Joe Teodorczyk

Profile Updated: March 29, 2021
Class Year: 1960
Residing In: White Oak, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Nancy
Occupation: Retired/machine Operator
Children: Son: Thomas Joseph Teodorczyk,born Aug 5, 1970, married has 2 boys and is the manager of the Kohl's More…store in Longview
Military Service: USN  
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Served in the US Navy from Oct '61 to Jul '82

Retired as Chief Petty Officer (E-7). Naval training was in Aviation ASW Electronics. From electronics schools, I was assigned to Patrol Squadrons flying the P-2V ASW patrol aircraft. Besides working on the aircraft electronics, I was also part of a flight crew in VP-2, and VO-67. Seen tours to Japan, Okinawa, Thailand, Viet Nam, Alaska, Philippines, and Hawaii to name a few places. In 1967, I was assigned to a highly classified squadron called VO-67. Everything about us was highly classified and stayed classified until 1995. We were assigned (the squadron) to the U.S. Air Force in Thailand. Our job was to fly down the Ho Chi Min Trail, dropping acoustical bouys into the tree tops so we could monitor road movement and then send bombers and fighters to stop the supply flow. Flights were very dangerous as we would fly at 500 feet above the treetops to make our bouy drops. Very dangerous as our planes were slow and we had to fly straight and level, making us perfect targets for anti-aircraft guns. We ended up losing three planes and 2 crews, one of which was my crew that I was assigned to. I was supposed to be on that flight, but strangely, the watch bill came before the flight schedule and I could'nt get out of the watch. Saw my crew take off but never return. Their names are on the Viet Nam War Memorial in Washington. The squadron was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation 2 years ago (only about 40 years after the fact!). Some of the awards I have received were the Good Conduct Medal (5), Air Medal, The PUC, Gold Aircrew Wings and Silver Combat Aircrew wings that were presented to us by the Marines. We were part of what saved Ke San when it was surrounded by the Viet Cong.

My naval career has been with Naval patrol aircrafts, P-5 Marlin seaplane, P2V Neptune ASW partol (2 prop and 2 jet engines), P-3 Orion (4 engine turboprop). I have never served onboard a ship in my 21 years of active service. In fact the longest that I have ever been on a ship was 2 hours, when we (the VO-67 squadron personnel) we invited to a ship tour of USS milius DDG-69 in San Diego during our squadron reunion in 2004. USS Milius was named after one of our pilots that stayed with a stricken aircraft long enough to make sure his crew parachuted safety. It was the third plane that got shot down.

I amassed about 4000 flt hours flying as a sensor operator and radioman. For those interested in naval history, VO-67 has a website, www.vo-67.org. It shows the planes we had, crew pictures, ( I was in crew 5 until it was shot down and then went into crew 12. Several pics of me is with crew 12 with our combat gear. If you look at the bottom side of the wings, you will see a mini gun on both sides, capable of firing 6000 rounds a minute.

On November 5th, 2010, I was in Charleston, S.C. to be inducted in the Navy's Enlisted Combat Aircrew Roll of Honor. The ceremony took place on the USS Yorktown, CV-10 (a retired aircraft carrier that has been made into a museum. I've uploaded some pics of our reception and ceremony, and location as to where my name will be placed along with the other inductees.

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Mar 29, 2021 at 10:04 AM

Hi Edd:
Happy birthday! Hope you have a great day of celebration.

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