|COMMANDER JOSEPH SKRZYPEK USNR-RET
1961 Dunkirk (N.Y.) Industrial High School, Graduate Machine Shop
Practice. Had strong desire to join the Navy and go to sea, on and aircraft
carrier, with goal to achieve rate of Chief Petty Officer
1963 Eire County Technical Institute, Graduate with Associates degree,
1963, 7 October, enlisted in Navy, “Airman Junior College Degree Program
AN(JC). Graduated from Company 483 at Great Lakes on 18 Nov 1963.
ADJ Striker, “A” school NAS Memphis.
1963 – San Diego, CA VP-31 training and Survival School
1964 Reported to VP-9, Moffat Field as jet engine mechanic, deployed to
Naha, Okinawa, P-3A, 2nd mech aircrew position on Crew #8. Operation
Market Time 324 hours in one month. Received Air Medal. Lost two AlC.
Ordered to Pensacola under Naval Aviation Cadet (NAVCAD) program.
1966 December – Received Navy Wings of Gold and promoted to Ensign,
failing goal to become a Chief Petty Officer on an Aircraft Carrier.
1967 Ordered to NAS Atsugi, Japan FFT to HC-7
Det 101 Asst OIC USS Providence CLG-6 – VIP helo for Comseventh Fleet.
Gear up landing on pier in Satahip, Thailand. See! I told them I wanted to be
a chief Petty Officer. My old enlisted shipmates said, “Skrzypek couldn’t
advance to 2nd class, so they made him an Ensign”
Various CSAR Dets on DLGs in support of Yankee Station CVA combat
operations. Numerous green log entries flying in hostile conditions in Da
Nang, Hue Phu Bai, etc. Ditched at sea off Hainan Island due to fuel
starvation and a series of botched communications.
1970 – Assigned to HT-8 as flight instructor in the TH-1 L Huey. College
Degree Program for Flight Instructors at University of West Florida. Graduate
with BS in Industrial Arts Education.
1973 – USS Okinawa LPH-3 – Aircraft Handling Officer –
Participated in the Evacuation of Saigon and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
1975 – NAS Fallon Nevada – Fleet Liaison Officer. Scheduled and recieved
entire Carrier Air Group aircraft and personnel for bombing operations
training. UH-1 N SAR pilot.
1978 – Transferred to Naval reserve flying HH-3 helos in HC-9. After ten years
as a L T was promoted to LCDR and then CDR in HC-9 finishing 22 years of
1979 – Voluntary Training Unit (VTU), D.A.R.E. program, scheduled pilots to
talk to children about the “good things about NOT being on drugs” after DARE
officers told them about the “bad things about being on drugs”.
1993 – Sent out to the pasture to wait for retirement pay after age 60.
Volunteered to act as Secretary of the Naval Helicopter Historical Society
(NHHS), which merged and became the Naval Helicopter Association
Historical Society (NHAHS)
1978 – 2014
Aerospace Manufacturing Engineer – Rohr Industries, Boeing Airplane Co.
Turbo Machinery, Sr. Quality Engineer – Solar Turbines.
Current sea duty – 30 foot Lancer sloop, docked at Navy Marina Point Loma,
San Diego, CA