Board of Directors

Kenneth Eward, president

Eward teaches at American Military University and has consulted for a number of museums throughout the United States, including the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and Boston Museum of Science. Eward's work has also appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, LIFE magazine, TIME and other publications. He is currently working on a history of the 1965 Central Highlands campaign of the Vietnam War with coauthor Dr. Paul Harris.

Barry Hammarback

Hammarback practices agricultural law in River Falls, Wisconsin, but his real passion is flying. An experienced aviator with rotary and fixed-wing certifications, Hammarback regularly flies any of a number of vintage military helicopter types to veterans events on missions organized through his private company, Combat Helicopters, LLC. His newly-restored OH-13H Sioux was awarded a coveted "Lindy" for best helicopter at the 2018 EAA AirVenture expo in Oshkosh.

Dr. Rosemary Marusak, acting secretary

Marusak served for many years as chair of the Chemistry Department and secretary of the faculty at Kenyon College prior to her current position as director of veterinary services at Daybreak Foods. Both a chemist and a veterinarian, Marusak has published extensively in academic journals and as a textbook author. Her interest in helicopter history was piqued by her father's experiences in the US Army in World War II. As an airborne trooper, he took part in a number of glider missions that prefigured the helicopter operations of later conflicts.

James Ottman, treasurer

Ottman served as a helicopter pilot in the 1st Cavalry Division of the US Army in Vietnam. His introduction to combat came in 1968 in the aftermath of Operation Delaware, a time of particularly intense fighting for 1st Cavalry troopers. Ottman is an eyewitness to the part played by the helicopter in modern warfare—as a weapon, but also as a saver of lives. Ottman singles out the UH-1 "Huey" for particular mention amongst all the helicopters used in Vietnam by the US Army: "The Huey endeared itself to nearly all the troops 'in country.' Hueys and their crews provided a lifeline to soldiers in the bush, delivering critical supplies and evacuating the injured for medical treatment. It can be said of virtually all soldiers fighting in Vietnam that if they didn't fly a Huey, they flew in a Huey."   

Kent Smith

A long-time aviation history enthusiast, Smith is a member of the Commemorative Air Force and is currently working on a book detailing the history of the CAF's Minnesota Wing.

Staff and Consultants

Dr. Paul Harris, consulting historian

 

Harris is a senior lecturer at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst—the British West Point—where he has taught in the Department of War Studies for more than thirty years. He has published extensively in the field of 20th century military history, having written on the early history of armored warfare, the First World War and the War in Vietnam. Harris' work is widely acclaimed and a 2008 book garnered him the prestigious Templer Prize and Medal, presented by the Duke of Kent. His latest book, Vietnam's High Ground: Armed Struggle for the Central Highlands 1954-1965 (University Press of Kansas, 2016), discusses the advent of large scale use of the helicopter in combat, which established a pattern that would shape the outcome of the war and indeed military helicopter operations to the present day.