The following is a consolidated response primarily written by, William “Red” Hathcock, CTTCM (NAC), USN Retired, regarding the Todendorf Germany story written by Don Dupay. The story in question was posted on Station HYPO on 25 November, 2022.
The following are my comments concerning the HYPO article, ”The Last Surviving Member of USNAVSECGRUDET Todendorf, Germany, 1957” and come not from just myself, but are a compilation of comments from my E-Mail group (9 former CTs). Three of us served at Todendorf and knew the author. The following comments are provided to you for what I consider three primary reasons:
- To provide comments to show that the article is about 80 – 90% false.
- A desire to inform you of the inaccuracies and so help in possible vetting of future articles.
- To illustrate how the writer has attempted to show himself (I believe) in a light of “I am the last of the original 17 men at NSGD Todendorf, we were the standouts, and when I pass on, the legacy will end!” This is disingenuous to say the least.