Vietnam Veterans Honored with Highway Designation

HORSEHEADS, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - During the Vietnam War, the 6994th Squadron located enemy forces from the air.

They flew unarmed in an aircraft left over from World War II and it earned them the motto, "Unarmed, Alone, and Unafraid."

Thursday, the squadron was honored with a ceremony at Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Horseheads.

State Senator Tom O'Mara (R, C, I-Big Flats) and Assemblyman Chris Friend (R, C, I-Big Flats) joined the Department of Transportation and local officials to unveil a highway sign honoring the flight crews and support members of the 6994th Squadron who served our nation throughout the Vietnam War.

The highway sign will designate a four-mile stretch of I-86 in Chemung County, starting from exit 54 (Ithaca/Horseheads) to exit 56 (Elmira/Jerusalem Hill).

Members of the squadron were honored to receive this recognition.

"The Vietnam Veterans have been ignored.  I think this is something that has been badly needed by a lot of the veterans because they see what's happening with the deserts to heal and desert storms and it sort of hurt a little bit when we didn't get the same kind of welcome," said Rick Yeh, co-chair of the squadron Alumni Association.

Frank Falaowski is also a member of the squadron and served in Vietnam from 1969 to 1972 and told 18 News: "It's hard to describe emotions when you go back all those years but mostly my memories are the gentleman who didn't come back with us."

The designation hopes to stand as an expression of gratitude and respect for those who served in Vietnam.


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