KOPFMAN, THEODORE FRANK Name: Theodore Frank Kopfman Rank/Branch: O4/United States Navy, pilot Unit: VA55 Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Kent OH Date of Loss: 15 June 1966 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 201400 North 1060600 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E Missions: 198 Other Personnel in Incident: none Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: 730212 RELEASED BY DRV SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO THEODORE S. KOPFMAN Commander - United States Navy Shot Down: June 15, 1966 Released: February 12, 1973 My family and I wish to express our sincere gratitude to the responsible, loyal, patriotic, and concerned people of this great Nation for coming to the aid of its POW's in the year 1969. You forced a cruel and sadistic enemy to drastically improve our treatment and living conditions by sounding the voice of our law abiding, normally silent majority. Please don't allow yourself to take for granted the security provided by the United States of America. Since the conception of communism we have faced a deceitful, unethical, and subversive enemy that has sworn to destroy our way of life. That enemy is real and knows no limit in its use of deceptive propaganda, linguistical or synonymical distortion. It is important to understand and analyze the Communistic threat so that every thinking person, particularly our children, can appreciate how fortunate we are to live in America. I request that you proudly display and demand respect for our National Ensign. We have every reason to be proud and grateful for our citizenship. It is essential that we protect the overwheiming good that exists within our form of Government as we patiently correct the very few weaknesses. Patriotism is "SUPER COOL," not old fashioned. After six years and eight months as a POW, I possess a profound admiration for the leadership, wisdom, and unity exhibited by my shipmates in Hanoi. I proudly observed Americans of all colors, rank, and religions continuously supporting this country and each other, no matter how severe the punishment. Those of us who returned consider ourselves fortunate. I believe every one of us hope and pray you will never let the world forget the dead, the crippled, or missing in action. It is my humble privilege to serve our country in any capacity and under any circumstances.
Theodore Kopfman retired from the United States Navy as a Captain. He and his wife Pat reside in Nevada.