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New Shelby exhibit honors state representative who flew helicopters in Vietnam

Rep. Mac Huddleston of Pontotoc (5th from left) poses for photos with his family and Army officials during a dedication of a Vietnam War exhibit in his honor at Camp Shelby Wednesday. Rep. Mac Huddleston of Pontotoc (5th from left) poses for photos with his family and Army officials during a dedication of a Vietnam War exhibit in his honor at Camp Shelby Wednesday.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

The newest exhibit at the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby pays tribute to a state representative from Pontotoc who flew helicopters in the Vietnam War.

The display features a UH-1 Iroquois helicopter, better known as the "Huey," and it honors former U.S. Army lieutenant and current Dist. 15 House representative Mac Huddleston.

Huddleston flew a "Huey" during his service with the 9th Division in the Mekong Delta.

The exhibit also includes a photograph of Huddleston landing a "Huey" on a river boat in 1967.  

A dedication ceremony for the exhibit was held Wednesday in the museum's vehicle yard.

"I might have done some heroic things, but I'm not a hero," said Huddleston. "I wouldn't take anything for the three years I was in Army aviation. I loved it."

The interior of the museum remains closed for renovation and expansion.

It is scheduled to reopen next March.

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