Wolf, George, Sr., AVCM

Aviation Electronics Technician
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Current Service Status
USN Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Master Chief Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary NEC
ATR-0000-Aviation Electronics Technician Radar and Radar Navigation Equipment
Current/Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Electronics Technician
Primary Unit
1975-1977, ATR-0000, COMTRAWING 2
Previously Held NEC
9521-Collateral Duty Alcoholism Advisor
Service Years
1948 - 1977
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club
Order of the Golden Dragon
AT-Aviation Electronics Technician
Eight Hash Marks

 Official Badges 

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Command US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Navy Chief Initiated Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon Cold War Veteran Cold War Veteran

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
  1975, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Cold War Incident - EC-121 shootdown (Korea)
From Month/Year
April / 1969
To Month/Year
April / 1969

The 1969 EC-121 shootdown incident occurred on April 15, 1969 when a United States Navy Lockheed EC-121M Warning Star of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One (VQ-1) on a reconnaissance mission was shot down by North Korean MiG-21 aircraft over the Sea of Japan (East Sea of Korea). The plane crashed 90 nautical miles (167 km) off the North Korean coast and all 31 Americans (30 sailors and 1 Marine) on board were killed, which constitutes the largest single loss of U.S. aircrew during the Cold War era.

The plane was an adaptation of a Lockheed Super Constellation and was fitted with a fuselage radar, so the primary tasks were to act as a long range patrol, conduct electronic surveillance, and act as a warning device.

The Nixon administration did not retaliate against North Korea apart from staging a naval demonstration in the Sea of Japan a few days later, which was quickly removed. It resumed the reconnaissance flights within a week to demonstrate that it would not be intimidated by the action while at the same time avoiding a confrontation.
The US responded by activating Task Force 71 (TF-71) to protect future flights over those international waters. Initially, the Task Force comprised the aircraft carriers Enterprise, Ticonderoga, Ranger, and Hornet with a screen of cruisers and destroyers that also included the battleship New Jersey. The ships for TF-71 came mostly from Southeast Asia duty. This deployment became one of the largest shows of force in the area since the Korean War.

Following the attack, some, including Representative Mendel Rivers responded to the attack by calling for retaliation against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. On April 16th, the United States National Security Council considered the following options:

Show of force using naval and air forces
Resumption of EC-121 missions with escorts
"Select military combat actions" such as:
Destruction of a North Korean aircraft over water
Selected air strikes against a military target
Shore bombardment of military targets
Ground raids across the Demilitarized Zone
Attack on military targets near the Demilitarized Zone by artillery or missile fire
Attacks on North Korean naval vessels by U.S. submarines
Mining/threatening to mine North Korean waters
Seizure of North Korean assets abroad
In addition to the NSC’s ideas, the Joint Chiefs of Staff prepared several plans to bomb the airfield at Sondok (Song Dong Ni Airfield) and Wonsan. If all went according to plan, bombers would attack the airfields under cover of night. Commander in Chief, Pacific Command (CINCPAC) proposed the positioning of ships, with missiles capable of taking down planes, in the Sea of Japan with orders to destroy North Korean aircraft, impound other North Korean vessels venturing into international waters (fishing boats, etc.), and fire onto the shore (especially near Wonsan).

In the end, no action was taken against the North Koreans in the days following the attack. The new Nixon administration had little to no information about the location and availability of both U.S. and North Korean forces, as the administration had difficulty communicating with those in the Pacific. By the time this information was communicated to the planners, it was too late to react. Both Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were ashamed at the outcome of the event, with Kissinger revealing that "our conduct in the EC-121 crisis as weak, indecisive and disorganized."[6] Once it became clear that no action would be taken against the North Koreans, Nixon promised that "they’ll [North Koreans] never get away with it again," and ordered a "resumption of aerial reconnaissance flights."
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
April / 1969
To Month/Year
April / 1969
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories

People You Remember
Robert Clapp, Robby Roberson, John Sikes

Attached VP 28 based in Okinawa with Det in Vietnam. EC121 shot down off North Korea, We flew anti sub ops for days and also supported det at Vienam at same time. Was a busy time for all.

My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  • Andrews, Greg, PO2, (1964-1973)
  • Armstrong Sr, William W, SCPO, (1959-1980)
  • Babcock, Mark, CPO, (1968-1994)
  • Bessinger, Robert, PO2, (1965-1969)
  • Brendle, David, LTJG, (1966-1977)
  • Bucklaew, Wayne, CPO, (1956-1980)
  • Burns, Orris, LCDR, (1967-1988)
  • Cameron, John, AN, (1968-1970)
  • Dibb, Robert, CMC, (1965-1995)
  • Fjell, Karl, CPO, (1966-1986)
  • Freeman, Harold, CMC, (1943-1975)
  • Gindele, James, PO3, (1968-1969)
  • Gordon, Gary, SN, (1967-1971)
  • Hanson, Martin, CAPT, (1955-1992)
  • Hewett, John, PO2, (1967-1970)
  • Hogue, Greg, CPO, (1966-2000)
  • Hoyer, Barry, PO1, (1966-1979)
  • LE VASSEUR, PAUL, CPO, (1966-1992)
  • McCartney, Arion, PO1, (1964-1985)
  • Merendino, King, PO1, (1968-1995)
  • Mitchell, Mike, PO3, (1968-1972)
  • MOORE, Larry, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Morris, Chester, PO3, (1961-1969)
  • Morris, Robert, PO2, (1965-1977)
  • Neville, Michael, PO2, (1968-1972)
  • Pagel, John, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Parsons, Charlie, PO3, (1968-1970)
  • Procopio, Jerry, MCPO, (1966-1996)
  • Reeb, Jim, CWO4, (1960-1986)
  • Seifert, William, PO3, (1968-1972)
  • Shaw, John, PO2, (1968-1972)
  • Shearer, Harry, PO2, (1967-1971)
  • Sparks, John, MCPO, (1963-1986)
  • Thiry, Don, PO3, (1967-1971)
  • Trembley, Donald, PO3, (1967-1970)
  • Vigeant, Paul, CPO, (1965-1985)
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