- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A famous symbol of the Vietnam War got a makeover just in time to get back to Tuscaloosa’s Veterans Memorial Park for Independence Day.

The park’s Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, known as a “Huey,” got a fresh coat of paint, new decals and some other work. The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/1s9SqiY ) that it returned to its place Thursday as local veterans looked on.

Hueys were among the most widely used aircraft in Vietnam. It was part of Army operations from 1956 until 2005. The Huey now retired in Tuscaloosa was in service from September 1967 until it was decommissioned in 1997.

Jeff Brown is a Vietnam veteran and chairman of the park committee. He told the newspaper that the Huey is an important symbol for his generation of veterans.

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