

For more information, contact the Military Museum at 518-581-5100. The museum is located at 61 Lake Avenue in Saratoga Springs.