Pete Schoeffel came from a naval aviation family and knew he wanted to be an aviator since he was six years old. He was raised in southern California and Washington D.C., and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1954. Schoeffel then trained as an attack aviator and joined VA-66, an attack squadron that would eventually be assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid (CVS-11) for a Mediterranean cruise. After returning to the United States to study Operations Research, Schoeffel worked for the Center for Naval Analysis in Washington, D.C. He then found himself on board Intrepid once again, this time with VA-15, and made two cruises to Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. During the second cruise he was shot down near Haiphong and spent five and a quarter years as a prisoner of war. Upon returning home, Schoeffel married and continued his naval career, serving in different capacities until retiring from the Navy in 1982.
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Identifier: OHP 146
Scope and Contents Pete Schoeffel served aboard Intrepid as an attack aviator, first with VA-66 from August 1961 to March 1962, and then with VA-15 from April 1966 to November 1966 and May 1967 to October 1967. Schoeffel began his interview by discussing his childhood in Washington, D.C., one location where his father served as a naval officer. He then discussed his graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1954, and his experience serving aboard a destroyer minelayer early in his naval career, noting...