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Chopper being dedicated at Patriots Point to soldier killed on aircraft

The Huey Helicopter 66-15005 at Patriots Point. (Photo: Patriots Point) The Huey Helicopter 66-15005 at Patriots Point. (Photo: Patriots Point)
Army Specialist Four Kenneth Plavcan was killed in action in the Vietnam War. (Photo: Patriots Point) Army Specialist Four Kenneth Plavcan was killed in action in the Vietnam War. (Photo: Patriots Point)

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP/WCSC) - A Vietnam-era helicopter at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum is being dedicated to the memory of a soldier who died in action aboard the chopper.

A dedication ceremony is being held Monday at 7 p.m. at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

The museum's Huey Helicopter is being dedicated to the memory of 21-year-old Army Specialist Four Kenneth Plavcan. He was killed in action aboard the aircraft on October 1, 1968 during the Vietnam War.

With troops pinned down near the Cambodian border of Vietnam, Plavcan, a door gunner, leaned outside the Huey to fire at the enemy and provide cover for his fellow troops. While laying down gunfire, he was fatally wounded. 

Plavcan was awarded the Army's Distinguished Flying Cross, an Air Medal, and a Commendation Medal with "V" Device. 

Member of Plavcan's family from Ohio are attending the event.

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