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Vietnam veterans museum planned for City of Tonawanda park

American Legion Post 264 plans to open a new Vietnam veterans museum in Veterans Park, near the a Bell AH-1 Cobra attack helicopter that was shot down in 1972 in Vietnam and installed there last year.

The City of Tonawanda Common Council agreed to lease a vacant storage building adjacent to the "Remembering Vietnam Memorial" to the American Legion to convert into a museum.

Log books for the helicopter, maps, uniforms and other Vietnam-related items are planned for the space, said Paul Pietrowski, historian for Post 264.

"It's small, but it will do for us," said Pietrowski.

The terms of the lease are still being worked out, he said.

The helicopter was acquired on permanent loan from the Niagara Aerospace Museum.

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